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January 31, 2013

Call for Applications: European Studies Grant Competitions

Deadline: March 1, 2013

Eligibility: These Title VIII grants are available to American academic experts and practitioners, including advanced graduate students, engaged in specialized research requiring access to Washington, DC and its research institutions. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, in order to be considered eligible for this grant opportunity. This is a residential program requiring visiting scholars to remain in the Washington, DC area and to forego other academic and professional obligations for the duration of the grant.

Short-term grants offer a stipend for one month, while summer research grants provide support for two months. Both opportunities include residence at the Wilson Center.

Deadline: The deadline for receipt of short-term and summer research grant applications and supporting materials is March 1, 2013. Applicants will be notified approximately one month later.

Project Scope: EES offers residential summer and short-term research grants to scholars working on policy relevant projects on East Europe. While Southeast Europe remains a primary focus, projects on Central Europe and the Baltic states are also eligible. Countries that fall under this scope are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

Projects should focus on fields in the social sciences and humanities including, but not limited to: Anthropology, History, Political Science, Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Sociology.

Application Information: To apply for a Title VIII Summer, or Short-term Research Grant, the applicant must submit the following:
- a concise description of his/her research project;
- a curriculum vitae;
- a statement of preferred and alternate dates of residence in Washington, DC;
- two letters or recommendation in support of the research to be conducted at the Center..

Please mail all application materials to:

East European Studies
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004-3027

OR Send them via e-mail to: European.Studies@WilsonCenter.org

Posted by jychai at 01:00 PM

January 29, 2013

Internships: U.S. Department of State Fall 2013 Internship Program (unpaid)

Deadline: March 1, 2013

The U.S. Department of State is now accepting applications for its 2013 Fall Student Internship Program (unpaid). Visit https://state.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/336405300 to go directly to USAJobs to start the Gateway to State online application. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is March 1, 2013.

This program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships that provide intensive educational and professional experience within the environment of America’s principle foreign affairs agency.

The unpaid internships are available at many of the over 265 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the U.S. Participants gain first-hand, hands-on experience, and learn the realities of working in – and with – Foreign and Civil Service professionals who are at the forefront of America’s diplomatic efforts.

As an unpaid intern, you may have the opportunity to:
- Participate in meetings with senior level U.S. government or foreign government officials;
- Draft, edit, or contribute to cables, reports, communications, talking points, or other materials used by policy makers in furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives;
- Help organize and support events, including international and/or multi-lateral meetings and conferences on critical global issues;
- Contribute to the management and administration of the Department of State and America’s foreign policy; and
- Engage directly with U.S. or foreign audiences to promote U.S. foreign policy and improve understanding of U.S. culture and society.

So consider spending your Fall 2013 with the U.S. Department of State, witnessing and participating in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with the U.S. diplomats and civil servants who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives. You’ll not only have an experience of a lifetime, you may even earn educational credit. (Applicants who are selected for a U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid) can contact the selecting bureau, or the central Student Programs office, if they require further details about the program to support their request for academic credit.)

Please visit http://careers.state.gov/students/programs for more information about the Fall 2013 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the online application process via USAJobs.

Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Engage on the careers.state.gov website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.

U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.

Posted by jychai at 02:54 PM

Course: 2013 International Neighbourhood Symposium, Turkey

Deadline: March 24, 2013

The Center for International and European Studies (CIES) at Kadir Has University will host the 3rd International Neighbourhood Symposium at Heybeliada, Turkey between Tuesday, 25 June and Sunday, 30 June 2013. This year’s Symposium will focus on “The Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South – Tackling the Issues of Security, Democracy and Business.”

The Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South are shared neighborhoods of the European Union, its member states, the Russian Federation, and Turkey. While each is distinct with its own historical, political, social, cultural and economic characteristics; their proximity suggests synergy across many sectoral issues such as energy, transport, and the environment. While the Eastern Neighbourhood is composed of many states that aspire to closer ties including membership in the European Union and NATO; it is also home to the Russia Federation whose estrangement with the West and its institutions is growing while it claims the neighborhood for itself. The Mediterranean South finds itself in a state of ebullition for over two years since the Arab Awakening began.

The International Neighbourhood Symposium aims to discuss, assess, and understand these changes and challenges as well as explore the synergies between the two regions and the rest of Europe. Consequently, it will focus on the theme of Security and its challenges in each region. A dedicated panel will also look at how the issues of energy and energy security affect the security context. Attention will also be paid to the economic context and the role of Business as well as on the prospects of social entrepreneurship as there is a growing interest in both profit making and a positive return to society in both regions. Additionally, the energy issue will be presented from a business perspective. Finally, the themes of Democracy and democratization will be debated to assess the state of play in both regions and their prospects for the future. All of these points will be discussed further through Structured Dialogue workshops facilitated by Professor Benjamin Broome from Arizona State University.

The International Neighbourhood Symposium aims to promote further understanding and cooperation in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Mediterranean South and beyond by providing a forum for study, dialogue and networking in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment. Young professionals and graduate students primarily from the countries of the Eastern Neighbourhood, the Mediterranean South, EU member states, and the United States are the Symposium target group. In addition, applicants from the fields of public policy, politics, journalism, and business are especially encouraged to apply. The target age group is 22-35 years of age.

The draft program and online application form can be accessed from the CIES website at http://www.khas.edu.tr/en/ciesindex.php?id=98. To directly access the application form please visit http://activity.khas.edu.tr/ciesapp/.

Posted by jychai at 02:44 PM

January 17, 2013

Study Grants for International Students at the University of Bologna

Deadline: January 30, 2013

Study grants for international students - A.Y. 2013/14
In order to promote the attendance of international students in its degree programmes, the University of Bologna has funded 45 study grants for international students registering for Academic Year 2013-2014 to the First and Second Cycle Degree Programmes at University of Bologna, divided as follows:
- 15 study grants for students registering in First Cycle and Single Cycle degree programmes;
- 30 study grants for students registering in Second Cycle degree programmes.

Deadline for first session:
Presentation of applications: 30 January 2013
Evaluation of candidatures: February 2013
Publication of results: March 2013

Deadline for second session:
Presentation of applications: March 2013
Evaluation of candidatures: April 2013
Publication of results: May 2013

For more information, visit http://www.pecob.eu/news-central-eastern-europe-balkan-countries

Posted by jychai at 10:48 AM

January 15, 2013

European Parliament Internship Opportunities April 2013

Deadline: February 6, 2013

The European Parliament Liaison Office (EPLO) is pleased to announce the launch of its Spring round of internships designed for US graduate students and which will take place from mid-April to mid-July 2013 in its Washington D.C. Office with a possible extension in Brussels and Strasbourg. We are also pleased to inform you that a flat-rate allowance will be granted to the selected candidates.

What better place to monitor transnational politics in action, to see global players in international affairs addressing global challenges across a range of policy areas, to witness the interplay between decision-makers in the US – be they from the legislative or executive branch – and lawmakers from the European Union?

About the European Parliament and its DC Office (EPLO)
The European Parliament opened its Washington Liaison Office in January 2010 to meet the growing need for contact on legislative issues between the US Congress and law makers at EU level. It is no coincidence that this followed the introduction of the Lisbon Treaty in December 2009, which gave the European Parliament full legislative powers within the European Union comparable to those of the US House of Representatives in a far wider range of policy areas than had been the case before.

In policy areas such as the environment, energy, financial services, counter-terrorism, international trade, data protection, product safety or food and farming, legislators on both sides of the Atlantic increasingly recognise that a transatlantic dialogue is essential to ensure that new rules are not adopted without prior knowledge of standards being set elsewhere in the world.

A team of 11 European Parliament senior staffers is now stationed in our DC Office charged with creating and fostering working relationships between parliamentary committees and their Congressional and regulatory counterparts in the US government.

Opportunities for EPLO interns
-Working with staffers on a chosen policy area, such as energy, environment, counter-terrorism, financial services, trade, human rights or development co-operation (this list is in no way exhaustive, so feel free to indicate another policy area of interest to you);
-Focusing on an area of process, such as comparison of procedures between the House of Representatives and the European Parliament;
-Concentrating on media as well as internal and external communications;
-Developing individual project of your and our interest by utilizing the resources of the EP and the expertise of your fellow EPLO staff members;
-Analysing legislation and the policies that are vital for the transatlantic EU-US relationship;
-Preparing working papers and memos for the EP Headquarters;
-Preparing and assisting the Office in managing visits of European Parliament Members;
-Participating in our meetings with major interlocutors on the Hill, in executive agencies, and in think-tanks.

What might you gain from an EPLO internship?
-Familiarity with policy-making, both in the US and the European Union;
-Networking opportunities with senior staffers liaising directly with Congressional members;
-Advanced knowledge of global governance dealing with global issues;
-A chance to combine theory and practice in your chosen area of speciality and potentially laying the basis for your Policy Analysis Exercise;
-Access to the European Parliament intranet and databases;
-Experience working in a truly multinational European team, currently 10 nationalities – you may also practice your linguistic skills;
-An opportunity to learn by doing;
-Overall: a career-enhancing experience leaving you better-equipped for a future role in politics, international organisations, NGOs or the corporate sector.

Application process
Please submit your Europass CV2 by February 6th and a 500-words statement of interest. Be sure to indicate type of assignment you seek: policy area or function (e.g. communications or procedural matters). Two recommendation letters directly sent by a faculty member are also required.

Please address your application to:
Jean-Luc ROBERT, 2175 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20037
or e-mail epwashington@europarl.europa.eu

Contact: Mr Jean-Luc Robert

Please note that the deadline of application is February 6th. Two letters of recommendation directly sent by a faculty member are also required.

Posted by jychai at 03:13 PM

January 14, 2013

CFP Conference: "Europe: East and West" Undergraduate Research Symposium

Deadline: January 28, 2013

The Center for Russian and East European Studies (REES), the European Studies Center/European Union Center of Excellence (ESC/EUCE), and the International Business Center (IBC) at the University of Pittsburgh will be sponsoring the "Europe: East and West" Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Pittsburgh on April 12th, 2013.

Modeled after traditional academic conferences, this event will give students the opportunity to present their research papers on Western and Eastern Europe, including Russia and other countries of the former USSR, to discussants and an audience. Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply and participate in the symposium. The application form and further information can be found at http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/ursymposium/.

1) Students must submit applications with 250-300 word abstracts by January 28, 2013.
2) Selected students will be notified by mid-February 2013.
3) Final revised papers are due by March 20, 2013.
4) Presentations will be made at the Symposium on April 12, 2013.

Posted by sarayu at 12:49 PM

January 08, 2013

Study Abroad: EU Studies Summer Program, Brussels

Deadline: March 1, 2013

The EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels offers US students the opportunity to study the emergence of a united Europe in its dynamic heart. Running from July 8 to August 9, the program will consist of two courses plus an EU simulation for a total of 12 quarter credits (or 8 semester credits). The Program is administered by the European Commission-sponsored EU Center of Excellence at the University of Washington (Seattle), and is hosted by the Universite' Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). This five-week program features lectures and seminars by leading experts on the EU from both sides of the Atlantic, as well as site visits to major EU institutions and organizations involved in European integration. In addition, the program is supplemented by cultural and social events in and around the city, as well as a field trip to Luxembourg. Brussels' central location allows students to easily explore the area's rich history and culture at their own pace. The city is famous for its excellent dining, and the program will include two special group dinners. Field trip costs are covered by program fees. Discover the new Europe through the EU Studies Program in Brussels!

Courses & Program:
* Current EU Policy Debates with Dr. Nils Ringe (University of Wisconsin Professor, Political Science) (5 credits)
* EU Institutions: Views from Inside the Brussels Complex with Dr. Peter Hobbing, former Principal Administrator, European Commission (5 credits)
* EU Simulation (2 credits)

Students will be awarded 12 University of Washington quarter credits upon successful completion of the program (or 8 semester credits)

The program is open to all upper level undergraduate students with an interest in the EU enrolled in a degree program at US and Canadian universities.

Application instructions and procedures can be found on the EU Center website at: http://jsis.washington.edu/cwes/brussels/

The application deadline is March 1, 2013. The program fee is $2,950. The program fee includes instructional costs, program trips & events. The program fee does not include airfare, textbooks, meals and personal expenses or fees charged by the International Programs & Exchanges office: $300 for University of Washington students or $500 for non-University of Washington students.

Posted by rfacey at 11:38 AM

CFP Conference: Assessing the Impact of WWII on Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union

Deadline: January 15

Assessing the Impact of WWII on Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union
Princeton University
April 19-20, 2013

This conference sets out to consider how the experience of war shaped the postwar order. We aim to place the Second World War within a continuum of East European and Soviet history, bridging the prewar, wartime, and postwar eras. What opportunities did the war foreclose, and which did it create? What prewar practices survived or reappeared at war’s end? What new habits emerged, and which of these were ultimately suppressed?

The Second World War transformed Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. German dreams of racial purity in the East resulted in mass death, displacement, and the near total eradication of East European Jewry. The defeat of Hitler’s Reich enabled the Soviets to extend their own empire in Eastern Europe, as the advancing Red Army brought new territories under Moscow’s control. The enormity of the war’s impact is widely known – and as a result rarely examined in detail.

We focus on Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union because their shared wartime history set them apart. This was the main theater of fighting, the epicenter of the Holocaust, and the site of the confrontation between communism and fascism. At the same time, the experience of war was highly differentiated across the region. Some countries were occupied by both Nazi and Soviet troops (Poland, the Baltic States), while others escaped either Nazi (Romania) or Soviet (Yugoslavia) occupation. Some states were German allies during the war; others had puppet regimes installed on their territory; most of the Soviet Union avoided any direct fighting. To what extent did these divergent trajectories produce different postwar outcomes?

Professor Kate Brown (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) will deliver the keynote address.

Papers can address, but are not limited to, the following themes:
- Ghosts of War. The war killed millions of people and annihilated East European Jewry. How was their absence felt in the postwar era? How were the dead remembered, commemorated, instrumentalized? Did they continue to “haunt” postwar communities and societies?
- War as Revolution. Did wartime leveling facilitate the construction of postwar communism (as Jan Gross has suggested)? Did it promote particular economic and political structures? What patterns of social mobility did the war create?
- A Continent on the Move. Millions of people moved during the war and in the immediate postwar years, whether as soldiers, refugees, prisoners of war, or forced laborers. How did movement reconfigure individual and collective identities? To what extent did it reorient social and political networks?
- Transitions to Peacetime. How did soldiers and prisoners of war adjust to the postwar order? How did women’s roles change at the war’s end? Were wartime behaviors suppressed, redirected, internalized?
- Nation, Socialism, and Empire. To what extent did the war redefine national identities? Did the Nazi and Soviet occupations unite or divide the region? How did the breakdown of nation-states during the war shape postwar nationalist movements, and how did these square with the creation of socialist states?
- The Legacy of War. How was the war remembered, represented, and commemorated? What narratives did individuals and collectivities construct about the war? To what extent did official and personal narratives conflict, overlap, or conflate, and how did this affect the relationship between state and society?

We invite papers from advanced graduate students and junior scholars in all disciplines who are working on the countries of Eastern Europe (including Germany, Austria, and Greece) and the former Soviet Union. We are particularly interested in comparative papers that address multiple countries or regions; papers that link the prewar and postwar eras; and those that undertake interdisciplinary work. Applicants should submit an abstract (300 words) and a short CV (2-3 pages) to impactofwarconference@gmail.com by January 15, 2013. Questions can be directed to the conference co-organizers: Franziska Exeler (fexeler@princeton.edu) or Kyrill Kunakhovich (kkunakho@princeton.edu).

Selections will be made by late January 2013. Final papers (10-12 pages) will be due three weeks before the conference. They will be circulated among the participants, to be read in advance of the conference. The university will provide accommodation for two nights. We can make only modest contributions towards travel expenses, and ask all participants to apply for travel funding at their home institutions.

Posted by rfacey at 11:36 AM

Visiting Scholar Program: Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy

Deadline: March 31, 2013

The Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP) is a two-year-long international Masters course funded by the European Commission, jointly offered by Central European University (Hungary), Institut Barcelona d’Estudies Internacionals (Spain), the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands), and the University of York (UK). The Mundus MAPP Consortium is hosting outstanding third-country scholars who are interested in contributing to the study program and strengthening academic partnerships with the Consortium. Eligible candidates must be employed by an institution of higher education in any country except the 27 Member States of the European Union.

Selected academics are hosted for a period of minimum of two weeks and maximum of three months in one of the Consortium's institutions. In addition to conducting research in one of the disciplines Mundus MAPP draws on, they are required to teach or develop elements of the Mundus MAPP program (e.g., independently offer or contribute to courses, supervise thesis projects of Mundus MAPP students, participate in Mundus MAPP study visits). After ending their visiting scholar activities, visiting scholars are expected to contribute to the promotion and dissemination of the Erasmus Mundus Programme in general, and Mundus MAPP in particular, in their higher education institution and country of origin.

Interested academics are invited to elaborate on their proposed contribution to Mundus MAPP in their application form. The exact form of contribution is determined by a contract between the visiting scholar and the Mundus MAPP Consortium.

The European Commission supports academics contributing to Mundus MAPP by special scholarships under the Erasmus Mundus Programme. The Consortium selects, and forwards a list of scholars to be supported each year to the European Commission for approval.

Academic visits may start as early as September 2013 and continue during the 2013-2014 academic year, but should take place during teaching terms.

Application deadline: March 31, 2013 (In case not all funding can be distributed at this early stage the Consortium will accept late applications until June 15, 2013.)

To apply please visit: http://www.mundusmapp.org/visiting/visiting.htm
Further inquiries: mundusmapp@ceu.hu

Posted by rfacey at 11:29 AM

Fellowship: Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies

Deadline: February 4, 2013

The Council for European Studies invites eligible graduate students to apply for its 2013 Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Each fellowship includes a $4,000 grant, travel support for presenting at the CES International Conference, and the opportunity to publish in Perspectives on Europe, a semi-annual journal of the Council for European Studies. http://councilforeuropeanstudies.org/grants-and-awards/dissertation-completion

Posted by rfacey at 11:18 AM