The Local Faculty Fellowship Program
represents a conscious strategy to reverse "brain drain "from the region by
supporting talented individuals who, after studying abroad, return to university positions
in their home countries. CEP offers these scholars financial, institutional and
professional development support for at least one academic year. Without this support,
many of these scholars could not pursue or continue their academic careers.
"When I returned from studying in the
West I was full of ideas and initiative. With CEP s help I was able to distribute
the knowledge I obtained to the students of my country. Otherwise my Western education
would have been in vain, as no other organization was willing to invest in me returning to
teach in my home country."
Liliana Punga, CEP Local Faculty Fellow
Kharkiv Humanities University, Ukraine
The Visiting Faculty Fellowship
Program brings scholars from around the world to teach for at least one academic
year at universities in Eastern Europe or Eurasia. These Fellows receive a basic package
of support, including allowances for teaching materials. By introducing critical thinking,
academic writing, research and analytical skills, Visiting Fellows expose their students
and faculty colleagues to a new and exciting range of materials and methodologies.
"It would be difficult to imagine how our
department could have reached its current level of activity without the assistance of the
foreign lecturers who have taught here thanks to this program."
Head of Department of Politics and European Studies
Palacky University,Olomouc,Czech Republic
As part of their work, Fellows are also involved in numerous projects
in support of and beyond their teaching. Specific areas of focus include curriculum
development, faculty training, and improvement of library resources. In addition, CEP and
its Fellows organize and participate in faculty and student academic conferences,
roundtables, debates, moot courts and other events.
The Fellowship Programs also encompass professional development and the
support of teaching and research. CEP s longstanding commitment to teaching
excellence is furthered by the Teaching and Learning Initiative,
which aims to promote the best educational practices through training events, workshops,
conferences, and the provision of support materials. Many of these events and activities
also involve non-CEP colleagues so that the benefits are more widely accessible. The Academic Network Initiative provides a forum for
regional and international collaboration and exchange of ideas and scholarship. Each CEP
discipline area is provided with a web-based virtual environment, as well as logistical
support and advice for projects.
HOW IS CEP DIFFERENT?
Focus on Teaching and Students
CEP stresses the value of sustained contact between Fellows and their students as a
mechanism for change. Many students in the region are unfamiliar with asking questions in
class, having a professor provide office hours in which to discuss and clarify issues, or
writing an original paper. The personal and academic guidance that CEP Fellows give their
students helps prepare the students for continuing their studies and for their future
Cooperation in the Region
CEP s partner universities stretch from the Czech Republic to Mongolia and from
Siberia to Albania. Whereas many organizations concentrate their efforts primarily in the
capital city, CEP and its Fellows develop relationships across the whole country and
promote interaction with provincial universities. Recognizing the long-term strategic
importance of increased communication and cooperation among countries in the region, CEP
regularly sponsors roundtables, conferences and workshops where Fellows from Central and
Eastern Europe meet with their counterparts from Eurasia to exchange ideas about, and
share their experiences of, reform in higher education.
The CEP Community
CEP builds a support network of contacts and resources for its Fellows that helps
overcome isolation and encourages collaboration and joint projects. Regular opportunities
exist for Fellows to meet and exchange ideas at national and regional retreats,
conferences and workshops.
Fellows work within CEP for at least one academic year, which allows them adequate time to
develop strong relationships with their students, their faculty colleagues, and the CEP
community. This time frame allows Fellows to understand the situation at their
universities, and to follow through with projects and initiatives. Continuity is often
enhanced by the fact that many partner universities host a series of Fellows, thereby
strengthening the CEP impact and increasing the sustainability of reform.
"I would compare CEP to a rolling
snowball. It is seemingly small, but may trigger considerable change. CEP really motivates
scholars and their students alike, thus creating a fruitful academic partnership between
them. I hope that some of my students will become the CEP Fellows of the near future, and
the ball rolls on."
Monika Pal, CEP Local Faculty Fellow
Budapest University of Economic Sciences
and Public Administration, Hungary
CEP Fellows teach in a variety of discipline-areas within the social
- Area/Regional Studies
- Environmental Policy
- European Studies
- Gender and Culture
- International Relations
- Law and Legal Studies
- Media Studies/Journalism
- Political Science
- Public Administration
- Public Policy
For Muskie/Freedom Support Act Graduate Fellowship Program Alumni
only, fellowships are also available in the fields of Business Administration, Education,
Public Health, Library and Information Sciences.
SUPPORT FOR CEP
Principal funding for CEP comes from the Higher Education Support
Program of the Open Society Institute. Additional support is provided by a variety of
international organizations, foundations, corporations, governments and individuals. If
you are interested in learning how you or your organization can contribute to CEP, please
contact one of our offices or visit our website.
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