UC Berkeley Scholars Workshop, Berkeley, CA

Deadline: 21 September 2011
Open to: Scholars in the Social Sciences and History from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine
Funding: Airfare, hotel, and meal expenses will be paid for by ISEEES

The Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES) at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), in partnership with the Centre for Advanced Studies and Education (CASE) at the European Humanities University (EHU) and the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), is seeking proposals from scholars in the Social Sciences and History from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to participate in a two-week workshop at UCB from October 30 to November 12, 2011. The workshop is funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.


The project will bring four “Carnegie Fellows” to Berkeley for a two-week visit to Berkeley for an intensive review of key literature, theoretical approaches, and methods employed in a particular field of scholarship.  Working with four paired UCB faculty members and four paired UCB graduate students from the same academic discipline and with knowledge of the Carnegie Fellow’s field theme, each Carnegie Fellow will produce during their visit, in English, a field reading list, a syllabus for an undergraduate lecture course and/or a syllabus for a graduate seminar, and a field survey, all of which will be posted on the Web for use by other Carnegie Fellows and scholars from the South Caucasus.Shortly after being selected as a Carnegie Fellow, each Fellow will be informed of the names, backgrounds, and contact information of their assigned Berkeley faculty mentor and graduate student facilitator (GSF). The Carnegie Fellows, working with the GSFs, are asked to prepare a draft course syllabus and a draft summary statement of the field theme and to e-mail the drafts to their respective faculty mentor and GSF one week prior to their arrival at Berkeley. The faculty mentor and GSF will review these materials and will use them to help identify faculty contacts at UCB and neighboring institutions, arrange meetings, and suggest additional readings in preparation for the visit.


  • Citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine.
  • Scholars who hold a “Kandidatskaya” degree or higher.
  • Scholars who have a level of proficiency in written and spoken English that is sufficient to conduct independent research and engage in scholarly debate.


Airfare, hotel, and meal expenses will be paid for by ISEEES.  In addition, ISEEES will either pay for or reimburse each Carnegie Scholar for up to $600 in expenses relating to purchasing, copying, and posting teaching materials. ISEEES will provide letters of invitation, but each Carnegie Fellow will be responsible for obtaining a U.S. visa with assistance from the local CRRC offices in Baku, Tbilisi, and Yerevan.

How to apply

  • Completed application form.
  • A statement of purpose not exceeding 3 pages indicating the applicant’s proposed field theme and the course syllabus or syllabi that the applicant will develop while at Berkeley.
  • A sample of scholarly research in English not exceeding 5 pages (introductions and conclusions are sufficient).
  • A full Curriculum Vitae including list of publications.

Applications frin Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine should be submitted via email to Irena Vaisvilaite at irena.vaisvila@ehu.lt.  Applications from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia should be sent to  applications@crrccenters.org.

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