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Fellowships at Stanford University

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia and Vabamu invite applications for The Short-Term Research Fellowship at Stanford University for Estonian Scholars and The Short-Term Research Fellowship at Stanford University for Estonian Security and Foreign Policy Experts. The application deadline for both fellowships is November 10, 2022.

The Short-Term Research Fellowship at Stanford University for Estonian Scholars
The 6-8-week fellowship enables Estonian researchers, especially early- to mid-career scholars, to make use of Stanford’s strong collections, academic knowledge, and networks related to the study of the history, society, and politics of Estonia and the Baltic region. Read more about the fellowship and last year’s fellows’ experiences here.


The fellowship is hosted by The Europe Center, Stanford University’s hub for the interdisciplinary study of Europe and its role in global affairs, and co-sponsored by Stanford Libraries, which is home to one of the strongest Baltic collections in the U.S. and a vibrant program of events and projects led by Curator for Estonian and Baltic Studies. In partnership with SUL, The Europe Center will organize at least one lecture or seminar by the fellow during the fellowship and will include them in the center’s activities, events, and networks. The fellow will also have access to Hoover Institution Library and Archives, which include one of the strongest Baltic archival collections outside the Baltic region, and enjoy the opportunity to engage in the scholarly and research activities of Stanford University.

The goal of the fellowship is to enable Estonian scholars to visit Stanford in order to:

  • Carry out research by making use of the library and archival collections at Stanford;
  • Deliver at least one seminar or lecture (hosted by The Europe Center and SUL) related to one’s research topic(s) to Stanford faculty, staff, and students;
  • Engage in the scholarly and research activities and rich intellectual life of Stanford University.

TIME PERIOD: 6-8 weeks, spring of 2023

GRANT: €15,000

ELIGIBILITY:

  • We welcome proposals related to the study of history, society, and politics (political/international studies, diplomacy, etc.) of Estonia and the Baltic region.
  • The fellowship is open to all scholars with a doctoral degree, proposals by early- to mid-career scholars (scholars who have earned their doctoral degree 5–15 years ago) are especially encouraged.
  • Applicants must be citizens and current residents of Estonia and must return to Estonia after the completion of the fellowship.
  • The grant is to be used for such purposes as the costs for travel, lodging, food, and photocopying associated with the recipient's research trip.
  • The grant is to be used to travel to the U.S. in the spring of 2023. However, depending on circumstances, an extension of up to the end of 2023 or longer may be granted.

 

The Short-Term Research Fellowship at Stanford University for Estonian Security and Foreign Policy Experts

The 8-12-week fellowship enables senior Estonian diplomats, academics or civil servants who are experts in security, foreign policy, and international relations to make use of Stanford’s strong collections, academic knowledge, and networks related to the study of the diplomacy, foreign policy, and politics of Estonia and the Baltic region.

The fellowship is hosted by Stanford Libraries, which is home to one of the strongest Baltic collections in the U.S. and a vibrant program of events and projects led by Curator for Estonian and Baltic Studies. The fellowship is co-hosted by Hoover Institution Library and Archives, which include one of the strongest Baltic archival collections outside the Baltic region, and The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Stanford University's hub for the interdisciplinary study of the region.

The host and co-hosts will organize at least one public lecture, seminar, or workshop by the fellow during the fellowship and will include them in their activities, events, and networks.

The goal of the fellowship is to enable Estonian security and foreign policy experts to visit Stanford in order to:

  • Carry out research by making use of the library and archival collections of SUL and HILA.
  • Deliver seminars, lectures, or workshops (hosted by SUL, HILA, and CREEES) related to one’s area of expertise or research topic(s) to Stanford faculty, staff, and students. These would include a guest lecture as part of the course “The Baltic World,” organized by Prof. Amir Weiner and hosted by the Department of History, and a workshop/seminar delivered to Stanford researchers and policy experts.
  • Engage in the scholarly and research activities and rich intellectual life of Stanford University.

TIME PERIOD: 8-12 weeks, spring of 2023

GRANT: €20,000

ELIGIBILITY:

  • We welcome proposals related to the study of the diplomacy, foreign policy, and politics of Estonia and the Baltic region.
  • The fellowship is open to all scholars, diplomats, and civil servants with a doctoral degree. Applicants must have at least 10 years of experience in their field.
  • Applicants must be citizens and current residents of Estonia and must return to Estonia after the completion of the fellowship.
  • The grant is to be used for such purposes as the costs for travel, lodging, food, and photocopying associated with the recipient's research trip.
  • The grant is to be used to travel to the U.S. in the spring of 2023. However, depending on circumstances, an extension of up to the end of 2023 or longer may be granted.

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR BOTH FELLOWSHIPS:

In order to apply, fill in and submit this application form.

The application must include a proposal packet (single Word/PDF file), which must consist of the following parts:

  • Fellowship proposal (2-3 pages) outlining the nature and goals of the research project/activities, including Stanford collections, researchers, and institutes/programs of interest. The proposal should also include a title and short abstract for one lecture, seminar, or workshop the applicant wishes to deliver at Stanford (1-2 paragraphs);
  • Budget and timeline
  • Applicant's curriculum vitae

    Both grants will be awarded competitively, based on applications submitted. A committee composed of a member of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Vabamu’s Stanford Exchange Program Coordinator, SUL’s Curator for Estonian and Baltic Studies, and one Stanford faculty member with expertise in the field of Estonian and Baltic studies will evaluate the applications in terms of their possible contribution to the field of Estonian history and political/international studies as well as to the academic network of Stanford University, the scholarly potential of the applicant, and the application’s feasibility.

 
Rejected applications cannot be appealed, but scholars may resubmit applications in subsequent years.

Award notification will be made in December 2022.

Questions? Please send an email to Erle Rikmann: erle.rikmann@mfa.ee


To apply please click here.