Opportunities

Pre-doctoral dissertation fellowships in Social Science of Russia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Deadline to apply: March 1, 2019

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for up to six one-semester Wisconsin Russia Project pre-doctoral dissertation fellowships for Russian social scientists, funded with a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Fellows are expected to be in residence in Madison, Wisconsin, and to conduct research toward their dissertation about Russia in one or more of the five topic areas: 1) Education, labor markets, and inequality; 2) Law and society; 3) Political economy; 4) Identity, place, and migration; and 5) Demographic change. Graduate fellows will conduct research in consultation with UW faculty and form close contacts with UW PhD students working on similar topics.  They will attend the weekly CREECA lecture series and take part in the activities of the Wisconsin Russia Project, such as monthly meetings of all project participants to discuss recent research papers in the field.

The fellowships will be either for the fall 2019 or the spring 2020 semester. Applicants should indicate their preference (fall, spring, or no preference) in their cover letter. The anticipated fall 2019 appointment dates are: August 9, 2019-January 2, 2020. The anticipated spring 2020 appointment dates are January 3-May 17, 2020.  Fellows will also be expected to participate in a conference in Madison in summer 2020 (conference dates TBD; funds will be available for travel to Madison for the conference).

Eligibility: Applicants must be citizens of the Russian Federation and currently enrolled at a Russian university, writing a dissertation toward a PhD (or equivalent degree, such as the kandidat) in a social science discipline (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Law, Political Science, and Sociology). Applicants from institutions outside of Moscow are especially encouraged to apply.

Graduate fellows will be considered short-term academic staff at UW-Madison and will receive a stipend of approximately $2,000 per month (pre-tax) to cover living expenses. Fellows are eligible for basic health insurance through the State of Wisconsin. Fellows must be prepared to cover their travel expenses to arrive in Madison for the fellowship.

Fellows must devote full time to the Wisconsin Russia Project and may not accept any other major activities that require frequent and/or prolonged absence from UW-Madison during the tenure of their fellowship.

All applicants are required to submit the following materials:

1) A cover letter. The letter should describe the research the applicant will conduct during the fellowship (including topic, data and methodology, and expected output by the end of the fellowship period), should indicate which topic area(s) of the five listed above the project falls under, and should identify a UW faculty member who would be an appropriate mentor for the applicant;

2) A current curriculum vita;

3) An article-length writing sample;

4) Transcripts of graduate-level work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable); and

5) Three letters of recommendation from faculty members who can evaluate the applicant’s work and proposal.

Applicants should combine the first three items listed above into a single PDF, name the file using the convention “Applicant’s Last Name _WRP Graduate Fellow application” and email the PDF as an attachment with the subject title “Last Name_WRP Graduate Fellow Application” to:

russiaproject@creeca.wisc.edu

Unofficial graduate transcripts can be sent via email in a separate PDF to russiaproject@creeca.wisc.edu  using the file name “Applicant’s Last Name_WRP Graduate Fellow transcripts” OR via hard copy to the address below.

The three letters of recommendation should come either directly from the recommenders or from a dossier service. They should not be submitted by the applicant. Recommenders should submit the letters as email attachments to: russiaproject@creeca.wisc.edu . Please include as your subject title “Applicant’s Last Name _WRP Graduate Fellow Letter.”

If necessary, materials may be sent in hard copy to:

Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA)

Attention: Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition

210 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI, USA 53706-1397

 

Cover letters, CVs, and writing samples must be submitted in English. (Letters of recommendation may be in English or Russian.)

Deadline: for full consideration, all materials must be received by March 1, 2019.

ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-2020 POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN SOCIAL SCIENCE OF RUSSIA AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for one-year Wisconsin Russia Project post-doctoral research fellowships for social scientists, funded with a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The fellowships will commence September 1, 2019 and run through August 31, 2020. Fellows are expected to conduct research about Russia in one or more of the five topic areas: 1) Education, labor markets, and inequality; 2) Law and society; 3) Political economy; 4) Identity, place, and migration; and 5) Demographic change. CREECA encourages applications from specialists in Russia-focused public policy and from those who apply Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or related methods to the study of Russia’s regions. Fellows will be paired with UW-Madison faculty mentors with expertise in the appropriate topic. In addition to conducting research that will lead to scholarly publications, fellows will be expected to present their work in CREECA’s lecture series, to participate actively in the Wisconsin Russia Project, and to participate in a social science workshop for US and Russian scholars that will take place in summer 2020 (dates TBD).

Fellows must devote full time to the Wisconsin Russia Project and may not accept any other major activities that require frequent and/or prolonged absence from UW-Madison during the tenure of their fellowship.

Eligibility: Applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent degree, such as the kandidat) in hand prior to September 2019, and they must have received the degree no earlier than January 1, 2014.  Applicants who have not yet obtained their degree but plan to do so prior to September 2019 must furnish evidence (e.g. in their letters of reference) that they are well on track to have the degree in hand by that date. UW-Madison doctoral candidates and those holding PhDs or other doctoral degrees from UW-Madison are ineligible.

Base rate (twelve-month salary): $65,000 (pre-tax). Fellows will also receive a modest stipend for travel to academic conferences. In consultation with CREECA and relevant academic departments, fellows may have the opportunity to teach a course in Russian studies at UW-Madison during their tenure and would receive additional compensation for this. Fellows will be eligible for basic health insurance through the State of Wisconsin. Fellows must be prepared to cover their travel expenses to arrive in Madison for the fellowship.

All applicants are required to submit the following materials:

  • A cover letter. The letter should describe the research the applicant will conduct during the fellowship (including topic, data and methodology, and expected output by the end of the fellowship period), should indicate which topic area(s) of the five listed above the project falls under, and should identify a UW faculty member who would be an appropriate mentor for the applicant. Applicants with GIS and/or public policy expertise should describe their relevant background.
  • A current curriculum vita;
  • An article-length writing sample;
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members who can evaluate the applicant’s work and proposal.

Applicants should combine the first three items listed above into a single PDF, name the file using the convention “Applicant’s Last Name _WRP Postdoc application” and email the PDF as an attachment to:

russiaproject@creeca.wisc.edu

The three letters of recommendation should come either directly from the recommenders or from a dossier service. They should not be submitted by the applicant. Recommenders should submit the letters as email attachments to: russiaproject@creeca.wisc.edu

If necessary, materials may be sent in hard copy to:

Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA)

Attention: Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition

210 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI, USA 53706-1397

 

Deadline: for full consideration, all materials must be received by March 1, 2019.

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN SOCIAL SCIENCE OF RUSSIA AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON

Deadline to apply: December 1, 2018

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for two Wisconsin Russia Project post-doctoral research fellowships for social scientists, funded with a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The fellowships will commence January 15, 2019 and run through July 14, 2020. Fellows are expected to conduct research about Russia in one or more of the five topic areas: 1) Education, labor markets, and inequality; 2) Law and society; 3) Political economy; 4) Identity, place, and migration; and 5) Demographic change. CREECA especially seeks applicants with expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) modeling and/or public policy issues, though these are not absolute requirements for consideration. Fellows will be paired with UW-Madison faculty mentors with expertise in the appropriate topic. In addition to conducting research that will lead to scholarly publications, fellows will be expected to present their work in CREECA’s lecture series, to participate actively in the Wisconsin Russia Project, and to participate in a social science workshop for US and Russian scholars that will take place in summer 2020 (dates TBD).

Fellows must devote full time to the Wisconsin Russia Project and may not accept any other major activities that require frequent and/or prolonged absence from UW-Madison during the tenure of their fellowship.

Eligibility: Due to the January 2019 start date, we regret that the University of Wisconsin-Madison is not able to offer visa support for this round of postdoctoral fellowships; all applicants for this round must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. [We anticipate a second competition for appointments running September 1, 2019-August 31, 2020 that will be open to citizens of other countries.] Applicants must have a PhD in hand prior to January 2019, and they must have received the degree no earlier than January 1, 2014. Applicants who have not yet obtained their degree but plan to do so prior to January 2019 must furnish evidence (e.g. in their letters of reference) that they are well on track to have the degree in hand by that date. UW-Madison doctoral candidates and those holding PhDs or other doctoral degrees from UW-Madison are ineligible.

Base rate (twelve-month salary): $65,000. Fellows will also receive a modest stipend for travel to academic conferences. In consultation with CREECA and relevant academic departments, fellows may have the opportunity to teach a course in Russian studies at UW-Madison during their tenure and would receive additional compensation for this. Fellows will be eligible for basic health insurance through the State of Wisconsin. Fellows must be prepared to cover their travel expenses to arrive in Madison for the fellowship.

All applicants are required to submit the following materials:

1) A cover letter. The letter should describe the research the applicant will conduct during the fellowship (including topic, data and methodology, and expected output by the end of the fellowship period), should indicate which topic area(s) of the five listed above the project falls under, and should identify a UW faculty member who would be an appropriate mentor for the applicant. Applicants with GIS and/or public policy expertise should describe their relevant background.

2) A current curriculum vita;

3) An article-length writing sample;

4) Three letters of recommendation from faculty members who can evaluate the applicant’s work and proposal.

Applicants should combine the first three items listed above into a single PDF, name the file using the convention “Applicant’s Last Name _CCNY Postdoc application” and email the PDF as an attachment to:

russiaproject@creeca.wisc.edu 

The three letters of recommendation should come either directly from the recommenders or from a dossier service. They should not be submitted by the applicant. Recommenders should submit the letters as email attachments to: russiaproject@creeca.wisc.edu

If necessary, materials may be sent in hard copy to:

Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA)

Attention: Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition

210 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI 53706-1397

 

Deadline: for full consideration, all materials must be received by December 1, 2018.

WISCONSIN RUSSIA PROJECT YOUNG SCHOLARS WORKSHOP

With funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Wisconsin Russia Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will host a two-day workshop for young scholars in the social sciences with a focus on contemporary Russia. The conference will be held on July 26-27, 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Abstracts for papers in the following five thematic areas are invited: 1) education, labor markets, and inequality; 2) law and society; 3) political economy; 4) identity, place, and migration; and 5) demographic change.

Read the full Call for Proposals and application instructions here.

FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

SUMMER RESEARCH AWARDS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

The Wisconsin Russia Project provides summer research grants of up to $4000 to current UW-Madison social science doctoral students for travel to Russia to conduct field research. Congratulations to Political Science PhD candidate Hannah Chapman who received a WRP grant to conduct field research in Russia in 2017. More grants will be available for summer 2018. The summer 2018 competition will open in November 2017 with a deadline in February 2018. More information coming soon.

 

FOR POST-DOCTORAL SCHOLARS

SHORT-TERM VISITING RESEARCHER AWARDS

Three grants will be awarded to scholars from the Russian Federation for short-term research visits (up to 30 days) to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The award will support collaboration between the visiting scholars and UW faculty for joint research projects. Applications are received on a rolling basis and must be accompanied by a letter of support from a UW-Madison faculty member. Please email russiaproject@creeca.wisc.edu for more information.

FACULTY RESEARCH AWARDS

Four research grants of $5000 will be awarded to UW-Madison faculty traveling to Russia or Russian scholars traveling to UW-Madison. The awards are meant to develop collaboration between scholars, support joint research proposals, and finance research for co-authored articles in scholarly journals. Application information is forthcoming.

FOR UW-MADISON FACULTY

WELCOMING PAUL DOWER TO UW-MADISON!

With funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the continued financial support of the university, Paul Dower has joined the faculty in the UW-Madison Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. Assistant Professor Dower is an economist specializing in Russia.

FACULTY RESEARCH AWARDS

Four research grants of $5000 will be awarded to UW-Madison faculty traveling to Russia or Russian scholars traveling to UW-Madison. The awards are meant to develop collaboration between scholars, support joint research proposals, and finance research for co-authored articles in scholarly journals. Application information is forthcoming.