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  • Kendra Gray
    Sep 6, 2007
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      GRANTS- Central Asia Research and Training Initiative, OSI/HESP

      Posted by: Oleksandr Shtokvych < oshtokvych@...>

      Open Society Institute
      Higher Education Support Program

      Central Asia Research and Training Initiative
      invites applications for Junior and Senior CARTI Fellowships for 2008-2010

      The International Higher Education Support Program (HESP) is committed
      to the advancement of higher education in the humanities and social
      sciences throughout the region of South-East Europe, Newly Independent
      States of the former Soviet Union and Mongolia. Central Asia Research
      and Training Initiative (CARTI) is a regional HESP program that
      promotes the development of indigenous capacities for original
      scholarly and academic work and internationalization of scholarship in
      the region of Central Asia, including, but not limited to, the
      post-Soviet states of Central Asia and Mongolia. In working to enhance
      independent research of university-based academics, CARTI is committed
      to innovation in, and enrichment of, university teaching in the
      humanities and social sciences and emphasizes the role of research in
      the development of academics as scholars in the classroom.

      CARTI provides support to innovative scholarly work and advanced
      training and networking opportunities to motivated young academics in
      crucial early stages of their careers in the home academic
      environment. The program aids these individuals in becoming conversant
      with the state-of-the-art scholarship and within international
      scholarly discourse in their subject areas, active scholars applying
      contemporary research methods and resources, innovators in teaching
      making active use of their own scholarly experience and motivated and
      prepared to pursue advanced learning opportunities. With CARTI's
      support, the Fellows engage state of the art resources, theories,
      methodologies and approaches to their research and teaching in the
      subjects and areas of importance to the scholarly and social
      development in the region and develop positions of academic leadership.

      CARTI is implemented through two Fellowship programs - Junior and
      Senior Fellowships and a training and networking component.

      Junior Fellowships support the individuals in early stages of their
      formal Doctoral studies (such as aspirantura) and focus on development
      of ideas and skills for high-quality research work. Junior Fellowships
      serve as medium for testing and challenging the theories, methods and
      assumptions in the core of the individual research projects, while at
      the same time guiding and assisting the Fellows in the first
      independent large-scale research efforts.

      Senior Fellowships are offered to young scholars who have recently
      received their Doctoral (e.g. Candidate of Science) degrees. The
      Fellowships support the advancement or revision of their research
      agenda and development of international research and teaching
      partnerships with special emphasis on presentation of scholarly work
      and translating/incorporating the outcomes and experience of research
      into teaching.

      The program provides the Fellows with the opportunities for:
      * enhancing familiarity with the state of the art in their
         disciplines and understanding of the current thinking in their fields,
         improving access to seminal scholarship, relevant international
         expertise and contemporary debates within the international scholarly
      * advanced training in and practice of contemporary methodologies and
         tools for scholarly research and approaches to teaching and curriculum
      * conducting individual and collaborative original, innovative and
         high quality research with critical discussion and peer feedback on
         the research process and outcomes;
      * applying research experience and outcomes to development of
         teaching and curriculum at the region's universities and promoting
         research work as integral part of students' learning;
      * peer collaboration and mobility on regional and international level;
      * development of skills and venues for publicizing scholarly work.

      Each CARTI Fellow from the region works in collaborative partnership
      with a CARTI International Scholar. International Scholars can be
      proposed by the Fellows or appointed by CARTI and are advanced
      academics, prominent in the fields of scholarship of concern to the
      Fellows' projects, representing universities outside the program's
      target region. They provide guidance and collaborate in conceiving of
      the Fellows' research agenda and program and collaborate with the
      Fellows in the implementation of the projects, primarily by offering
      feedback and critique, but also through joint research activities,
      discussion of sources, methods, progress and findings of the research,
      and securing access to the relevant resources and facilities at their
      home institutions.

      CARTI is open to support projects in a wide range of subjects and
      topics in the humanities and social sciences. The proposed projects
      need not be region-specific and will typically be concerned with the
      study, revision and application of the foundation scholarly thinking
      rather than have an explicit policy orientation. Although the projects
      that have the bearing on the issues of the day and relevance to the
      region are encouraged, the program has equal interest in exploring
      original approaches, interpretations and critique of the traditional
      and foundation scholarship in the disciplines and academic subjects.
      The Senior Fellows are especially encouraged to engage in
      interdisciplinary exploration of a given topic/subject. While CARTI
      supports research and teaching in the regional/local languages,
      operational knowledge of English and ability to work with academic
      resources in the English language is desirable and considered an
      advantage in the selection process.

      CARTI Fellowships are typically awarded for up to 24 months, with
      on-going review and evaluation procedures in place. A Fellowship
      typically offers:
      * Funding for research activities, communication, access to necessary
         equipment and resources;
      * Funds for exchange visits between the Fellows and the International
         scholars (all CARTI fellows are encouraged and are eligible to receive
         funding to spend up to one academic semester at the home institution
         of the International Scholar during the term of the Fellowship);
      * A stipend;
      * Funding for teaching and curriculum development activities
         available to Senior Fellows;

      CARTI organizes a series of project review and training activities for
      the selected Candidates prior to the formal start of the Fellowship
      and offers an academic program consisting of a summer school and
      further seminar, discussion and training activities during the period
      of the Fellowship.


      All Applicants for CARTI Fellowships must be citizens and residents of
      the following countries: Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
      Mongolia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

      Candidates for the Junior Fellowships must hold a diploma of higher
      education (of at least a Specialist or Masters level or the
      equivalent) and be formally registered at a Doctoral studies program
      (a Ph.D. or equivalent program, such as aspirantura, leading towards a
      first Doctoral, such as a Candidate of Science, degree) in social
      sciences and humanities in the region, or anticipate to obtain such
      formal registration within the first six months of the fellowship.

      Candidates for the Senior Fellowships must possess a first Doctoral or
      equivalent (such as a Candidate of Science) degree in social sciences
      and humanities, conferred within not more than five years before the
      time of the application to CARTI and hold full-time teaching positions
      at departments of social sciences or humanities at university level
      institutions in the target region.

      Fellowships are awarded through an open competition based on an
      academic review of the Applications, consisting of an Application
      Form, Project Proposal, academic references and supporting documents.
      Application information and materials are distributed free of charge
      by the OSI-Budapest office and regional and local partners of the
      Soros Foundations Network. Preference in selection is given to younger

      The Deadline for the Receipt of Applications by OSI-Budapest Is
      25 October 2007.

      The decisions on the awards of Fellowships starting in May 2008 will
      be made in late December 2007. Please consult the CARTI Guide for
      Applicants for details of the application and selection process. The
      Guide and further information about the program is available at

      Open Society Institute / International Higher Education Support Program
      Central Asia Research and Training Initiative
      Oktober 6. u. 12., Budapest 1051 Hungary
      Telephone: +36 1 327 3854 - Fax: +36 1 411 4401 - Email: carti@...

      Mr. Oleksandr Shtokvych, Senior Program Manager
      E-mail: oshtokvych@...

      Ms. Edit Köblös, Program Coordinator
      E-mail: ekoblos@...

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