International Gender Studies (IGS) Centre at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, is pleased to announce the call for applications for two fellowships for research into women’s empowerment in Eurasia, generously funded by the Open Society Foundations. The Global Dialogues & Women’s Empowerment in Eurasian Contexts Fellowship Programme will provide opportunities for intellectual engagement, critical education and political empowerment of women from Eurasian countries to enable them to become transformative leaders in their own societies and as global citizens. The Fellowship Programme will be implemented under the aegis of the International Gender Study Centre at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, UK.
Our Programme is dedicated to two interconnected goals, the facilitation of the Fellows toward authoritative and leadership roles, and inculcating the importance of intellectual processes in bringing about social change, principally through critical education and political empowerment. As a secondary, but highly important goal, each Fellow will produce a single academic/conceptual or policy-oriented paper to be published by IGS. The purpose of the Programme is to investigate difficult and important issues that societies in Eurasia face in social and economic justice from a gendered perspective. The Programme will be both taught and independent research-based.
The Programme will balance academic programming with applied mentoring reflecting a holistic approach, developing both intellectual and professional skills. Fellows will take courses at the International Gender Studies Centre, with options such as 'Feminist analyses of power, empowerment and diversity', ' Gender violence and institutional transformation', ' Gender, development, and the state', and others.
Fellows are expected to take full advantage of the Foundations’ expansive reach and work to bring new people and fresh ideas into its organizational ambit. Successful projects should push the boundaries of current thinking and carry lessons that can be applied to a variety of settings. In addition to their conceptual/academic or policy paper described above, Fellows may produce a variety of work products, including publications such as books, reports, or blogs; innovative public-education projects; or the launch of new campaigns or organizations. They should also be prepared to engage in activities such as hosting panel discussions, traveling to conferences, participating in policy debates, and actively promoting their ideas in public venues. The Programme will support the fellows financially in the production and dissemination of their research.
The proposed Fellowship Programme seeks to equip Fellows for the important task of making a difference in their home societies through individual intellectual and political empowerment. Aimed at creative thinkers and social change makers from the Eurasian region, the Programme will select Fellows in consideration of their past accomplishments and for their potential in leadership roles in the public and private spheres of activism, which may also be in the religious domain, and in both academic and civil society institutions. Its purpose is, furthermore, the enhancement of Fellows’ aptitude to participate in regional and global discourses and activity on cultural, political, social and economic issues, always from within informed, gender-critical perspectives.
Applicants should possess a deep understanding of their chosen subject and a track record of professional accomplishment. Fellows might have worked as journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners in a variety of fields, but they are expected to have obtained an advanced degree and be able to give proof of an impressive academic record. Successful applicants will be eager to utilize the many resources offered by IGS, LMH, and the Open Society Foundations and be prepared to engage constructively with and within our global networks.
Applicants must meet the following essential criteria:
Citizenship and ordinary residency in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan
At minimum, an undergraduate education and/or qualifications demonstrating commensurate skills and experience: formal and informal research experience
Competence in written and spoken English (Support for improving English language skills will be provided by the Language Learning Centre at Oxford)
Established contributions to gender equality and demonstrated experience working in the area of women’s empowerment in the Eurasian Region (while the Fellowship Programme is explicitly committed to female empowerment, both male and female candidates are welcome to apply)
Desired but not Essential
Candidates are welcome to submit a RESEARCH PROPOSAL of no more than 2000 words, (approximately 3-4 pages in 12-point font with one-inch margins) outlining the Candidate’s objectives for the Fellowship. This gives an opportunity to add other skills and experiences you consider relevant to this application.
A fully-developed research proposal is not mandatory. Rather, do indicate your primary area of research and initial ideas. What kind of outcomes do you expect to work for (e.g., an academic working paper, policy report, or a critical state of the field overview in your outlined area of interest)?
The fellowship does not fund enrolment for a degree or for study as part of a degree programme.
The candidate must email the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 12 noon on 2 October 2015.
Cover letter (one page)
Brief listing of biographical information (name, age, gender, contact address, email, nationality, country of residence).
A full CV (Times New Roman 12pt font, single-spaced, one-inch margins)
In the first round, you are required only to submit the names and contact information of two referees. If you are notified that your application has made the shortlist, one Letter of Recommendation must be written by an academic supervisor with knowledge of your academic strengths, and the other should be written by a referee with knowledge of your civil society engagement (for example, the Executive Director of an organization, or the Editor of a news journal). Letters should make reference to the relationship with the candidate, and should include an appraisal of the candidate’s qualifications for a Fellowship position.
A Research Proposal, as described above. Whilst not obligatory, this would be welcome.
In Case of Questions
Applicants who are uncertain whether their topic fits within the Programme’s focus are invited to submit a brief letter of inquiry, accompanied by a CV, before proceeding with the full application process. The letter of inquiry should be addressed to Dr Maria Jaschok at email@example.com. Inquiries regarding any other matters contact Karen McCallum at firstname.lastname@example.org.