Applications are due by email by midnight (GMT) on 2nd of October 2017. Short-listed candidates will be contacted by 11th of October for letters of reference and/or to arrange for phone interviews. If a letter of reference is requested, these must be emailed to IGS no later than midnight on 14th of October. Open Society Foundations’ approval of the selections will be sought prior to offers of place.
Successful candidates will be notified on the 16 th of October and should be prepared to immediately begin the visa application process. IGS will provide guidance throughout this process.
Successful applicants will arrive in Oxford in advance of the beginning of Hilary Term 2018 (starting 15 January), on or around January 8, and will depart Oxford by July 31st. Trinity Term ends on the 17th of June and applicants are expected to remain until towards the end of July to prepare their work for publication.
The Hilary Term will consist of a course-based programme located at Lady Margaret Hall. Fellows will be in class for a maximum of three days every week and will be expected to prepare for seminars by reading from a provided reading list and completing writing projects assigned by course tutors. In the period between academic terms, Fellows will be expected to carry out a small period of field work. Due to the limited time-scale of the programme, the field work is not meant to draw main conclusions for the paper but will provide context and offer the opportunity for exploration of research sites that may serve the basis for future projects. In Trinity Term Fellows will complete any remaining field work and write-up the document. The Fellows will be expected to contribute as a presenter in the Trinity Term IGS seminar series and will give one additional presentation in Oxford.
Successful applicants will be supported in accessing accommodation in Oxford, applying for a visa, and applying for medical insurance. They will be informed of opportunities and resources available within the wider University. Fellows will have access to the University of Oxford main libraries, the Bodleian, as well as College library access at Lady Margaret Hall. They will carry out their independent work in one of the many Oxford libraries and attend classes at Lady Margaret Hall. They will receive financial support for most research-related expenses (travel, accommodation, registration costs, etc.).
Fellows will receive a living and accommodation stipend commensurate with Oxford living expenses. In addition to the stipend, fellows will receive a project budget. That budget will include most expenses such as in-country travel (including airfare and hotel), visa costs, conference fees and health insurance. The purpose of the fellowship is to support individual fellows; therefore the program will only cover individual expenses and cannot support the families or dependents of Fellows. Fellows must not engage in paid employment while in the UK for the duration of this Fellowship, in order that they focus exclusively on opportunities and responsibilities associated with the Programme.
The proposed Fellowship Programme seeks to equip Fellows for the important task of making a difference in their home societies through individual intellectual and political empowerment. Aimed at creative thinkers and social change makers from the Eurasian region who have already attained a high level of University education, the Programme will select Fellows in consideration of their past accomplishments and for their potential in leadership roles. Accomplishments and potential may be demonstrated through engagements in the public and private spheres of activism, which may also be in the religious domain, and in both academic and civil society institutions. Its purpose is the enhancement of Fellows’ aptitude to participate in regional and global discourses and activity on cultural, political, social and economic issues, always from within informed, gender-critical perspectives. Applicants should possess a deep understanding of their chosen subject and a track record of professional accomplishment. Fellows might have worked as journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners in a variety of fields, but they are expected to have obtained an advanced degree and be able to give proof of an impressive academic record. Priority will be given to candidates who have attained a PhD and also worked successfully in an activist capacity. Successful applicants will be eager to utilize the many resources offered by IGS, LMH, and the Open Society Foundations and be prepared to engage constructively with and within our global networks.
Applicants must meet the following essential criteria:
- Citizenship and ordinary residency in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan
- Except in special circumstances, at minimum candidates must have attained a PhD qualification and hold other qualifications besides that demonstrate skills and experience: formal and informal research experience
- Proof of competence in written and spoken English (Support for improving English language skills may be provided by the Language Learning Centre at Oxford)
- Established contributions to gender equality and demonstrated experience working in the area of women’s empowerment in the Eurasian Region (while the Fellowship Programme is explicitly committed to female empowerment, both male and female candidates are welcome to apply)
The fellowship does not fund enrolment for a degree or for study as part of a degree programme. The applicant must meet all conditionalities met in the Essential Criteria list above. The applicant must be able to take up the position from January 2018 - July 2018. This successful applicant must be able to enter into a commitment to the programme following notification and must be available to begin the visa application process immediately.
The candidate must email the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than midnight (GMT) on 2nd of October 2017.
- A personal note stating reason for application (one page)
- Brief listing of biographical information (name, age, gender, contact address, email, nationality, country of residence)
- A full CV (Times New Roman 12pt font, single-spaced, one-inch margins)
- A research proposal; Candidates must submit a preliminary RESEARCH PROPOSAL of no more than 500 words, outlining the Candidate’s objectives for the Fellowship. The document should indicate the significance of the fellowship to the applicant’s research project and demonstrate the fit between the research proposal and the intellectual resources available at the International Gender Studies Centre. A fully developed research plan is not mandatory. Rather, do indicate your primary area of research and initial ideas. What kind of outcomes do you expect to work for (e.g., an academic working paper, policy report, or a critical state of the field overview in your outlined area of interest)?
- In the first round, you are required only to submit the names and contact information of two referees. If you are notified that your application has made the shortlist, one Letter of Recommendation must be written by an academic supervisor with knowledge of your academic strengths, and the other should be written by a referee with knowledge of your civil society engagement (for example, the Executive Director of an organization, or the Editor of a news journal). Letters should make reference to the relationship with the candidate, and s