Thursday, December 11, 2014

Funding: Nordic Culture Fund

Deadline: February 2, 2015

Nordic Culture Fund

The Fund provides seed money to help build long-term Nordic networks and relationships.The Fund's grants aid development, innovation and collaboration in culture in the Region, and help to raise the internationalprofile of Nordic arts and culture.

The Fund supports co-operation in a wide range of areas and genres, and provides grants to applicants who want to work together to create art and culture in the Nordic Region and beyond. The basic requirement for all projects is that they must include an element of Nordic co-operation and relate to the arts and/or culture.

Note that the Fund does not provide grants for individuals or groups to participate in Nordic or international events or gatherings. However, the organiser may apply for support for participation in international events and gatherings. 

To meet the Nordic dimension requirement, a project must involve co-operation, exchange and/or interaction between at least three Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and the Faroe Islands,Greenland and Ă…land).

In addition to the three Nordic countries, the project may include co-operation with partners in countries outside the Nordic Region.

All types of participants, both Nordic and non-Nordic, are eligible to apply for funding from the Nordic Culture Fund.

The Fund may allocate grants to bilateral projects, i.e. projects involving only two Nordic countries, where the project stimulates mutual benefits between the West Nordic countries (Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland) and the other Nordic countries. A project of this kind must have as its objective the promotion of co-operation between artists and other involved in the cultural sphere from the West and East Nordic regions.

The Fund does not support bilateral projects within the Kingdom of Denmark (i.e. between Denmark and the Faroe Islands or Greenland). A bilateral project must not involve additional non-Nordic countries.

Internship: European Commission

Deadline: February 3, 2015

Applications are being accepted for paid traineeships with the European Commission (or some executive bodies and agencies of the European Institutions like, for instance, the European External Action Service orExecutive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation). Selected candidates get hands-on experience in the international and multicultural environment.

Trainees work all over the European Commission. The content of the job largely depends on the service trainees are assigned to. Trainees may work in the field of competition law, human resources, environmental policy, etc. Trainees' daily work will mainly consist of:
- attending and organising meetings, working groups, forums, public hearings;
- researching and compiling documentation, reports, consultations;
- answering queries, running projects.

The traineeship offers
- EU knowledge - insight into the processes and policies of the European Institutions, practical experience
- an opportunity to play a part in the Commission's day-to-day business, and
- opportunity to put academic theory into practice.

The following are expected from trainees: openness to European matters, willingness to learn about the Commission's working methods, contribution to the Commission's everyday work with a fresh point of view, and a proactive attitude. 

The traineeship program is open to university graduates from all over the world who have a: 
1. degree of at least 3 years of study (minimum a bachelor), 
2. very good knowledge of English or French or German,
3. very goodknowledge of a second EU official language (required for nationals of EU countries).

Translation traineeships:
For those applying for translation traineeships (in the Translation Directorate General) individuals must be able to translate into their main language (normally one's native language) from 2 other official EU languages (source languages):
- one's main language must be one of the official EU languages.
- one's 1st source language must be English, French or German.
-one's 2nd source language can be any of the official EU languages. P

People who have previously done more than 6 weeks of in-service training or work (paid or unpaid) for any of the European institutions or bodies are excluded from applying. 

Internship: European Reading Room

Volunteer Internship Program

The European Division offers at all times of the year a limited number of volunteer internships through which individuals may work with collections relating to European studies. Although these internships carry no stipend, many persons have found them useful in planning a career, or in obtaining the experience necessary to enter an academic, or other, profession. Interns who are students may arrange with their institutions to obtain academic credit.
Volunteer internships are limited to US citizens; a green card will not suffice. One exception: it is possible for foreign students who complete a university degree in a US institution to volunteer for part or all of the year immediately following the completion of the US degree. Additionally, it is possible for a professional librarian in a foreign country to work (in an unpaid position) at the Library of Congress not as an intern but on a professional exchange.
The European Division's Volunteer Internship Program seeks to provide:
  •  educational experience or career training in European studies, library science, or related areas;
  •  an opportunity to build networks with current and future generations of professionals;
  •  in-depth exposure to the Library's collections and resources; and
  •  activities that produce concrete results to benefit both the intern and the European Division.
Interns typically work on producing finding aids and updating the Division's web portals, but may also be involved in reference, processing, special projects, and events. See the European Reading Room home page for examples of finding aids (i.e. "Online and Print Publications," "European Telephone Directories").
The period of internship may range from just six weeks to more than a year (minimum 200 hours). Part-time arrangements are possible, although a commitment of at least two full days a week is preferred. Interested applicants should have:
  •  an interest in one or more of the countries covered by the European Division, that is, continental Europe except for Spain, Portugal, and Turkey;
  •  a reading knowledge of a continental European language (other than Spanish, Portuguese, or Turkish);
  •  an interest in working in a library;
  •  the ability to commit to the 200-hour minimum.
Some prior experience in a library setting is preferred.
We accept applications throughout the year. To apply, please send via email a resume and cover letter to Grant Harris, Head, European Reading Room ( (Security measures at the Library may delay communications by standard mail or courier service.) Please include in your application a phone number where you can be reached and an indication of when you would like to schedule your internship.

Call for Papers: System Breakdown? Critical Reflections on the European Union in Crisis.

Deadline: January 25, 2015

Call for Papers
Dalhousie University
Department of Political Science
in conjunction with
The European Union Center for Excellence
Annual Political Science Graduate Symposium
System Breakdown? Critical Reflections on the European Union in Crisis.
On March 19-20th, Dalhousie University, Studley Campus, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

The current state of the European Union appears precarious. Reoccurring currency issues, increasingly insecure borders, economic stagnation, difficulties in migration flows, volatile politics, and waning public support for the Union, among other problems, have all given rise to debates over the future course of the world’s most ambitious supranational project. Scholars and practitioners are invited to critically reflect on these issues by examining ways we can learn from the European Union’s failures and successes and better identify best practices going forward.

The Symposium, organized by the Political Science graduate cohort and faculty, invites papers and
posters from across disciplines and perspectives, including, but not limited to: Political Science, Public Administration, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, History, Law, Gender & Development Studies, Geography, Psychology, Linguistics, Communications Studies, and Environmental Sciences.

Suggested topics for paper and poster submissions include any combination of the following:
• Governance, Regulation & Political Integration
• Foreign Policy & Relations
• Economics & Finance
• Trade & Currency
• Security & Borders
• Internal & External Migration
• Health & Demographic Shifts
• Energy, Environment, & Sustainability

Papers and posters are meant to spur debate and will be assigned to panels with the panel chair and one contributing panel author acting as discussants for each paper.

Graduate Students, and Faculty interested in participating are invited to submit paper abstracts (maximum 400 words) in English, along with a current C.V., by no later than December 10th.

Posters require a C.V., title (maximum 20 words), public abstract (maximum 50 words prepared for
print), and full abstract (maximum 250 words).

Notification of acceptance will be given by January 25th, and a full draft by those selected for presentation must be submitted by March 1st. Final post-conference drafts must then be resubmitted by May 1st, in order to be considered for peer reviewed publication in the edited conference journal due out for the Fall of 2015. 

Send all abstracts to:

Language Program: European and International Studies 2015 of the Sommerhochschule of the University of Vienna

 univie: summer school
European and International Studies 2015 of the Sommerhochschule of the University of Vienna

The univie: summer school will take place from July 18th to August 15th 2015. The four week program offers high levelEuropean Studies courses and the Austrian Arbitration Academy in the morning and German Language courses in the afternoon.
The European Studies courses are held in English and focus on Europe and the European Union. They cover political, economic, and legal, but also historical and cultural aspects of the multiple transformations the continent is currently undergoing. The Austrian Arbitration academy focuses on international dispute settlement by arbitral tribunals.

Having seen the academic program of your university, we believe that the courses offered at the Sommerhochschule would complement your university’s course offerings perfectly.
Given the intercultural and interdisciplinary aspect of the summer school our course offerings are, without question, of interest for students from all fields of study, but certainly of special interest for students who concentrate on Europe or study one of the following fields: European Studies, Political Science, Law (Arbitration Law, International Law, European Law, Comparative Law), Economics, History, Cultural Studies, International Relations, Interdisciplinary Studies, and German.

Students from all over the world have been drawn to the program, not only because of its outstanding academic reputationand the excellent opportunities it offers students to study German, but also because of its location directly on the shores of Lake Wolfgang, one of Austria's most scenic lakes in the picturesque Salzkammergut region and because of the excellent sports and recreational facilities.

The campus life creates an environment which encourages intercultural and social exchange and favours mutual understanding within the international student population. Participants thus broaden their horizon, meet colleagues from different fields of study, make friends for life and build connections for their future professional careers.

More information about the Sommerhochschule and summer school can be found at our homepage at
We will also provide you with further information material about the Sommerhochschule within the next few weeks. The brochure of the Sommerhochschule will be sent to your department via regular mail.

For further information or special requests please contact the Program Coordinator, Ms. Nina Gruber, It will be my pleasure to be of assistance and to answer any questions you might have.

Call for Papers: Europe: East and West” Undergraduate Research Symposium​ at Pitt

Deadline: January 20, 2015

The Center for Russian and East European Studies, the European Studies Center/European Union Center of Excellence, and the International Business Center at the University of Pittsburgh
​ are 
​ ​
the annual “Europe: East and West” Undergraduate Research Symposium
​ at Pitt to be held​
 on Friday, March 27, 2015. 

Modeled after traditional academic conferences, this event will give students the opportunity to present their research papers on Western and Eastern Europe, including Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union, to discussants and an audience. 

Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to participate in the symposium. The application form and further information can be found at Limited travel grants are available to help defray travel expenses to Pittsburgh for Symposium participants.

1) Students must submit applications with 250-300 word abstracts and paper drafts by January 20, 2015.
2) Selected students will be notified by February 2015.
3) Final revised papers are due by March 16, 2015.
4) Presentations will be made at the Symposium on March 27, 2015.

If you have questions, please contact Gina Peirce at

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fellowship: Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton

Deadline: December 1, 2014

During the academic years 2014/15 and 2015/16, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies will focus on the topic of “In the aftermath of catastrophe.”  What happens in the wake of cataclysmic experiences:  war, civil war, genocide, imperial collapse, natural disaster?  The aim in part is to understand processes of reconstruction but not only that.  How was the experience of catastrophe remembered and memorialized; how was trauma conceived and dealt with; how was the post-catastrophic present understood in relation to the pre-disaster past?  As always, the center hopes to address these questions from a wide variety of periods and places, from prehistory to the present and from all parts of the world.
The Center will offer a limited number of research fellowships for one or two semesters, running from September to January and from February to June.  Early career scholars must have their doctoral degrees in hand at the time of the application.  

Fellows are expected to live in Princeton in order to take an active part in the intellectual interchange with other members of the Seminar.  Funds are limited, and candidates are, therefore, strongly urged to apply to other grant-giving institutions as well as the Center if they wish to come for a full year.
To apply please link to:, requisition #1400477.   The deadline for receipt of applications and letters of recommendation for fellowships for 2015/2016 is December 1, 2014. Please note that we will not accept faxed applications. 

Applicants must apply online and submit a CV, cover letter, research proposal, abstract of proposal, and contact information for three references. For further information about the applying for a Fellowship:  please go to
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