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December 20, 2010

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Council for European Studies Fellowships

Council for European Studies Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowships

The Council for European Studies (CES) invites eligible graduate
students to apply for its 2011 Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowships.
Designed for students in the early stages of the dissertation process, each fellowship includes a stipend of $4,000, travel support for attending the CES International Conference of Europeanists, and the opportunity to publish in Perspectives on Europe, a semi-annual publication of the Council for European Studies.

More specifically, the Council seeks applicants for the following:

1) Twenty (20) Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowships for graduate students working on general topics in European Studies. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

2) One (1) Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship for a graduate student working on a topic within the field of Portuguese Studies and whose research requires travel to Portugal for all or a portion of the research term. Funded by the Luso-American Development Foundation.

3) One (1) Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship for a graduate student working within the discipline of Anthropology on a topic in European Studies. Funded by the Society for the Anthropology of Europe

For more information, please visit our website (http://ces.columbia.edu/awards/awards.html).

Best regards,
Yookyung Bang
Council for European Studies
Columbia University
420 West 118th Street, MC 3307
New York, NY 10027

Phone: 212-854-4172
Fax: 212-854-8808

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December 14, 2010

Summer and Semester Programs in Russia, National Research University - Higher School of Economics

The National Research University-Higher School of Economics (HSE) offers both Summer Abroad and Semester Abroad programs designed to meet the needs of your best students. The HSE is Russia’s leading university in the social and economic sciences and is listed among the world’s top 500 universities in the most recent QS ranking. The HSE is the largest socio-economics think-tank in Russia and Eastern Europe and a respected center for Russian Studies. We are a dynamic, progressive, and young university committed to excellence. Our 18,000 students study at campuses in major cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg and Nizhniy-Novgorod. They come from all regions of Russia and from countries around the world, which creates a rich and diverse learning environment.

All HSE programs offer:
* World-class faculty, research, and study opportunities
* Professional, round-the-clock student support services with an English-speaking staff
* Safe and comfortable classrooms and living space
* Reasonable program and housing costs

Summer School 2011 - Dual Sessions in Moscow and St. Petersburg

Our program in Russia’s two capitals offers strong academic content with an unforgettable cultural experience. The HSE Summer School program offers a wide range of stimulating courses that enable students to sharpen intellectual skills and earn transferrable academic credit to speed their progress toward degree. Students may choose from:

* 4 weeks program (Moscow + St.Petersburg): Courses in Russian Studies / History /International Relations / Political Science / Economics/ Russian Language
* 6 weeks program (Moscow): Intensive Russian Language Program + Course in Russian Studies
* 10 weeks program (Moscow + St.Petersburg): Intensive Russian Language Program + Course in Russian Studies

Program features:
* All courses are taught in English language
* Transcripts with ECTS Credits/US grades are provided
* Russian language courses (optional) at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels
* A cultural immersion program, including excursions and a “city quest” game
* Master classes given by renowned academic experts and policy practitioners
* A program of site-visits to government bodies, NGOs, corporate and mass-media offices
* Multiple networking activities

Find out more at http://cie.hse.ru/index.php/programs/summer-program

Semester Abroad 2011/2012

Currently HSE offers over 100 courses taught in English during the fall and spring semesters. Students may choose courses from rigorous programs in political science, history, international relations, economics, sociology, business informatics, finance, mathematics, Russian studies, and Russian language. Students have the option of spending their semester program on our Moscow or Nizhniy-Novgorod campuses.

Find out more at http://cie.hse.ru/index.php/programs/semesteryear-programs.

If students have a specific research project in mind, the HSE offers extensive research opportunities in our more than 60 research centers and labs. Our Visiting Researcher Program gives international students the chance to conduct intensive research with the assistance and direction of an HSE faculty supervisor. Students in the Visiting Researcher Program may take up to 3 courses per term without the commitment of registering for a degree program.

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Study Abroad: Central Asian Languages Studies Center at International University of Central Asia (IUCA), Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan

The Central Asian Languages Studies Center at International University of Central Asia (IUCA), Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan

If you have decided to study Central Asian languages and do not know where to study them, welcome to our Central Asian Languages Studies Center (CALSC) at IUCA!

At our Center we offer courses in Kyrgyz, Kazakh, Uzbek, Uighur, Tajik, Dungan and Russian languages for international students and for those from Kyrgyzstan and other Central Asian countries.

CALSC's mission is to provide both foreign and local students with the opportunity to explore, learn, and excel in their language of interest. The Center welcomes foreign researchers, scholars, and students conducting studies in Central Asian languages to consider studying at the International University of Central Asia.

CALSC is licensed by the Ministry of Education of the Kyrgyz Republic.

For more details please visit the IUCA website at: http://iuca.kg/index.php/en/programs/center-central-asian-languages

The language courses are six to nine months long depending on the attendee's language skill level. Upon completion of the course, students receive a certificate from the International University of Central Asia. If they wish, they have the option to become a regular student at IUCA.

While studying languages at our Center you will have an opportunity to take credits as IUCA regular students do, in languages you understand. Instruction takes place in both Russian and English.

Some people who are used to living in big cities might not want to live in a small town. On the other hand, studying in a small town like Tokmok also has advantages:
* Living in Tokmok, you will spend less money than living in Bishkek. For example, to rent a 2-room apartment (a 'one bedroom' in the US) costs 50-100 dollars per month, while in Bishkek it could easily cost 300-400 USD. It is the same with food: fruits, vegetables and meat are considerably cheaper in Tokmok. Besides all food products are very fresh ­ they have come right off the farm.
* Definitely, pollution is much less in Tokmok than in Bishkek or other big cities.
* In Tokmok traffic is less, and you will not find traffic jams here.
* The mountains are not far from Tokmok: on week-ends you may go to the mountains to get out into nature. These are the famous Tien-Shan, the Mountains of Heaven, and you will find they are well named.
* And last but not least, usually people in small places are friendlier and ready to help. This applies to Tokmok 100 per cent.

Bishkek is only one hour away (60 km) from Tokmok, so if you want to go to a night club or a fancy restaurant, or if you have an important meeting at, say, your Embassy in Bishkek, you may easily do so. Taxis and minivans are available at the Tokmok bus station. They get you to Bishkek in about an hour.

In a nutshell - welcome to IUCA, to the Central Asian Languages Studies Center!

Contact Person:
Damira Sydykova (Director of the Center and a scholar with teaching experience in the United States where she taught Kyrgyz language at the University of Maryland in 1993-1994). E-mail: dsydykova@yahoo.com

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December 10, 2010

Announcement: Yugoslavia in the World: new wiki website

Yugoslavia was a founding member of the non-aligned movement and an innovator in worker self-managed socialism. How did Yugoslavia work abroad? How did the world shape Yugoslavia? The new wiki website Yugoslavia in the World seeks to bring together researchers and research on the global role and experiences of socialist Yugoslavia. We also invite researchers working on the global experiences of other socialist countries. The wiki is a site to post past or current research, post interesting books and articles, and learn about the wide variety of scholars working on these topics. To sign up, visit http://yugoslaviaintheworld.pbworks.com.

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Job Posting: International Visiting Professors: Kazakh-Russian International University (KRIU) - Aktobe, Kazakhstan

Kazakh-Russian International University is one of the modern and prospectively developing universities in Kazakhstan. The University is located in Aktobe, which is in the northwest part of Kazakhstan.

Kazakh-Russian International University invites applications for a Visiting Professor from foreign universities for a short time period (1 month). Professors are invited to teach courses in Economics, Accounting & Audit, Finance, Law, Information Systems, English and German, Automation & Management, Computer Science & Software, Life Safety & Environmental Protection, Psychology, Design, Graphic Design, and Tourism. The language of instruction is English. These courses are taught at the undergraduate level. Candidates interested in research in Central Asia are particularly encouraged to apply.

Position requirements:
* A PhD degree in a relevant field with experience on innovative teaching methods;
* Experience of teaching at Higher Educational Institutions;
* Excellent English and communications skills;
* Practical experience in businesses and teaching experience is preferred.

Candidates interested in applying for the position should send Curriculum Vitae and a letter of interest showing what courses they can teach by e-mail to: lberdimuratova@gmail.com, Liliana Berdimuratova, Director, Department of Accreditation and International Education Programs, KRIU.

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Volunteer in Moldova

Love Volunteers, in tandem with its partner NGO in Moldova, is looking for volunteers for this small, picturesquely rural and very poor country. Volunteering in Moldova is a great prospect for those interested in eastern Europe and who’d like to help the people of a country which, having enjoyed peace for several years now, suffered a civil war during the 1990s and has a reputation not just as one of Europe’s poorest countries but also as one of the friendliest.

Volunteering attracts people of all backgrounds and belonging to all age groups. Most often, volunteering occurs as part of the gap year experience before embarking on a university degree. Besides giving the volunteer a fresh outlook on life, increased self-confidence and problem-solving skills,it also provides a boost to one’s CV. For some a stint spent volunteering forms a perfect break between jobs or during a change of carer direction.

The rewards of volunteering include the satisfaction that comes from making a daily impact on the lives of individuals affected by limited economic, educational and health prospects. Volunteering brings you into contact with people eager to introduce you to their world, its customs and its outlook on life. In Moldova, the volunteer placements consist mainly of working in a secondary school teaching conversational English. You will find Moldovan students enthusiastic to learn about life beyond their own borders. By virtually becoming one of the locals, volunteers make many new friends

For more information, click on this link

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Volunteering in Albania

Love Volunteers has united with a local NGO in Albania to offer volunteer placements in that fascinating country. Volunteering in Albania means stepping into the breach to make an albeit small contribution to the fight against under-privilege in one of Europe’s poorest countries. Volunteers in Albania work with children from the disadvantaged minority Romani community. Directly contributing to these youngsters’ education, the volunteer in Albania sees perceptible advances being made in the progress of the individual children he or she deals with.

Bordered by Montenegro, Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia and Greece, Albania is a mountainous country with an extensive stretch of Adriatic coastline. Its assorted peoples, having emerged from Communist control in the 1990s, have had difficult economic conditions to endure. Members of Albania’s ‘Romani’ community are particularly hard hit by poverty, by low literacy levels as well as suffering considerable discrimination.

Typically undertaken by gap-year student, recent college graduates, people between jobs or contemplating what career choice to make, volunteering in Albania amounts to that rarely experienced thing, immersion in another people’s culture while at the same time carrying out a genuinely needed service. Reasons for choosing to volunteer in Albania, rather than simply travel or obtain temporary paid work closer to home include getting to see an extraordinarily beautiful country, getting to experience the warm hospitality for which that country is famed, and receiving the rare satisfaction of directly enhancing the quality of life of individuals.

For more information click on this link

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