7 June 2007
VWS Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies for Ukrainian Citizens
The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS; http://www.chgs.nl) in Amsterdam invites applications from Ukraine for the VWS Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies for the 2007-2008 academic year (1 September 2007 – 31 August 2008).
Funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport (VWS) and in existence since 2006, the VWS Fellowship is intended to host aspiring scholars and researchers from Ukraine at the CHGS in Amsterdam for guided reading and focused research in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
The guided reading will center around trend-setting Western books, articles, and bibliographies in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The focused research, on a topic selected by the fellow and the CHGS staff, aims to produce a manuscript for an English-language article in a reputable international scholarly journal.
During their residence, VWS Fellows will participate in the scholarly life of the CHGS and will be able to use the library and archives of the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation (NIOD; http://www.niod.nl), where the CHGS is located, as well as the library system of the University of Amsterdam.
Citizens of Ukraine living in Ukraine who have received the degree of kandydat nauk in Anthropology, History, Literature, Political Science, Sociology, or another relevant field in the humanities and social sciences within the past 8 years
Citizens of Ukraine living in Ukraine who are enrolled in a kandydat nauk program in Anthropology, History, Literature, Political Science, Sociology, or another relevant field in the humanities and the social sciences.
Applicants must demonstrate an interest in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and/or the study of human rights violations. Prior interest or specialization in the history of the Jewish Holocaust is not required.
Candidates must be able to read and speak English. Those who can also read German are particularly encouraged to apply.
The VWS Fellowship includes a stipend for living expenses. In addition, the Fellowship program covers health insurance, travel to and from Amsterdam, housing, photocopying, and selected books.
The fellowship is for a maximum of 90 days. Possible renewal, after an interruption during which the VWS Fellow returns to Ukraine, will be considered after the fellowship period. The CHGS can simultaneously host two VWS Fellows.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURE
Complete applications include the following:
-a curriculum vitae in English and (if applicable) a list of publications;
-a description (in English, Ukrainian, or Russian) of personal long-term career and research plans, and an indication of what the applicant expects to gain from a stay at the CHGS in Amsterdam;
-the names and updated contact information of two or three referees whom the CHGS can contact;
-a writing sample in Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, English, or German.
All applications must be sent as an e-mail attachment in Microsoft Word.
An interview may be part of the selection process. Although the final decision rests with the CHGS, the CHGS will consult with the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies (http://www.holocaust.kiev.ua/) in the selection process.
For those interested in arriving in September 2007, the deadline is 15 July 2007 (although early application is encouraged). For those interested in arriving in another month of the academic year, the deadline is 15 August 2007.
Decisions will be announced to the applicants as soon as possible.
ADDRESS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND MAILING ADDRESS FOR APPLICATIONS
Dr. Karel C. Berkhoff
Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
1016 CJ Amsterdam
ABOUT THE CHGS
The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, located in the center of Amsterdam, was founded in 2002 by the University of Amsterdam and the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation, which is a part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The primary activities of the CHGS are scholarly research and university teaching, mainly through its interdisciplinary Master’s program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, offered at the University of Amsterdam. The Center also aims to broaden society’s awareness of the phenomenon of genocide through public debates and other activities. All staff members have a lively interest in eastern Europe and two (Karel C. Berkhoff and Nanci Adler) specifically study and teach eastern European and Soviet topics, including the Holocaust and the Gulag.
Brief descriptions of the VWS Fellows of 2006-2007 are at http://www.chgs.nl/index_eng.html, under “Staff.”
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