University of Warsaw Global Dialogues Fellowships, 2018 – Poland

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The fellowship is offered within the Open Society Foundations’ Global Dialogues Program. The purpose of the fellowship is to support the research and development of academics and researchers coming from Belarus active in the field of humanities and social sciences with special attention paid to the liberal arts education, as well as those who work interdisciplinarily between arts and sciences.

Funding: Each fellow will receive monthly allowance of $2000 (i.e. he/she will receive equivalent in PLN, after taxation 20%) to cover the costs of stay in Warsaw including accommodation. Additional costs will be available to cover each fellows’ trip to Warsaw and back (insurance is to be covered by a grant holder before getting Polish visa).

Duration of the fellowship: 10 months (March 2018 – July 2018 and September 2018 – January 2019). Summer break in August – the fellowship holder will not receive the stipend)

Eligibility: Eligible for application are scholars from Belarus (Belarusian nationals residing in Belarus) who hold doctoral degree (or equivalent e.g. kandydat nauk)

Deadline: All the documents must be send not later than December 29, 2017.

Project Description

The proposed project’s activity is hosting four fellows, academics and researchers coming from Belarus, active in the field of humanities and social sciences with special attention paid to the liberal arts education, as well as those who work interdisciplinarily between arts and sciences. During their stay in Poland they will have opportunity, on the one hand, to familiarize themselves with the Polish experience (especially in the higher education system and in the advantages of the interdisciplinary approach to research, learn and study), on the other hand, work on and discuss their own projects. They will be able to share and popularize the effects of their work after return to their native countries: the best results in the work might be reached via “small steps”.

FIAL and the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw

FIAL was founded in 1997 in order to cooperate with reform-oriented academic institutions in Poland and Eastern Europe and to support activities, which are aimed at fostering new possibilities for collaboration in the region. Since its beginnings FIAL has been collaborating closely with the University of Warsaw (Faculty of “Artes Liberales”) in such a field. Together with the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” FIAL has been running an educational program: the International School in the Humanities – MSH (previously: East-European School in the Humanities) for young researchers for the region of Eastern Europe (the Asian part of the Russian Federation included). Together with the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” of the University of Warsaw, FIAL has been running a curriculum in artes liberales, unique in Poland and one of the very few in Eastern Europe. Our joint initiative (FIAL and Faculty of “Artes Liberales”) has also been running a specific experimental PhD curriculum in which students from the Eurasia region play a leading role (including Asiatic, i.e. Siberian, parts of the Russian Federation). The PhD curriculum is dedicated to questions of identity, which is one of themost important issues in post-Soviet regions. We are carrying out research into current issues in the humanities (post-colonial studies, trans-humanistic studies), regional studies (Eastern Europe and Siberia, Balkans and Latin America), and reception studies on the diffusion of ‘Mediterranean culture’ in European and world history. We also actively participate in the reforms of the educational system in Poland and Eastern Europe (especially Ukraine and Russia).

Mentorship and consultants

Successful candidates will be provided with appropriate mentorship in all of the abovementioned areas. FIAL will invite mentors and other contact persons to take part in the Project according to specific topics of fellows’ interests and needs. Thanks to the long history of running international programs (especially with the countries east of Poland) FIAL is proud to be able to offer fellows mentorship by the eminent specialists in the field of humanities, social and natural studies.

Administrative support

Fellows will receive full administrative support. Members of our staff are familiar with organizing multi-national events and hosting foreign guests. We will provide fellows with comprehensive assistance in all organizational matters, including ticket and accommodation booking and all other arrangements. We can offer to fellows the possibility of low cost accommodation at the University Hotel or assist them in renting an apartment not far from the university. The Faculty of “Artes Liberales” has at its disposal a spacious building with modern, well-equipped classrooms, seminar rooms equipped with video-conference facilities, common space for student and faculty meetings as well as private offices.


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