OSI International Higher Education Support Program Academic Fellowship Program

1. Returning Scholars Fellowship Program

The Returning Scholars Fellowship Program invites applications from talented scholars who seek university positions and academic careers in their home countries after studying abroad. The program may operate in: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan and Ukraine.

The program, a part of the Academic Fellowship Program (AFP), welcomes scholars from these countries who have received (or will receive by September 2009) an internationally competitive Master’s or postgraduate degree in the following fields: anthropology, area/cultural studies, gender studies, economics, history, political science, international relations, psychology, public policy/public health, philosophy, social work, sociology, human rights & public law, or journalism/media studies. The program does not support scholars in philology, the visual and performing arts, or business.

AFP fellows are placed in carefully selected university departments that are amenable to change and demonstrate a realistic and clear vision for future development. The program, which represents part of a conscious strategy to combat “brain drain,” helps universities in the region retain promising young scholars, who are essential to the revitalization of departments and to the sustainability of higher education reforms.

The program offers financial, professional and departmental development support, as well as opportunities for further professional growth as AFP alumni. Returning Scholars and partner departments also benefit from the presence of AFP-supported International Scholars, who provide expert mentorship in such areas as professional development, curriculum development and reform, research methods, and teaching/learning methodologies specific for their discipline.

The program supports placement of Returning Scholars only in AFP partner departments. An interested scholar already associated with a department that is not supported by AFP either will be ineligible or may discuss the possibility of relocating to a qualifying department at another university. A list of current AFP partner departments can be found on our website, though the list is subject to change for the 2009/10 academic year. Potential applicants are advised to explore placement possibilities with an AFP Region Manager or Country Coordinator before applying.

Fellowships include a monthly stipend and various allowances, including departmental and professional development funds, and are renewable.

Application deadline: April 7, 2009. Fellowships begin in August or September 2009 and last one academic year. For application procedure and guidelines, please see our web site: http://www.soros.org/initiatives/hesp/focus/afp

Contact person: Nazik Manapaeva, Academic Fellowship Program, Central Asia and Mongolia, Regional Coordinator (nazik@soros.kg )
Academic Fellowship Program
Central Asia and Mongolia

HESP, OSI
Soros Foundation Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan, 720040, Bishkek, 55A, Logvinenko Str.
Tel: +996 312 66 34 75 (Ext. 103)
Fax: +996 312 66 34 48
Mobile: + 996 775 58 77 07
www.soros.org/initiatives/hesp/focus_areas/afp

2. Call for Departmental Partners: Academic Fellowship Program

The OSI Academic Fellowship Program (AFP) is enlarging its horizon of cooperation with university departments in Southeastern Europe, the former Soviet Union (excluding the Baltic States), and Mongolia. To this end, AFP is seeking departments interested in forming new partnerships in the academic year 2009–2010.

To be eligible, departments must be at universities in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, or Ukraine.

An ideal AFP partner department is part of a classical state university and is devoted to one of the following disciplines: anthropology, area/cultural studies, economics, gender studies, history, human rights & public law, international relations, journalism/media studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, public policy/public health, social work or sociology.

For Further Information - Interested departments are welcome to contact AFP regional offices for further details. View the full list of contacts.

Deadline: April 7, 2009.

Please see the AFP web site: http://www.soros.org/initiatives/hesp/focus/afp

Contact person: Nazik Manapaeva, Academic Fellowship Program, Central Asia and Mongolia, Regional Coordinator (nazik@soros.kg )
Academic Fellowship Program
Central Asia and Mongolia
HESP, OSI
Soros Foundation Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan, 720040, Bishkek, 55A, Logvinenko Str.
Tel: +996 312 66 34 75 (Ext. 103)
Fax: +996 312 66 34 48
Mobile: + 996 775 58 77 07
www.soros.org/initiatives/hesp/focus_areas/afp

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