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4211CfA: Fellowships, History and Culture of Cities in the 20th Century, Berlin

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  • Balkan Academic News
    Jul 30, 2004
      The newly-launched Transatlantic Graduate Research Program
      (Graduiertenkolleg) Berlin -New
      York, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and associated with the
      Technical University in Berlin, Germany, offers

      12 Doctoral Scholarships
      2 Postdoctoral Scholarships

      for research projects on the “History and Culture of Cities in the 20th
      Century.” By addressing
      the full range of Metropolitan and Urban Studies, the program seeks to
      integrate various disci-plines including History, History of Art, European
      Ethnology, Literary and Media Studies, Political and Social Sciences, Urban
      Development and Town Planning, Urban and Architectural Sociology, as well
      as Cultural Semiotics. The fellowships are awarded for up to three years,
      starting January 1, 2005.
      The Transatlantic Graduate Research Program is run by a joint consortium of
      three Berlin universities - Technical University, Freie Universität, and
      Humboldt University - and two New
      York universities, Columbia University and New York University. The program
      seeks to
      initiate interdisciplinary and comparative research on European and North
      American urban and
      metropolitan areas. Research projects may focus on the metropolis' ability
      both as a cultural
      and material construction to reflect tensions between integration and
      separation, between iden-tity
      and diversity, as well as between innovation and tradition. Emphasizing a
      transatlantic
      focus, the cities of Berlin and New York will receive particular attention.
      For more information
      on potential research topics and a list of professors collaborating in the
      network, visit the web-site:
      www.stadtgeschichte.tu-berlin.de.

      Commitment: The Transatlantic Graduate Research Program distinguishes
      itself through joint
      teaching and joint supervision by assigning fellows an academic advisor
      from Berlin and a
      New York counterpart. Closely affiliated with the Technical University's
      Center for European
      Urban History during the initial grant period, the core program consists of
      interdisciplinary
      seminars, colloquia and workshops, and includes an obligatory six-months
      study abroad. The
      fellows are expected to reside in Berlin and to participate actively in the
      intellectual life of the
      program, taking advantage of the rich resources of all universities involved.
      Deadline: The deadline for application is September 3, 2004. In the second
      half of September,
      short-listed candidates will be invited to present their projects in Berlin.

      Eligibility: Candidates are expected to submit a curriculum vitae, an
      academic record proving
      scholarly excellence, and a 10-page research proposal outlining the project
      to be pursued,
      including a schedule. Research projects should address the program's core
      themes. Applicants
      are required to present a degree qualifying for graduate study as doctoral
      student. Working
      languages are German and English.

      Terms of Grant: Fellowships are awarded for up to 3 years. Doctoral fellows
      will receive a
      stipend of 1,000 Euro per month; postdoctoral fellows will receive a
      stipend of 1,416 Euro per
      month. Family allowance can be granted if applicable. For one of the
      postdoctoral fellowships,
      applicants with a pronounced interest and skill pertaining to the
      methodology and theory of
      Metropolitan Studies will be preferred.

      Application: Applicants are asked to send in a cover letter, curriculum
      vitae, list of publica-tions,
      research proposal, copies of the certificates of academic qualifications
      held, and two let-ters
      of recommendation from academic teachers.

      Applications should be addressed to:
      Prof. Dr. Heinz Reif
      Technische Universität Berlin
      Institut für Geschichte und Kunstgeschichte
      TEL 17-3
      Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7
      10587 Berlin
      or via email to reif@...-berlin.de

      For more detailed information on the program and the application procedure,
      please contact
      Prof. Dr. Heinz Reif/Dr. Oliver Schmidt (Ph.D., Harvard Univ.), tel. +49
      (30) 314 23867.