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Call for proposals 2018
The Summer University Program (SUN) of the Central European University (CEU) announces a Call for Course Proposals for its summer school to be held in Budapest, July 2 - July 27, 2017.
CLICK HERE to download the Call in PDF.
HISTORY & KEY FACTS
To multiply the impact of CEU's mission, the SUN program was launched in 1996. Since the inception of the program, the twenty-one summer schools held so far hosted 404 courses taught by close to 2,000 faculty members. SUN received more than 30,000 applications, out of which close to 10,000 were accepted. In any given year, the average number of countries represented in a course is around 16, ensuring the truly and uniquely international nature of the program.
SUN courses cater for the various needs of academic and professional development in the social sciences and humanities across a wide spectrum of disciplines. These include anthropology, cognitive science, comparative religion, environmental sciences, gender studies, history, history and philosophy of science, international relations, cultural, legal, media and medieval studies, philosophy, political science, public policy, sociology, etc. The program encourages topics in newly emerging fields. Courses often tend to address currently relevant issues, such as ethnic relations, migration, nationalism and transnationalism, globalization, human rights, urban development, poverty reduction, integrity, religion and identity, and gender inequalities, among others. These issues are discussed in a general theoretical framework as well as embedded in the context of the actual countries/regions the participants come from.
Prior to your own submission you may wish to review the list of previously held courses on our website.
There are two major tracks in the program:
Please indicate your preferred choice of Track and the amount and planned break-down of external funding if available in the relevant section of Datasheet I.
Courses can be designed in various formats depending on what the organizers would like to focus on:
1) e-Learning prior to the course
Each course has an interactive e-learning site designated to it, where each participant and faculty member can create their profile and post distance learning materials, readings, pre-course assignments, hold electronic seminar discussion, and circulate messages before and during the course. After the courses end, the course web sites can continue to function as alumni pages through which participants and faculty can stay in touch. This way the summer course has a potential of being not a stand-alone, discreet event, but rather a stage of a process, multiplying its impact by a pre-course phase of reading, preliminary interaction, etc. followed up by networking after the course.
2) During the summer course
In addition to the academic quality of the course, one of the major contributors to its success is the variety of teaching modes it employs. Course proposal authors are encouraged to include a broad range of teaching methods, such as lectures, intensive reading seminars, discussions, individual and group projects, presentations, field trips, etc., thus avoiding lectures being the dominant medium for teaching. SUN courses aim to provide a model in terms of course design and methodology as well by exposing participants to a diversity of teaching methods they could adopt and experiment with in their own teaching.
SUN courses are primarily designed for MA and Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty, researchers, and professionals. The minimum enrollment for a course to be launched is 15 participants; however, we prefer an enrollment of 20-25 participants.
Application requirements for course participants
Participants are selected based upon their application materials including information on their education background, publication list (if any), a research proposal or a relevant writing sample (project proposal or summary, country report, or case study for professionals), a statement of purpose describing how they would benefit from the course, and a letter of recommendation.
Fees and Costs
The standard participation costs for a two-week course at a subsidized CEU rate, excluding travel, are the following:
Tuition fee: 550 EUR Accommodation: 221 EUR Living expenses: 250 EUR TOTAL 1021 EUR
Financial aid for course participants
The program offers financial aid mostly in the form of tuition waivers to outstanding applicants. In addition to waivers, we can only grant participants support for accommodation and/or travel and/or stipend in case the course organizers can mobilize external, non-CEU funding for scholarships.
Funding for course costs
SUN provides a core budget for a limited number of courses, therefore proposal authors are encouraged to try and supplement this core wherever possible. Seeking external funding is encouraged in the following expenditure categories:
- Contribution to course costs (honoraria and/or travel and/or accommodation of faculty)
- Scholarships for participants
- Contribution to course material development
Possible funding sources can be:
- Applicants' home institutions (e.g. travel grants for Ph.D. students and faculty from departments)
- Establishment of institutional partnership between CEU and another university, research institute, international organizations (e.g. our current and previous partners include Open Society Foundations, the World Bank, USAID, UN, Council of Europe, UNDP, International IDEA, etc.)
- European Union (e.g. SUN can be part of a consortium for performing the task of dissemination of research results of an EU research project)
- European or American foundations supporting research, and /or summer schools.
The SUN office is ready to provide assistance with the preparation of joint applications where needed.
Course directors and faculty
1) Course director's role
HOW TO APPLY?
Two-stage submission process with a simplified first stage and the provision of more materials in the second stage once the proposal has passed the first one.
1. Submission of a draft proposal, deadline: April 7, 2017
Proposal authors are requested to submit a preliminary draft to Eva Gedeon by email (email@example.com) with:
- a brief description of the course concept (1-2 pages, including the length of the course)
- a short explanation of how the course contributes to SUN's mission and the academic development of CEU faculty/departments
- an indication of whether funding is expected from outside sources or CEU sources; if CEU is expected to (co-)fund the course, approximately how much the course requests
- a faculty list with CV’s and publication lists
2. Feedback on draft proposals, deadline: April 29, 2017
The CEU Summer University Board will review draft proposals and make a decision:
a) invite a full submission (which does not guarantee final approval)
b) reject the draft proposal in case it is not in line with SUN’s mission or CEU’s institutional goals with SUN described in the Call for Proposals.
3. Submission of the complete course proposal, deadline: June 6, 2017
One-stage submission of new full proposals, deadline: May 5, 2017
If a proposal author does not wish to take advantage of the two-stage process and receive feedback from the CEU Summer University Board before submitting the complete proposal, the first stage of sending a draft proposal can be skipped. Full (single-staged) proposals should be submitted by May 5, 2017.
One-stage submission of repeat full proposals, deadline: August 10, 2017
Repeat courses are requested to submit a one-stage full proposal by August 10, 2017.
Required documents for submission of the complete course proposal:
Each course proposal should contain the following:
1. Two datasheets filled out (Datasheet I-II)
2. Please enclose the following for each faculty member proposed:
3. Tentative syllabus
Topic 1 The Contemporary Coordinates of Artwriting Faculty member(s) Mark A. Cheetham Number of hours 3 Teaching mode Lecture (50 min.) & Seminar (100 min.) Discussion points Territories of Image/Text 1: Historical and Theoretical Coordinates
1. We will review the long and contested history of word/image relations. Reference will be made to Plato, the Ut Pictura Poesis tradition, Lessing, Kant, and others.
Question: To what extent - and how, specifically - are these philosophical legacies still relevant to our work today when we engage in "artwriting"?
2. What connections are there between controversies about Word and Image and the notion of "artwriting"? This discussion will serve as an introduction to the second class.
3. Throughout the course segment, we will be asking if, and in what ways, the visual and textual are different, comparable, or incommensurate.
Topic 2 Faculty member(s) Number of hours Teaching mode Discussion points
Topic 3 Faculty member(s) Number of hours Teaching mode Discussion points
4. Indication of potential interest of target audience in the proposed course
Please indicate how the course director and the faculty members will have access to potential applicant groups (e.g. reference to already existing networks, names of listservs and electronic newsletters, social media platforms, conference participation lists, etc.)
5. A statement about the proposed way/s of assessment of the participants` performance in the course and expected outcomes (e.g. revised research proposals, reports, articles, etc.).
All participants receive a certificate of attendance upon successful completion of the course. In order to gain this certificate, participants will be expected to attend and actively participate in all classes and complete assignments required by the course. In addition, all SUN courses will issue ECTS credits (typically 1 credit per week) to participants who request these.
6. A statement about gender equity (in line with CEU’s “Policy on gender equity at academic events and summer schools”)
7. Repeat proposals without any major change in faculty or content should contain an additional statement presenting a strong academic argument why the same course should be held again. Please highlight revisions that have been made in the course content (topics, bibliography, resources, etc.), faculty composition, methodology, etc.
CLICK HERE to see a sample course budget.
CLICK HERE for the Application Checklist to make sure you submit all the necessary documents.
REVIEW AND SELECTION
1. Submission of proposals
- Draft proposals: April 7, 2017
- Final proposals: June 6, 2017
- Full proposals: May 5, 2017
- Repeat courses: August 10, 2017
Applications should be sent by email to Éva Gedeon, SUN Director, SUN Office at firstname.lastname@example.org .
2. Review and selection
- Draft proposals will be reviewed by the CEU Summer University Board by April 29, 2017.
- Final proposals will be reviewed by external evaluators and the SUN Board in terms of quality and relevance to the mission of the summer program and CEU’s institutional goals with it (see the criterion of selection below). The SUN Office may contact authors of proposals for further information or to make recommendations.
All proposal authors will receive notification about the results of review and selection via e-mail. Notification of selection will take place by the end of October 2017
CRITERIA OF SELECTION
In selecting proposals, the SUN Board will take into consideration:
- Experience and expertise of the proposed faculty
Holding a Ph.D. is a minimum requirement for faculty with research format courses. Preference will be given to proposals that include internationally recognized, outstanding scholars in their fields.
- The proposal’s added value to CEU and its adherence to the program mission outlined in the Call
Preference will be given to proposals demonstrating how the course contributes to the academic and /or professional development of CEU faculty members and their departments.
- Interdisciplinary and innovative approaches
Proposals with interdisciplinary approaches offering fresh insight into research issues presented in an innovative course design are preferred.
- Quality of the course plan (relevance, coherence, etc.)
Proposal authors are kindly advised to submit a fairly detailed and concrete syllabus (even if tentative at this stage) so that the proposal evaluators can form a better and more realistic opinion of the course in their review.
- Balanced composition of the teaching team
Wherever relevant for the course topics, preference is given to applications that propose a teaching team composed of an even, dynamic mixture of regional and Western scholars/experts, who are sensitive to and knowledgeable about the specific needs and problems of the regions from where the participants come. A balanced gender composition is also an important requirement.
- Evidence of a sound methodological approach
Proposals that employ a variety of teaching methods will be given preference.
- Matching funding
Preference is given to proposals that conform to the academic requirements of SUN and, in addition, can bring matching funding to the CEU base budget.