Visiting Scholars Program 2017-2018
Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) at Harvard University
Application Deadline: January 15, 2017
The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) at Harvard University invites applications for its Visiting Scholars Program for 2017-2018. The program offers postdoctoral social scientists and historians the opportunity to spend up to one academic year at Harvard University for independent research on Europe. Scholars benefit from the Center’s programs on Europe and Harvard University’s intellectually stimulating environment, additionally, they receive shared office space at the Center and gain access to the university’s extensive library resources. Visiting Scholars attend a weekly seminar, where work-in-progress is presented to colleagues for feedback.
Visiting Scholars are admitted on a competitive basis for a period of at least three months and up to one year during the academic year which extends from September 2017 through May 2018. Applicants must have a Ph.D. and can range from postdoctoral fellows to senior scholars. The Center considers candidates from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, including economics, history, political science, and sociology. Except for the John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowships (see below), the Center does not provide funding for Visiting Scholars; candidates are expected to secure their own source of funding such as sabbatical salary or external grants.
About the Center
The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) is the oldest university center devoted to the study of Europe in the United States. It is a vibrant, multidisciplinary community of individuals inspired by exploring Europe’s history, politics, economics, culture and societies. Since its founding in 1969 at Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, CES has supported undergraduate and graduate research, teaching, and the hosting of public leaders and visiting scholars. It has trained generations of the world’s leading scholars of Europe.
During the program, Visiting Scholars at CES have the opportunity to:
- Present research in a weekly Visiting Scholars Seminar and receive feedback on work- in-progress from colleagues in their field.
- Participate in the Center’s full program of talks, study group sessions, and conferences.
- Expand their research by accessing Harvard’s resources including the world’s largest university library, and audit courses on campus with the instructor’s permission.
How to Apply
Applications should be submitted online via the CES website no later than January 15, 2017 and should consist of the following supporting documents: cover letter, CV (not to exceed 5 pages), abstract (150 words maximum) and a 3-page description of the research project to be carried out at CES, proof of English competency (such as TOEFL scores for non-native speakers), and two letters of recommendation (each letter should be 2 pages maximum).
All inquiries concerning the Visiting Scholars Program should be addressed to the CES Program Coordinator, Roumiana Theunissen (firstname.lastname@example.org). The selection of 2017-18 Visiting Scholars will be announced in March 2017.
CES possesses very limited funding for Visiting Scholars. Most of our Visiting Scholars are self- funded from sources such as sabbatical salary or external grants. Through the John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship, established in 1966 as an endowment by German industrialists and the Government, each year CES supports up to three postdoctoral scholars from Germany. In 2017, the fellowship will support one additional scholar from another EU member state. Fellows join other visiting researchers at CES as part of the Visiting Scholars Program.
German Nationals: The Kennedy Fellowship for scholars from Germany is administered through a separate application process by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Application materials must be submitted directly to the DAAD by November 15, 2016.
EU Nationals: The Kennedy Fellowship for scholars from European Union member states (other than Germany) is administered by CES. Application materials must be submitted via the CES Visiting Scholars online application portal by January 15, 2017. Early applications by December 1, 2016 are strongly encouraged.
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