Carnegie Research fellowship program
Research Opportunities in the United States
For Scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences
A Program of the National
Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER) in conjunction with
the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS and the Caucasus Research
Resource Centers (CRRC) and Supported by a Grant from the Carnegie Corporation
of New York
Council for Eurasian and East European Research is pleased to announce the
competition for the Carnegie Research Fellowship Program in the United States for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Scholars of the humanities and social sciences from eligible regions may apply
for individual, non-degree research opportunities at universities and
institutes in the United States. This
competition selects university faculty, researchers, advanced graduate
students, and scholars in the social sciences and humanities from the Russian
cities of Kaliningrad and Rostov-na-Donu, as well as scholars from Armenia,
Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. All fellows will conduct
research on specific topics in the social sciences and humanities, write a
15-to-30-page academic paper upon the fellow’s return home, and deliver lectures
with the goal of contributing to the further development of higher education
and scholarship in their regions. The Carnegie Research Fellowship Program
(CRFP) is administered by the National Council for Eurasian and East European
Research (NCEEER) in collaboration with the American Councils for International
Education: ACTR/ACCELS (American Councils) and the Caucasus Research Resource
Centers (CRRC). Participants in the CRFP will conduct research in the United
States for four months.
Participants in the CRFP
will receive the following: 1) round-trip airfare from their home cities to
their host universities in the United States; 2) a pre-departure orientation,
and an orientation program in either Seattle or Washington D.C.; 3) a monthly
stipend; 4) health insurance; and 5) access to libraries and archives, and
alumni activities. Additionally, all CRFP scholars will be eligible for a
scholar development fund to aid in purchasing books, technology, and other
research tools, or to attend a conference and become affiliated with
professional groups in the United States.
for this program are contingent upon the availability of funding from the
Carnegie Corporation of New York.
DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT
OF APPLICATIONS: April 30, 2012.
Applications must be received by 5pm local time at the NCEEER or
Individuals who are eligible to participate in CRFP:
Citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia,
Moldova and Ukraine. Citizens of Russia who are residing, working, or studying
in the cities of Kaliningrad and Rostov-na-Donu, and their respective regions.
Applicants whose proposals relate to the themes
chosen by one of the Centers for Advanced Study and Education (CASE) in their
region or country:
Theme for Kaliningrad applicants:
CASE at the Kaliningrad State University-Russia and Europe: Past, Present, Future
for Rostov applicants:
Rostov CASE at the Rostov
State University–Russia’s Modernization Problems
for applicants from Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine:
CASE at the European Humanities University - Social Transformations in the Western
Eurasia Border Region--Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine
Theme for the Caucasus Research Resource Centers
(Baku, Yerevan, Tbilisi):
South Caucasus: Life in Transition
Advanced graduate students, university faculty, and
scholars at any stage in their careers who have not recently conducted research
projects at U.S. institutions.
Scholars who hold a "Kandidatskaya” degree or
higher, or who are working towards a "Kandidatskaya” degree at the time of
Scholars who have a level of proficiency in written
and spoken English that is sufficient to conduct independent research and
Scholars who have publications (advanced graduate
students may cite papers presented at academic conferences) in a particular
Scholars who are able to receive and maintain a
United States J-1 visa.
Scholars who are able to begin the CRFP in the
United States in September 2012 or January 2013.
Note: NCEEER, the American Councils, and CRRC do not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic
origin, handicap, or disability.
Individuals NOT eligible:
Spouses of U.S. citizens or spouses of citizens of
countries other than the countries specified.
Individuals who have applied for an immigrant visa
to any country, or who have requested political asylum in any country (this
includes individuals who hold or have applied for a U.S. "green card” or who
have applied to the U.S. Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery).
Employees of NCEEER, the American Councils, and
CRRC, their spouses, children, and grandchildren are not eligible to
participate in any NCEEER/American Councils/CRRC-administered competition.
The CRFP provides no
financial support for the family members or dependents of program
CRFP participants may be required to return to their home countries for at
least two (2) calendar years upon completion of the program in the United
States. No requests for visa extensions, waivers, or transfers will be granted
under any circumstances.
CARNEGIE CORPORATION OF NEW YORK:
The Carnegie Corporation of
New York was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote "the advancement and
diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” As a grant making foundation, the
Corporation seeks to carry out Carnegie's vision of philanthropy, which he said
should aim "to do real and permanent good in this world.” The focal areas of the Corporation’s work
have evolved over time, adapting to changing circumstances. Current program
directions have been designed to correspond with the Corporation's historic
mission and legacy. Currently, the
Corporation makes grants in the areas of education, international peace and
security, international development and in strengthening U.S. democracy.
National Council for Eurasian and East European
Founded in 1978, National
Council for Eurasian and East European Research is a not-for-profit academic
body whose purpose is to encourage and sustain high-quality research on Eastern
Europe and the NIS in the social sciences and the humanities. Over the past
twenty years, NCEEER has awarded grants and research contracts to thousands of
U.S. scholars and institutions working at the forefront of academic research on
the region. NCEEER’s outstanding network of scholars and institutions within
the academic and social science community will enhance opportunities for
Russian scholars and researchers to identify and engage the "best and the
brightest” among American colleagues within their disciplines.
American Councils for International
Founded in 1974, American
Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
is a private, not-for-profit professional association and exchange organization
dedicated to academic cooperation with the NIS in the areas of research,
faculty training, language study, and curriculum and materials development.
American Councils programs offer U.S. and foreign students and faculty
opportunities for serious research and study in the former Soviet Union.
Caucasus Research Resource Centers: CRRC
The Caucasus Research Resource Centers program (CRRC)
is a network of resource and training centers established in the capital cities
of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia with the goal of strengthening social
science research and public policy analysis in the South Caucasus.
A partnership between the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Eurasia
Partnership Foundation (EPF), the program's outcomes are to increase the
accessibility of high-quality research resources, to strengthen capacity and,
to increase the dialogue and collaboration between social science researchers and
Since the opening of the Centers in 2003, CRRC has become a nexus of activity
for the South Caucasus social science community by providing open access to
fundamental literature, data, and professional training for social science
researchers. The centers will make it easier for researchers to pursue original
work, to base their research on actual transition data, and to participate in
the growing domestic policy research community.
Direct and indirect CRRC beneficiaries include social science researchers,
faculty members from academic institutions, policy practitioners and other
professionals from non-governmental, private, and public sectors.
SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS AND PROJECT TIMELINE:
All applicants from Belarus,
Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine must submit an original and two copies of
completed applications and all supporting materials to the American
Councils/NCEEER office in Chisinau (see address below) by the deadline date of
April 30, 2012. Application packages could also be submitted electronically/ by
firstname.lastname@example.org In the latter case, make sure your recommendations, passport copy and signed
on April 30 (local time of the office).
All applicants from Armenia,
Azerbaijan, and Georgia are encouraged to submit their applications by mail
(original, and two copies) to the addresses below, by April 30, 2012.
Application packages could
also be submitted electronically/ by email to email@example.com. In the latter
sent scanned. Applications should ARRIVE in the office by 5pm on April 30
(local time of the office).
Scholars should also retain
a copy of the application for their records, as applications will not be
returned. Successful applicants will be notified and in-person interviews
conducted in Kyiv/Chisinau and Tbilisi in early June 2012 by multi-national
committees. The semi-finalists will be notified by telephone and/or by mail by
NCEEER/the American Councils about their interviews. All applicants will be
notified of the results in due course.
All applications to the CRFP will be
reviewed and evaluated by a multi-national group of specialists in the field
who will provide written assessments of each proposal’s viability, need for
access to U.S. resources, and potential contribution to the discipline in the
applicant’s home country. A multi-national committee will interview each
semi-finalist in English in order to discuss each applicant’s research project
and how that project will benefit the applicant’s profession in his or her home
country after returning from the United States, including possible benefits to
the CASEs in which applicants have participated. Based on the evaluation of the
written application and the results of the interview, finalists and alternate
candidates will be selected by a panel of American specialists in the United
States. Fellows will begin their
programs in the United States in September 2012 or January 2013. Dates for
fellowships and all placements will be determined by NCEEER or ACTR/ACCELS.
application will be returned to the applicant after the end of the competition.
CRFP reserves the right to verify all of the information indicated in the
application. In the event that there is
a discrepancy, or information is found to be false, the application will
immediately be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible.
read all instructions and information carefully before completing the
FORMS: All forms must be completed
in English and must be typewritten or hand-printed in black ink. All sections
of the application must be completed; incomplete applications will not be
considered. Write your full name on the
upper right corner of each page of the application.
FAMILY: There are no provisions for
family members to accompany scholars. No financial support, visas, or letters
of support will be provided to accommodate the travel of family members of
MEDICAL FORMS: Finalists in the Carnegie
Research Fellowship Program will be required to have a doctor complete a full
medical form certifying that they are in good health. Medical forms are in
English and will be sent to finalists together with the acceptance letter.
Finalists who cannot provide completed medical forms certifying that they are
in good health will not be awarded a grant.
SELECTION/PLACEMENT: All written applications
will be reviewed and evaluated in the United States by selection panels of
leading American scholars. NCEEER or American Councils will select
semi-finalists. Multi-national committees will interview semi-finalists in Kyiv/Chisinau
and Tbilisi. Placement will be arranged by NCEEER or the American Councils at
U.S. institutions and universities that are appropriate for each scholar’s
proposed research project.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Letters of recommendation
will assist the U.S. selection committee in evaluating applications. Each
applicant must submit two (2) letters of recommendation from colleagues,
professors, or other qualified persons who are familiar with the applicant's
work. Each letter should be signed by the recommender and carry an official stamp.
All recommendations not in English must be accompanied by an English
translation. The translator should sign and print his/her name at the end of
the translation. Confidentiality of letters of recommendation cannot be
RESEARCH PROPOSAL: All proposals must be typed
or printed in English and must be four (4) to five (5) pages in length. The
most important part of this application is the description of your proposed
In your research
proposal, you should do the following:
State your hypothesis concisely and completely.
Describe your research objectives and how you plan
to achieve them in the United States.
Describe research work you have already conducted in
this area and how it is related to the research you plan to undertake in the
Describe how you will use this research for the
benefit of your field in your home country.
Describe how you will share this research with
colleagues in your home country, with particular emphasis on how you will
inform one of the Centers for Advanced Study and Education of the nature and
content of your work.
Cite published research on your topic and colleagues
whose research is in the same area.
Indicate important U.S. colleagues, archives,
libraries, and other resources you wish to use while in the United States.
Clearly outline materials you need for your research
that are not available in your home country.
It is helpful,
but not necessary, if you have an idea of where you would like to be placed in
the United States, and have made contact with an American scholar at this
institution. This information should be listed in your application and
RESUME: Please include a copy of your curriculum vitae (preferred) or resume
your resume, you should do the following:
Include your contact information (address, phone,
e-mail address, if any).
Provide your educational background.
List your professional and research experience.
Indicate significant honors and accomplishments.
Describe your skills and language knowledge.
PASSPORT: Please include a clear photocopy of your
international travel passport (if available).
submitting this application, you are agreeing to the terms of this privacy
policy and authorizing NCEEER to utilize and distribute information in the
manner described herein.
contact the American Councils/NCEEER office, if you have questions regarding
the form of your letters of recommendation, research proposal, or resume.
detach the application and submit the required number of copies with the
required materials, as listed on the checklist on the last page of the
application, to the NCEEER/American Councils office in Chisinau, or the CRRC
office in a respective country. Keep the
program description, eligibility requirements, and instruction information,
along with a copy of all your application documents, for your records.
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