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Research & Teaching Fellowships@OSCE Academy
OSCE Academy Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Scholarship / Financial aid: roundtrip airfare+visa+750 per month honorarium+housing allowance

Date: summer semester, May 7 - July 8, 2012

Deadline: March 15, 2012

Open to: applicants with a MA/MSc but preferably a PhD degree in Economics/International Relations/Sociology

Announcement follows

Two Research & Teaching Fellowships at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Application Deadline: March 15, 2012

The OSCE Academy is looking for two research and teaching fellows to teach in its newly established Master of Arts in Economic Governance and Development Programme (summer semester, May 7 - July 8, 2012) the following courses below:

International Development (1 vacancy)
Research Methods and Research Design (1 vacancy)

Located in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, the OSCE Academy is strongly embedded in the wider Central Asian academic and political context and follows a distinctive regional approach in its activities. The OSCE, a number of the OSCE participating States and academic partner institutions actively support the Master of Arts in Economic Governance and Development Programme.


The qualified candidate holds at least an MA/MSc but preferably a PhD degree in Economics/International Relations/Sociology or a related field and has teaching experience.

The fellowship has the following terms and components:

1) A teaching assignment of the course on

International Development

This is a 2-credit hour course, meeting twice a week for 90 min sessions from May 7 through July 8, 2012. The course is aimed at teaching the theories and the history of international development and development aid with a focus on competing paradigms and cases in Central Asia. The course builds on basic macro and microeconomic models to teach analytical tools in identification of causal links and policy trade-off in development aid. The course also looks at the basics of evaluation of the effectiveness of aid.

The language of instruction is English.

Research Methods and Research Design

This is a 4-credit hour course, meeting three/four time a week for 90 min sessions from May 7 through July 8, 2012. This course is a practical introduction to designing one's own research, using a multi-method approach. Starting with the general logic of research design, students proceed to consideration of alternative methods, qualitative and quantitative.

•Variables, theories, hypotheses
•Qualitative and quantitative methods: differences and similarities
•Testing hypotheses: general approach
•Measurement: validity and reliability
•Data collection
•Philosophies of research and alternatives in practical research design

The language of instruction is English.

2) Additionally, we expect the fellow to spend 6 hours per week for personal preparation to the courses with lecture/seminar notes, preparation of assignments, and grading/evaluation of students.

3) The fellowship also includes office hours for students of approximately 4 hours a week. Depending on other events at the Academy, such as workshops, conferences, meetings, research presentations, 2-4 hours of additional time will be needed.

4) The fellows should also be available to supervise up to two students writing MA theses (if requested by the students and upon consent between the fellow and the student).

5) Overall, the commitment at the Academy will not exceed the load of 20 hours per week. However, due to the nature of an academic environment, the load may vary from about 15 to 25 hours per week.

During the rest of the time, the fellows are encouraged to conduct their research and will receive full support of the Academy and our partners. We expect the fellows to present their research to the students and the greater audience during the fellowship period with us.

The OSCE Academy will provide/cover:

a) Economy class roundtrip airfare from the city of current residence to Bishkek;

b) Entry visa expenses to Kyrgyzstan, if any;

d) Honorarium of EUR 750 per month for teaching the 2-credit hour course;

e) Housing allowance of EUR 350 (the OSCE Academy staff will assist with finding accommodation in Bishkek);

f) Office space and a computer, as well as access to Internet and all of our facilities.

NOTE: The Academy will not be able to provide health insurance.

Interested applicants should submit their CV, cover letter, a short summary of their research project, and two letters of reference from people familiar with the candidate's academic work to until March 15, 2012.

The OSCE Academy in Bishkek is an equal-opportunity institution. It operates on the principle of non-discrimination. All recruitment decisions are taken on the basis of best qualification of the candidates, with consideration of regional and gender balance.


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