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IGS Fellowships at Lady Margaret Hall University of Oxford in UK, 2017

International Gender Studies (IGS) Centre at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, is pleased to announce two fellowships for research into women’s empowerment in Eurasia, generously funded by the Open Society Foundations – Eurasia Program.

The Global Dialogues & Women’s Empowerment in Eurasian Contexts Feminist Mentoring (WEF) Programme will provide opportunities for intellectual engagement, critical education and political empowerment of women from Central Asia and South Caucasus countries to enable them to become transformative leaders in their own societies and as global citizens.

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Lady Margaret Hall (commonly referred to as LMH) is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England, located at the end of Norham Gardens in north Oxford.

Applicants must have proof of competence in written and spoken English (Support for improving English language skills may be provided by the Language Learning Centre at Oxford).

Course Level: Fellowships are awarded to pursue research programme at International Gender Studies (IGS) Centre.

Study Subject: Fellowships are available for research into women’s empowerment in Eurasia, generously funded by the Open Society Foundations – Eurasia Program.

Award: 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 award can be taken in the UK

Eligibility: 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 that demonstrate 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)

Nationality: Citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan are eligible to apply.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: 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.

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirement: Applicants must have proof of competence in written and spoken English (Support for improving English language skills may be provided by the Language Learning Centre at Oxford).

How to Apply: The candidate must email the following documents to [email protected] no later than midnight (GMT) on 24th of September 2016.

  • 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 should include an appraisal of the candidate’s qualifications for a Fellowship position.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is 24th of September 2016.

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