Curriculum Research Center – Fellowships 2007/2008
Application deadline: March 20, 2007
The Central European University’s (CEU) Curriculum Resource Center (CRC) funded by the Open Society Institute’s (OSI) Higher Education Support Program (HESP), is launching a new call for applications for its Curriculum Research Fellowship. CRC invites applications from scholars (higher education researchers and teaching faculty) from the region to investigate specific questions related to social science curricula and curriculum design practices in former communist countries. The aim of the research fellowship is to produce a body of scholarly literature on curriculum design and development which would provide CRC and its strategic partners with an insight into the development of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in various disciplines and their implementation across the region.Fellowship description
The fellowships to be offered would consist of a monthly stipend, a negotiated research grant and consultancy provided to successful individuals or groups. The duration of the grant can range from 9 to 12 months, depending on the depth of the research to be carried out. All accepted grantees are required to submit their final research articles by the end of April 2008. Since all curriculum research will be directed towards disciplinary developments in one or more countries of our target region, future grantees will not be required to reside in Budapest, though short library research and consultancy can be offered for them at CEU.
Application is restricted to resident citizens of Eastern- and Southeastern Europe, the Former Soviet Union and Mongolia. Citizens of new EU member countries (including Bulgaria and Romania) are eligible only if they participate in comparative group projects with colleagues from non-EU countries.
Due to the disciplinary depth and understanding of curriculum building policies required by such research, the target group of the Curriculum Research Fellowship will be innovative academics with a broad comparative perspective in their disciplines and excellent command of English. Fellowships can be offered to individuals or groups of researchers.
Selected applicants will be required to negotiate with host institutions in the region (departments, universities, accreditation agencies, etc) the terms of their future research activities carried out in those units – letters of agreement and cooperation will be requested from all institutions where curriculum research is to be carried out, particularly in cases where access to data is of paramount importance for the success of the research. (Higher-level university officials and experts can also be included in faculty-led group initiatives.)
Selected researchers will be expected to critically assess the dynamics of curriculum development in existing social science disciplines, focusing on and addressing questions of particular importance for the countries and subject areas they cover. The scholarly purpose of the research needs to be clear in all cases, and grantees will be asked to consult with CEU faculty or other international experts in their disciplines.
All projects need to result in research articles of high academic quality (in English) that meet the standards of international academic peer-reviewed journals. The research articles will be published electronically on the CRC website.In the case of all proposals it will be expected that the outcomes of research projects will help formulate recommendations for practical curriculum design and implementation. Successful fellowship grantees might be asked to offer a public lecture/roundtable presentation at Central European University on their research projects and findings.
All research proposals need to focus on specific, narrow questions and well-defined research hypotheses. Applicants for the fellowship could propose research projects that address specific questions within the following broader areas (including but not limited to):
· Comparative curriculum research in social sciences; regional, national and international differences in social science curricula, their causes and effects
· Undergraduate and graduate curricula: the problem of harmonization and possible discrepancies, overlaps, inconsistencies
· Building new curricula – analysis of various possible strategies; importing externally developed curricula versus developing curricula internally at university or departmental level
· The breadth of scholarship: inter-disciplinarity in curriculum planning, policies of cross-listing courses
· Joint degree programs in our region; the results of international cooperation in building undergraduate and graduate curricula
· The impact of individual and institutional external funds on host department’s curricula
· Departmental curriculum changes reflecting new trends in disciplines: emergence of new subjects, sub-fields, curriculum practices causing the fragmentation of certain disciplines
· Curriculum design and stakeholders: marketization of higher education.
· Curriculum and educational objectives: preparing for academic or non-academic careers; knowledge and skills in social science curricula
· Curriculum changes in the Bologna process. Processes and their effects in shifting to a three-cycle system of higher education.
Priority will be given to research proposals that have an internationally or regionally comparative perspective. Detailed research proposals will be considered in both practical, immediate curriculum questions or more remote, background issues of theoretical significance that researchers believe to have a long-run effect on the development of curricula in their disciplines.