OSI External Education Programs promote the development of social sciences and humanities in Armenia, hence, foster the establishment of an open democratic society in Armenia. They provide Armenian citizens with opportunities for better access to information, exposure to a Western-style educational system, as well as offer possibilities for establishing ties with their colleagues from other countries that lead to cooperation and exchange of experience.
A. For university professors and working experts OSI offers short-term support schemes for the following programs:
Cambridge Hospitality Program
Cambridge University Hospitality Program is aimed at scholars from selected countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, including Armenia, who wish to work in the universities’ libraries or to contact academic specialists in their subjects. Applicants should be staff members of a university or an equivalent higher education institution and be of post doctoral or equivalent status. At Cambridge, the program offers one-month visits in one of the Cambridge colleges during the summer months (July-September). Application process generally begins in October.
Central European University Curriculum Resource Center (CRC)
The Curriculum Resource Center (CRC) is a CEU's outreach program for university teachers of social sciences and humanities in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. With an emphasis on curriculum development, teaching and dissemination of academic resources to higher educational institutions in the region, CRC facilitates academic exchange, course development and curriculum reform activities. CRC offers discipline-specific week-long workshops held throughout the academic year for teachers in higher education both for individual and group applicants. CRC Applicants must be university teachers and/ or professionals (who teach part-time) in the Social Sciences and Humanities from the region (non EU countries) who are preparing to revise or develop their courses. Group applicants can apply for departmental curriculum development sessions where in addition to the regular CRC trainings (in individual course design and teaching methodology), these sessions would offer workshops in curriculum development, revision and harmonization. Participants will have the opportunity to revise their own individual courses and to coordinate them from the point of view of content, level, approach, learning outcomes, and to jointly design outcomes-based departmental learning grids.
Application process for Spring Sessions generally begins in October, application for Fall Sessions begins in May.
Central European University Summer School SUN)
CEU’s Summer University program hosts high-level, research-oriented, interdisciplinary and innovative academic courses as well as workshops on policy issues for professional development in the social sciences and the humanities. Courses involve distinguished international faculty (including CEU professors), and excellent advanced doctoral students, junior or post-doctoral researchers, teachers and professionals as participants.
Course offerings cater for the various needs of academic and professional development across a wide spectrum of disciplines. These include anthropology, cognitive science, comparative religion, cultural studies, environmental sciences, international relations, legal studies, philosophy, political science, public policy, sociology etc. Application process generally begins in January.
Central European University Curriculum Development Center (CDC)
The Curriculum Development Center (CDC) of Central European University, sponsored by the Higher Education Support Program of Open Society Institute, offers scholarships to develop new, innovative and relevant university courses.
Applicants are invited to develop and teach a one or two semester long course in following discipline areas: Religious Studies/Political Science, Medieval Studies/History/Byzantine Studies Processes of Cultural Translation, Sociology/Anthropology, Constitutional Law, and Political Science.
The course should be clearly directed towards one of the following levels: introductory, intermediate, advanced, post-graduate. Courses should be taught during the first and/or second semester of the academic year. The competition is open to individuals and groups for 10-month grants. During this period, successful applicants should first develop and then implement their proposed course. Grantees are not required to stay in Budapest for their grant period. Application process generally begins in October-November.
Faculty Development Fellowship Program
The Faculty Development Fellowship is a non-degree program for full-time lecturers teaching American Studies, Art History, Cultural Anthropology, History, Law, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Social Work, or Sociology at an accredited university. The program seeks to encourage pursuit of academic careers by outstanding faculty, generate innovative approaches to curricular and pedagogical reform in the countries served, and support the development of regional and international institutional partnerships and collaborative projects. Each award recipient will spend one semester at a university in the United States and return home to resume teaching. Renewals for up to two additional years are possible. Application process generally begins in January.
Global Supplementary Grant Program (GSGP)
GSGP offers supplementary grants to students from select countries of Eastern and Central Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Mongolia. The purpose of the program is to enable qualified students to pursue doctoral studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences at accredited universities in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle/Near East, and North America. This is a supplementary program not intended for full funding. Applicants must be able to demonstrate additional support from other sources. Application process generally begins in February.
B. For students OSI offers scholarships in the following programs:
Central European University Program (CEU)
Central European University (CEU) is an internationally recognized US degree granting institution of post-graduate education in social sciences and humanities. CEU offers Master’s and Doctoral (PhD, SJD) programs in English in the following areas: Economics, Environmental Sciences and Policy, Gender Studies, History, International Relations and European Studies, Legal Studies (including Human Rights), Mathematics and its Applications, Medieval Studies, Nationalism Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Policy, Sociology and Social Anthropology, as well as several programs in Business and IT Management offered by the CEU Business School. Application process generally begins in December.
University of ESSEX Human Rights Program
Human Rights Program scholarships aim to provide opportunities for independent postgraduate study in the United Kingdom for students who are engaged in or intend to pursue postgraduate work in their own country and who have demonstrated both academic excellence and the potential to become leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers in their own country. Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarships lead to the award of a Masters. The scholarships will enable suitably qualified students to pursue taught postgraduate programs within the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex. The two programs offered are the MA in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights and the LLM in International Human Rights Law. Application process generally begins in October- November.
University of Oxford: Masters’ Degrees
The scholarships are intended to provide opportunities for postgraduate study in selected fields in the United Kingdom for scholars and young professionals who demonstrate both academic excellence and the potential to become leaders, decision makers and opinion formers in their home countries. Applicants must have excellent academic qualifications, a clear and precise proposal describing what they wish to study, and a fluent command of the English language. Application process generally begins in November.
University of Oxford: Nine-month Research Scholarships
These scholarships allow for postgraduate research contributing towards a doctoral degree in the candidate’s home institution. Up to 22 awards are available for all the participating countries. These awards may be held for study in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Environmental Sciences. These scholarships do not allow scholars to register for a degree at the University. Application process generally begins in November.
University of York : Twelve-month Scholarships to read for an MA Political Philosophy
The MA Political Philosophy - the Idea of Toleration provides an opportunity to think about toleration from historical and contemporary perspectives. Students have the chance to explore the arguments for toleration made by thinkers such as John Milton, John Locke and John Stuart Mill, and to test the limits of those arguments in the discussion of controversial issues such as pornography, faith schools and holocaust denial. As well as studying toleration, students also have the opportunity to choose additional modules in political philosophy and to write a dissertation of up to 20,000 words on a topic of their choosing. Application process generally begins in November.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and OSI Scholarship Programs sponsor a joint scholarship program for graduate students in the Balkans and graduate students and junior faculty in the Transcaucasian and Central Asian countries of the former Soviet Union.
The DAAD-OSI Program is designed to improve the framework for teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences in the region. At the same time, it promotes network-building among the participants and German academics as a basis for further international exchange activities.
Click here to view the program guidelines.
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