September 29, 2008

Call for Proposals: Weiser Center Faculty Grants

The Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, along with the Center for European Studies/European Union Center, Center for Russian and East European Studies, and Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, invite University of Michigan faculty to submit proposals for grants to support initiatives that will take place in 2008-10 and extend the missions of these centers. The deadline is rolling; initial allocations will be made for proposals received by November 1, 2008.

We will consider all applications dealing with historical or current articulations of cultural, economic, political, and social life in Europe and Eurasia, and we seek creative and innovative ideas of all kinds that will enrich our community’s intellectual life. In this inaugural year of the Weiser Center, we particularly welcome projects that engage WCED’s thematic concern for emerging democracies. Awards will be based on proposal quality and the extent to which the proposed projects:

1.engage European and Eurasian contextual expertise and/or WCED’s thematic and comparative concern for emerging democracies;
2.promise long-term scholarly impact;
3.have educational value for graduate and/or undergraduate students;
4.have demonstrable benefits for enhancing the relationship between university work and wider public goods;
5.extend international collaboration among individuals and institutions; and
6.leverage other sources of support.

Applicants should review materials describing the Centers posted on the web (www.ii.umich.edu/wcee); for WCED-related projects, in particular, see www.ii.umich.edu/wced/about/framework. Funds may be requested for pilot projects/explorations leading to future work or to supplement existing projects. For example, faculty may seek funds to bring a colleague from an emerging democracy to participate in a class, conference or ongoing workshop; initiate a thematic or geographic workshop series that draws on faculty and students; travel to Europe or Eurasia to design a research partnership with scholars and students from a particular institution; or work with NGOs to explore ways in which scholarly partnerships might extend the public good. Awards are expected to range from $500 to $5,000, depending on the number and character of successful proposals.

Proposals should include: (1) an explanatory statement no longer than 1,000 words; (2) a current CV for each principal organizer/participant; and (3) a budget detailing anticipated costs and all sources of support (pending and confirmed). Successful applicants will be expected to submit project descriptions for the WCEE/WCED websites and annual reports; a project final report will also be expected as a condition of future support. Please send proposals to: Marysia Ostafin, WCEE; 1080 S. University, Suite 3668; 1106; mostafin@umich.edu.

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