Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation *Completion* Fellowship

Supporting the next generation of African researchers working on peace, security and development issues

Open for applications, next deadline is November 13th 2015.

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The Social Science Research Council offers fellowships to support the completion of doctoral degrees and to promote next generation social science research in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The fellowships support dissertation research on peace, security, and development topics.

The doctoral dissertation completion fellowship supports a one-year leave from teaching responsibilities and a stipend up to US$15,000 to permit the completion of a dissertation that advances research on peace, security, and development topics.

Eligibility:

All applicants must:

  • be citizens of and reside in a sub-Saharan African country
  • hold a master’s degree
  • be enrolled in a PhD program at an accredited university in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda
  • be in the final year of writing and have completed at least one dissertation chapter

As of May 2015, the program prioritizes applicants holding a faculty position or demonstrating a durable commitment to higher education, but does not restrict eligibility to such individuals.

The program seeks to promote diversity and encourages women to apply.

Thematic Priorities:

The project features a thematic focus in order to renew basic research agendas addressing peace, security, and development topics as well as strengthen interdisciplinary social science research capacity on these issues. This program also offers two workshops each year to help fellows develop and strengthen research questions, match research methods to questions, engage key literature in their fields, and produce research publications.

The program encourages innovative research on peace, security, and development topics, moving the boundaries of scholarship and research by exploring concrete linkages between these themes. We envision supporting a diverse set of projects that shed light on a range of economic, political, and social processes using evidence-based research.

Some projects, we hope, will examine large-scale phenomena and others small-scale social processes. The strongest projects typically will explore connections across these scales. Some research projects will rigorously explore elements of civil society, human rights, peacebuilding mechanisms, and rule of law. Others will explore root causes of conflict, human insecurity, and violence. Above all projects should advance important fields of study and social science knowledge.

Application Process:

All applications must be submitted using the online application portal.

Strong proposals will offer clear and concise descriptions of the project and its significance. Proposals should display thorough knowledge of the relevant social science literature that applicants will engage and the methodologies relevant to the project. In addition, applicants must demonstrate that all proposed activities are feasible and can be completed in a timely manner. All proposals will be evaluated for these criteria by an independent, international committee of leading scholars from a range of social science disciplines.

Fellows must be willing to attend at least one workshop sponsored by the SSRC each year that are intended to help early-career faculty produce scholarly publications. We anticipate awarding as many as 45 fellowships in total across all categories each year.

Deadline:

The next application deadline is 13 November, 2015.

For inquiries or technical questions pertaining to the online application portal, please contact SSRC staff from the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Program: nextgenafrica@ssrc.org.

 

More info http://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/next-generation-social-sciences-in-africa-doctoral-dissertation-completion-fellowship/

SSRC’s Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship

Supporting the next generation of African researchers working on peace, security and development issues

Open for applications, next deadline is November 13th 2015.

Apply Now

The Social Science Research Council offers fellowships to support the completion of doctoral degrees and to promote next generation social science research in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The fellowships support dissertation research on peace, security, and development topics.

Proposal development fellowships are intended to support doctoral students working on developing a doctoral dissertation research proposal as well as students who recently completed a master’s degree and seek to enroll in a PhD program.

The doctoral dissertation proposal fellowship supports short-term research costs of up to US$3,000 to develop a doctoral dissertation proposal.

Eligibility:

All applicants must:

be citizens of a sub-Saharan African country
residents of Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda
hold a master’s degree
be either enrolled in a PhD program, or intend to enroll in a PhD program
As of May 2015, the program prioritizes applicants holding a faculty position or demonstrating a durable commitment to higher education, but does not restrict eligibility to such individuals.

The program seeks to promote diversity and encourages women to apply.

Thematic Priorities:

The project features a thematic focus in order to renew basic research agendas addressing peace, security, and development topics as well as strengthen interdisciplinary social science research capacity on these issues. This program also offers two workshops each year to help fellows develop and strengthen research questions, match research methods to questions, engage key literature in their fields, and produce research publications.

The program encourages innovative research on peace, security, and development topics, moving the boundaries of scholarship and research by exploring concrete linkages between these themes. We envision supporting a diverse set of projects seeking to shed light on a range of economic, political, and social processes using evidence-based research.

Some projects, we hope, will examine large-scale phenomena and others small-scale social processes. The strongest projects typically will explore connections across these scales. Some research projects will rigorously explore elements of civil society, human rights, peacebuilding mechanisms, and rule of law. Others will explore root causes of conflict, human insecurity, and violence. Above all projects should advance important fields of study and social science knowledge.

Application Process

All applications must be submitted using the online application portal.

Strong proposals will offer clear and concise descriptions of the project and its significance. Proposals should display thorough knowledge of the relevant social science literature that applicants will engage and the methodologies relevant to the project. In addition, applicants must demonstrate that all proposed activities are feasible and can be completed in a timely manner. All proposals will be evaluated for these criteria by an independent, international committee of leading scholars from a range of social science disciplines.

Fellows must be willing to attend two workshops sponsored by the SSRC each year that are intended to help early-career faculty produce scholarly publications. We anticipate awarding approximately 45 fellowships in total across all categories each year.

Deadline

The next application deadline is 13 November, 2015.

For inquiries or technical questions pertaining to the online application portal, please contact SSRC staff from the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Program: nextgenafrica@ssrc.org.

More info: http://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/next-generation-social-sciences-in-africa-proposal-fellowship/

NSF DDRIG Workshop at ORA

Are you at a place where you are ready to prepare and submit a proposal for a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) or a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) this summer? If so, IU’s Office of Research Administration would like to invite you to a workshop on preparing and submitting your DDIG/DDRIG proposal. This workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 1st from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Office of Research Administration building located at 509 E. 3rd St. (The building is on the corner of 3rd Street and Dunn Avenue, next to the Mobil gas station.) We will be presenting information and tips that will help you with this specific proposal submission process. Please bring your laptop if possible and details on your proposal so that we can best assist you.

Again, this workshop is for students who are planning to submit to a specific DDIG/DDRIG program announcement this summer. This is not an overview of grants in general. Please register for the workshop at Educational Opportunities here: http://researchadmin.iu.edu/EO/eo_sessions.html.

Seating is limited, so this workshop will be on a first come/first serve basis. Please also take a moment to fill out a Research-Related Conflict of Interest Disclosure form here: http://researchadmin.iu.edu/COI/coi_disclosure.html

Don’t worry if you can’t attend this specific workshop; we will have more DDIG/DDRIG workshops at later dates. We look forward to working with you!

-IU’s Office of Research Administration

IDAH Seeking IUB Students to Sponsor as 2015-2016 HASTAC Scholars

Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (IDAH) Seeking IUB Students to Sponsor as 2015-2016 HASTAC Scholars

The Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities (IDAH) will sponsor five IUB students (graduate or advanced undergraduate) as HASTAC scholars for the 2015-1016 academic year.  Faculty are invited to nominate HASTAC scholars by sending the following to idah2@indiana.edu 1) the student’s name and email address, along with 2) a short paragraph description of his/her research project.  The internal deadline is August 3rd, 2015.  The five successful candidates will each receive a $300 honorarium and will be mentored by faculty and staff within IDAH. We will contact you by August 7th 2015 with the results of the competition. We will also contact the five successful candidates to coordinate logistics for the HASTAC bi-weekly meetings, and with instructions for registering with the online HASTAC community as well as for completing the HASTAC online application for which IDAH will be the student’s HASTAC nominator/sponsor.

Below is a description of the HASTAC program as well as IDAH and HASTAC requirements for successful candidates.  Please be sure your nominee is aware of these requirements:

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The HASTAC Scholars program is comprised of graduate and advanced undergraduate students who are engaged with innovative projects and research at the intersection of digital media & learning, 21st century education, the digital humanities, and technology in the arts, humanities and sciences.  Scholars blog, host forums, organize events and discuss new ideas, projects, experiments, and technologies that re-conceive teaching, learning, research, writing and structuring knowledge. Read more about the program here: HASTAC Scholars website (http://www.hastac.org/scholars/apply).  

IDAH requires of scholars the following:

• Attend bi-weekly IUB HASTAC scholars’ group meetings.

• Attend periodic IDAH events (seminars, workshops)

• Discuss their research project for a HASTAC presentation through IDAH and IDAH partner events

HASTAC requires of scholars the following:

• Blog on the HASTAC site, introducing themselves and their projects

• Report on at least ONE local relevant event – any conference, talk, art project, symposium,

   experiment  or collaboration – during the year

• Introduce at least one other technology project to the greater HASTAC community (e.g. a

   new  technology, a new coding language, a new use of technology in the non-profit sector, a

   new  game for  learning, an interesting new book, etc.)

• Contribute to HASTAC Scholar Discussion Forums, either by hosting or commenting.

• Build community and conversation by commenting, tweeting, covering conferences, and

    helping organize local meet-ups.

• Share relevant job info, fellowship opportunities, conference CFPs, and publishing

   opportunities.

AY 2015-16 Hourly Position with Groups Scholars Program

PRIMARY ROLE:  The Science Community Seminar Instructor reports to the Groups Scholars Program STEM Coordinator. The role of the instructor is to develop instructional materials, and teach the Groups Scholars Program Science Seminar. The instructor is responsible for holding regular office hours for student development appointments, and be an active member of the Groups Scholars STEM planning team.

WORK HOURS:

Days/hours can be adjusted to schedule, with some flexibility within the set schedule (not to exceed 15 hours/week)

Required: August to May

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Teaching Coll-G113 Science Community Seminars

·         Develop and implement instructional materials that help Groups Scholars STEM majors explore the foundations of scientific reasoning, investigate the day-to-day activities of scientists, introduce and provide information on STEM fields and subfields, develop scientific research and presentation skills, and delve into the ethics of scientific research.

·         Monitor and evaluate student progress, reporting any concerns to the Groups Scholars STEM planning team as needed.

·         Collaborate with other units on campus and in the community to implement activities that expose students to a broader experience in academia and STEM career fields.

·         Develop, administer, and analyze an evaluative tool for science seminars.

Support Student Development

·         Assist students with scientific writing and presentations

·         Be a resource on internships and research opportunities, as well as graduate school and career pathways

·         Provide students with STEM study strategies

STEM Planning Team

·         Participate in weekly Groups Scholars STEM planning team meetings

·         Contribute to functions of the Groups Scholars STEM initiative including, but not limited to: program planning, marketing strategies, resource development, and program evaluation.

·         QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum Education and Experience: Must have completed a BA/BS in related discipline and current enrollment in Master’s program on the IU Bloomington campus.  Previous teaching experience preferred.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Must possess strong interpersonal skills and an ability to actively engage students in the learning process. Candidate should be organized, responsible, dependable, and have the ability to work independently; possess analytical problem solving and decision making skills; be able to communicate effectively with a diverse population.

Strong writing, editing and research skills are required. Knowledge and proficiency of technological tools preferred.

Background in a STEM discipline strongly preferred.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume with a list of three references we can contact to groups@indiana.edu  with the subject line “Science Community Instructor.”

Job Opening: Computing Outreach Education Director

Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC) is committed to increasing diversity of the computing talent pool. This commitment is driving positive results both in and outside the classroom and we strive to be a national role model in this arena. We invite a computing educator to join our team to focus on outreach efforts that will help us grow interest in our majors to feed a high demand and diverse workforce.

We invite you to apply if you are interested in:

  • Developing training and content resources for computing related outreach programs
  • Focusing on both college and pre-college level students
  • Using strategies that increase computing efficacy, promote motivation, and success
  • Developing creative ways to target women and other underrepresented students in exploratory computing experiences
  • Increasing students who participate in computing majors, minors, certificates, eBadges, and skill building opportunities
  • Promoting inclusive environments
  • Collaborating with faculty in CS Education research
  • Assessing results
  • Being involved in advising student groups, exploring outreach to K-12 teachers, offering short term credit classes, and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: MS or MEd is required in computing related discipline, or relevant teaching experience in high school or university level, with sound knowledge and use of successful ways to teach computing-related topics; excellent oral and written communication, program planning and facilitation skills; program evaluation; excellent organizational skills; marketing and grant writing skills desirable.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Rank: Academic Specialist

Appointment Type: Twelve-month non-tenure track position; Renewable three-year appointment within a probationary period not to exceed six years. Decision for a long-term contract will be made in sixth year, assuming positive annual reviews and reappointment decisions based on satisfactory performance and programmatic needs. Under supervision of the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Education, office space with the SOIC lecturers.

Apply Online at: http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/1552

For Best Consideration Apply By Date: July 1, 2015

Expected Start Date for the position: August 2015

Special Instructions: A complete application consists of a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references. An email message with instructions about uploading letters of reference will be sent automatically to each of your reference providers immediately after you submit your completed application. Questions regarding the position or application process may be sent to Maureen Biggers at biggersm@indiana.edu, or School of Informatics and Computing, 919 E 10th Street, Bloomington, IN 47408.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

Summer 2015 hourly position with IU Summer Language Workshop

The IU Summer Language Workshop is hiring an hourly student worker to assist with general office work and programming in Summer 2015.

General duties will include, but are not limited to:

1.      Assisting the staff with setting up, facilitating, and recording extracurricular programs;

2.      General office assistance;

3.      Helping with communications.

Applicants should be able to communicate effectively with faculty, students, and staff. Applicants should also be prepared to work some evenings and weekends.

Basic computer skills are required. We also require either working knowledge of recording equipment, cameras, IU listservs, podcasting or a willingness to learn needed skills to support our efforts. The physical requirements for the job are the abilities to lift light objects and to go on errands around campus.

This position is for 20 hours/week at a salary of $12/hour. We are prepared to start the position by May 28, 2015. The position will end by the start of August 2015.

Interested applicants should send a resume and list of three references we can contact to swseel@indiana.edu with the subject line “Workshop hourly position.”

2016 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans Application Open

Every year, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Full eligibility requirements can be found here.

Each Fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study – in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program – in the United States. Please note that the Fellowship does not cover tuition for executive programs, accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s programs, or online degrees. Each award is for up to $25,000 in stipend support (not to exceed $35,000), as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for two years. New Fellows join a strong community of current and past Fellows who all share the New American experience.

The application deadline is November 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.

AY2015-16 Website/Digital Media GA-ship with European Studies Open

The Institute for European Studies (EURO) promotes multi- and inter-disciplinary knowledge of Europe by supporting academic programs, the Midwest Model European Union (MMEU), public outreach, and support for educators and students at all levels. EURO seeks an ABD graduate assistant (GA) for the 2015-2016 academic year to serve as technical support the program’s website, graphic design projects and social media platforms.

Duties:

This position is a stipend only graduate assistantship for eligible ABD graduate students only (no tuition remission). Applicants should expect to work 20 hours per week at the Institute’s new location in the GISB building on campus and will also assist as a consortium resource to support digital needs for two other centers – IAUNRC and REEI. Duties might vary week-to-week, depending on active projects, but in general the GA will be expected to:

Update and maintain active website for EURO including calendaring, posting of announcements, coordinating photography and video posting and recording and editing of speaker series presentations.

Design and create flyers, brochures, cards, etc. using Photoshop, Publisher, or similar software programs. Work closely with other GAs in requesting and proofing accurate copy.

Manage EUROS’s social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. Suggest creative ways to increase EURO’s social media and listserv subscribers.

Work on a team and independently, initiate communication (in-person, phone, email) and finish assignments with limited guidance.

Proficient in Windows, Microsoft Office Suite 2007 and/or 2010 and social media sites (experience with Adobe Creative Suites CS4 and/or CS5 a plus). Perform other office duties as needed, including, but not limited to, handling confidential materials, photocopying, sorting mail, answering phones, and providing clerical services

Be creative, energetic, a master multitasker, and self-leading

Eligibility:

Applicants must be a current postdoc student at Indiana University Bloomington during the 2015-2016 academic year. Successful applicants will have a demonstrated knowledge of web design and graphic design/publishing software and digital social media. Preferred applicants will have an academic research interest in the EU or the Europe and knowledge of one or more languages of the region.

Compensation:

The GA position includes health insurance, and a stipend of $15,750 (paid monthly over 10 months). GA’s are usually offered an opportunity to work as an hourly employee in the summer following (Summer 2016), in addition to their fee remission. Typically GA’s are eligible to continue their assistantship for a second year, though this is not guaranteed.

Please see https://www.indiana.edu/~vpfaa/saahandbook/index.php/Terms_of_Student_Academic_Appointments for additional information.

To Apply:

Interested applicants should submit a C.V./resume and cover letter explaining interest and qualifications by email to euroinst@indiana.edu no later than Monday, June 8th, 2015.

Successful applicants will be notified in June, 2015 and interviews scheduled soon after. The ideal applicant will be available to schedule an interview in person or via Skype [http://www.skype.com/en/]. Applicants that will be unavailable/abroad during June 2015 are responsible for explaining their situation in their cover letter and working with the Institute for an alternative arrangement.

Institute for European Studies

102 E. Kirkwood Avenue, BH 542

Bloomington, Indiana 47405

812-855-3280

euroinst@indiana.edu

VAP Syriac Studies & Digital Humanities (review begins 22 MAY 2015)

Vanderbilt University and Syriaca.org invite applications for the open position of Visiting Research Assistant Professor in Syriac Studies and Digital Humanities. The term of appointment is one full year, beginning in fall 2015, with the possibility of renewal for one further year.

The Visiting Research Assistant Professor will work full time under the direction of Prof. David Michelson on the publications of Syriaca.org: The Syriac Reference Portal (http://syriaca.org/), a digital reference project sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The researcher will be affiliated with an academic unit at Vanderbilt University depending on expertise (Classics,DivinityHistoryIslamic StudiesJewish StudiesReligion, etc.). The scholar will also be invited to take an active role in the life of Vanderbilt’s Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, including its Digital Humanities seminar.

The person hired for this position will be a specialist in Syriac studies with strong linguistic skills (ancient and modern) and considerable experience working with Syriac texts, both editions and manuscripts. There will be a strong preference for a candidate who has experience with digital humanities, especially TEI XML, but additional training in digital technology specific to the project will be provided as needed.

The researcher will be a contributing author to SPEAR (Syriac Persons, Events, and Relations), the New Handbook of Syriac LiteratureGateway to the Syriac Saints, and other Syriaca.org publications as needed. The researcher will collect and interpret data in Syriac and other languages, contribute to evolving data models, test user interfaces and XForms, collaborate with other project researchers, and perform additional project duties as needed.

Term of Appointment
The term of appointment is one full year, beginning in fall 2015, with the possibility of renewal for one further year. Applicants are expected to be in residence for the duration of the appointment.

How to Apply
Applications should be submitted online at: https://vanderbilt.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=1504387&lang=en

Please contact Prof. David A. Michelson (david.a.michelson@vanderbilt.edu) with any questions about the position or about the online application system.

A complete application will include the following materials:
1. A cover letter indicating applicant’s qualifications in Syriac studies and, if applicable, digital humanities;
2. A current curriculum vitae;
3. A scholarly publication, dissertation chapter, or digital project representing the applicant’s scholarly achievement or potential (these should be uploaded as attachments in the section marked “Resume and Cover Letter”);
4. Contact information for three referees.

The committee will begin review of applications immediately, with priority given to those applications received by May 22. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Required Qualifications:  
The Candidate must have previous research experience in Syriac studies, particularly Syriac literature. Reading ability in classical Syriac and at least one other ancient or medieval language as well as relevant modern languages is required. Candidate must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent by January 1, 2016.

Preferred Qualifications:  
We welcome candidates with an interest in digital research methods, such as the use of TEI XML. Ideal candidates should have additional expertise in one or more fields contiguous to Syriac studies, such as Jewish studies, Islamic studies, Middle Eastern or Mediterranean history, Byzantine studies, history of Christianity, Classics, or medieval history.

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action.

You can always see the most up-to-date version of the H-net ad here: https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=50901