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Open Society Institute, "International Scholars Fellowship Program"

December 23, 2009
By Christopher Tassava

The Open Society Institute's "International Scholars Fellowship Program" selects highly qualified scholars in the social sciences and humanities to assist Academic Fellowship Program (AFP) partner departments to which other OSI Returning Scholars are returning after a stint abroad. Various numbers of Returning Scholars are supported in every AFP partner department on their own fellowships. Working in a variety of settings around the world (including many universities in underdeveloped regions of Europe and Asia), International Scholars advise on the overall reform agenda of the departments and share with departmental colleagues the latest developments in their discipline, collaborate on the introduction of new courses, and encourage the development of skills critical to academic work. Perhaps the greatest, and most needed, contribution of International Scholars is the expert advice they offer on curriculum development and academic planning. International Scholars share their experience with the department on a consultative basis. They work onsite with the departmental faculty members and PhD students during two or three short and intense visits in the academic year, and remain in touch with colleagues between visits.

Supported fields are anthropology, area/cultural studies, economics, gender studies, history, human rights & public law, international relations, journalism/media studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, public policy/environmental studies, public policy/public health, social work, and sociology. The program does not support scholars in philology, the visual and performing arts, and business.

Candidates must be well-established or senior scholars and hold an internationally recognized PhD (or equivalent highest degree awarded in the academic field). AFP accepts applications for placements in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, and Ukraine.

Fellowships begin in August or September 2010 and last one academic year. Fellowships include a modest stipend, transportation, accommodation, and various other allowances, and can be renewed.

For more information, see the ISFP webpage or contact Christopher Tassava (ctassava or x5833). The deadline to apply for appointments in the 2010-2011 academic year is April 7, 2010.