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call for applications: IKF senior and research fellowships 2015/2016

The IKF (Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften) now accepts applications for its Senior and Research Fellowships for the academic year 2015/2016.

Application Information

Senior Fellowships are designed to support excellent scholars, who are well advanced in their academic careers. Qualified scholars are eligible without regard to nationality, institutional, or departmental affiliation; although preference is given to applicants of international repute who have published significant papers in recognized refereed journals and books that establish the author as a leading expert in his/her academic field.

Duration and funding: Senior Fellowships will be granted for one academic semester (1 October 2015–31 January 2016 or 1 March–30 June 2016). Fellowships entail a maximum monthly stipend of € 2.325,-- (€ 75,-- per day), office space at the IFK equipped with electronic facilities including internet access as well as one-time travel costs to and from Vienna and free accommodation in a studio apartment (40 m2). The IFK will not contribute to retirement or health benefits.

Research Fellowships are designed to support post-doctoral scholars early in their careers. Appli- cants must have a Doctorate or a Ph.D. at the time of application. Qualified scholars are eligible without regard to nationality, institutional, or departmental affiliation; although preference is given to qualified Austrian applicants.

Duration and funding: Research Fellowships will be granted for one academic semester (1 Octo- ber 2015–31 January 2016 or 1 March–30 June 2016). Fellowships entail a maximum monthly stipend of € 2.325,-- (€ 75,-- per day), office space at the IFK equipped with electronic facilities including internet access as well as one-time travel costs to and from Vienna and free accommo- dation in a studio apartment (40 m2). The IFK will not contribute to retirement or health bene- fits.

General Criteria of Evaluation

A thematic link to the IFK’s current research focus on “Imaginations of Disorder” is desired but not a prerequisite for application. The IFK will also accept “independent“ projects within the realm of humanities and social sciences unrelated to the present research focus. Applications may be submitted either in German or English.

Applications will be peer-reviewed by the IFK's International Academic Advisory Board. A final decision will be taken in regard to the requirements of the yearly scholarly program. The Board looks for four essential features in fellowship proposals:

- a well-defined and innovative research question
- a clear definition of the uniqueness of the work and/or the significance of the research to important theoretical and methodological issues in interdisciplinary culture studies and humanities
- a discussion of the work in the context of appropriate research done by international scholars
- clear methodological provisions that guarantee an interdisciplinary research focus

The IFK discourages proposals that are either exclusively theoretical or exclusively empirical in character. It supports projects that combine empirical investigation with thoughtful theoretical work. Research proposals that present a clearly formulated problem, demonstrate familiarity with the scholarly field(s), and develop an interdisciplinary methodological framework stand the best chance of approval by the International Academic Advisory Board.

Application Deadline and Decision Notification

Application deadline: 1 July 2014 (postmark) Decision notification: 1 December 2014

>> Further details and application forms: http://www.ifk.ac.at/index.php/actual-calls.html

Intercultural Achievement Award

Austria enjoys a long tradition in the field of intercultural dialogue that is deeply rooted in a history of diversity and pluralism and has been strengthened through multi- and bilateral dialogue initiatives. Against this background, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and International Affairs has defined "Dialogue of Cultures" a clear priority and has actively engaged in the promotion thereof.
Since 2007 the Task Force "Dialogue of Cultures" guides and implements initiatives.
The „Intercultural Achievement Award" describes the most recent effort and aims to identify and award innovative and solution-oriented projects that operate under the umbrella of intercultural dialogue.

Eligibility Criteria
Non-profit organizations that are dedicated to the promotion of intercultural dialogue are eligible for the IAA. Projects must focus on Dialogue efforts in the fields of education, participation and business. Specific selection criteria can be summarized as follows:

- Projects that are managed and implemented by non- profit organizations (including   NGOs, charities,         foundations, research and education institutes, religious   societies);
- Activities must focus on a minimum of the following areas: education, participation and business. Projects that increasingly include women and youth will be given special consideration;
- The organization must be in operation for at least 2 years;
- The project must be running for at least 1 year already. This criteria not only ensures the viability of the project idea, but also allows for the measurement of impact for at least 1 year;
- The project cycle should be set at a minimum of 2 years, preferably 5 years.

Selection and Award Giving
Awarding the best three projects depicts the idea behind the award. Depending on the level of participation and the quality of projects, the number of awardees may increase in number. The following is proposed as awards, which may change depending on sponsor engagement:

1st place: 2nd place: 3rd place:
Project support in the amount of 10.000.- EUR
Project support in the amount of 7.000.- EUR
Project support in the amount of 5.000.- EUR


Assessment Criteria
Applications:

A detailed online application form with guiding questions can be found here. Questions must be answered in English, in a clear and precise manner (clarity), be structured (detail and focus) and should convince the reader of project purpose and objectives (persuasiveness). All questions must be answered in order to be considered. You will also be asked to provide a copy of a valid business/operational license, an up- to-date business plan, project report and possible an evaluation report are required in the application process. Please note that applications submitted in any other language than English will not be considered.

Project:

- Does the project respond to the needs of the beneficiaries on the ground and is appropriate in the local context of operation? (relevance)
- Is the target group clearly defined and reachable with the project activities? (impact)
- Have objectives, activities and results been clearly defined (clarity) so that they can be measured regularly? (evaluation)
- Is the project innovative in that it introduces new concepts and methods, encourages creative thinking, applies solution-oriented approaches, and passes these on to beneficiaries? (innovation)
- Has the concept of sustainability been introduced in the project as to ensure implementation beyond initial funding? Is a phasing-out strategy available? (sustainability)
- Is the concept applicable to other contexts and thus can be taken on by other organizations? (transferability)


Organization:

-  Does the organization have the necessary structures and competencies in place to successfully implement and manage the project (both content-wise and financially)? (structure)
-  Are sufficient financial resources available in the organization in order to ensure the implementation and wrapping-up of the project? (budget)
-  Does the organization have relevant experience in the field of intercultural dialogue and exchange? (experience)
- Are the principles of respect, equality and diversity visible in the structure of the organization as well as in the implementation of activities with partners and the target group? (equality)
- Are regular financial audits or evaluations of the organization and projects taking place? (transparency)


Apply no later than May 31st, 2014
For more information on the Task Force "Dialogue of Cultures" and its work, please visit us at: www.bmeia.gv.at\dialogueofcultures

grants: Salzburg International Academy of Fine Arts

The Summer Academy offers numerous grants, covering
tuition fee to participate in one of the courses. Application deadline for
grants is 1 April 2014. Please upload your application here: www.summeracademy.at/grants

Course program 21 July – 30 August 2014:

The 2014 Summer Academy offers 21 courses of between one and four weeks – 18 in Hohensalzburg Fortress, one in the Kiefer quarry in Fürstenbrunn and two in temporary venues in the city. The programme approaches topical questions of contemporary art, curating and writing about art.

Teaching artists in 2014:

Nancy Adajania, Jennifer Allen, Doug Ashford, Kader Attia, Sarnath Banerjee, Norbert Bisky, Olga Chernysheva/Anna Jermolaewa, cinéma copains (Arne Hector/Minze Tummescheit), Charlotte Cullinan, Adriana
Czernin, Felix Gmelin, Ellen Harvey, Anders Kreuger, Robert Kuśmirowski, Peter Niedertscheider, Lukas Pusch, Lucy Sarneel, Elisabeth Schmirl, Paolo Woods, Amelie von Wulffen, Tobias Zielony See detailed description of the courses and biographies of the teaching artists here: www.summeracademy.at/COURSES-2014_230.html

Regular application:

The Salzburg Summer Academy is open to anyone interested. The high quality of the courses is guaranteed by the requirement that all prospective participants must apply for acceptance. On the basis of the submitted dossier, the teaching artists select participants. The fees are between € 440.- and € 1,160.-, depending on the duration of the course. Students are entitled to a reduced fee. All applications received by 15 May 2014 will be treated equally. Later applications are welcome, and will be processed in the order received, according to vacancies in the courses.

Further details: http://www.summeracademy.at/Application_136.html

Contact:

office@summeracademy.at

T +43 662 842113

www.summeracademy.at

Call for applicatons: The 2014-15 Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellows

The Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellowships in Central European Studies enable each year two outstanding scholars to conduct research on important issues related to Central Europe at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. The third pair of Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellows will be appointed for a nine (9) month period from either September 2015 to May 2015 or October 2014-June 2015.

The Fellows are closely integrated into the research, training, and outreach activities of the Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR) at SAIS, and will participate in CTR events and meetings. Each Fellow is expected to complete a research paper during the period of residence according to the terms of the assignment entered into with the Foundation.

Each year the Center and the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation identify several themes of particular interest. For 2014-15, the Center is particularly interested in receiving applications that deal with any of the following:

The impact of sovereign debt crisis and the economic crisis on the countries of central and eastern EuropeThe future of the western BalkansEnergy security issues'Frozen' or 'festering' conflicts in central and eastern EuropeIssues of human rights, democracy and rule of law in central and eastern EuropeThe role of central and eastern European countries in transatlantic approaches to common challenges.

Eligibility

Applicants for the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellowship must have a doctorate or be at the post-doctorate level, have demonstrated research capacity, be fluent in English, and be eligible for a J-1 visa. Preference will be given to qualified and competitive candidates from Austria, but the Fellowship is open to candidates of other nationalities as well.

Stipend

The Fellow will enter into a research assignment with the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation and will receive a monthly stipend of $5,000; an office with computer; Internet access and voicemail; access to Johns Hopkins University libraries and other facilities. The Fellow is expected to take care of his/her travel, accommodation, health care coverage and living expenses.

Application Procedure

Each applicant should submit the following (in English):

A letter supporting the application.A 3 to 5 page double-spaced statement that proposes a research project, including its relevance to the research interests of the Center.A curriculum vitae.Two sealed letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's professional competence.

The applicant is responsible for collecting all materials and submitting them as one packet before April 15, 2014 to:

Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellowship

Center for Transatlantic Relations

School for Advanced International Studies

Johns Hopkins University

1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 525

Washington, DC 20036

USA

The Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellows are selected by the Center for Transatlantic Relations and the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation. Applicants will be notified by April 30, 2014. The 2014-2015 Fellowship can begin either on September 1, 2014 or October 1, 2013.

For further information, write to transatlantic@jhu.edu or office@marshallplan.at or call 1-202-663-5880.

Call for applications: Omi International Arts Center Writers’ Residency Program

Omi International Arts Center, a not-for-profit organization, provides residency programs for visual, literary and performing artists, offers Arts and Education programming to the public. Created in 1992, Ledig House International Writers Residency is named after the German publisher Heinrich Maria Ledig-Rowohlt. Ledig House has hosted hundreds of writers and translators from roughly 50 countries around the world.

The residency program is located approximately two and a half hours north of New York City in the town of Omi, in the scenic Hudson River Valley. Writers and translators from all fields are encouraged to apply for a residence lasting up to two months.

The residencies include room and board and opportunities to meet with New York City publishing professionals. During each session, several guests from the New York publishing community are invited for dinner and discussion. Fellows are offered a variety of public reading opportunities both on campus and in NYC while in residence. All writers should be proficient in English. Bicycles, a swimming pool and nearby tennis court are available for use.

How to Apply:

All applications must be submitted electronically at OMI’s website. They must include:

  1. A brief statement about your work history, referencing publications, performances and writing credits (a maximum of 2 pages – CV format).
  2. A writing sample (no more than 50 pages). Indicate if the writing is published or unpublished. Please provide details if it has been published.
  3. A one-page description of the work to be undertaken while residing at Ledig House.
  4. A letter of recommendation, which must be submitted separately. The letter can be provided by a fellow writer, teacher, editor, literary agent, or any informed individual who can speak to the applicant's character and work.
  5. A cover letter.

Detailed information on the application process and all necessary documents is available at www.artomi.org/

Questions pertaining to the application may be directed to: dwgibson@artomi.org

NEUE GALERIE GRAZ: Call for applications

The Neue Galerie Graz will host a comprehensive solo exhibition of the painter, graphic artist, illustrator and author Wilhelm Thöny (1888, Graz – 1949, New York), which will culminate in an extensive survey of his oeuvre as well as an update of the current research status, to be presented in 2013.

The Neue Galerie Graz has, moreover, built up its own Wilhelm Thöny Archive, which preserves personal papers (letters, diaries, photographs, indexes etc.) from the estate of Thea Thöny, and which has been added to successively through acquisitions up to the present day. Up to now this archive has only in part been scientifically evaluated within the framework of exhibitions covering Austrian art from the first half of the 20th century. Numerous pointers have resulted fro m these exhibitions, which in their interrelation shed new light on the life and work of Thöny.

The planned research project with accompanying exhibition attempts to fill the partially large gaps in the artist’s biography; moreover, it seeks to consolidate the work, which up to now has only been presented and published in portions. As Thöny was born in Graz, and not only spent a part of his life in the city, cultivating personal contacts here, but set in motion key cultural-political initiatives (founding the Grazer Secession in 1923), it is of particular importance for the Neue Galerie Graz that the research into the man and artist that was Wilhelm Thöny be made as up to date as possible. With this comprehensive exhibition and the catalogue raisonné that accompanies it, a long-held wish on the part of the Neue Galerie Graz and the public is finally realised, enabling an Austrian pioneer of Modernism once again to be brought closer to a wider audience.

The Neue Galerie Graz is currently looking for further works by Wilhelm Thöny and any further information on the artist. If you have relevant information please contact:

Mag. Angela Fink, Weinzöttlstraße 16, 8045 Graz, Austria

0043-316-8017 9314 / angela-theresia.fink@museum-joanneum.at

 
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