Junior Scholars' Training Seminar (JSTS)

The deadline for receipt of this year's JSTS applications and supporting materials is April 15, 2005. Applicants will be notified approximately six weeks later.

Background Information
East European Studies of the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Committee on Eastern European Studies of the American Council of Learned Societies are soliciting applications for the eighteenth annual training seminar for junior scholars in East European studies, to be held outside of Washington, DC on the Chesapeake Bay from August 12-15, 2005. All domestic transportation, accommodation and meal costs will be covered by the sponsors. This program is funded by a grant from Title VIII.

These scholarships are available to American citizens or permanent residents. Graduate students enrolled in a doctoral program or masters program and recent graduates in any field of East European or Baltics studies (Russia, the Soviet successor states, and Germany are excluded) are eligible to apply. Special consideration will be given to candidates working on Southeastern Europe or projects on other countries that have crossover application to the Western Balkan region.

All projects should aim to highlight their potential policy relevance. Disciplines represented at JSTS 2004 included: anthropology; history; political science; and, Slavic languages and literatures.

Program Description
JSTS successfully combines formal and informal meetings to promote a variety of intellectual exchanges. Past activities have included:
- individual presentations;
- constructive feedback and question and answer sessions;
- one-on-one meetings for Junior Scholars with Senior Scholars;
- advice regarding publishing;
- discussions about the state of the profession and obtaining employment in the field;
- various social activities, including the crab-fest and the annual volleyball challenge.

Additional Requirements
Successful applicants are expected to submit a five-page paper no later than July 1 on the sources and methodology of their report and the wider significance of their work. (In other words, what was researched, how it was researched, and what it all means.) This paper will serve as the basis for discussion at the seminar.

Application Information
To apply for the Junior Scholars' Training Seminar (JSTS), the applicant must submit the following:
- a completed application form; download application form (PDF: 48KB)
- a curriculum vitae (which must include social security number, institution where degree is expected or was received, title of dissertation/thesis, and name and department of academic advisor);
- a single page, single-spaced statement of the work you wish to discuss - either the dissertation/thesis or another project;
- one letter of recommendation from academic advisor.

The Junior Scholars' Training Seminar is supported by the Act for Research and Training for Eastern Europe and Independent States of the Former Soviet Union program (Title VIII) of the United States Department of State.

Completed application forms should be mailed to the following address:
East European Studies
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004-3027