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2002 Fulbright American Studies Institutes.

In order to promote a better understanding of American life and institutions, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (BECA) of the U.S. Department of State is offering six-week academic programs aimed at improving U.S. studies curricula abroad. Each Fulbright American Studies Institute focuses on a particular discipline of American studies or on a special topic within a discipline. This year's institutes are offered in nine subject areas:
• "American Studies for Secondary School Educators"
• "U.S. Foreign Policy: Foundations and Formulation"
• "Immigration and Ethnicity: the American Experience"
• "Contemporary American Literature"
• "Religion in the United States"
• "The U.S. Political System: Origin, Structure and Contemporary Issues"
• "The United States through Literature: Reading America"
• "The U.S. Constitution: Origins, Evolution and Contemporary Issues"
• "The Civilization of the United States: an Introduction"

Fulbright American Studies Institutes are open to Russian educators, including university faculty (primarily from departments of history, political science, or international relations), teacher trainers, curriculum developers, and text book writers who are willing to incorporate the information about U.S. culture, society, history, and institutions in their teaching and professional work. Priority will be given to candidates who have special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties.

These programs will be held at American University campuses from early June and early August 2002. Fulbright American Studies Institutes are designed for educators in early stages of their careers, so while there is no formal age limit, preference will be given to those under age 45. In addition, those who have had limited (or no) recent firsthand academic experience in the U.S. will receive top consideration. All candidates must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in written and spoken English.

All costs, including travel and lodging will be paid by BECA. The programs are not designed to allow accompanying dependents.

Following is brief description of each Fulbright American Studies Institute:

1. American Studies for Secondary School Educators
Host institution: to be determined
Suggested participant specialization: American Studies, American Literature, American History, English Language
Program description: this program will provide participants with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present. It will be organized around a central theme or themes in U.S. civilization and will have a strong contemporary component. Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, the program will examine the history and evolution of U.S. institutions and values, broadly defined. The program will also serve to illuminate the contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society. The programs ultimate goal is to promote the development and improvement of courses and teaching about the u.s. at secondary schools and teacher training institutions abroad.

2. U.S. Foreign Policy: Foundations and Formulation
Host institution: to be determined
Suggested participant specialization: International Relations, Foreign Policy, History, and Political Science
Program description: this program will examine the domestic institutional foundations -- political, social, economic and cultural -- of U.S. foreign policy with particular attention to the post-cold war era. Principal themes, critical policy debates, and contemporary issues in U.S. foreign policy will be examined in light of the history of U.S. international relations since World War II and within the larger framework of U.S. diplomatic history as a whole. An overarching goal of the program is to illuminate the relationships between U.S. policies and the political, social and economic forces in the United States that constitute the domestic institutional context, in which such policies are debated, formulated and executed. The program will be structured to give attention to U.S. policy both globally and in particular geographic areas.

3. Immigration and Ethnicity: the American Experience
Host institution: to be determined
Suggested participant specialization: History, Sociology, and American Studies
Program description: this program will examine the role that immigration and ethnicity have played in defining the nature of the American experience. The program will examine the history of immigration to the United States and explore the impact that various periods of immigration have had on the development of America's political, social, and cultural values and institutions. Throughout the program, the focus on immigrant groups and America's ethnic diversity will serve to illustrate the dynamism of the American experience, viewed both as a whole and as the sum of its diverse ethnic, religious and cultural parts.

4. Contemporary American Literature
Host institution: to be determined
Suggested participant specialization: American Literature, American Studies
Program description: this program will focus on recent American literature and criticism. Its purpose is twofold: first, to explore contemporary American writers and writing in a variety of genres; second, to suggest how the themes explored in those works reflect larger currents within contemporary American society and culture. The program will explore the diversity of the American literary landscape, examining how major contemporary writers, schools and movements reflect the traditions of the American literary canon and, at the same time, represent a departure from that tradition, establishing new directions for American literature.

5. Religion in the United States
Host institution: to be determined
Suggested participant specialization: Religion, History, and American Studies
Program description: this institute is intended to provide foreign university faculty with an opportunity to increase their understanding of American civilization through an examination of the American religious experience. Employing a multi-disciplinary approach, the program should explore both the historical and contemporary relationship between church and state in the United States; examine the ways in which religious thought and practice has influenced and been influenced by the development of American democracy; examine the intersections of religion and politics in the United States in such areas as elections, public policy, and foreign policy; and explore the sociology and demography of religion in the United States today, including a survey of the varieties of contemporary religious belief.

6. The U.S. Political System: Origin, Structure and Contemporary Issues
Host Institution: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Suggested participant specialization: Political Science, Public Administration
Program description: this program will provide grantees with an overview of the U.S. political system--its constitutional roots, its federal structure, the role of political parties, media, and public opinion--and, at the same time, demonstrate how the institutions of the American government at the local, state and national levels address particular political and social issues confronting Americans at the beginning of the 21st century. The program thus aims to provide a seminar on both the structure and organization of the American political system and how that system responds to and, in turn, is influenced by the shifting social currents in contemporary American life. Issues that relate to contemporary debates in such areas as the competing roles of federal, state and local government, voting and electoral reform issues, urban and regional development, race relations, immigration, multi-culturalism and ethnicity, the environment, crime, and education are some of the areas that will be investigated.

7. The United States through Literature: Reading America
Host institution: New School University
Suggested participant specialization: American Studies, Literature, Sociology, and English Language
Program description: this program is intended to assist faculty from abroad who are seeking to establish or enhance courses that focus on American literature and society at their home institutions. It will examine vital aspects of American society at the beginning of the new millennium, and will explore America's society, culture, and its political and civic principles. Though American novels and poetry will be frequently referred to, the primary lens through which the theme will be explored are nonfiction American literature and other documentary forms. The focus on nonfiction literature is due not only to the fact that it represents the oldest, and perhaps the most specifically "American" genre of literary production in this country, but also because, paradoxically, it was, and still is, nonfiction writing that most fully expresses the continuous American dream. From early travel literature, diaries, biographies, political treaties and speeches, to literary and cultural criticism, memoirs, photographic essays, the oral traditions of native Americans, to documentary films and videos, American nonfiction constitutes a unique, yet less consistently explored (especially in American studies abroad) source of knowledge about the U.S. At the same time, the program's literary focus will be sufficiently interdisciplinary in scope to allow grantees to explore broad themes in the history, society and culture of the U.S. The Institute itself is intended to be a model of how to pursue a scholarly investigation of the United States.

8. The U.S. Constitution: Origins, Evolution and Contemporary Issues
Host institution: Lafayette College
Suggested participant specialization: Political Science, Law, and Comparative Politics
Program description: this program will examine the U.S. constitution in terms of its philosophical and political origins, its historical evolution, and its place in the debates that mark contemporary American political life. The program will explore the constitution's historical foundations, examine its fundamental political principles (e.g. federalism, republicanism, checks and balances, separation of powers), trace its political evolution over time, and explore current constitutional issues in the United States in both their present and historical context. Throughout the program, consideration will be given to how the constitution has served as a defining text through which the central values and institutions of American society have been defined and redefined throughout American history.

9. The Civilization of the United States: an Introduction.
Host institution: New York University
Suggested participant specialization: American Studies, History, Political Science, and Sociology
Program description: this program will be a survey course in American civilization designed for scholars seeking to establish an American studies course and/or program at institutions with little or no expertise in this field. The central program theme will be "the reconciliation of cultural diversity and national unity in the U.S.," which will be explored through the following four sub-themes that will provide the basis for a broad examination of how the u.s. has managed to balance national integration with pluralism: local autonomy and pluralism in America; individual liberty and the American creed; cultural and social heterogeneity; and, national unity: social and cultural integration.

Download application form (MS Word format, 30 Kb).

Please attach a two-page essay in English describing:
• Current teaching responsibilities in the field of American studies;
• Commitment to the development of curriculum for implementation at your home university;
• Interest in improving professional environment at home university;
• Demonstrated or recognized capability to positively affect students' learning;
• Ability to act as cultural and academic resource;
• Expectations of what you wish to gain from a training program in the United States, and how it will be used in your future teaching/curriculum development activities.

Please make your remarks practical and professionally relevant.
Applications without essays will not be considered.

Completed applications may be sent to:

Educational Exchanges Office,
American Embassy,
Bolshoy Devyatinskiy, per., 8, Moscow 121099

Applications may be faxed to: (095) 728-52-03
Applications may be e-mailed to: mitoussovan@state.gov or artamonovai@state.gov
Please phone 728-53-65 if you have any questions.
Application deadline: March 2, 2002.

Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia USA.

$8, 000 PER YEAR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP 2002.

Old Dominion University awards scholarships to entering Undergraduate international students on non-immigrant visas. Scholarships are applied toward tuition costs. Applicants must be subject to out-of-state tuition costs to qualify for this scholarship. These scholarships are only available to new students who have not previously enrolled at the University. This scholarship is available for fall entry only and will not be awarded to deferred to spring semesters.

HOW TO APPLY
Candidates must meet all of the following conditions:
• Submit an international undergraduate application and fee
• Rank in the top 10 percent (10%) of their class (academic track only)
• Obtain a 550 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or demonstrate English language proficiency by fulfilling one of the options stated in the application.
• Submit two (2) letters of recommendation from previous teachers and/or advisors. Leadership ability through involvement in school and community activities should be addressed.
• Submit the International Student Scholarship Financial Need Analysis Form
• Submit a minimum one page essay that clearly indicates you are applying for the International student scholarship (ISS). The essay must also describe personal and academic goals and the need for the scholarship
• Submission of SAT test scores is highly recommended but not required.

Recipients must annually renew their scholarship by enrolling in a minimum of 15 hours of academic course work per semester and maintaining a minimum grade point average of 3.25 (B+). Financial need for the scholarship must be documented each year through submission of a financial need analysis form.

SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINES
Your application for admission and all supporting documents must be received by April 1, 2002 to be considered for the Fall 2002 awards. All documents must be official. Award notification will be made by April 30, 2002.

Without ISSWith ISS
Tuition$ 12,400.00$ 4,400.00
Room and Board$ 5,500.00$ 5,500.00
Health Insurance$ 650.00$ 650.00
Books/Personal Expenses$ 1,200.00$ 1,200.00
TOTAL$ 19,750.00$ 11,750.00

Send applications to:

Office of International Admissions
Old Dominion University Dragas International Center
Norfolk, VA 23529-0093 USA
Tel: (757) 683-37-01
Fax: (757) 683-51-96
E-mail: intladm@odu.edu
Website: http://www.odu.edu/intladm/

Institute of International Education Moscow Office.

International Fellowships Program with the financial support of Ford Foundation announces a new round of individual grants competition for 2003-2004 academic year IFP provides support for up to three years of formal graduate-level studies in masters and doctoral programs in any university around the world in the field of the humanities and social sciences, according to the Ford Foundation priorities listed below.

Proposed area of study:
Education, Media, Arts & Culture: Education reform, Higher education & scholarship, Religion, society & culture, Media, Arts and culture

Peace & Social Justice:
Human rights, International cooperation, Governance, Civil society.

Asset Building & Community Development: Children, youth & families, Sexuality & reproductive health, Workforce development, Development finance & economic security, Environment and development, Community, development.

The right applicant must:
• Be citizens of RF permanently residing in Russia and residents of Russia
• Have no any Russian postgraduate degree, as well as MA, or PhD received outside of CIS countries
• Not be involved in graduate study at the moment of application
• Graduate from the university before 1998
• Have 3 years of professional experience
• Have strong social commitment

To ensure that Fellows are drawn from more diverse backgrounds than ever before, IFP encourages applications from people from regions, people with disabilities, refugees and force migrants, as well as people from disadvantaged groups that lack systematic access to higher education.

Deadline by postal mark - 29th of March 2002.

For more information, please, contact

Education USA Scholarship Foundation.

US Dollars 3,500 Scholarship.

Russian high school students between 15 and 18 years of age whose parents are employees of: US-Russian Companies, Russian Subsidiaries of US Companies, US-Russian Joint Ventures, US Trade Missions in Russia, US Governmental, Commercial or Private Missions or Foundations in Russia, or Companies which are members of the American Chamber of Commerce are invited to spend a year as the quest of an American family, attend an American high school, and receive a scholarship of US Dollars 3,000 towards the cost of the program.

The Scholastic Year in the United States Program is sponsored in the United States by Cultural Academic Student Exchange (CASE), a non profit foundation designated by the United States Information Agency (USAI) as an approved Teenage-Exchange Program. Furthermore, CASE has been accepted for listing by the Council on Standards for International Travel (CSIT).

Parents who qualify may request detailed information about the program and the special scholarship by sending a fax or e-mail message to:

Mary Meulblok
Department of Admissions
American International Study Foundation
1706 Stanhope St N.E.
Olimpia, Washington 98506, USA
Fax: (1-360) 455-0751
E-mail: EducUSA@aol.com

Please include your postal address as they will be mailing you a folder containing detailed information about the program and the scholarship.

Upon receipt of your fax or e-mail message American International will send you a folder containing details of the program and the $3,000 scholarship. Our admission counselors will visit Moscow and St. Petersburg in February and March to conduct individual, personal interviews with candidates and their parents, and to answer any questions students and parents may have about the program.

Tuition (including board and lodging, all fees and insurance (accident & medical)): $7,989
Financial aid for students whose parents are employed by qualifying organization: -$3,000
Net Tuition: $4,989

The only other expenses are the cost of the airplane ticket to and from the United States, and pocket money in the amount of $1,500.

University of Connecticut Graduate Studies in Mathematics.

Areas of Research Include: Approximation Theory; Mathematical Image and Signal Processing; Differential Geometry, Riemann Surfaces and Kleinian Groups; Functional Analysis; Harmonic Analysis; Integral Equations; Lie Algebras, Abelian Groups, Ring Theory, Homological Algebra, Algebraic Combinatorics; Logic and Model Theory, Computability Theory; Low-Dimensional Topology; Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations with Biological, Physical and Engineering Applications; Matrix Theory and Linear Algebra; Numerical Linear Algebra; Probability, Empirical Processes, Limit Theorems; Stochastic Differential Equations and Financial Mathematics; Stochstic Modelling and Actuarial Mathematics.

Graduate Assistant Perks Include:
Tuition waiver
Health Insurance
Annual Stipend ($15,000-$23.000)
Special Multicultural Scholarships
Outstanding Scholar Fellowships

For more information: http://www.math.uconn.edu/Graduate/
For application forms: gradadm@math.uconn.edu or call: (860) 486-1293

The Black and Caspian Sea Collaborative Research Program.

IREX is pleased to announce the Black and Caspian Sea Collaborative Research Program, funded by The Starr Foundation.

Description:
Grants will be awarded for collaborative research projects focusing on regional issues of practical relevance and current interest to the corporate and policymaking communities. The region is defined to include: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.

Technical Eligibility. Minimum of three researchers per application:
• At least one US citizen and/or legal permanent resident;
• At least two citizens and current residents of two different countries of the Black and Caspian Sea region as defined above; and
• All researchers must hold graduate degrees equivalent to master's level or above.

Selection Criteria:
• Potential contribution and impact to Black and Caspian Sea regional studies;
• Practical relevance to corporate and policymaking communities;
• Demonstrated need for collaborative research;
• Professional achievements of researchers;
• Overall clarity of research goals and methodology;
• Reasonableness of the proposed budget;
• Feasibility of the proposed project; and
• Demonstration of serious preparatory work/collaboration.

Grant Provisions:
• Grants not to exceed $25,000; and
• Eligible expenses include: travel and associated expenses, research expenses, stipends, honoraria, materials, and publication expenses.

Application and Review Process:
• Application deadline: May 1, 2002;
• All applicants will be notified of their status by July 2002;
• Research projects may begin on or after August 1, 2002 and must be completed before July 31, 2003; and
• Finalists will participate in a program workshop August 2-4, 2002.

Contact:

IREX/Washington
Tel: (202) 628-8188 Fax: (202) 628-8189
e-mail: ollabgrants@irex.org
Web: http://www.irex.org/programs/black-caspian-sea/

The Fund for American Studies.

The Fund for American Studies, Georgetown University and Charles University will once again offer the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems in Prague, Czech Republic during the summer of 2002.

The Institute, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, offers a cross-cultural educational experience for university students from Europe, former states of the Soviet Union, and the United States. The Institute explores the political and economic climate of Eastern and Central Europe within the post-Soviet era. The strong faculty and absorbing curriculum offer tremendous social, scholastic and cultural benefits to last them a lifetime. Both graduate and undergraduate credit is available from Georgetown University for students who attend the program.

Students might apply by submitting the Online Application Form on the Internet Web-site at www.aipes.org. Over the years, they have developed the Web-site to become the best resource for information and communication. The Web-site has been updated with new information detailing the Institute's academics and admissions procedures. Applying on-line is a more expeditious process. The Web-site also enables applicants to check their application status online. A rolling basis for admission decisions is employed. The final application deadline is March 15, 2002. Should you have any questions about the program, or would like to request additional brochures, please send an E-mail at: aipes@tfas.org.

If students are in need of additional applications, or have any questions concerning the program, please contact:

American Institute on Political and Economic Systems
1706 new Hampshire Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20009, USA
Tel: 1- (202) 986-0384
Fax: 1-(208) 728-1023 or 1-202-986-8930
E-mail: aipes@tfas.org
Internet: www.aipes.org
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