The EISCAS project offers two Central Asian Master Classes (Intensive Study Programs – ISPs) to MA and PhD students working on Central Asia that are currently enrolled at one of our nine consortium partners (see below). One Master Class will take place in May 2019 and one in April 2020. In each Intensive Study Program (ISP) 27 students will be selected to participate (about three students from each eligible partner institution).

Each ISP is a unique opportunity for students to attend master classes on Central Asian Studies (CAS), meet top scholars in the field, personally consult their MA/PhD dissertation topics with these scholars, and ponder future career trajectories after attending plenary panels with non-academic professionals working on CA. In addition, each ISP offers some classes on soft skills.

FOR WHOM: The ISP is primarily aimed at MA students and junior PhD students working on Central Asia in the fields of history, social & political sciences, anthropology or other Area Studies or subdisciplines of the Humanities. The ISP is directed at those students that aspire to become Central Asia specialists and/or are currently writing a dissertation about CA. (Final year BA students can also eligible on condition they are writing a BA-paper on this topic.) For students that are still ineligible in their current year now, a second edition of the ISP is planned for April 2020.

Eligible for priority funding are students from the following universities:

  • Adam Mickiewicz University – Poland (Coordinating institution)
  • Charles University in Prague – Czech Republic
  • Dublin City University – Republic of Ireland
  • University of Eastern Finland – Finland
  • SOAS, University of London – Great Britain
  • Universiteit Gent – Belgium
  • University of Coimbra – Portugal
  • University of Glasgow – Great Britain
  • University of Paris-Sud – France

WHERE & WHEN: The ISP will be hosted by Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland either in May 2019 or in April 2020.

PROGRAM: The ISP offers a range of lectures on Central Asian Studies as well as dissertation seminars by top CAS scholars from at least 8 research institutions. In addition, there will be courses on generic and soft skills for young academics, lectures on career advice, and meetings with non-academic professionals working in or on Central Asia.

  • 11 Multi-disciplinary classes by academic staff (from project partners) on the history, politics and societies in CA.
  • 4 Lectures/workshops on career advice by outside experts for students (and their teachers) on the needs and offers of the labor market for CAS alumni.
  • 3 workshops for CAS students on generic/soft skills and competences
  • Face-to-face consultations (5 hours) between students and CAS researchers according to discipline/expertise to consult their MA/PhD research agenda or dissertation topic.

WHAT DOES EISCAS OFFER: The project offers each applicant selected for funding: flight tickets, travel insurance, and accommodation (in double rooms), food and local transport tickets for the whole duration of the ISP. There is no tuition fee or administrative cost for the Master Class. After completion students will receive a certificate and where possible the ISP will be recognized by partner institutions for 2 ECTS.

(Selected applicants from beyond the consortium will be informed about which costs will be covered for them at the time of the announcement of the selection results.)

ELIGIBILITY & SELECTION CRITERIA: When the call for application is opened, applicants will be required to send the following documents in electronic version (through the application form on the website):

  • Application Form
  • Scan of proof of enrollment (in English) at an eligible partner institution (see list of institutions below)
  • Copy of valid travel documents (passport or national ID) for the duration of the event (scan)
  • Motivation letter (In English)
  • Outline of their MA/PhD dissertation topic (In English)
  • Scan of their BA/MA diploma (with list of grades – if possible, in English) *
  • CV in English (please use the ‘Europass’ or a similar format)
  • Proof of English knowledge (with international recognized certificate or guarantee by sending institution) – native speakers will be absolved from this last criterion. **

* In case you are a last-year BA-student, an overview of grades from the previous years is acceptable.

** If you are a student of a consortium partner institution and do not possess a language certificate, please contact your local coordinator at your institution to verify your knowledge of English – native speakers will be absolved from this last criterion.

Participating MA/PhD (and senior BA) students will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • Academic merit
  • The quality of their research plan for their thesis/dissertation
  • Level of English (threshold criterion)
  • Motivation
  • The conformity of their research to the offered lectures & consultations at the ISP
  • Extracurricular activities documented in annex(es) to application form

Eligible EISCAS project partners are:

  • Adam Mickiewicz University – Poland (Coordinating institution)
  • Charles University in Prague – Czech Republic
  • Dublin City University – Republic of Ireland
  • University of Eastern Finland – Finland
  • SOAS, University of London – Great Britain
  • Universiteit Gent – Belgium
  • University of Coimbra – Portugal
  • University of Glasgow – Great Britain
  • University of Paris-Sud – France

For a list of local coordinators: click here.

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- ONLINE SURVEY -

Dear Central Asian Expert.

EISCAS is an international education project that aims to improve the quality of teaching Central Asian Studies (CAS) by making new didactic materials and formulating recommendations for teachers, students and institutions.

Below you will find a survey especially designed for experts in this field.

The aim of the survey is to map professional trajectories of CAS experts/scholars/teachers in Europe and beyond in order to create curriculum design recommendations.

All project results will be freely available by the end of the project on our website (eiscas.eu).

Link to the survey

We greatly appreciate your feedback and support.

We did our best to keep the survey short, and we thank you in advance for your time in providing detailed answers.

PLEASE SHARE this survey with other specialists of Central Asia Studies you are in contact with.

CONTEXT:
The EISCAS project stands for: EURASIAN INSIGHTS: Strengthening Central Asian Studies in Europe.

Project number:2018-1-PL01-KA203-050674

Project duration: 1 September 2018 until 30 June 2021 (34 months).

The project is co-funded by the Erasmus plus program of the European Union.

Our website: eiscas.eu

For more info about our project
For more info about our partners

Thank you in advance for your feedback and sharing,

The EISCAS team