Through its Summer Research Scholar Program, the European Union Center of Excellence (EUCE) at the University of Pittsburgh seeks to facilitate and further research on aspects of European integration and the European Union. The EUCE offers short-term research grants to post-doctoral and senior scholars to be in residence at the University of Pittsburgh. Selected Scholars will reside in Pittsburgh for periods of one to four weeks between June 1, 2012 and August 15, 2012. The EUCE will cover the costs of accommodation, a modest per diem, and round-trip travel. The EUCE will arrange for scholars to meet with faculty with similar interests and provide access to the unique and comprehensive archive collection of the Delegation of the European Union to the U.S. that is housed at the University of Pittsburgh (http://aei.pitt.edu/).
Applicants for the Summer Research Scholar’s Program should be pursuing a research project on any aspect of European integration or the European Union. Proposals should emphasize how the time in residence at the University of Pittsburgh will advance the applicant’s research project.
The Archive Collection: In 2007 the Delegation of the European Commission to the U.S.A., Washington, D.C. donated its library collection to the University Library System (ULS) at the University of Pittsburgh. The gift is a virtually complete collection of official European Community documents published since the early 1950s containing materials that are not available through Europa initiated in the 1990s. The highlight of the collection is the research files which are about 650 linear shelf feet of folders of documents arranged by subject. From the 1950s, Delegation librarians compiled these files, which contain duplicate copies of documents in the main collection. As noted recently by one scholar after spending one day in the research files:
“As a regular visitor to Europe for well over a decade, I have conducted research on EU-South Asian Relations at a number of libraries… In none of these libraries have I been able to find such a comprehensive collection. This Pitt EU Depositary Collection is an indispensable reference guide for those who are researching the earlier period – from the early 1950s till the early 1990s since subsequent documents are available on the EU website. The collection, especially the Research Files, provides an invaluable, comprehensive and a thorough collection of all relevant documents. This collection has truly been very painstakingly built piece-by-piece for over several decades; such dedication is truly admirable and extraordinary.”
Note: Scholars need not be applying to use the Archive to be eligible for this program.
Grant Applications should be sent to email@example.com, subject line: “Summer Research Scholar Program” and should include:
• A cover letter explaining why and for how long the researcher wants to work in Pittsburgh;
• A description of the research to be undertaken which specifically addresses the research project’s relevance to European integration and the European Union; and
• A current C.V.
Applications are now open and will be evaluated on a continuing basis until June 1, 2012.
This project is funded by the European Union.
Timothy S. Thompson
European Union Center of Excellence
European Studies Center
University of Pittsburgh
4213 Posvar Hall
Fax: (412)648-2199 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/euce
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