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Dec
15
Sat
Call for Applications: 2019-2020 Fellowships at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research
Dec 15 all-day

2019-2020 Call for Applications from PhD Candidates

Greenberg Research Fellowship

Katz Research Fellowship in Genocide Studies

Breslauer, Rutman, and Anderson Research Fellowship

Deadline: December 15, 2018

 

The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research invites proposals for its three research fellowships for advanced-standing PhD candidates: the 2019-2020 Margee and Douglas Greenberg Research Fellowship; the 2019-2020 Robert J. Katz Research Fellowship in Genocide Studies; and the 2019-2020 Breslauer, Rutman, and Anderson Research Fellowship.

Each fellowship provides $4,000 support and will be awarded to an outstanding advanced-standing PhD candidate from any discipline for dissertation research focused on testimony from the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive and other USC resources. The recipient will be required to spend one month in residence at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Award decisions for each fellowship will be based on the originality of the research proposal and its potential to advance research with testimonies in the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive or other unique genocide research resources at USC. Each fellow will be expected to provide the Center with fresh perspectives, to play a role in Center activities, and to give a public talk during the stay.

The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research distinguishes itself from other Holocaust and Genocide institutes by offering access to unique research resources and by focusing its research efforts on the interdisciplinary study of currently under-researched areas. (For more information: cagr.usc.edu.)

USC is the home of internationally unique and growing research resources, which include the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive, a collection of over 55,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides, including the Rwandan, Armenian, Guatemalan, Cambodian genocides and the Nanjing Massacre in China; a Holocaust and genocide studies collection at Doheny Memorial Library with 30,000 primary and secondary sources, and a Special Collection containing private papers of German and Austrian Jewish emigrants, including Lion Feuchtwanger, from the Third Reich.

To submit an application, please send a cover letter (including proposed dates of residency), CV, proposal abstract (1-3 pages), writing sample, and recommendation letter from your PhD advisor by December 15th, 2018 to [email protected]. Each submission will be considered for all three fellowships.

To view the CFA on our website, click here.

Fieldschool for Ethnographic Sensibility
Dec 15 all-day

When: April 29 – May 31, 2019

The University of Alberta Anthropology Department offers a 5-week, 6-credit undergraduate and graduate Fieldschool for Ethnographic Sensibility in Belgrade, Serbia and Pula, Croatia.

Learn how to be a cultural detective through art! Our school uses Belgrade, Serbia and Pula, Croatia as ethnographic laboratories where students learn how to perceive the minute details of everyday life through a series of fun exercises modelled on the way fine arts teach novices how to see, listen and feel in a fresh way by training their attention and sensory acuity. Work with an acting coach and take drawing, creative writing or documentary film workshops. Get the feel of urban spaces, pursue the social life of mundane objects, and attend to the nuances of body language in a foreign culture. Learn to become a cultural seismograph and read your own anxieties in unfamiliar surroundings as indicators of cultural difference.

Our fieldschool is a miniature laboratory where we create some of the circumstances of ethnographic fieldwork, let the students experience the dilemmas and paradoxes of empirical inquiry, and guide them in dealing with them. We teach them not to standardize their method prematurely and tolerate ambiguity because we believe that flexibility, or “elastic rigour” is a hallmark of all scientific inquiry. All activities are closely supervised by experts in both the native culture and ethnographic fieldwork methods. In its fourth year, the Fieldschool is aimed at anthropologists who want to develop their ethnographic sensibility with the particular focus on non-verbal, embodied patterns of everyday life, artists who want to explore the convergences between ethnographic and artistic training, and designers, architects, urban-planners and scientists interested in engaging with their practice in a culturally sensitive way. Accommodation in hostel and local families. Four weeks in Belgrade (including field-trips to the Serbian countryside) will be combined with a week in Pula with field-trips in Istria. No knowledge of Serbian/Croatian required.

Field School for Ethnographic Sensibility webpage: ethnosense.com
Contact: Marko Zivkovic, [email protected]

Dec
28
Fri
Call for Proposals: Understanding the Rules of life: Building a Synthetic Cell
Dec 28 all-day

Understanding the Rules of life: Building a Synthetic Cell (NSF 18-599) invites researchers to apply to participate in an interdisciplinary Ideas Lab focused on facilitating innovative research projects for designing, fabricating, and validating synthetic cells that express specified phenotypes. Up to $10,000,000 of funding is available for successful project proposals resulting from the Ideas Lab.

Building a synthetic cell is a grand challenge at the interface between biological, mathematical, computer and physical sciences and engineering.  Meeting this challenge requires simultaneous careful exploration of the social and ethical dimensions of such research as well as educating today’s students to engage in the activities and technologies required to develop and use synthetic cells.

To apply to this program, researchers should:

  • submit preliminary proposals due December 28, 2018,
  • participate, if selected, in the Ideas Lab workshop to be held February 25 – March 1, 2019, and
  • if invited to do so, submit, as part of a team, a full proposal due May 13, 2019.

Full details regarding the specifics of the research ideas, proposal limitations, and the application process can be found in the full solicitation.

Dec
31
Mon
AIIS Language Programs in India
Dec 31 all-day

IMPORTANT NOTE: THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR SUMMER 2019 AND FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-2020 PROGRAMS IS DECEMBER 31, 2018. APPLY NOW.

For more than five decades, AIIS language programs in India have been crucial to most U.S.-based scholars of South Asian area studies in the humanities and social science disciplines. Area experts employed in government, NGOs, and the private sector have also benefited. More than 4,000 students have completed programs through the Institute.

The AIIS Language Program offers nine-month academic year, summer and semester courses at elementary to advanced levels in many languages, including several that are rarely taught outside of India. The eligibility requirements vary depending on the particular program. The full academic year program is intended for students who have successfully completed two years of language training and who seek intensive immersion instruction within a target-language environment to work toward an advanced-to-superior level of proficiency. Summer programs are offered at a variety of levels. Applications for AIIS language programs are available in mid-October and are due by December 31; the selection process is finished by late February.

AIIS awards full fellowships, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Group Projects Abroad program, to qualified academic-year and semester program students on a competitive basis; summer program applicants should seek funding from their home institutions or through the Critical Language Scholarship program (for Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu), but may also be considered for financial assistance from AIIS.

Undergraduates who complete an AIIS language program can enroll to have their AIIS coursework recorded as transferable academic credit through Indiana University, which serves as the AIIS transcript school of record. Students can earn 12-16 credits per semester and 8 credits for the summer program.

U.S. military veterans, students from community colleges and regional public institutions and non-traditional students are especially encouraged to apply. AIIS makes every effort to accommodate students with disabilities or special needs.

Students participating in the AIIS Academic Year Language Program who are funded through their home institutions with Title VI FLAS Fellowships must take an additional directed readings course with faculty, arranged by AIIS, at a local Indian university or research institute. This course will require a syllabus approved by AIIS, with the concurrence of the relevant faculty and student. Additional tuition charges of $500 will be incurred.

Students who are enrolled in a master’s program and who participate in the summer 2019 programs may request up to $1,175 in funding to complete a one-month capstone project to be carried out upon completion of the language program. Students interested in this funding should add an additional one to two paragraphs to their statement of purpose, describing their proposed project.

AIIS will be holding a Mughal Persian workshop in Lucknow at the end of the 2019 summer program. All Mughal Persian and Urdu students will be welcome to attend. The workshop will provide a venue for the examination of overall themes in studies of the wider Persianate world, and opportunities for conversations and collaborations between scholars studying common or intersecting themes in different parts of the Persianate world: Safavid Iran, Mughal India, Afghanistan, Central Asia, Ottoman Empire, larger Indian Ocean, etc. Possible common themes include: intellectual history; Islamic historiography; Poetics and cross-cultural influences on poetry and literature; Sufi studies, Islamic reform movements; center/periphery interactions within empire and crossing across frontiers; diplomacy and diplomatic discourse; discourse around gender and legitimacy; encounters between Islamic literary traditions and other cultures; comparative bureaucratic cultures.

The workshop would also address common challenges involved in archival research in Mughal Persian archives—discussions on how to use archives profitably to address the above topics, how to engage with scholars working in archives in different locations and seeking documents produced in or relevant to different countries within the wider Persianate world. Host archives/institutions can talk about collaboration from their point of view: challenges in collection management, preservation, accessibility, opportunities for Indian archivists and students/scholars from elsewhere to collaborate and further Mughal Persian/Persianate World studies.

To apply for the language programs please click here

For additional information, please go to aiislanguageprograms.org.

SALAM 2019: Summer Arabic Language and Media Program
Dec 31 all-day

SALAM 2019: Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) Program

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) is delighted to announce its 2019 Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) program, a fully-funded intensive Arabic language scholarship program.  SALAM 2019 will be held at the Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic Language to Non-native Speakers in Manah, Oman. This intensive Arabic language program will allow students to gain a deeper knowledge of Arabic, while becoming familiar with Omani history and culture. 

Classes are held 8:00am to 1:30pm Sunday through Thursday (Friday and Saturday are the weekend in Oman). Students will study Modern Standard Arabic and media Arabic. In addition to classroom language instruction, students will have access to Omani peer language partners, organized weekend trips around Oman, extracurricular activities, and weekly lectures.

Students will be housed in shared student housing. The program also provides: three meals a day, transportation to and from student housing and the university, internet access, and onsite laundry and gym facilities. 

Funding decisions will be made based on the strength of the application and its relevance to SQCC’s mission of fostering understanding between the U.S. and Oman.

Program Cost
 SQCC will cover international travel to and from Washington, D.C. and Muscat, Oman, program language classes, room, board, SALAM-sponsored travel for weekend excursions, and all entrance fees for program activities. Students will be required to purchase travel insurance, and international health and medical evacuation insurance.

Participants will be required to meet in Washington, D.C. for orientation, prior to departure to Oman, and will be responsible for their transportation to and from Washington, D.C. 

Program Dates
14 June – 8 August 2019

Eligibility 

  • U.S. citizen;
  • Enrolled in a degree seeking program (undergraduate, MA or PhD) in spring 2019;
  • Completed four semesters (or the equivalent) of university-level Arabic coursework by the end of the spring semester;
  • Passport that is valid until 6 months after the end date of the program.

Requirements

  • Application
  • Resume
  • Essays
    • Write an essay discussing what you hope to accomplish during the SALAM program and how you plan to incorporate this experience into further academic or career plans. (500-750 words)
    • Describe a time, either abroad or in the U.S. when you interacted with a person/people from a different culture than your own. What was your experience like? What challenges did you face, and how did you resolve them? (200 words)
    • Write an essay, in Arabic, introducing yourself to the SALAM program staff, including a discussion of your personal and professional interests and goals. (175 words)
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from an Arabic instructor
  • Unofficial transcripts


Expectations and Follow-up
 

Recipients of a SALAM scholarship will be required to participate fully in all classroom and SALAM-organized activities while in Oman. Please note that the focus of this program is Arabic language study, and that Manah is a small town with limited recreational activities beyond those organized by the program.

Upon return to the U.S., participants are expected to share their experiences from their time in Oman through a variety of activities, such as:

  • Public presentations
  • Articles
  • Publicizing the SALAM program at your home campus
  • K-12 school visits
  • Outreach to Omanis and other Arabs in your community/on your campus
  • Participating in forums about Oman, the Middle East, and Islam

Code of Conduct and Program Policies
You are a representative of your university, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic Language to Non-native Speakers, and the United States while you are in Oman. You must abide by the laws of the U.S. and Oman while you are in the program, the rules of the College, and the points listed below. You will conduct yourself professionally and to a high standard, both in the classroom and in public.

  • No recreational drugs or alcohol use; no smoking on the school property
  • No religious proselytizing
  • Students must adhere to a conservative dress code while in public (for women: floor-length skirt or long tunic over pants, with at least ¾ shirt sleeves; for men: pants and long/short sleeved shirt)
  • Students will treat their peers, faculty, and staff with respect, and will not verbally insult anyone
  • Students will respect school property, including their living space, and will not intentionally damage or destroy school property in any way
  • Students will obey the College staff and instructors
  • No traveling outside of the country
  • Participants agree to have their likeness used in promotional material, SQCC website, and social media.

Failure to follow these rules and guidelines, or any laws, may result in expulsion from the program. 

How to Apply
1) Submit completed application form and supporting materials via this website.  
2) Have references also submit their letters of recommendation on this page. IMPORTANT: you will receive a confirmation number upon submitting your application. You must give this confirmation number and the link to the reference page to your references, who will need both in order to upload their letters of recommendation. Your references will not be contacted by SQCC; you need to instruct them to upload their letters.

Deadline for submission of all application materials is 11:59pm EST, December 31, 2018. Submission deadline for letters of recommendation is 11:59pm EST, December 31, 2018. 

Jan
11
Fri
Mixed Methods Research Training Program
Jan 11 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Sciences is funded by the National Institutes of Health through the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR), and is the only program of its kind in the United States. We have reported about the program in three peer-reviewed publications.

The program fulfills a national need for training in mixed methods and is a natural next step following the publication of the OBSSR “Best Practices for Mixed Methods Research in the Health Sciences.” Selected scholars have access to webinars, resources, come to an in-person retreat to discuss their research project, and are matched with mixed methods expert consultants. Our program has reported results in 3 peer-reviewed publications.

Mixed methods research is defined as the collection, analysis, and integration of both quantitative (e.g., RCT outcome) data and qualitative (e.g., observations, interviews) data to provide a more comprehensive understanding of a research problem than might be obtained through quantitative or qualitative research alone. Typical applications of mixed methods in the health sciences involve adding qualitative interviews to follow up on the outcomes of intervention trials, gathering both quantitative and qualitative data to assess patient reactions to a program implemented in a community health setting, or using qualitative data to explain the mechanism of a study correlating behavioral and social factors to specific health outcomes.

An increase in proposals submitted to NIH using mixed methods reflects the growing awareness of the importance of this approach in addressing population and behavioral health.

http://www.jhsph.edu/academics/training-programs/mixed-methods-training-program-for-the-health-sciences/

 

Summer retreat dates: June 10-12, 2019
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Application due date: Friday January 11, 2018 at 5pm

Jan
15
Tue
2019 ASCSA Summer Session
Jan 15 all-day

ASCSA SUMMER SESSION

DEADLINE: January 15, 2019

 

The Summer Session program of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens is a six-week session designed for those who wish to become acquainted with Greece and its major monuments, and to improve their understanding of the country’s landscape, history, material culture, literature, and culture from antiquity to the present. The Director for the 2019 Summer Session (June 10 to July 24, 2019) is Professor Matthew Sears, University of New Brunswick.

 

Eligibility: Enrollment is open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students and to high school and college instructors of classics and related subjects. Enrollment is limited to twenty participants. The language of instruction is English. Applicants who are not enrolled or teaching at English-speaking colleges, universities, or schools, are required to supply evidence of proficiency in English.

 

Format: The ASCSA Summer Session has provided the most extensive exposure to Greece, ancient and modern, for generations of students of Classics and related fields. It has a strong academic component with participants researching and presenting topics on site and offers unique opportunities to interact with eminent archaeologists in the field. Roughly half of the session is spent in travel throughout Greece. Three trips of varying duration give the participant an introduction to the major archaeological sites and museum collections. The remainder of the session is devoted to study of the museums and monuments of Athens and the surrounding area with day trips to such sites as Marathon, Sounion, and Eleusis. The Summer Session’s commitment to presenting a comprehensive view of Greece’s rich history leads to long days and extensive walking in the hot Mediterranean climate. Participants should be prepared for a rigorous program of study.

 

Cost: Fees for the 2019 program are $4,900. This includes tuition, room for the entire six-week period, partial board in Athens, travel within Greece, and museum and site fees. International airfare, some meals, and incidental expenses are the participant’s responsibility. Financial aid is available in the form of ASCSA scholarships, awarded on the basis of academic merit, and many classical professional organizations have funding opportunities. More information at https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/programs/summer-session/ss-scholarships.

 

Application: More information and online application forms are available through the website at https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/programs/summer-session. Applicants will complete an online application. Applicants are required to submit legible pdf scans of academic transcripts as part of the online application, and arrange for the online submission of two letters of recommendation by January 15, 2019. Application fee: $25.
Link to application: https://ascsa.submittable.com/submit/115817/ascsa-summer-session-application

Web site: www.ascsa.edu.gr
E-mail: [email protected]

All applicants will be notified by March 20, 2019.

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship 
Jan 15 all-day

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship 

Providing career exploration for over 40 years. 

2019 application available 
October 16 – January 15!

The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship places science, engineering, and mathematics students and postdocs at media organizations nationwide. They have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at media outlets that include the Los Angeles Times, WIRED, National Public Radio, National Geographic, and Scientific American.

The Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows use their academic training in the sciences as they research, write and report today’s headlines, while sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to the public. The Fellowship experience broadens the participant’s career path while increasing the public’s understanding of science and technology. For additional information about the program visit aaas.org/mmfellowship.

Fellowships for Research and Study at the Gennadius Library 2019-2020
Jan 15 all-day

FELLOWSHIPS FOR RESEARCH AND STUDY AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY 2019-2020

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the academic programs and fellowships for the 2019-2020 academic year at the Gennadius Library. Opened in 1926 with 26,000 volumes from diplomat and bibliophile, Joannes Gennadius, the Gennadius Library now holds a richly diverse collection of over 146,000 books and rare bindings, archives, manuscripts, and works of art illuminating the Hellenic tradition and neighboring cultures. The Library has become an internationally renowned center for the study of Greek history, literature, and art, especially from the Byzantine period to modern times.

THE M. ALISON FRANTZ FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.s from colleges or universities in the U.S. or Canada, for work in the Gennadius Library for the full academic year. Stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees.

DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2019.

COTSEN TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP FOR RESEARCH IN GREECE: Short-term travel award of $2,000 for senior scholars and graduate students, for work at the Gennadius Library. Open to all nationalities. At least one month of residency required. School fees are waived for a maximum of two months. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2019.

MEDIEVAL GREEK SUMMER SESSION AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY: Graduate students and college professors in any field of late antique, post-antique, Byzantine or medieval studies at any university worldwide. Month-long program in intermediate level Medieval Greek language and philology at the Gennadius Library, with site and museum trips. Up to twelve scholarships available. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2019.

Please forward this announcement to eligible students or colleagues you may know who are working on a project in post-classical studies and encourage them to apply. For further information, consult the ASCSA website at:   http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/admission-membership/Graduate-and-Post-Doctoral

Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowship 2019-2021
Jan 15 all-day

MALCOLM H. WIENER LABORATORY

FOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

PRE-DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP 2019-2021

Deadline: January 15, 2019

Purpose: To conduct research at the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens that addresses substantive problems pertaining to the ancient Greek world and adjacent areas through the application of interdisciplinary methods in the archaeological sciences.  Laboratory facilities are especially well equipped to support the study of human skeletal biology, archaeobiological remains (faunal and botanical), environmental studies, and geoarchaeology (particularly studies in human-landscape interactions and the study of site formation processes). Research projects utilizing other archaeological scientific approaches are also eligible for consideration, depending on the strength of the questions asked and the suitability of the plan for access to other equipment or resources available elsewhere in Greece.

Qualifications: Individuals actively enrolled in a graduate program who have passed all qualifying exams and have an approved PhD proposal.

Term: Two (2) years with the next term beginning early September 2019. It is expected that the applicant will maintain a physical presence at the Wiener Laboratory during the academic year (September to June 1).

Compensation: Stipend of $20,000 for 12 months.

Application: Link to Pre-doctoral Fellowship application instructions at: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/research/wiener-laboratory/fellowships-and-research-associate-appointments.

  1. Cover sheet naming the applicant, current research interests, and title and brief summary of the proposed research project
  2. Project Description including a) Objectives and expected Significance, b) Background and relation to present state of knowledge, c) Research description, d) Timeframe
  3. Results of prior Wiener Laboratory Research

4-6.References cited; Facilities, equipment, and other resources; Permits

  1. Curriculum vitae following requested format
  2. Three (3) letters of reference from scholars in the field
  3. Expected contributions to and impact on the Wiener Laboratory and the ASCSA community

For information contact Dr. Panagiotis Karkanas (Director) at [email protected]

Web site: http://www.ascsa.edu.gr or https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/research/wiener-laboratory/fellowships-and-research-associate-appointments

E-mail: [email protected]

 

The award will be announced by March 15