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Fellowships

Since 1994 NEC has awarded around 1000 fellowships to selected researchers from all over the world.

 

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DigiHum (starting 2021)

The ‘Relevance of the Humanities in the Digital Age’ (DigiHum) fellowship program, proposed jointly by the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia and the New Europe College Bucharest and developed with the financial support of the Porticus Foundation, aims to underscore the cognitive functions of the humanities and their potential as critical disciplines by opening them up to issues relevant in/for the contemporary digital world – issues that are “practical”, but also epistemological, ethical, philosophical, etc. The program is intended to accommodate a broadest range of themes pertaining to humanities and social science disciplines provided that they link up to contemporary debates about or major challenges to the human condition stemming from the technological advances and ‘digital modernity’. The program is guided by the belief that there is a considerable added value for humanities scholars across the academe, whatever their field, to be encouraged to rethink their topics in terms of their broader contemporary relevance (be it political, ethical, religious or academic), yet necessarily of significance for the world we are living in. The program addresses international scholars.

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AMEROPA (since 2020)

Organized with financial support from Ameropa and its subsidiaries in Romania, and with academic support from the Centre for Government and Culture at the University of St. Gallen, this program aims to investigate the conditions and prerequisites for democratic stability and economic prosperity in Romania and the neighbouring region. The Ameropa fellowship program is open to early career Romanian researchers in history, anthropology, political science, economics or sociology. Their projects should focus on aspects relevant for the challenges to democratic consolidation, economic development and strengthening of civil society in Romania and the region. Conditions and selection criteria are similar with those specific to all NEC fellowships. Each year, an annual workshop will be organized in the framework of the Ameropa Program.

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Porticus N+N (since 2020)

The ‘Nations and Nationalisms’ (N+N) Program, developed with financial support from the Porticus Foundation, aims to approach one of the main challenges faced by societies around the globe, but mainly in Central and Eastern Europe: a growing tension between nationalizing and globalizing forces in a world dominated by migration, entanglement, digitization and automation. The N+N Fellowships are open to international candidates working in all fields of the humanities and social sciences with an interest in the study of nations, varieties of nationalism and/or populism, and the effects of globalization on national identities. Fellowship criteria are aligned with those in the other programs hosted by the institute. NEC aims to use the expertise of the N+N Fellows to encourage scholarship and critical thinking among targeted groups of students in Romania and the region.

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NEC (since 1993)

This is the NEC core Fellowship Programme, which originally targeted exclusively Romanian scholars. In this definition, the programme was active for a number of years, alongside other Fellowship programmes enabling NEC to include scholars from the neighboring countries. In agreement with its Boards, NEC decided to go beyond this local and regional opening, and address the world at large, without relinquishing its support of Romanian young scholars. As a result, starting with 2008 its core programme was split into two distinct, though closely interrelated programmes:

  • Ştefan Odobleja Fellowships Programme, supported by the Romanian National Council of Scientific Research (CNCS), offering up to eight Fellowships per year to young Romanian researchers, and

  • NEC International Fellowships Programme, with funding from our traditional supporters, which offers up to ten Fellowships per year to young scholars, irrespective of their country of origin.

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NEC International

NEC started this programme in 2008, as part of its core Fellowship Programme. Fellowships in this programme target young / early career international scholars, irrespective of their country of origin. The Fellows are chosen by the NEC international Academic Advisory Board for the duration of one academic year, or one term. They work during this time on the projects presented in their applications, and for which there are no thematic or disciplinary constraints, they gather for weekly seminars to discuss the progress of their research, and participate in the scientific events organized by NEC. The Fellows receive a monthly stipend. Fellows invited for one academic year  are given the opportunity of a research trip abroad, at a university or research institute of their choice. At the end of the academic year, the Fellows submit papers representing the results of their research, which are published in the New Europe College Yearbooks.

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NEC-Odobleja

This programme continues the NEC core Fellowship Programme, with which it started in 1994, and which originally targeted exclusively Romanian scholars. In this definition, the programme was active for a number of years, alongside other Fellowship programmes enabling NEC to include scholars from the neighboring countries. In agreement with its Boards, NEC decided in 2008 to go beyond this local and regional opening, and address the world at large, without, however, relinquishing its support of Romanian young scholars.

The NEC Odobleja Programme, funded by the Romanian Executive Agency for Funding Higher Education, Development and Innovation (UEFISCDI), offering up to eight Fellowships per year to young/early career Romanian researchers, enabled us to maintain this support. The Fellows are chosen by the NEC international Academic Advisory Board for the duration of one academic year. They work during this time on the projects presented in their applications, and for which there are no thematic or disciplinary constraints, they gather for weekly seminars to discuss the progress of their research, and participate in the scientific events organized by NEC. The Fellows receive a monthly stipend, and are given the opportunity of a research trip abroad, at a university or research institute of their choice. At the end of the academic year, the Fellows submit papers representing the results of their research, which are published in the New Europe College Yearbooks.

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Pontica Magna (since 2015)

This Fellowship Program, sponsored by the VolkswagenStiftung (Germany), invites young researchers, media professionals, writers and artists from the countries around the Black Sea (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine), but also beyond it, in Central Asia, for a stay of one or two terms at the New Europe College, during which they have the opportunity to work on projects of their choice.

The program welcomes a wide variety of disciplines in the fields of humanities and social sciences. Besides hosting a number of Fellows, the College organizes within this program workshops and symposia on topics relevant to the history, present, and prospects of this region. This program is therefore strongly linked to the former Black Sea Link Fellowships.

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Gerda Henkel (since 2017)

This Fellowship Program, developed with the support of Gerda Henkel Stiftung (Germany), invites young researchers and academics working in the fields of humanities and social sciences (in particular archaeology, art history, historical Islamic studies, history, history of law, history of science, prehistory and early history) from Afghanistan, Belarus, China (only Tibet and Xinjiang Autonomous Regions), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan, for a stay of one or two terms at the New Europe College, during which they will have the opportunity to work on projects of their choice.

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UEFISCDI Award (since October 2016)

The outstanding scientific activity of the NEC was formally recognized in Romania in 2016, when the Executive Unit for Financing Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation organized a competition for institutions coordinating ERC projects. New Europe College applied and won two institutional prizes for coordinating, at that time, two ERC grants. A part of this prize was used to create the UEFISCDI Award Program, consisting of fellowships targeting young international researchers, also meant to complement and enlarge the core fellowship program.

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Lapedatu (since 2018)

Supported by the Lapedatu Foundation, the Lapedatu Fellowships started at NEC in June 2018.

According to its Statute, the Lapedatu Foundation supports research activities on ‘the life and work of Lapedatu family members and the socio-cultural and political context’ during which they lived. Thanks to a generous financial contribution from the Lapedatu Foundation, NEC invites to Bucharest a foreign researcher specialized in the field of Romanian Studies, who is currently conducting research in one of the world’s top universities. On this occasion, he will spend a month in Romania and work with a young Romanian researcher to organize an academic event hosted by the NEC. At this colloquy, the Lapedatu fellows and their guests will present scientific papers and initiate debates on a theme that covers important topics of the Romanian and Southeastern European history in both modern and contemporary epochs. The contribution of the Lapedatu family members to the development of Romania will particularly be taken into consideration.

Public events within the Program:

-International workshop
Urban Communities and Urban Transformation in the Romanian Principalities/Old Kingdom Romania (1831–1914)
April 16, 2019, New Europe College

-Colloquy 
A New World after the Great War? Romania and South-Eastern Europe between Modernization, Nationalism and Violence
(to be announced)
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Landis & Gyr

These Fellowships are awarded under the umbrella of the studio program for artists, writers and cultural critics in London, Zug, Budapest, Bucharest and Sofia, offered by Landis & Gyr Stiftung, Zug (Switzerland).

Landis & Gyr Foundation (one of the main supporters of NEC since its inception) has the use of one of the apartments on the NEC premises, where recipients of a grant offered by the Foundation are hosted. They work on their own projects, give presentations of their current work and are welcome to take part in all NEC activities.

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