Newsletter of the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
January 12, 2011

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This week we have:
1. CES News
2. European News and Events
3. Grants, Fellowships and Awards
4. Calls for Proposals
5. Seminars and Programs
6. K-12 Schools & Community Colleges
7. Internships
8. EUSA Corner
9. Other International Studies News

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CES News

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, graduate, and undergraduate students.

The deadline for the proposals listed below is Friday, January 28, 2011. Read on...

TransAtlantic Masters Program (TAM)

TAM: TransAtlantic Masters ProgramThe TransAtlantic Masters Program (TAM) has trained graduate students interested in contemporary Europe and the transatlantic relationship since 1998. Offered by way of partnerships between world-renowned universities in the United States and Europe, TAM is a unique and intensive MA-degree program based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Our ten European partner institutions are located in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and the UK. TAM applicants have usually majored in a relevant subject area such as Political Science, History, International Relations, European Studies, or Economics. Successful applicants have often studied abroad and/or interned or worked in an international setting.

TAM students benefit from small classes taught by world-renown experts. Courses begin each August on the UNC campus, focusing on comparative politics of industrial societies, comparative social policy, democratization, the European Union, and multilevel governance. TAM graduates pursue international careers in administration, diplomacy, business, policy-making, consulting, teaching, and research.

For more information, please see TAM’s partner universities: Sciences Po, Paris University of Bath, UK Carlos III University, Madrid Charles University, Prague Humboldt and Free Universities, Berlin University of Siena, Italy VU University, Amsterdam University of Bremen, Germany Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

Application Deadline: February 1, 2011

Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) Information Session

World MapThursday, January 20, 2011 | 11:00am - 12:15pm | FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003
UNC’s Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) Program cordially invites graduate students and faculty from any department to attend its annual information session. This session provides an overview of UNC's LAC Program, which integrates the use of languages into courses outside the departments of languages and literatures.

Participation is strongly recommended for graduate students planning to apply for upcoming LAC TA positions. To register, email To learn more about LAC at UNC, visit

Interdisciplinary Series on Sustainability and Innovation in Global Contexts: Microfranchising in Emerging Markets

MicrofranchisingFebruary 3-4, 2011 | UNC-Chapel Hill
Societies across the globe are facing overpopulation, climate change, food crises, increases in energy costs, and a lack of health care. While these issues present extremely complex problems, the need for innovative and sustainable approaches presents an opportunity for entrepreneurship and new business creation.

The Microfranchising: Innovation in Practice and Research program is the first in a new series of annual Interdisciplinary Symposia on Sustainability & Innovation in Global Contexts. The symposia are designed to raise awareness in the UNC and larger community about significant sustainability issues the world faces and to present innovative approaches to solve those challenges.

The program is co-hosted by five of UNC's Title VI centers (Center for International Business Education and Research (UNC CIBER); African Studies Center; Center for European Studies; Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies; Institute for the Study of the Americas), the Institute for the Environment, and the Center for Sustainable Enterprise.

Thursday, February 3 | 5:30 - 6:45pm | Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC | Panel Discussion
Free and open to the public
International Job Creation: Can We (Micro) Franchise Our Way Out of Poverty?
Jason Fairborne, David Lehr, and Malini Tolat moderated by Lisa Jones Christensen
Public reception in the atrium to follow. RSVP to

For more information, and to see the full schedule for the 2-day symposium, please visit

Breaking Barriers - Making History: UNC Women in the Humanities and Social Sciences since the 1960s - A Roundtable Conversation

Female SymbolMonday, January 24, 2011 | 5:00 - 7:00pm | UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall, Incubator Room
While women as a whole have made gains in academia in recent decades, women faculty still face inequality in their attempts to attain promotion and tenure and reach full professorship. Academic women face increasing challenges presented by a changing academic landscape regarding tenure and promotion and the demands of balancing work and family life. This roundtable with UNC women from different generations will discuss the experiences of women in the academy in general and at UNC in particular and explore how women’s place in the academy has changed over the last fifty years.

Reception to follow. For more information, please visit

Part of the UNC-Chapel Hill Seminar and Workshop Series Gender, Politics and Culture in Europe and Beyond. Cosponsored by the UNC Center for European Studies, Carolina Women's Center, UNC History Dept, UNC Dept of Women's Studies, UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities, UNC Association for Women Faculty and Professionals, and the Working Group in Feminism and History.

North Carolina German Studies Seminar: Training, Community, and Combat in German East Africa

Map of Germany in Flag FormFriday, January 28, 2011 | 4:00 - 6:00pm | Duke University, East Campus, Carr Building, 114 Campus Drive, Room 229

As part of the North Carolina German Studies Seminar & Workshop Series, in cooperation with the Research Triangle Seminar Series on the History of Military, War and Society, Michelle Moyd (Indiana University) will present a seminar on Askari Ways of War: Training, Community, and Combat in German East Africa.

African soldiers, or askari, of the German East African colonial army have received considerable attention from historians and a wider reading public because of their loyalty and battlefield performance during the East African campaign of World War I. Fascination with the askaris’ alleged loyalty, dedication, and skill during the arduous campaign, however, has tended to obscure the processes of training and socialization that made them into such formidable soldiers. This paper offers a locally-situated historical analysis of the making of the askari, their ways of war, and the effects of their styles of warfare on East African political and moral economies.

The seminar starts at 4:15 pm. Refreshments will be served before the seminar. A pre-circulated paper is available a week in advance at:

For more information, please visit Sponsored by Research Triangle Seminar Series in the History of Military, War and Society; the Carolina Seminars; the UNC-Chapel Hill Program in the Humanities and Human Values; and the Departments of Germanic Languages and Literatures and History at Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Honor Killings: A Global Challenge to Women's Human Rights

Flavia Laviosa

March 3, 2011 | 5:15 - 7:00pm | Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill
Professor Flavia Laviosa of the Italian Studies Department at Wellesley College will present a lecture entitled Honor Killings: a Global Challenge to Women's Human Rights.  A profile of Professor Laviosa can be found here and information regarding her book can be found here.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages, the Center for European Studies, the Center for Global Initiatives, and the Women's Studies Department. For more information, visit

European News and Events

Getting to Know Europe: Local Communities and the European Union

Robin McMahonWe warmly congratulate Robin McMahon, a Chapel Hill/Carrboro schools French teacher, and Smith Middle School for receiving an award from the European Commission. The European Union awarded CHCCS and Smith Middle school over 77,000 euros (about $100,000) from January 2011 to June 2012. The “Getting to Know Europe” grant award helps fund Smith's Belgian travel and exchange program for teachers, administrator, journalist and economically disadvantaged students, professional development for district world language teachers, as well as school-wide and community events such as the Euro-Zone for Global Connections and Europe Day celebrations in May. Smith Middle school has earned EU grant awards in 2007 and 2009 and is the only secondary institution to have been a recipient of the “Getting to Know Europe” grant.

To learn more about the competition, visit, and to read about all 11 awardees, see this document:

Hungarian Film Screenings

Flag of HungaryMondays | 6:00 pm | Room 402, Dey Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill
The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at UNC cordially invites you to a season of some of the greatest Hungarian films from the last six decades. The films accompany the course HUNGARIAN 280 Hungarian Cinema since World War II, but the screenings are open to all. Every film subtitled in English.

    “One of the best films of the immediate postwar period” (French critic Georges Sadoul).  Géza Radványi’s memorable account of the orphans of World War II ranks alongside such Italian neo-realist works as Open City and Bicycle Thieves.
  • Monday, January 31: MERRY-GO-ROUND/KÖRHINTA (1955)
    “A convincingly created love story set against a background of social conflict, with the two elements successfully interrelated and giving force one to the other.”  (Graham Petrie).   Zoltán Fábri’s intensely lyrical film, stunningly photographed by Barnabás Hegyi, stars the greatest Hungarian actress of our time, Mari Törőcsik, in her first screen role.

Grants, Fellowships and Awards

2011 ECPR Jean Blondel PhD Prize

ECPR: European Consortium for Political ResearchThe ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research) seeks nominations for the 2011 ECPR Jean Blondel PhD prize. Each year, the ECPR, in association with ECPR Press, awards the Jean Blondel Prize for the best thesis in politics (including international relations, political theory and public administration).

The thesis must have been examined and been deemed to have passed between 1st September 2009 and 31st August 2010. However, the doctorate need not have been officially conferred during this period. Each ECPR full member institution can nominate no more than ONE candidate for the prize.

For more information, please visit

Nomination submission deadline: February 1, 2011

Boren Awards for International Study: Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Boren Awards for International StudyThe applications for the 2011-2012 National Security Education Program’s David L. Boren Scholarships for undergraduate students and Fellowships for graduate students are now available at Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad. Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for language study and international research. Please contact the Boren Awards staff at or 1-800-618-NSEP with any questions.

Application Deadline for the Boren Fellowship: February 1, 2011
Application Deadline for the Boren Scholarship: February 10, 2011.

EU-US Atlantis Program

Under the EU-US Atlantis program, a new call for proposals has been launched to fund innovative projects designed to create double or joint "transatlantic degrees" for students in the European Union and in the United States. Funding is also available to support projects that promote other forms of EU-US cooperation in higher education and vocational training, especially mobility projects. The EU is making more than 6.4 million euros available for some 25 projects.  

The Atlantis program, jointly funded by the European Commission and the US Department of Education, encourages European and American universities to create long-term partnerships, establish joint study programs and exchange students across the Atlantic.  

Submission of grant requests under this call is open to higher education institutions and vocational education and training institutions. For policy-oriented projects, the call is also open to other organizations such as research institutes, business groups and education agencies. Each project must have one lead institution in the EU and one lead institution in the US.

For more information, please visit

Deadline: April 7, 2011


Calls for Proposals

Call for Candidates: International Forum of Young Scholars on East European Jewry

Star of DavidJune 27 - 30, 2011 | Lviv, Ukraine
The Leonid Nevzlin Research Center for Russian and East European Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in cooperation with Leipzig University, Boston University, Ukrainian Catholic University, and Lviv National University are pleased to invite applications for the fifth session of the International Forum of Young Scholars on East European Jewry. Its purpose is to promote the research and career progress of promising young scholars from all countries.

This is an ongoing forum, comprised of 15 advanced Ph.D. students (ABD) and recent Ph.D.s (before tenure-track appointments). It meets periodically and is intended to allow these young scholars an opportunity for cross-fertilization in their fields with their own peers and with an esteemed group of senior scholars. We invite candidates in all branches of the humanities and the social sciences connected to the study of East European Jewry.

For more information and application details, please visit and contact

Deadline: February 6, 2011

Coercion or Empowerment? Official Anti-Veiling Campaigns in the Middle East and Central Asia

University of OxfordFriday, September 23, 2011 | St. Antony's College, University of Oxford
The recent decision by the French National Assembly to ban the wearing of the niqab (Muslim face-veil) in public has sparked an intense controversy. Similar anti-niqab campaigns are taking place in a range of European countries. The immense symbolic significance which the niqab, sometimes mistakenly referred to as the burqa, has acquired, both for its supporters and its opponents, is a marked feature of this controversy. Both sides claim to speak for women's empowerment, but are divided by issues of secularism versus religious belief, and identity versus integration. Yet neither the anti-veiling campaigns in contemporary Europe, nor the debates which rage around them, are new. They are strikingly pre-figured by similar campaigns and debates which occurred across the Islamic world in the early decades of the twentieth century, particularly in Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia.

The conference will look at these official anti-veiling campaigns in the interwar Middle East and Central Asia from a comparative historical perspective. It will examine as wide a range of historical episodes as possible and draw conclusions about the nature, objectives, achievements and failures of these campaigns, which have such a striking contemporary resonance.

For details, please visit Please submit abstracts, of not more than 500 words, of proposed papers to Stephanie Cronin:

Deadline: February 15, 2011

Seminars and Programs

Fulbright Baden-Württemberg Seminar for Faculty in German Studies

FulbrightJune 20 - July 2, 2011 | University of Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
The Baden-Württemberg Seminar offers professional development in all areas relevant to the teaching of German Studies including German Language, Literature, Culture, professional Education, Politics and Higher Education. The seminar is based at Tübingen University and includes visits to other universities in the state to show the structures, regional priorities and current developments. This will be facilitated through encounters with colleagues, administrators, students and experts in the fields. American Faculty in German and German Studies, with full or part-time positions, including faculty in directly related fields are encouraged to apply.

For more information, please visit

Deadline: January 31, 2011

Undergraduate Student Research Conference on the European Union

European Union Center of CaliforniaApril 7-8, 2011 | Scripps College | Claremont, CA
The primary purpose of this 9th annual Claremont-UC conference is to enhance undergraduate training in and knowledge of the European Union and US-European relations.

In addition, the aim of the conference is to allow US students with expertise in different areas to interact with each other as well as with faculty, foster intercampus cooperation, and recognize the excellent work achieved by students. Envisioned as an intercampus undergraduate seminar, the participating campuses simultaneously offer courses on the issues relevant in Europe today, integrating the conference with the student's curriculum to encourage student initiated research and presentations.

There are no conference fees for non-UC and non-Claremont Colleges students and campuses. The Center will cover hotel room + tax for 2 nights and conference meals for accepted participants. Participants are responsible for travel.

Application and Abstract Submission Deadline: February 14, 2011

Call for Applications: International Doctoral Program in Social Sciences at BGSS

Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences The Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) is calling for applications to its international Doctoral Program starting in October 2011. Applicants may submit their applications via the BGSS online platform at

Research proposals should relate to the comparative analysis of the following research areas and topics:

  • Inclusion (social inequality and well-being, social protest and social conflict, migration and cultural diversity, the clash and the management of collective identities)
  • Democracy (performance of mature and young democracies; processes of democratization, and the resilience of autocracy; multilevel and multinational policy; political institutions, political conflict, and the welfare state)
  • Knowledge (scientific knowledge in processes of policy-making, the impact of science and religion on processes of inclusion and democratization, communicating knowledge in public spheres, the governance of science)

For further information please visit or contact the BGSS via The BGSS is a Graduate School of the Excellence Initiative funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Application Deadline: February 16, 2011

K-12 Schools & Community Colleges

Euro Challenge Competition

Euro Challenge

Welcome to the Euro Challenge 2011 – an exciting educational opportunity for high school students (grades 9 & 10) to learn about the European Union (EU) – the largest trading partner of the US – and its single currency, the euro. The competition is also an excellent opportunity for NC teachers, as teachers enlisting a team in the Euro Challenge are eligible to be awarded a free trip to Brussels next summer. The program introduces students of global studies, world history, European studies and beyond to the field of economics, and offers a unique learning experience that moves them out of the classroom into the real world.

For the competition, students research problems and solutions to Europe's economic challenges. A team of three to five students presents its findings in a competition format. The best teams from each region travel to New York City to compete in the national finals at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Conditional on an annual grant, winning teams can win cash prizes and a trip to Washington generously offered by The Moody's Foundation.

The competition requires no previous knowledge of economics or Europe, and students and teachers can access an array of educational resources and training materials on the Euro Challenge website:

The North Carolina European Union Center of Excellence is proud to offer an online "textbook" intended as an introduction to economics for teachers and students in high school grades and up. Explore the Euro Economics website here:

Brussels, BelgiumEuro Challenge in the Southeast: Orientation Session now in February, and Free Trip to Brussels!

UNC will host an orientation session for teachers and students from regional schools participating in the Euro Challenge on Tuesday, February 1, 2011. Please email Gali Beeri if you are interested in attending the orientation session. Teachers enlisting a team in the Euro Challenge are eligible for one of two spots to travel to Brussels in summer 2011, travel and accommodations paid, on a program organized by the European Commission.

How to Register?

Register for the Euro Challenge competition online (registration deadline extended through the end of January) at For more information about the competition in the North Carolina region, contact Gali Beeri at or 919.843.9852.

For details for NC schools, visit

The Euro Challenge is a program of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America.

Diversity in German Education 2011: Professional Development Seminar for US Teachers

FulbrightJuly 2-16, 2011 | University of Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
The seminar is administered by the German-American Fulbright Commission in Berlin. The seminar will offer the participants important professional development to enrich their own teaching and reinforce their motivation to engage in transatlantic dialogues and exchanges. The visit in Germany offers new perspectives in education and cultural understanding through a comparison of both educational systems and societies. The participants’ school communities will be able to strengthen their own global awareness and become a prominent member of the world-wide Fulbright network. The Fulbright Commission in Berlin offers a grant including international travel expenses (up to 1.300 USD) and costs of the program in Germany.

For more information, please visit

Application Deadline: January 25, 2011

2011 Educator Professional Development Program - China: Then and Now

UNC Center for International UnderstandingJune 16-26, 2011
The University of North Carolina’s Center for International Understanding is delighted to invite applications for the Center’s June 2011 China: Then and Now professional development program.  This program will expose K-12 educators to the cultural, historical, and sociopolitical forces of technological innovation in past and present-day China.

China is now the world’s 2nd largest economy and is one of North Carolina’s largest trading partners. China is also the most populous country in the world and is home to the most widely spoken language in the world: Mandarin Chinese. Teachers who have traveled to China can use their first-hand experiences in China to increase student understanding of this important region of the world.

The program includes a two-day orientation workshop in the Triangle area.  Educators will share ideas and work together on lesson plans and curriculum development during a ten-day study program in China, which will include site visits to high tech companies, museums and cultural sites; briefings with experts; and discussion sessions to process lessons learned.  The program will also include a one-day follow up workshop, during which participants will synthesize lessons learned in China and will present an outline of the lesson(s) they have prepared for their students.

Eligibility: North Carolina K-12 teachers of all subjects and at all grade levels are encouraged to apply. Administrators and other educators such as media specialist, counselors, etc. are also eligible to apply.  Documentation for those seeking CEUs will be provided at program completion.

Cost:  Approximately $ 4,450. Borchardt Fund Awards available to fund one K-12 teacher from Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Chatham, Durham, Orange or Wake County Schools.

For more information, please see the following PDF:, and contact Angie Bolin, Center for International Understanding, 919-420-1360, ext. 200, or 1-888-840-8328, ext. 200,

Application Deadline: February 4, 2011

World View 2011 Costa Rica Study Visit

World View has extended its application deadline for the 2011 COSTA RICA STUDY VISIT. Join us this summer to learn first-hand about the culture, ecology, and education system of Costa Rica. Your worldview will never be the same! Itinerary includes school visits, ecological excursions (waterfalls, volcanoes, rainforests, coastal attractions), Spanish language classes, community service projects, Costa Rican cooking, Latin dance instruction, and more!

World View Costa Rica Study Visit: VideoEstimated Trip Cost: $2,000
Includes airfare, lodging, all meals, Spanish lessons, visits to historical and cultural sites, and much more. Participants choose from one of three tours (dates listed below).

2011 Tours:
June 27 – July 6        
July 14-23
July 27 – August 5

Click on the image to access the video or go to

To learn more about Costa Rica or World View’s Russia Study Visit, go to

Deadline: February 1, 2011


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 ( also 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

Deadline for the Summer Session: February 15, 2011

Summer Internship Program in Berlin for Journalism and Communication Students

German FlagJune 6 - August 19, 2011 | International Center for Journalism | Freie Universität Berlin
In order to gain a deeper understanding of the opposing perspectives and positions at play in contemporary geopolitics, it is crucial to place strong emphasis on intercultural exchange and the transmission of cultural values. DAAD and the renowned Freie Universität Berlin (named in 2007 as one of the nine "universities of excellence" in Germany) have therefore developed this unique new program to provide outstanding young journalism students—who may themselves come to have a significant influence on international opinion-shaping—with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the society, culture, values, and political attitudes in Germany. During this time of transition and change in transatlantic relations and the German-American relationship, this program will expose American students with a particular interest in Germany to the changing global political circumstances on location in Germany. It is the program’s distinct aim to communicate well-founded knowledge and new perspectives about Germany and the European Union in order to contribute to mutual understanding and respect and to deepen German-American relations.

For more information, please visit

Deadline: January 31, 2011

Research Internships in Science & Engineering in Germany

DAAD RISE: Research Internships in Science and EngineeringRISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. It offers unique opportunities for undergraduate students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language will be English. All scholarship holders receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities and research institutes provide housing assistance.

For more information, please visit

Deadline: January 31, 2011

EUSA Corner
Following are meetings and announcements from the European Union Studies Association, of which the UNC-CH Center for European Studies is a sustaining member.

MPIfG Postdoctoral Fellowships

Max Planck Institute for the Study of SocietiesThe Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies invites suitable candidates to apply for up to four postdoctoral fellowships and one Central and East European postdoctoral fellowship in economic sociology and political economy. Applicants must hold a PhD degree in political science, sociology, organization studies or related fields. Degrees must be received by June 2011 at the latest.

For more information visit the MPIfG website:

Deadline: January 31, 2011

Call for Proposals for a Panel at ECPR Reykjavik: Making European Citizens?

ECPR: European Consortium for Political ResearchPlease find below a call for proposals for a panel titled “Making European Citizens? Theoretical and Empirical Analyses of Citizenship and the Citizen in the New European Governance,"  which Céline Belot and Alexander Warleigh-Lack are organising at the upcoming ECPR general conference in Reykjavik.

The aim of this panel is to interrogate the visions of citizenship behind important recent governance modes and initiatives in order to investigate their putative performative power. The panel will thus gather both papers scrutinizing the theoretical references which the European Commission mobilizes when defining European citizens’ role inside the Union, and papers which empirically observe and evaluate some of the instruments developed to "make" such a European citizen (European deliberative polls, the Citizens’ Initiative, institutional use of web social networks, institutional medias, different incentives to provoke European debate at local levels, etc.).

For more information, see Please go to to propose a paper, and send the abstract also to and

Deadline: February 1, 2011

Call for Proposals: Jean Monnet Programme

Jean MonnetThe Jean Monnet Programme is designed to increase knowledge about European integration by promoting teaching, research and debate at higher education institutions on the history, politics, economics and law of the European Union and the EU's relations with other areas of the world.

Higher education institutions from all countries in the world are encouraged to apply for Jean Monnet projects such as the creation of Jean Monnet teaching Modules, Jean Monnet Chairs, Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence and Jean Monnet conference projects on the European Union.

The call text and the application forms can be found at:

Deadline: February 15, 2011

Summer School on Interest Group Politics: Global Advocacy

University of VirginiaJuly 4-11, 2011 | University of Virginia
The Summer School on Interest Group Politics is a new initiative of the ECPR Standing Group on Interest Groups, aiming to provide students of political science and public administration sound knowledge about these organized interests and their impact on public policy making.

The 2nd Annual Summer School on Interest Group Politics will be hosted at the Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy at the University of Virginia (US). Drawing on the expertise of some of the most influential scholars working on the topic, the 2011 Summer School will explore the strategies and influence of interest groups engaged on “global issues”. The summer school is open to PhD students, research master students and master students from political science, public administration or related areas. A limited number of practitioners can participate as well. A basic requirement is that all applicants should have completed introductory courses in political and administrative sciences at the BA-level. 

For more information, please visit

Application Deadline: February 20, 2011

New Issue of Journal of Contemporary European Research

Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER)The Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER) has published its latest issue at It is a special issue on Developments in EU-Asia Relations. This collection of articles offers an overview of some recent developments in the increasingly important relations between the EU and Asia. Contributors analyse key areas of these developments such as the Strategic Partnerships with China and Japan, free trade agreements, and ASEM, from a broad range of approaches (international relations, political economy, opinion research) presenting a purposefully eclectic compilation that reflects the thematic, institutional, structural and geographic variety that characterises the EU's relations with East Asia.

Other International Studies News

Global Music Show
Global Music Show Wednesday, January 26, 2011 | 9:00 - 10:00pm | Listen online at, 89.3FM

This month's episode of the Global Music show ( is sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center.

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 28, 2011

Faculty Funding Opportunities

  • Faculty Research Travel Awards
    We will make approximately two awards in the amount of $2000 for faculty research travel in Europe related to projects on contemporary Europe 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. Priority will be given to faculty applicants without endowed research accounts.
    ***Please note: all transatlantic travel awards are contingent upon the faculty member submitting the necessary information (dates and purpose of travel, flight numbers on American carrier) to CES a minimum of 45 days in advance of travel. CES must in turn file a Travel Approval Request (TARS) with the U.S. Department of Education and approval for use of travel funds must be received at least 30 days prior to departure. All boarding passes and receipts must be submitted at the end of the travel period.
  • Faculty and Graduate Student Joint Projects
    Two awards will be made to teams of graduate students and faculty working on joint projects on European topics leading to publication. Awards will be in the amount of $2500. Proposals should include a five-page (max) synopsis of the research project.

Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

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 pre-dissertation research on the EU or on a comparative European topic (i.e. involving more than one European country) in Europe during summer 2011. Awards will be in the amount of €4000. Proposals should include a five-page (max) synopsis of the research project with a timetable and a budget and should attach a letter of support from the dissertation advisor or another professor.
  • Graduate Student Research Travel
    Three awards will be made to graduate students to present papers in the US or in Europe on some aspect of the EU or on a comparative European topic (i.e. involving more than one European country). Awards for travel in the US will be $750 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 or another professor.
    ***Please note: all transatlantic travel awards are contingent upon the graduate student submitting the necessary information (dates and purpose of travel, flight numbers on American carrier) to CES a minimum of 45 days in advance of travel. CES must in turn file a Travel Approval Request (TARS) with the U.S. Department of Education and approval for use of travel funds must be received at least 30 days prior to departure. All boarding passes and receipts must be submitted at the end of the travel period.
  • Faculty and Graduate Student Joint Projects
    Two awards will be made to teams of graduate students and faculty working on joint projects on European topics leading to publication. Awards will be in the amount of $2500. Proposals should include a five-page (max) synopsis of the research project.
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grants
    FLAS fellowships fund the study of Less Commonly Taught Languages and area studies coursework. This program provides academic year and summer fellowships to assist graduate students and advanced undergraduates in foreign language and area studies. Find out more about FLAS grants here.

Undergraduate Student Funding Opportunities

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grants
    FLAS fellowships fund the study of Less Commonly Taught Languages and area studies coursework. This program provides academic year and summer fellowships to assist graduate students and advanced undergraduates in foreign language and area studies. Find out more about FLAS grants here.
  • European Union Center of Excellence Competition for Undergraduate Travel
    Two awards will be made to UNC undergraduate students for participation in a summer program organized by the European Commission. Students from EU Centers of Excellence across the US will join a four day study tour of EU institutions in Brussels. Each award will include funds for travel, accommodation, and per diems. Priority will be given to students having declared a major in Contemporary European Studies (EURO). Interested students should visit in January for more information and application materials.



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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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