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                                      Council for European Studies
                                  Pre-Dissertation Fellowship Application

Complete applications must arrive at ces@columbia.edu no later than February 1, 2009.

  Overview
  Established in 1971, the Council’s Fellowship Program has played a crucial role in the early stages of many experts’ careers. The Program
  serves as the leading resource for pre-dissertation fellowships, intended to fund young scholars’ first major research projects in Europe.
  Since the program’s founding, the Council has awarded more than 500 fellowships, totaling more than $2.0 million.

  Award
  Fellowship sponsors three components: a) A two-month stay abroad, during which time fellows pursue original archival and field
  research; b) Fellows’ participation at the CES International Conference, where they present their findings and receive feedback from
  senior scholars; c) Publication of fellows’ research reports.

  Eligibility
  In order to be eligible for the award, applicants must fulfill four criteria:
  1) The CES Fellowship is intended to fund students’ first major research project in Europe. Students who have already engaged in
  extensive field work and study in Europe, related to their dissertation, are not eligible.
  2) Applicants must be in the exploratory, early stage of their research.
  3) Applicants are expected to have finished all or a majority of their doctoral coursework.
  4) The applicant’s home university must be a member of the Council’s academic consortium. Our
   website, www.ces.columbia.edu, provides a list of all institutional members for easy reference. Should you submit an application and
  your institution is not a member, we will contact the appropriate office your institution regarding membership.

  Selection
  Applications are evaluated by the CES Fellowship Committee whose members represent a range of disciplines and institutions.
  Applicants will be notified that their applications are complete on March 1, 2009, and will be informed of the Committee’s decision by
  May 1st.

  Application
  The application consists of two parts:
      1. Applicants must compile an electronic MS Word application, attach it to a single email message, and send to ces@columbia.edu
          by February 1, 2009. The subject line of the email must read: “2009 CES Pre-Dissertation Fellowship: Application of [Name of
          Applicant].” Detailed requirements are included in the application form.
      2. Two recommendations are required and must be emailed directly by referees to ces@columbia.edu, also by February 1st.
          Recommendations must be included as attachments and not pasted into the body of the email. The subject line of the email must
          read: “2009 CES Pre-Dissertation Fellowship: Letter for [Name of Applicant].”


      Due Date: Completed applications must be submitted to CES via email by February 1, 2009. All emails must be sent to
      ces@columbia.edu.




                                                     Council for European Studies
            420 West 118th Street, MC 3310   Columbia University New York, NY 10027   Tel: (212) 854-4172   Fax: (212) 854-8808
                                                              ces@columbia.edu
                                                           www.ces.columbia.edu
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                                                                                               be posted and published on the CES
                                                                                               website and publications.
                                                     Application Components
                                                                                               Project Description
Application Form                                                          Include a 4 page project description in which you describe: (1)
The attached application form must be completed.                          Significance of topic to be researched in relation to the
                                                                          relevant published literature; (2) Theoretical perspective that
Curriculum Vitae with Course Report                                       will guide your research; (3) Proposed methodology and its
Include a copy of your CV with this application. The first part           applicability to the topic, (4) Any problematic aspects of the
of your CV must include the following components: (1)                     topic that necessitate the exploratory research project in
Employment History. Include work history, academic                        Europe; (5) Reasons for selecting the institutions (archives,
positions, research and training. Include position details and            libraries, research centers) where the you plan to conduct
dates; (2) Education. Include institutions, dates attended,               research as well as the individual scholars in Europe that will
majors, and details of degrees, training, and certification; (3)          be contacted; (6) The expected outcome of the exploratory
Awards, academic and professional honors, fellowships held.               research visit in terms of the long-term development of your
Include dates received. This first part of your curriculum vitae          research; (7) A time line of your project.
may not exceed 2 pages in length.
                                                                          Checklist
                                                                          In order to be considered complete, the single MS Word
Abstract                                                                  attachment emailed to CES, preferably in double-spaced 12
A copy of the proposed research abstract must be included                 point Times New Roman font, and must be a compilation of
with this application. Abstracts are limited to 250 words. If             the following items:
you are chosen as a fellowship recipient, these abstracts may             Application form               Abstract
                                                                          CV                             Project Description



Recommendations
Recommendations from 2 faculty members are required: one from the applicant’s faculty adviser and one from another faculty member.
The other faculty member does not necessarily need to be from your department, but, preferably, one from whom you have taken
graduate-level courses. At least one of the referees must be able to attest to the applicant’s language ability if the research will be done in
a language other than English. These recommendations must be sent directly by the referees to CES via email by February 1, 2009.



                                                     Fellowship Components
CES funds three different components of the Fellowship
award:

Research                                                                  Publication
Fellowship recipients must complete at least two months of                Fellows submit a written report to the Council upon their
exploratory research in Europe.                                           return that discusses the way in which the experience reshaped
                                                                          their dissertation project. Reports should be a maximum of
Conference                                                                1,000 words in length and must be submitted to CES by
Fellows make a formal presentation of their research at the               September 1st 2010. Reports will be published in the Council’s
biennial CES Conference and receive additional feedback                   membership publication as well as electronically on the
from senior scholars in the field.                                        Council's                                             website).




                                                    Council for European Studies
          420 West 118th Street, MC 3310   Columbia University New York, NY 10027      Tel: (212) 854-4172   Fax: (212) 854-8808
                                                            ces@columbia.edu
                                                         www.ces.columbia.edu
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                                   Council for European Studies
                          Pre-Dissertation Fellowship Application Form
Ms./Mr.
                      First Name                              Middle Initial/Name                            Last Name

Address
Street Name:
City:                                                State:                            Zip Code:
Email:                                                                                 Phone:

Date of Birth (mm/dd/yy):                                            Citizenship (residency):

Institution:                                                         Department:

Specialization/Field:                                                Year in Doctoral Program:

Title of Proposed Dissertation:




Yes □ No □ Has your dissertation been formally approved?
Yes □ No □ Have you begun research on your dissertation topic? (Please keep in mind that this fellowship
supports an individual’s first major research project in Europe to test and develop their dissertation topic.)
Comments:




Proposed Places of Study                                      Start Date                                           End Date




To what other organizations have you applied for travel funds for pre-dissertation research in Europe?


                                                   Council for European Studies
          420 West 118th Street, MC 3310   Columbia University New York, NY 10027   Tel: (212) 854-4172   Fax: (212) 854-8808
                                                            ces@columbia.edu
                                                         www.ces.columbia.edu
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Some CES Fellowships are limited to certain areas of study. Please check off the area your project falls under.
You may check off more than one box if your project is interdisciplinary in nature:
□   Cultural Studies (Music, Art, Theater, Literature, etc.)
□   Eastern Europe and/or Russia
□   Portuguese Studies
□   Anthropology
□   Immigration/Migration


Names and contact details of three people submitting recommendation forms:


Name                                     Address                                             Phone/Fax/Email




Name                                     Address                                             Phone/Fax/Email




Name                                     Address                                             Phone/Fax/Email




In lieu of a signature, mark the box below and type your name as verification of the above information:

□ Applicant Name:                                             Date:                                Place:




                                                 Council for European Studies
        420 West 118th Street, MC 3310   Columbia University New York, NY 10027   Tel: (212) 854-4172   Fax: (212) 854-8808
                                                          ces@columbia.edu
                                                       www.ces.columbia.edu
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                                       Council for European Studies
                        Pre-Dissertation Fellowship Recommendation Form
To be completed by the applicant

Applicant Name:

Referee information:
Name                           Title                          Office Address                       Phone and Email




Privacy Act Waiver: Under the Family Education and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment), which gives students the right to
inspect and review their educational records, students may waive their right to see specific confidential statements and letters of
recommendation.

If you waive your right to examine this reference, mark the box below and type your name:
□ Applicant Name:                                Date:                      Place:




To be completed by the referee

The applicant should have given you a copy of his/her narrative statement. Please comment on his/her work.
The following questions should also be explicitly addressed in your evaluation. Please be as specific as possible.
When completed, please email this form to ces@columbia.edu by February 1, 2009. [Please note that all
letters must be submitted electronically; paper forms are not accepted.]

Questions:

    1. How long, well, and in what capacity have you known the applicant? If you taught the applicant, please
       note the specific courses and provide details.




                                                   Council for European Studies
          420 West 118th Street, MC 3310   Columbia University New York, NY 10027    Tel: (212) 854-4172   Fax: (212) 854-8808
                                                            ces@columbia.edu
                                                         www.ces.columbia.edu
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   2. In comparison with other students you have known at a comparable stage, and others whom you have
      previously recommended, how would you rate the applicant’s academic achievements and promise?




   3. What is your evaluation of the significance, scope, and feasibility of the applicant’s proposal? What
      benefit will the student derive by making an exploratory visit at his/her stage of academic development?




   4. What differentiates this student from others? Include your evaluation of the applicant’s maturity,
      originality, intellectual promise, ability to work with others, and independence.




Please mark the box below and type your name as verification of your evaluation:
□ Referee Name:                                             Date:                       Place:



                                                 Council for European Studies
        420 West 118th Street, MC 3310   Columbia University New York, NY 10027   Tel: (212) 854-4172   Fax: (212) 854-8808
                                                          ces@columbia.edu
                                                       www.ces.columbia.edu

				
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