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Central European University.
A Program for University Teachers and Professionals in the Social Sciences and Humanities Summer University

Initiated in July 1996, the Summer University (SUN) is an academic program for university teachers, administrators and professionals. It offers a series of intensive two, three or four-week courses in the social sciences and humanities to encourage and promote regional academic cooperation and curriculum development by drawing together young faculty in lectures, seminars and workshops. Courses are led by professors from Central European University (CEU) departments/programs as well as other regional or western universities. The courses are supplemented by public lectures, teaching methodology workshops and optional evening Internet instruction.

ELIGIBILITY AND FUNDING
Applications are invited from all countries on a fully funded or a fee-paying basis.

Scholarship participants:
Full funding is available for participants from Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and Mongolia, as well as for those coming from emerging democracies worldwide. The scholarship will cover tuition cost, accommodation, travel, health insurance, and a book allowance. The grant will also include a stipend to cover meals and incidentals.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
• Applicants must have a university degree and hold a teaching job at a university or college in their home country, or work as an administrator or a professional. Graduate students with teaching experience may also apply. Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered.
• The language of instruction is English; thus all applicants have to demonstrate a strong command of English to be able to follow lectures and participate actively in discussions at seminars and workshops.
• Individuals are not eligible to apply to a SUN course if they attended either a CRC (Curriculum Resource Center) session or Popper Workshop in the same calendar or academic year (i.e., they must wait one year after their participation in one of the above programs before applying to SUN).
• Additionally, applicants are not eligible to apply to SUN if they have participated in two CEU faculty initiative activities (i.e., CRC, SUN, Popper Workshop) within a four-year period. Preference will be given to new applicants over former participants in Summer University courses.
• Currently enrolled CEU students are not eligible. Former CEU students may only apply if they are currently employed in their home country.
• Successful applicants will receive reading material prior to the course, and may be asked to submit written assignments as a pre-condition of participation.
• The course on Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations, on The Human Right to Food and Nutrition, and on Environment and Regional Transport Planning will have distance-learning components before and/or after their sessions in Budapest. Participants are expected to complete the required distance-learning activities as parts of these courses.

DEADLINE : 15.01.2002

CEU Summer University Office, 1051 Budapest, Nador u. 9.Hungary
Tel.: (36-1) 327-3811, Fax: (36-1) 327-3124
E-mail: summeru@ceu.hu (for information and general correspondence),
sunreq@ceu.hu (for requesting application forms)
http://www.ceu.hu/sun/sunindx.html

Network Of East-West Women
2002 Economic & Social Policy Fellowship Program.

The Network of East-West Women (NEWW) is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2002 Economic and Social Policy Fellowship Program. This program provides intensive training and regional networking opportunities to young women from Central and Eastern Europe, the New Independent States and the Russian Federation working to achieve economic and social justice for women. Fellows will sharpen their skills in feminist economic analysis and advocacy; they will learn strategies to influence economic and social policy formulation in ways that benefit women; and they will develop working partnerships with each other and with seasoned professionals in the field of economic justice.

Deadline for applications: 1 February 2002.
Program dates: U.S. Placement 19 August - 15 December 2002, In-Country Follow-On Projects 1 January - 31 December 2003
Duration: 16 Months

ELIGIBILITY:
Applications are encouraged from women economists, NGO activists, trade unionists or others from CEE/NIS/Russian Federation working on issues of economic and social justice for women. Candidates must:
• have experience and a demonstrated commitment to women's rights advocacy
• be affiliated with an established women's organization/institute that will support the candidate's follow-on project if selected for the Program
• be fluent in written and spoken English.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The goal of the NEWW Economic and Social Policy Fellowship Program is to build the capacity of women and women's organizations to effectively counter gender-based economic and social discrimination, and to advance women's integration in public policy decision-making. Supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation and by private donors, the Economic and Social Policy Fellowship Program provides an intensive training experience in feminist economics, public policy and grassroots women's activism.
During the U.S. placement period, Fellows participate in a 2-week training program in Washington DC, and complete a four-month internship at a U.S.-based policy institution. Every effort is made to match each Fellow with an organization that is conducting work related the Fellow's specific interest area. In December 2002, Fellows return to their home countries to complete a one-year follow-on project. Each Fellow designs and raises funds for her project while in the U.S., with support from NEWW and her host organization.

STIPEND: Fellowships includes travel to and from the placement site in the United States, short-term medical insurance, and a monthly stipend to cover room and board expenses during the U.S. portion of the program. Housing is arranged in an international student house or similar student accommodation. In some cases Fellows are placed with families in their host city. Upon successful completion of the U.S. portion of the Program, NEWW provides each Fellow with a small seed grant to begin implementation of her follow-on project.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: There is no application form for this Program. Applicants should submit the following materials in English:
• a cover letter summarizing: 1) the applicant's involvement in the field of women's rights; 2) her training and experience in economics and/or public policy; and 3) her work with local women's organizations.
• a curriculum vitae;
• two letters of recommendation in English, or accompanied by English translations, including all current contact information for the letter's author. All written recommendations will be verified by local NEWW contacts or via telephone by NEWW staff;
• a personal statement describing the applicant's future career plans, and her reasons for applying to the Economic and Social Policy Fellowship Program.
• a 3-5 page country briefing paper about women's economic status in her country, including recommendations for advocacy and reform. The paper may focus on one or more issues of current relevance in the applicant's country, and should demonstrate the applicant's ability to write and formulate arguments in English.
• a signed declaration that, if selected for the Program, the applicant will return to her home country to complete a 12-month follow-on project immediately following the U.S. placement period.

Completed application packets should be sent by email to NEWW at lbrumberg@neww.org. If email is not possible, please send the complete application packet by regular mail to the address below. Following review by an International Selection Committee, a maximum of 5 finalists will be selected for personal interviews, which will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania, 18-20 March 2002. Selected finalists will be notified of their interview by 20 February, 2002. Notification of Fellowship awards will be made April 15, 2002.

CONTACT PERSON: Laurie MacDonald Brumberg, Membership & Fellowship Program Director, Network of East-West Women, Email: lbrumberg@neww.org

1761 S Street NW, Suite LL-12
Washington, DC 20009
Tel (202) 299-9001
Fax (202) 299-9003
Website: http://www.neww.org/

The U.S. Civilian Research And Development Foundation For The Independent States Of The Former Soviet Union.

The CRDF Travel Grants Program provides short-term travel support to encourage the development of new industrial R&D collaborations between scientists and engineers in the former Soviet Union (FSU) and for-profit companies in the United States. To this end, the program seeks to fund proposals that demonstrate commercial potential for a new or improved technology, as well as plans to meet with specific U.S. for-profit companies to discuss potential collaboration. These collaborations include those that result in submission of proposals to the CRDF Next Steps to the Market Program. The Next Steps program provides support for joint U.S.-FSU R&D projects that are designed to facilitate and expedite the commercial utilization of research results, and must include participation of and cost-sharing from a U.S. for-profit company. Travelers considering new collaborations with industry that may be the subject of proposals to other grant programs are also welcome.
All applications to the Travel Grants Program must be submitted no later than ten weeks prior to the intended start date of travel.

Program Summary.
Under this program, CRDF will make one-time, short-term travel grants to FSU individuals who meet the eligibility and evaluation criteria specified below. CRDF will arrange and pay for airfare, hotel expenses, medical insurance, and per diem for FSU scientists or engineers to participate in visits to U.S. for-profit companies or in U.S. commercially-oriented scientific meetings. The maximum award level will be $3,600 USD.

Eligibility Requirements.
FSU applicants must be scientists or engineers presently employed and residing in the following countries of the former Soviet Union: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan. All proposed visits must include meetings with representatives of U.S. for-profit companies or participation in commercially-oriented technical meetings or trade shows where discussions with U.S. for-profit companies are planned. FSU applicants must be sufficiently fluent in English to participate fully in their proposed meetings. No CRDF support is provided for interpretation or translation. If the applicant wishes to attend a conference, workshop, or trade show, registration fees must be waived or paid from another source. If registration fees are to be paid from another source, the applicant must include written confirmation from that source of their intent to pay the fees.
FSU applicant travel to attend degree programs at U.S. universities or attendance at other academic courses is not eligible for CRDF support.
Proposal Screening and Evaluation CRDF will screen all proposals for eligibility and completeness. Ineligible and incomplete proposals will be ruled ineligible and applicants will be notified accordingly. Corrected versions of such proposals can be resubmitted to CRDF for evaluation, but no later than ten weeks prior to the intended date of travel.

CRDF will evaluate all eligible and complete proposals according to the following criteria:
• Technical merit of the applicant's proposed technology
• Potential for commercialization of the proposed technology
• Applicant's understanding of the issues and goals related to commercialization of the proposed technology
• Level of U.S. for-profit company's commitment to the proposed visit.

CRDF will place higher priority on proposals that include participation of:
• FSU former defense scientists who are currently employed full-time at civilian research institutions, or for whom a travel grant will assist their permanent transition to the civilian research and development sector in the FSU
• Younger scientists and students, women, or university researchers in the FSU
• FSU scientists and engineers from locations other than Moscow or St. Petersburg
• FSU scientists and engineers for whom a CRDF Travel Grant would be his/her first visit to the U.S.
• US and FSU scientists and engineers who are collaborating together for the first time.

Application Submission
Applications to the Travel Grants Program are due at least ten (10) weeks prior to the intended start date of travel. CRDF will receive applications on a rolling basis until program funds are expended. All application materials must be completed by the applicant in English. To apply, please submit the following five (5) items to CRDF:

  1. Application form: A completed and signed Application Form.
  2. Proposal: A brief proposal of no more than two double-spaced, typed pages (in English), which must include all three of the following components:
    • A description of the applicant's specific scientific or engineering research, and the potential for commercialization of that work in the global marketplace.
    • A brief description of the goals of each element of the proposed visit (company or institute visits, professional conferences, other meetings to develop collaboration).
    • A description of the participating U.S. companies' interest and possible role in the development of the applicant's scientific or engineering research.
  3. Curriculum Vitae: A curriculum vitae must be submitted for the applicant which includes information on the applicant's education, prior and current employment, research interests, and relevant publications, patents, and participation in past conferences, trade shows, or U.S. for-profit company meetings. The curriculum vitae must not exceed one (1) page.
  4. Budget: A budget (see attached form) which details the estimated expenses for international airfare, domestic (FSU) airfare, hotel expenses, ground transportation, per diem (meals and incidentals), medical insurance, and visa fees. Please note which expenses are being requested from CRDF and which expenses are being covered from another source of funding. The maximum requested from CRDF may not exceed $3,600 USD.
  5. Invitations: A copy of invitation letters from all U.S. or FSU hosts for each proposed visit. For visits to U.S. for-profit companies, please include a signed letter of interest from each company to be visited. Each letter must be on company letterhead and indicate the company's interest and expectations in hosting the proposed visit. All letters must also specify the date and location of each proposed visit. For travel to a conference, professional meeting, or trade show, please attach a signed, dated invitation from the conference organizer(s), on conference/organization letterhead, that documents the organizer's commitment to waive registration fees for the applicant. If registration fees are not waived by ten weeks before the deadline for application submission, the applicant must include a signed statement that the fees will be paid from another source at least ten weeks before the date of travel. CRDF will not accept proposals for conference travel that do not include a waiver of registration fees or written documentation that the fees will be paid from another source.

Note for Applicants from the Russian Federation: Individuals who were formerly engaged in defense research must receive written authorization from the Russian Ministry of Industry, Science and Technology before proceeding with preparation of a proposal to CRDF. This written authorization must be included as an attachment to any proposal that is submitted to CRDF. Please contact:

Mikhail Petrovich Kirpichnikov, First Vice Minister, Ministry for Industry,
Science and Technologies of the Russian Federation,
11 Tverskaya St., Moscow 103905, Russia.
Tel: (7 095) 229-2501, Fax: (7 095) 229-4524, (7 095) 230-2823.

Applications must be faxed or e-mailed directly to:

U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation Attn.: Travel Grant Program
1800 North Kent Street, Suite 1106
Arlington, VA 22209
Fax: (703) 526-9721
e-mail: tgp@crdf.org

To receive an electronic copy of this program announcement and application forms, please download directly from the CRDF web site or contact tgp@crdf.org.

Iowa State University Graduate Assistantships And Pace Awards In Neuroscience, Immunology, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.

NEUROSCIENCE

General Information.
A broad spectrum of neuroscience research opportunities is available at Iowa State University, ranging from the molecular to the behavioral level of analysis. The program offers the Master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in the neuroscience major. Currently, faculty and students are pursing research in developmental neurobiology; effects of toxic materials and environmental factors on development; plasticity and nerve regeneration; neuroimmunology; mechanisms of signal transduction in neurons and other cells; neuroendocrinology of stress and reproduction; neuroregulatory mechanisms operating at cell membrane level; aging and neuropathology; mathematical modeling and cognitive science.
Admission requirements.
Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate or advanced degree in one of the basic or applied sciences, such as biochemistry, biology, human medicine, immunology, neuroscience, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, veterinary medicine, or zoology. Appropriate undergraduate coursework includes mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biological science. Submission of GRE General Test scores and TOEFL is required, and submission of Biology, Chemistry, or Psychology subject test scores is recommended. Students are asked to submit a personal statement including research interests and long-term career objectives with their application.
Financial Support.
Graduate Assistantships Financial support is available in the form of research assistantships sponsored by the neuroscience program and research grants and teaching assistantships sponsored by departments affiliated with the program. In addition, students interested in signal transudation may be eligible for research assistantships and postdoctoral fellowships sponsored by the national science Foundation extramural training grant. Recipients of assistantships are assessed tuition fees at the resident rate. Scholarship credit covering one-half of the in-state tuition is given to all students on a 20-hour assistantship.
For more detailed information, please visit web site or mail for Interdepartmental Neuroscience graduate Program: idgp@iastate.edu.

IMMUNOLOGY

General Information.
A broad spectrum of Immunilogy research opportunities is available at Iowa State University, ranging from the molecular to the cellular to the systemic level of analysis. The program offers the master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in the Immunology major. As a major area of research and study at Iowa State University, Immunobiology involves faculty from the National Animal Disease Center and departments of Animal Science; Biochemistry & Biophysics; Microbiology, Immunology & Preventative Medicine; and Veterinary Pathology. The diversity of faculty expertise ensures a broad education, while offering flexibility in choice of specialization. Currently, faculty and students are pursuing research in anti body and cell-mediated immunity, gene expression, immunochemistry, immunogenetics, immunomodulation, immunophysiology, leukocyte signal transduction, mucosal immunity, and nutritional immunology.
Admission requirements.
Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate or advanced degree in one of the basic or applied sciences, such as biochemistry, biology, human medicine, immunology, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, veterinarymedecine, or zoology. Appropriate undergraduate course work includesmathematics, chemistry, physics, and biological science.
Financial Support.
Graduate Assistantships Financial support is available in the form of research assistantships sponsored by the Immunobiology Program, research grants of individual faculty, and teaching assistantships sponsored by departments affiliated with the program. Recipients of assistantships are assessed tuition fees at the resident rate. Scholarship credit covering one-half of the in-state tuition is given to all students on a 20-hour assistantship.
For more detailed information, please visit web site or mail for Interdepartmental Immunobiology: idgp@iastate.edu.

MOLECULAR, CELLULAR and DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY

General Information.
The Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) Program offers a wide range of graduate research opportunities in plant, animal, and microbial systems at the cellular and molecular levels. The collaborative research efforts of program faculty in twelve different departments provide an outstanding environment for graduate education and intellectual development. Students participate in laboratory rotations and complete a balanced program of study leading to either a masters of science or doctor of philosophy degree in the MCDB major.
Admission requirements.
Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate or advanced degree in one of the basic or applied sciences, such as biochemistry, biology, human medicine, immunology, neuroscience, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, veterinary medicine, or zoology. The following couses are required for admission into the MCDB Program:
• Mathematics, through one year of calculus
• Organic chemistry, one year with laboratory
• Physics, one year with laboratory
• Biology (such as microbiology or zoology), two years
Applicants may be admitted without one or more of these requirements if, in the judgment of the MCDB Selection Committee, any deficiency can be remedied by additional courses within the graduate program.
Financial Support.
Graduate Assistantships Financial support is available in the form of research assistantships sponsored by the MCDB Program and research grants and teaching assistantships sponsored by departments affiliated with the program. Recipients of assistantships are assessed tuition fees at the resident rate. Scholarship credit covering one-half of the in-state tuition is given to all students on a 20-hour assistantship.
For more detailed information, please visit web site or mail for Interdepartmental MCDB Graduate Program: idgp@iastate.edu.

PACE Awards

The Graduate College sponsors the Premium for Academic Excellence (PACE) Award program for new graduate students with outstanding academic records. This award is equivalent to half of the resident tuition fees and may extend over a one- or two-year period. The Admissions Committee of the program nominates candidates. The student need not be on a graduate assistantship to be nominated for a PACE award. Information about other types of financial assistance available to graduate students can be obtained from the Financial Aid and student Employment Office, Beardshear Hall (511-294-2223). WWW address for all Graduate majors: http://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/programs/.

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