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Funding: Procházka Funds for Czech or Slovak Studies, Application Deadline May 20







Friday, May 20, 2011


for Czech and Slovak Language Study
Slavic Languages & Literatures
University of Chicago

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures is soliciting applications for those interested in any area in Czech or Slovak Studies during Summer 2011 with the support of a fellowship from the Procházka Funds

All applicants must be graduate students. Priority will be given to graduate students in the Humanities Division at the University of Chicago.

There is no application form for the award, but application letters should include:

  • a cover letter and a statement of purpose describing the proposed plan of study or research and its relevance to your academic program
  • a proposed budget
The selection committee will also request a copy of each applicant’s graduate transcript for review.
Applications are due by Friday, May 20, 2011.

Submit applications to:
Prochazka Funds
c/o Tracy Davis
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures (Foster 406)

If you are interested in information about language study programs in the Czech Republic or Slovakia, please contact Steven Clancy at


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Funding: Professional Development for Summer 2011 and Autumn 2011, Center for the Study of Languages, Application Deadline May 6

A message from our friends in the Center for the Study of Languages:
CSL Funds for Professional Development for Summer 2011 and Autumn 2011

Funding will again be available to support professional development for faculty or graduate student language instructors who would like to pursue training in language teaching, assessment, and/or technology over the summer or in the fall. In some instances, it may also be possible to support conference travel related to language pedagogy. These funds are available from the general CSL budget for the support of our language faculty at the university.
At present, we would like to solicit proposals from those of you who would like to take advantage of Summer 2011 or Autumn 2011 programs, i.e., any programs, conferences, workshops, or other events through the end of the calendar year 2011. If you would like to apply, please send a cover letter describing your professional, linguistic, and scholarly interests and how the proposed program or travel fits in with your overall academic plans or career goals to <>. Please provide a description of the program and a proposed budget.
Applications should be turned in no later than Friday, May 6, 2011. Proposals will be considered by the Advisory Council to the CSL and awards will be announced by the end of May.
For advance planning, we will also do another announcement in the fall for Winter and Spring 2012 professional development.
For those of you looking for sample programs, here are some suggestions from previous summers:
ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview training (4-day workshops)
CARLA (Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition)
CLEAR (Center for Language Education and Research)
CALPER (Center for Advanced Language Proficiency and Research)
NCLRC (National Capital Language Resource Center)
SALRC (The South Asia Language Resource Center) also has a nice selection of links for programs:
Please let the CSL know if you have any questions. We hope many of you will have ideas for taking advantage of this opportunity for professional development.
All the best,
Steven Clancy
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Funding: Jewish Studies UChicago Undergraduate Essay Prize, The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, Deadline May 2

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies Undergraduate Essay Prize

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce its second essay prize competition for essays on any topic relating to Jewish Studies, including (but not restricted to) the study of Judaic history, culture, thought, classical and modern texts, and languages.

This year the Center will award two prizes, each of $500.  One prize will be awarded for the best essay related to Jewish Studies written for a course.  The essay need not have been written for a course in Jewish Studies or for a course taught by a faculty member in Jewish Studies.  A second prize will be awarded for the best B.A. Essay on a topic related to Jewish Studies.

Eligibility: The essay prize competition is open to all students currently registered in the College of the University of Chicago.

Application: Essays should be submitted no later than 5pm on Monday, May 2, 2011 to Christina Heisser (Tel: 773-702-7108), Walker 109, 1115 E. 58th St. Chicago IL 60637. Applicants should submit both paper and electronic copies of their essays. Paper copies may be mailed or dropped off; electronic copies should be e-mailed as Word attachments to


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Funding: Travel Support for LCTLs Conference (April 30), Center for the Study of Languages, Deadline March 15

Dear CSL Community at UChicago,

Some of you may have already seen the preliminary announcement for the April 30 conference a tColumbia University on LCTLs. If you have an interest in attending the conference and would like to be considered for CSL travel support, please send a brief statement of interest to Steven Clancy <> by 5:00pm on Friday, March 11.

Application for CSL Travel Support for UChicago Faculty and Students




LCTLs you teach

Short Paragraph expressing your interest in the conference and how it will be beneficial to your teaching, research, and professional work.

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Funding: Human Rights Research Funding Proposals 2011-2012, UChicago, Deadline April 4

The University of Chicago Human Rights Program

Human Rights Research Funding Proposals 2011-2012

Deadline: Monday, April 4, 2011

The Human Rights Program announces the 2011-12 round of grants to support UChicago faculty and student research in Human Rights. The Human Rights Program seeks to support projects which will make a significant contribution to the field of human rights studies. Proposals are sought from faculty and graduate students from all the Divisions andprofessional schools.  Proposals should be for projects that can be carried out between Summer 2011 and Spring 2012.  As funds are available, a further round of proposals will be opened in Winter 2012.

Grants will be made in the following categories:

1)  Up to two fellowships of $5000 for research by a graduate student to support her or his thesis project. While priority will be given to PhD students, applications are invited from MA and professional students. Grants may be used to support travel or for other research expenses;

2) Up to two grants to faculty (including post-doctoral Lecturers with two year appointments) for support of small or medium size research symposia.  Grant proposals should be in the range of $3000 – $10,000 and have support from at least one other Department or Center;

3) One grant of up to $10,000 to support initiation of a major public conference involving a Human Rights theme to be presented in academic year 2011-12;

4) Insofar as funds allow, up to two grants of $5000 each – to faculty for support of interdisciplinary Human Rights research initiatives involving at least two Chicago faculty.

Proposals are due by email to the Human Rights Research Committee c/o Sarah Patton Moberg, Program Manager, at by 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 4, 2011.  Proposals should contain a statement of not more than 1000 words setting forth the purpose of the research and its relevance to Human Rights studies. Please include the C.V.s of the principal proponents of the research or conference initiative. Please include a tentative budget with a listing of support committed or requested from other sources.

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Institute of Turkish Studies 2011-2012 Grants, Application Deadline March 13

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Kennan Institute Grant Opportunities (Research, Short-term, and Summer), Deadline December 1

Here is a message from our friends at the Kennan Institute:

Dear Title VI National Resource Center Directors:

I am writing to you in your capacity as head of a Title VI National Resource Center for Russia and Eastern Europe to let you know about some exciting research opportunities at the Kennan Institute next year that may be of interest to you and your colleagues.  As in the past, we will be accepting applications for our Title VIII Research Scholar program in Washington, D.C., ranging from 3-9 months, as well as for our one month Short-Term grants.   In addition, we will again be offering our Title VIII 2-month Summer Research grant that can be used from May – September 2011.  This grant will be available to applicants who hold a MA degree or higher.

1. Research Scholar Grants. The Kennan Institute offers resident grants to scholars to utilize the unique resources of the Washington area. The Title VIII Research Scholar program is open to academic participants in the early stages of their career (before tenure) or scholars whose careers have been interrupted or delayed, and provides 3 to 9 months of support-including office space, a research intern, and special borrowing privileges at the Library of Congress.

2. Short-Term Grants.  Title VIII Short-Term Grants provide up to 30 days of stipend support and use of Institute facilities to conduct research in Washington, and are open to scholars who either possess a doctoral degree or are doctoral candidates who have nearly completed their dissertations.

3.  Summer Research Grant. Scholars who conduct research in the social sciences or humanities focusing on the former Soviet Union (excluding the Baltic States), and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area can apply for the new Summer Research grant. The summer grants must be used between May-September 2011, and grant applicants are required to hold an MA degree or higher. The Summer Research Grant will provide a stipend of $3,200 per month, support for a summer intern, and access to the facilities of the Kennan Institute, including its library. The Kennan Institute cannot provide office space for Summer Grant scholars.  Travel and accommodation expenses also are not directly covered by this grant.

The deadline for the Research Scholar and the Summer Research grants is December 1, 2010. The Short-Term grant competition takes place on a quarterly basis, and the next deadline for Short-Term grants is also December 1, 2010.  Please note that there has been a change in the eligibility requirements.  Title VIII awards are limited to applicants who are U.S. citizens upon commencement of their scholarship.  I encourage you to share these exciting opportunities with your students and colleagues, and have them visit our website to learn about the application process (

Please do not hesitate to contact me at (202) 691-4237 or by email at if you should have any questions.

William E. Pomeranz
Deputy Director

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