Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
January 9, 2008

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1. CES News
2. Grants and Fellowships
3. Call for Proposals
4. Seminars and Workshops
5. K-12 Schools
6. Position Announcement
7. Internships
8. Other International Studies News
9. CES Award Competition

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CES News

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Grant Competition

Foreign Language and Area Studies, 2007-2008We are pleased to announce the annual call for applications for Foreign Language and Area Studies awards. FLAS grants are academic year and summer awards designed to assist graduate and professional students to study a West European language to proficiency. The awards include tuition and fees plus a stipend. More information on the FLAS competition and application forms can be found in the FLAS section of the UNC Area Studies Centers website and on the Center for European Studies site.

Deadline: January 31, 2008

CES Award Competition

The Center for European Studies and the European Union Center of Excellence are pleased to announce several competitions for funding for UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and graduate students.

The deadline for all proposals listed below is Thursday, January 31, 2008. Read on...

Graduate Workshop on EU Politics

EU Center of Excellence of UNC Chapel HillA 2-day workshop for Ph.D. students on EU politics to be held at the Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg, Germany on May 9-11, 2008.

Sponsored by the EU Center for Excellence of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) in Delmenhorst (near Bremen) in Germany. Doctoral students whose research is related to political parties, public opinion, political economy, or multilevel governance, and whose research has an EU component, are encouraged to apply for up to 15 fellowships to present their dissertation proposal or dissertation research. The fellowships will cover by receipt economy travel expenses (up to €750). Local accommodation and meals in Delmenhorst will be covered.

Organized by: Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill & Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

For application details, please view the workshop flyer (PDF).

Application Deadline: February 1, 2008

North Carolina German Studies Seminar

Sunday, January 20 | 6-8:30 pm | Hillel Building, UNC Campus
North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop SeriesThe North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series seeks to foster intellectual exchange among students, scholars and the wider community at both public and private institutions of higher learning. The Series intends to open academic dialogues to the general public of North Carolina in order to raise awareness of the importance of Germany and German-speaking lands for the cultural literacy of all North Carolinians.

Dr. Scott Windham (Elon University) will present a portion of his forthcoming article on Stanley Kramer's 1961 film "Judgment at Nuremberg."

Those interested in attending will be asked to register in advance. No admission charge. Cosponsored by the Center for European Studies.

Grants and Fellowships

Council for European Studies Graduate Student Fellowships

Council for European Studies at Columbia UniversityEstablished in 1971, the CES Fellowship Program has played a crucial role in the early stages of many scholars' careers. The Program serves as the leading source for pre-dissertation fellowships that fund students' first major research projects in Europe. Since the program's founding, the Council has awarded more than 500 fellowships, totaling more than $2.0 million. 

The application form, and full details, may be found on our website:

All materials must be received via email, to, by February 1st, 2008. (No phone calls or paper applications, please).


Call for Proposals

Jean Monnet Program Call for Proposals 2008

Jean MonnetThe Jean Monnet Programme is designed to increase knowledge and awareness about European integration by promoting teaching, research and debate on European Union matters at university-level institutions.

University-level institutions from non-EU countries on all continents are highly encouraged to apply.

Information on the call and the standard application forms can be found here:

Deadline: February 15, 2008

Seminars and Workshops

The Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels

Prague, Czech RepublicMarch 29-April 5, 2008 | Prague, Czech Republic
Prague's Centre for Public Policy (Centrum pro verejnou politiku - CPVP) and INstrategy (Institute for European and National Strategies) have teamed up to organize the seventh European Spring Institute (ESI 2008) on the Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels.

The European Spring Institute 2008 is a seven-day academic program designed to bring together 30 undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds to enjoy their spring holidays in the unique academic and cultural environment.

The program provides students with an exciting opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the current EU politics through exchange of ideas with academics, policy practitioners and fellow students from different cultural environments. The ESI2008 combines intensive academic courses with cultural, social and recreational opportunities.

Please visit our new website to discover all the details.

Early Bird Application Deadline: February 1, 2008
Final Deadline: February 15, 2008

K-12 Schools

School Partnership Opportunity

Danish FlagHelp students learn with, not just about, people of other cultures through an ongoing partnership between your school and one in Denmark.

North Carolina in the World (NCIW), a statewide international education initiative coordinated by the Center for International Understanding in Raleigh, is recruiting North Carolina high schools for Danish partnerships.

Your students will be involved in the world marketplace, working for international companies, or perhaps working on international teams to solve world health and environmental challenges and will need 21st century skills. Working on projects with their Danish partners will help them acquire the knowledge, skills and perspective they'll need to succeed in our ever-changing global environment through direct contact with Danish students.

For a partnership information form and more details about the program, contact: Angie Bolin, Danish Partnership Coordinator,, 919-733-0224, Center for International Understanding, 412 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC 27601.

North Carolina In the World News

North Carolina in the WorldLearn more about global education at work in North Carolina in the latest edition of North Carolina in the World News. To see previous editions of the newsletter, please visit the archive.

Position Announcement

European Union Center of Excellence, Indiana University: Assistant Director/Outreach Coordinator

Indiana UniversityServes as fiscal administrator for the European Union Center. Assists the Director in the administrative operations and program planning and supervises graduate assistants and secretary. Explores grant opportunities and prepares and submits grant proposals and funding requests. Plans and coordinates conferences, seminars, workshops, and academic, cultural, business and informational exchanges and educates specialists in European Union studies for a variety of U.S. audiences.

For further details, please view the job listing. Apply online at


Internships with the Delegation of the European Commission

The Delegation of the European Commission offers a variety of internship positions at its office in Washington, DC. The New York Delegation, too, offers internship positions. Please contact that Delegation directly for more information on opportunities there. (For information on EU internships in Europe, click here.)

Internships are intended to provide college and university students and recent graduates with the opportunity to acquire considerable knowledge of the European Union, its institutions, activities, laws, statistics and relations with the US. Internship applicants may be of any nationality.

For details, please visit the Delegation website.

Deadline for the Summer Session: February 15, 2008

Other International Studies News

Conversational Living Room on Global Health, Aging, and Patient Advocacy

UNC School of Public HealthThursday, January 10, 2008 | 4:30 - 6:30 pm | Atrium, Michael Hooker Research Center
The School of Public Health Office of Research and Office of Global Health are pleased to announce the first Conversational Living Room of 2008. Clarence Pearson, MSPH, and Laurie Norris, MA, co-editors of Global Health and Global Aging will give a brief talk followed by poster presentations by School of Public Health Faculty members and a discussion.

Clarence Pearson is former senior advisor to the World Health Organization office at the United Nations. He served as delegation leader for President Eisenhower's People to People Program in the People's Republic of China, consultant-in-residence in Moscow for the U.S. Department of State, and had assignments in the former Yugoslavia and Central America. Laurie Norris is a writer, editor and international communications consultant. She is author of a history of the China Medical Board, which pioneered Western-style medical education in China and Asia.

The Conversational Living Room series is designed for faculty, staff and students to share their research with colleagues and to identify opportunities for collaboration. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Amy Davenport at 919-966-4581 or via email.

Showing of an Uzbek Film: Alisher Navoi

Alisher NavoiThursday, January 10, 2008 | 7pm | FedEx Global Education Center, room 4003
The Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations will jointly sponsor the showing of the Uzbek film "Alisher Navoi" (1947). Afterwards, we will have a reception and a faculty-led discussion.

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Background on Alisher Navoi

Faces of Change: Documentary Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker

Faces of ChangeThursday, January 24, 2008 | Room 1015 FedEx Global Education Center
The Carolina Women's Center is pleased to present the North Carolina premiere of Faces of Change as part of the 27th Annual MLK Birthday Celebration. This powerful documentary features grassroots activists from different corners of the world who go behind the camera to find a voice denied to them because of their social, racial, gender, or ethnic background. Director Michele Stephenson armed five activists with cameras and sent them to explore their communities in Brazil, India, Mauritania, Bulgaria and the United States in preparation for the UN World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa. These unique video dispatches relay the stunning commonalities of their histories and experiences. Discussion with the filmmaker to follow.

Contemporary Cuba: History, Politics, and Culture

Teatro Garcia Lorca, Havana, CubaFebruary 2, 2008 | UNC-Chapel Hill Program in Humanities & Human Values
Cuba serves as a bridge between the Atlantic and the Caribbean. Seen by European tourists as a place of sandy white beaches, sugar plantations, and salsa dancers, it may appear as a quaint relic of Europe's colonial past. Through the eyes of the United States, Cuba becomes a place of Communist oppression, a site of diplomatic intrigue, and a source of continuing (and controversial) immigration. Whether we think of Michael Moore's Sicko, the C.I.A.'s exploding cigars, or the mambo kings, Cuba offers up alluring images of alternate ways of life.

Our seminar takes contemporary Cuba as its focus, and considers Cuba in terms of its history, politics, and culture. We'll start with an overview of the Cuban revolution within a larger context of change. We'll then turn to the troubled relationship between the United States and Cuba, which may qualify as one of the strangest relationships in the history of U.S. foreign affairs. We'll consider the roots of this estrangement and the prospects for change as Cuba's revolutionary generation passes from the scene. After considering Cuba's political past and future, we'll turn to the arts, and reflect upon Cuban literature both inside and outside Cuba's borders. We'll close our seminar with a photographic examination of the “Idea of Cuba” through the lens of photographer Alex Harris.

With support from the Institute for the Study of the Americas.

For details and registration information, please visit the website of the Program in the Humanities and Human Values.

CES Award Competition

For all competitions below please send the required documents from a UNC email account to All CES grantees are asked to submit a brief (one page) report on the funded project at the end of the grant period. Proposals are evaluated by the Steering Committee of the Center in early March and decisions announced by mid-March.

Deadline for all awards listed below: January 31, 2008

Faculty Curriculum Development Awards

Courses developed under this program should be offered during the academic year following the summer of the award. After this first offering, the courses should be regularly scheduled in departmental course offerings. Students who will benefit particularly from the new courses are majors in the Center for European Studies' newly approved major in Contemporary European Studies. We are especially interested to develop European clusters of courses in accordance with the new undergraduate curriculum.

  • European Union Center of Excellence awards
    We will make two awards to UNC-CH faculty to develop new European Union courses or tracks in existing courses. The definition of EU tracks is broad; it may include special readings and research assignments integrated into the main class, or special sections of a class focused on the EU. Awards for full EU courses will be for $4500 and $2000 for EU tracks.
  • National Resource Center (Title VI) awards
    Two curriculum development awards will be made for courses relevant to the study of modern Western Europe. Courses in any discipline may be funded in this category. Awards will be $4500.
  • European Clusters
    Faculty wishing to develop clusters of European courses may apply to receive $1500 as the coordinating fellow, each additional faculty member joining the cluster may apply to receive $500 (up to a total of five additional faculty members). Guidelines for developing clusters may be found at All proposals must meet these criteria. The coordinating fellow will have responsibility for ensuring that all requirements as stated by the Office of Undergraduate Curricula are met. Proposals for clusters should be submitted under one name, that of the coordinating fellow. Funding is also available from the Office of Undergraduate Curricula for the development of clusters with a deadline of November 30.

To submit a curriculum development proposal please send:

  1. your curriculum vita,
  2. the proposed course syllabus, and a cover letter describing the course relevance to contemporary European Studies or European Union studies, and where the course will fit in your departmental offerings (include any pre-requisites) and in the new General Education undergraduate curriculum.
  3. A letter from your chair approving the project and agreeing to offer the course during the next academic year and on a continuing basis.

Faculty Research Travel Awards

We will make approximately six awards for faculty research travel in the US or Europe related to a project on contemporary European or EU Studies. Proposals will be evaluated by a CES committee. Please send a cover letter including a short (one page) summary of the paper/project, an estimated budget including other sources of funding, and a curriculum vita.

  • Grants for Research Travel in the US to present papers on contemporary Europe. Domestic travel grants are $500.
  • Grants for Travel to Europe related to research and publication on contemporary Europe. Summer research travel grants are for $2000.

Priority will be given to faculty applicants without endowed research accounts

Faculty and Graduate Student Joint Projects

The European Union Center of Excellence will make two awards of $2500 to support faculty/graduate student joint projects. These funds will be for use September 1, 2008 through August 31, 2009. $2000 is designated for graduate student support; $500 for the faculty. Please submit a cover letter consisting of a short summary of the paper/project, a time-line for publication of the project, and curriculum vitae.

Graduate Student Awards

CES has several sources of funding for graduate students in contemporary European Studies:

  • European Union Center of Excellence Summer Research Fellowships
    Two awards will be made to UNC-CH graduate students to conduct dissertation research on the EU in Europe during summer 2008. Awards will include a stipend of $4000. Proposals should include a 5-page (max) synopsis of the research project including a timetable and a budget, and should attach a letter of support from the dissertation advisor.
  • Graduate Student Research Travel
    Two awards will be made to present papers in the US or Europe on some aspect of the European Union. Awards for travel in the US are $600 and for travel to Europe $1500. Applicants should send a brief (one page) cover letter summarizing the project and other sources of funding, and should attach a letter of support from the dissertation advisor.
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grants
    Academic year and summer awards designed to assist graduate and professional students to study a West European language to proficiency. The awards include tuition and fees plus a stipend. More information on the FLAS competition and application forms can be found in the FLAS section of the UNC Area Studies Centers website and on the Center for European Studies site.



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Gali Beeri
International Education Program Coordinator
Center for European Studies/EU Center of Excellence
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3449
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