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The Center for European Studies has a number of awards available to UNC-CH faculty and their graduate students to develop materials, courses, or conduct research on Europe. Please see descriptions of these awards below.

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student looking for information on the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) for European languages, we have a separate page for FLAS.

Application deadlines for the JMCE Faculty EU Research and Travel Awards are rolling. The deadline for applications for graduate student awards was 1/15/2021 (except for Competitive Awards for Working Groups, Conferences, and Lectures).

If you have any questions about eligibility requirements or technical issues submitting the application please email ahaskins@unc.edu.

Faculty, Students & Staff

  Competitive Awards for on-campus Working Groups, Conferences, and Lectures

Eligibility: Must be a graduate student, or a member of faculty or staff at UNC Chapel Hill to apply.

About: This award offers funding for inviting guest speakers to UNC-CH campus, holding conferences on UNC-CH campus, and creating and supporting UNC-CH interdisciplinary working groups.

Awards range from $150-1000 depending on the proposal and scope of the project. Funds can be used for domestic travel, film rights, supplies, and other RA costs (never for food).

COVID-19 information: Special consideration will be given to those virtually connecting with faculty, organizations, and speakers from Europe.

Requirements: Applications for this award should fit CES’s theme of: “The New Europe: threats to unity, value of diversity?” Under this topic, we support research looking at historical, cultural, and political issues, including questions of citizenship and identity, democracy and freedoms, social inclusion, the European economy, trade and investment, and environmental sustainability. Projects should highlight the diversity of Europe’s citizens, and their languages, cultures, and politics, which can allow for interdisciplinary collaboration and a broad reach among diverse audiences. All CES activities welcome, engage, and encourage diverse perspectives across a wide range of disciplines, topics, and stakeholders.

Travel must be approved by CES and the US Department of Education in advance; no retroactive approval for past travel is allowable. Expenses must fall within the Federal GSA per diem and accommodation rates and airfare must be Fly America Act compliant. If selected, awardees will be advised more about how to comply with these regulations.

This award is made possible by National Resource Center funding through the Title VI program of the US Department of Education.

Applications are rolling.

Apply

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Faculty

  UNC-Chapel Hill Faculty Curriculum Development Awards

Eligibility: Must be a faculty member at UNC Chapel Hill

About: This award offers funding to promote innovative course development on contemporary Europe. Curriculum Development Awards are available to develop new undergraduate or graduate European courses or to substantially revise an existing course to include significant European content. The award amount is $2500 and can be used for travel, supplies or other expenses directly related to developing the course content.

COVID-19 information: Special consideration will be given to those virtually connecting with faculty, classrooms, organizations, and speakers from Europe.

Requirements: Applications for this awards should fit CES’ theme of: “The New Europe: threats to unity, value of diversity?” Using this lens, we will support research looking at historical, cultural, and political issues, including questions of citizenship and identity, democracy and freedoms, social inclusion, the European economy, trade and investment, and environmental sustainability. Projects should highlight the diversity of Europe’s citizens, and their languages, cultures, and politics, which can allow for interdisciplinary collaboration and a broad reach among diverse audiences. All CES activities welcome, engage, and encourage diverse perspectives across a wide range of disciplines, topics, and stakeholders.

Courses developed under this program should be offered during the academic year following receipt of the award. Faculty will be asked to submit a syllabus demonstrating added European content in the new or revised course. After the initial offering, the courses should be regularly scheduled in departmental course offerings.

Travel must be approved by CES and the US Department of Education in advance; no retroactive approval for past travel is allowable. Expenses must fall within the Federal GSA per diem and accommodation rates and airfare must be Fly America Act compliant. If selected, awardees will be advised more about how to comply with these regulations.

This award is made possible by National Resource Center funding through the Title VI program of the US Department of Education.

Applications are rolling.

Apply

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  UNC-CH Junior Faculty Travel Awards

Eligibility: Must be a UNC Chapel Hill junior faculty member (without a research account) to apply

About: This award offers funding to conduct research in Europe or to present at and/or attend domestic or international conferences focusing on European Issues. Travel awards can be given for up to $1000; we anticipate 2 awards to be given per academic year.

Requirements: Applications for this award should fit CES’s theme of: “The New Europe: threats to unity, value of diversity?” Under this topic, we support research looking at historical, cultural, and political issues, including questions of citizenship and identity, democracy and freedoms, social inclusion, the European economy, trade and investment, and environmental sustainability. Projects should highlight the diversity of Europe’s citizens, and their languages, cultures, and politics, which can allow for interdisciplinary collaboration and a broad reach among diverse audiences. All CES activities welcome, engage, and encourage diverse perspectives across a wide range of disciplines, topics, and stakeholders.

Faculty will be asked to submit a syllabus demonstrating new European content was integrated as a result of your travel award into a new or revised course.

Travel must be approved by CES and the US Department of Education in advance; no retroactive approval for past travel is allowable. Expenses must fall within the Federal GSA per diem and accommodation rates and airfare must be Fly America Act compliant. If selected, awardees will be advised more about how to comply with these regulations.

This award is made possible by National Resource Center funding through the Title VI program of the US Department of Education.

Applications are rolling.

Apply

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  JMCE Faculty EU Research and Travel Awards

Eligibility: Must be a tenure-track or junior faculty member at UNC Chapel Hill to apply

Faculty from various disciplines are encouraged to apply.

About: This award provides funding to conduct research on the European Union with the goal of creating a new course or amending an existing course to include more EU content. CES offers one annual travel award to UNC-Chapel Hill tenure-track or junior faculty to The award amount is $2000.

Requirements: The project and itinerary must include at least three EU member states. Faculty will be asked to submit a syllabus demonstrating added European content in the new or revised course. Faculty will also be asked to write a post about their research on CES’ Medium blog.

This award is made possible by the European Union through Jean Monnet Center of Excellence Grants.

Applications are rolling.

Apply

Gesche Würfel is Teaching Assistant Professor in UNC-CH’s Department of Art and Art History. A trained artist, urban planner, and visual sociologist, Gesche focuses on photography, but also includes video, sound, installation, and urban interventions. She used the JMCE EU Faculty Travel and Research Award to study representations of major European capitals: Berlin (Germany), Prague (Czechia), and Warsaw (Poland) in the 20th and 21st century. Read our Medium post for more on Gesche’s work.
Priscilla Layne is Associate Professor of German, Adjunct Associate Professor of African, African American and Diaspora Studies, and affiliated with the Global Cinema Studies Program at UNC-CH. With the JMCE EU Research and Travel Award, she will be traveling to Frankfurt, Germany in order to visit the archive for director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. She is currently writing a short guidebook about his film The Marriage of Maria Braun.

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Graduate Students

Note: Please refer to the first award listed on this page for funding for working groups, conferences, and lectures.

  JMCE EU Summer Research Awards

Eligibility: Must be a graduate student (MA/PhD) at UNC Chapel Hill to apply

About: CES offers three travel awards to UNC-Chapel Hill MA or PhD students to research in and on the European Union in the summer of 2021. The award is for $3000.

COVID-19 information: we will be accepting applications for academic year 2020-2021 research to take place within the US as well as summer 2021 research to be conducted in the EU.

Requirements: Applications require a brief statement of support from faculty advisor, resume/CV, and a 5-page double spaced research proposal or conference paper abstract, including an itinerary (if applicable). Students must consult with a faculty advisor, MA thesis or dissertation advisor while developing their plan. The research content and itinerary must include at least three EU member states. Award recipients must agree to write a report on their findings; publish a post about their research on CES’ Medium blog; present at a European Horizons student group meeting; and submit a photo essay documenting their travel within one month of completing their travel. Preference will be given to students with no or limited previous travel to the EU.

In the application, please upload all supplemental documents as PDFs. If you are uploading an official transcript, please remove the password protection from the PDF.

This award is made possible by the European Union through Jean Monnet Center of Excellence Grants.

The deadline for applications for academic year 2020-21 research was 9/30/2020.
The deadline for applications for summer 2021 research was 1/15/2021.

Kaitlin Alper is a PhD student in Comparative Politics in the UNC-CH Department of Political Science. She used the JMCE EU Summer Research Award to attend several conferences in the EU, and conduct a visiting research stay at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) in Bremen, Germany. Her dissertation research looks at the intersection of multilevel governance, social policy and income inequality in advanced democracies. Read our Medium post for more on Kaitlin’s work.

Katja Greeson is a member of the UNC-CH TransAtlantic Masters Class of 2019. The JMCE EU Summer Research Award enabled her to study Eurosceptic success and youth political participation in Europe. During 2019–20, Katja is conducting a self-designed research project supported by the German Chancellor Fellowship (Bundeskanzler-Stipendium). Read our Medium post for more on Katja’s research.

Stephanie Shady is a PhD Candidate in Comparative Politics in the UNC-CH Department of Political Science. With the JMCE EU Summer Research Award, Stephanie to study the political impacts of territorial identity in Northern Ireland. Stephanie is also active with National Model United Nations, and teaches political sciences courses at UNC. Read our Medium post for more on Stephanie’s project.

Courtney Blackington is a PhD student in UNC’s Department of Political Science. Her dissertation focuses on what motivates citizens to protest in defense of liberal democracy when incumbent populist regimes engage in democratic backsliding. Courtney is using the JMCE EU Research Award to conduct online interviews of protesters in Czechia, Poland, and Romania in order to examine what motivates people to protest to defend liberal democracy and how they conceptualize the role EU in countering democratic backsliding.

Katie Laird is a PhD student in the UNC Department of History. Her dissertation offers a historical analysis of Europeans’ first encounters with honor crimes, revealing the roots of western complicity in the perpetuation of violence against women in the name of male honor and imperial policy. Katie is using the JMCE EU Research Award to conduct archival research on the court records of Britain and France during the Levant’s Mandate period in order to illuminate and inform current public policies and debate there, as well as the imperial policies of Germany in Muslim Africa.

Abigail Lantz is a member of the UNC TransAtlantic Masters Class of 2021. Her research interests focus on policies surrounding the integration of migrant communities in Europe. Abigail is using the JMCE EU Research Award to investigate the work of NGOs aiming to improve migrant integration in several EU countries facing integration challenges.

Till Knobloch is a PhD student in the UNC Department of History. His dissertation aims to write a cultural history of the outbreak of World War II from an international perspective. He is using the JMCE EU Research Award to conduct archival trips to all four major European countries involved in the beginning of the war — England, Poland, France, and Germany.

Krysta Sa is an MFA candidate in the studio art program at UNC’s Department of Art and Art History. Utilizing performance, video, photography, and installation, Krysta’s work interrogates the sensorial ways material histories are embodied and circulated. She will use the JMCE EU Summer Research Award for her project “Ancestral Soak: Sea Bathing in the European Union” which will examine thalassotherapy practices found in coastal Ireland, France, and the autonomous archipelagoes of Portugal.

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  Ruth Mitchell-Pitts START (Student Travel and Research Term) Fellowship

Eligibility: Must be a PhD student at UNC Chapel Hill. Students across disciplines are encouraged to apply.

About: The Ruth Mitchell-Pitts START (Student Travel and Research Term) Fellowship is a living memorial created to support a UNC PhD student conducting research over the summer 2021 in Europe on an issue facing Europe today.

Requirements: Applications will require a brief statement of support from faculty advisor, resume/CV, and a 5-page double spaced research proposal or conference paper abstract, including an itinerary. The award will be in the amount of $1500. A post-award report of research findings or on the conference presentation is required upon return to campus. Awardees are also asked to write a CES Medium blog post about their experience and submit a photo essay documenting their travels.

In the application, please upload all supplemental documents as PDFs. If you are uploading an official transcript, please remove the password protection from the PDF.

The deadline for applications for summer 2021 research was 1/15/2021.

Shreya Parikh is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is interested in the historical and contemporary relations between state and religion, especially Islam, in France and the US. As a Ruth Mitchell-Pitts START Fellow for Summer 2018, she undertook ethnographic and archival research on the idea of laïcité in France. Read more about Shreya’s project.
Michelle Dromgold-Sermen is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is interested in international migration, with an emphasis on migration policy, time and waiting, immigrant incorporation and refugee resettlement. As a Ruth Mitchell-Pitts START Fellow for Summer 2019, she conducted exploratory interviews with Syrian refugees in Germany. Read more about Michelle’s project.
Leonie Wilms is a PhD student in the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies. Her dissertation focuses on the performativity of strong affects in contemporary German-language drama and theater. Leonie is using the Ruth Mitchell-Pitts award to conduct dissertation research in Germany and Austria, including visits to theaters and archives.

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Staff

Note: Please refer to the first award listed on this page for funding for working groups, conferences, and lectures.

  UNC Staff Travel Awards

Eligibility: Must be a staff member at UNC Chapel Hill, including but not limited to librarians, study abroad advisors, professional school staff, and other staff.

About: CES offers travel awards to UNC staff such as the Librarians, Study Abroad Advisors, Professional School staff, and other staff to attend conferences and/or to travel to Europe to develop linkages with European partner institutions. Travel awards can be given for up to $1000; we anticipate two awards to be given per academic year.

Requirements: Travel must be approved by CES and the US Department of Education in advance; no retroactive approval for past travel is allowable. Expenses must fall within the Federal GSA per diem and accommodation rates and airfare must be Fly America Act compliant. If selected, awardees will be advised more about how to comply with these regulations.

This award is made possible by National Resource Center funding through the Title VI program of the US Department of Education.

Applications are rolling.

Apply

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