Pontica Magna Fellowship Program in Bucharest

Deadline: 28 June 2015
Open to: PhD students or journalists, media professionals, writers and artists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine (other post-soviet countries may also be considered)
Fellowship: a monthly stipend of 750 € plus accommodation and travel expenses

Description

New Europe College, an institute for advanced study in the humanities and social sciences in Bucharest, Romania is offering through competition Fellowships in a newly launched program – Pontica Magna. Candidates are welcome to apply with projects on topics of their choice, for in-residence fellowships of one or two terms at the NEC. NEC makes the best of its location to provide an attractive meeting and working place for scholars from East and West, from North and South, from the countries of the EU and outside it, who wish to pursue a meaningful project of their own while also meeting with peers from other disciplines. It supports its fellows by providing excellent conditions for their work and by establishing a strong and productive network among academics and intellectuals in the country and beyond. The institute has acquired a unique position in the region and has established itself as a research center of international reputation. Candidates can apply for one academic year (10 months, starting with October 2015), or one term (5 months, starting with October 2015 or with March 2016).

Once chosen, Fellows are expected to take part in the weekly seminars at the institute together with all the other Romanian and international scholars present at NEC, and in other scientific events organized by the institute. Fellows have the opportunity to benefit from NEC’s widespread international research network and its high-quality guest lecturers program. The institute’s working languages are English, French, and German. Toward the end of their stay, Fellows are required to document the outcomes of their work in a scholarly paper, or a different output, in accordance with their profile.

Eligibility

This program targets young researchers, media professionals, writers and artists from the countries around the Black Sea, but also beyond it – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine (other post-soviet countries may also be considered). Candidates must be doctoral students at an advanced stage of their research, or hold a PhD title. Journalists, media professionals, writers and artists are also eligible; a PhD is not compulsory in such cases, but it is a plus. In its absence, a CV presenting their achievements so far in their chosen activity will be taken into account (see the guidelines for details). Preference is given to candidates below the age of 40. A good command of English is required

Fellowship

Fellows are granted a monthly stipend of 750 € plus accommodation and travel expenses. In addition to their residence period in Bucharest, they are offered a one-month research trip abroad to an institution of their choice.

How to apply?

The deadline for application is 28 June 2015. The applications will be submitted only in electronic format to the address: [email protected]. The enclosed documents will be attached to the application message. The name of the Fellowship Program should be mentioned in the Subject field of the message: “Pontica Magna Fellowships”. A complete application consists of:

  • A recent photo;
  • the Application form (in Microsoft Word Format) completed on the computer in English, French, or German;
  • at least 2 original letters of reference (in English, French, or German) written explicitly to support the application for the Pontica Magna Program 2015-16. The recommendations should be e-mailed by the referees directly to the address: [email protected];
  • a document proving that the applicant is enrolled in a Ph.D. program or holds the Ph.D. title (scanned and attached to the applicant’s message). This is not compulsory for candidates from among journalists, media professionals, authors or artists. The latter should propose a project in their line of activity. Journalists, media professionals, and writers should add to their CV a sample of their previous work. Artists should present a portfolio. It should be noted that NEC cannot provide studio space and the tools that may go with it. Artistic projects should thus rely on “portable” means;

The application should be completed on the computer (not handwritten) and sent as attachment in Microsoft Word format. In case you have to insert additional pages in the application form, please number them. The application form must be completed in one of the languages mentioned above: English, French, or German.

Please answer all the questions mentioned in the application form (trying not to exceed the allotted space). The letters of reference should be written by academics and/or personalities familiar with your scientific, journalistic or artistic activity. They should be written explicitly to support the application for the Pontica Magna Program 2015-16 and address the proposed research project. The recommendations should be e-mailed by the referees directly to the address: [email protected].

Application letters without a date or referring to other fellowship programs will not be taken into consideration. The letters of reference should be written in English, French or German.

For more information please follow the official website or Application Guidelines.

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