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EAC / Study in the US / Financial Aid / Program Announcements / October 2004

Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program

The Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program (MUSKIE) is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State, and administered by IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board). MUSKIE provides opportunities for Master's level study in the United States to citizens from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. It also provides limited opportunities for doctoral study of approximately four years in the United States to citizens from Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine in the fields of business administration, economics, public administration, and public policy. Participants are selected through an open, merit-based competition.

Fellows will:
• Enroll in fulltime academic coursework for up to two years
• Create and implement a project during the first academic year that benefits the local community.
• Take part in internships following academic coursework.

The fellowship is fully funded and provides:
• J-1 Visa Support
• Round-trip airfare from fellow's home city in Eurasia to host institution in the United States
• Monthly stipend
• Accident and sickness insurance
• Tuition and mandatory university fees
• Small incidentals allowance
• Limited allowance for books
• Pre-academic English language training (if necessary)
• A wide variety of alumni networking and training opportunities

Eligible Program Fields:
• Business Administration
• Economics
• Education
• Environmental Management
• International Affairs
• Journalism and Mass Communications
• Law
• Library and Information Science
• Public Administration
• Public Health
• Public Policy

See application for eligibility requirements and selection criteria.

Application Deadline: 5:00 PM, Friday, November 19, 2004

Applications for the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program can be obtained and submitted by contacting IREX field offices and representatives in Eurasia. Applications are also available at Educational Information Centers (EIC) and at Internet Access and Training Program (IATP) Public Access Sites throughout Eurasia and can be downloaded from www.irex.org or www.irex.ru.

Eurasian Undergraduate Exchange Program

The Eurasian Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD) is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State, and administered by IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board). UGRAD provides opportunities for current first, second, and third* year undergraduate students (*in five-year programs) from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan to spend one academic year of non-degree study in a US university or community college. Participants are selected through an open, merit-based competition.

All fellows will:
• Attend classes full-time for one academic year
• Perform a minimum of 20 hours of community service in their host city during the first semester
• Complete a part-time internship during their second semester

Students in their first-year at the time of application will live with host families or in dormitories and will be enrolled in two-year community colleges. Students in their second or third year at the time of application will live in dormitories at four-year colleges and universities.

The fellowship is fully funded and provides:
• J-1 Visa Support
• Round-trip airfare from fellow's home city in Eurasia to host institution in the United States
• Accident and sickness insurance
• Tuition and mandatory university fees
• Room and board (housing and meals)
• Small incidentals allowance
• Limited allowance for books
• Pre-academic English language training (if necessary)
• A wide variety of alumni networking and training opportunities

Program Fields:
• Accounting
• Agriculture
• American Studies
• Business
• Computer Science
• Criminal Justice
• Economics
• Education
• Environmental Management
• Hospitality Management
• International Relations
• Journalism and Mass Communications
• Law
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Sociology

See application for eligibility requirements and selection criteria.

Application Deadline: 5:00 PM, Friday, November 12, 2004

Applications for the Eurasian Undergraduate Exchange Program can be obtained and submitted by contacting IREX field offices and representatives in Eurasia. Applications are also available at Educational Information Centers (EIC) and at Internet Access and Training Program (IATP) Public Access Sites throughout Eurasia and can be downloaded from www.irex.org or www.irex.ru.

FLEX: AN EXCHANGE PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

The FREEDOM Support Act established the first large exchange program for secondary school students from the countries of the former Soviet Union to live in the United States for a year. This act was passed by the United States Congress to extend a hand of friendship from the people of the US to the people of these countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. The FLEX program is fully funded by the US Government and is administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.

Now in its thirteenth year, FLEX will offer scholarships to secondary school students from Eurasia for the 2005-2006 academic year. Scholarship recipients will be provided with round trip travel from their home to the United States and back, and an allowance for living expenses. Participants will be covered by medical insurance, excluding pre-existing conditions.

Scholarship recipients will attend an orientation session prior to their departure to the US, which will help them feel at home as a member of a US host family and student at an American high school. While in the US, students will have the opportunity to share their culture. They will learn about the United States firsthand by participating in family life, school study, and extracurricular activities. Program participants will also participate in locally arranged activities.

FLEX scholarship recipients must return home in May-June 2006 on the date assigned by the program. Students will not be allowed to remain in the US after their assigned travel date. Scholarship recipients will not likely return home in time to take school exams. Students who have studied as a part of the FLEX program are not eligible to receive a US resident or work visa for two years after returning to Russia.

Recipients of FLEX scholarships are selected by an independent panel of experienced educators in the United States on the basis of merit demonstrated in application materials. Merit is determined by evaluating the written application, recommendations, English language proficiency, and an applicant's demonstrated preparedness for a yearlong exchange experience. In various cities (a complete testing schedule can be found at www.americancouncils.org), we invite all students to participate in the competition who:
• are presently studying in the 9th and 10th grades and were born in the period between January 1, 1989 to July 15, 1990
• have not lived in the United States for more than three months in the last five years
• and speak English well.

Applicants must also receive a clearance on health status.

This program is open to all high school students who meet requirements of the program including students with disabilities. Over 140 disabled students have already studied in the US on this program.

The competition for scholarships is carried out by the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ ACCELS. Representatives of ACTR/ACCELS will visit many regional (oblast) centers to conduct testing in the fall and winter of 2004-2005. All eligible students are invited to take part in the first of three rounds. They must bring proof of eligibility (their original birth certificate or passport) and one recent photograph (3x4 cm). Students who pass Round One (a short English test) will be invited to Round Two, a comprehensive English test and written essay. Only applicants who pass Round Two will receive application materials and will be interviewed.

For more information about the program or testing in your area, please call the Moscow office at: (095) 230-4558 or 956-7807.

Mellon Junior Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for two-year Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowships in the Humanities, to begin Fall semester, 2005. The areas of interest are anthropology, English, history, and the literature fields. The College is particularly interested in proposals that connect the interests of substantial numbers of faculty, including, but not limited to: interpretive methods of the various humanities disciplines; various multi-disciplinary subgroups concerned with rethinking and reinvigorating period studies; histories and cultures of selected world regions; and humanistic scholarship on cultural values and collective life in a world of high mobility, deepening interconnections, and rapid technological and social change.

Fellows will conduct their own research and scholarship and will teach one course during the first year and two during the second year in an appropriate home department. Salary will be $40,000 per year.

Teaching will be in areas of focal interest to the post-doctoral fellows within the context of the broad themes to which we are giving campus-wide focus.

Applicants should have received the Ph.D. no earlier than 1998 and requirements for the Ph.D. must be completed by the application deadline of December 1, 2004.

Applications should include a letter of application, a research proposal, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample in English of no more than 25 pages, and a course proposal. Please arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent as well.

All material should be sent to the following address, and be post-marked no later than December 1, 2004:

Mellon Junior Post-Doctoral Fellowships
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
294 Lincoln Hall
University of Illinois
702 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801

Awards will be announced on or about February 1, 2005. For more information, please contact: schehr@uiuc.edu

CALL FOR PAPERS
TRANSLATING EASTERN EUROPE:
ART, POLITICS, AND IDENTITY IN TRANSLATED LITERATURE

September 30-October 2, 2005

Papers are invited for an interdisciplinary conference that will explore the role played by translated literature in the evolution of literary traditions and national identities in Eastern Europe and Russia. It will also examine the influence of translated literature on the ways in which the West has imagined the "other" Europe. Special attention will be paid to the political and cultural contexts that have shaped the selection, translation, and reception of translated literature. General cultural and linguistic challenges involved in translating literature from Eastern European languages into English will also be addressed.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Russian and East European Center of the Ohio State University and the Institute of Applied Linguistics of Kent State University. It will be held at the Blackwell Center on the main campus of the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Topics for "Translating Eastern Europe" may include, but are not limited to:
• Translation and Censorship
• Translation and Cold War Politics
• Translation and Exile
• Eastern European Contributions to Translation Theory
• Translation and the Construction of National Languages and Literatures
• Translating Gender, Sexual, and Ethnic Identities
• Translation as Metaphor and/or Theme
• Re-Translation, Pseudo-Translation, Meta-Translation
• Translation and Film
• Problems of Linguistic and Cultural Transfer

The conference will also host a workshop on translating literature, sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures of the Ohio State University, to be conducted by Marian Schwartz, and a reading of translated literary works, sponsored by the Polish Studies Center of Indiana University at Bloomington.

Interested scholars and literary translators should submit paper proposals of no more than 500 words and a curriculum vitae by 15 March 2005 to:

Brian James Baer
MCLS, 109 Satterfield Hall
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242
Email: bbaer@kent.edu

THE JOHN SMITH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME 2005

The John Smith Fellowship Scheme is an intensive, 6-week programme on good governance, democracy and social justice.

It is available to promising young leaders from Russia, the Ukraine, Armenia, Moldova, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan.

We are currently seeking applications from potential candidates for our 2005 Fellowship Programme, to take place in June/July next year.

Normally, successful candidates are aged between 25 and 35 and in employment at the time of application.

Preference is given to applicants working in:
• the political process
• legal services, especially in the field of human rights
• journalism/broadcasting
• government service (including local government)
• NGOs with explicit involvement in furthering democracy, equal rights and social justice, or promoting democratic access, participation and accountability in government.

A high standard of competence in the English language is essential.

Further information on our recruitment criteria, application details and deadlines can be obtained from the British Council website: http://www.britishcouncil.org/jsmithpublic/index.htm

Country links from this page will give details of the application process in each of our seven Fellowship countries.

For further information about the John Smith Memorial Trust, please visit www.johnsmithmemorialtrust.org

Location: For young leaders from Russia, the Ukraine, Armenia, Moldova, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan

Website: http://www.britishcouncil.org/jsmithpublic/index.htm

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