Summer School: Summer Institute for the Study of East Central and Southeastern Europe (SISECSE), 1-15 June 2023 (Deadline 1 December 2022)

The Summer Institute for the Study of East Central and Southeastern Europe (SISECSE) is a two-week residential fellowship, that provides scholars of Eastern Europe time and space to dedicate to their own research and writing in a collaborative and interdisciplinary setting. ACLS in partnership with the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS) will convene leading scholars from Eastern Europe and North America for a two-week residency in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria from June 1, 2023 to June 15, 2023.

SISECSE will also provide participating scholars with the opportunity to undertake local fieldwork, including archival research, work in museum collections, interviews, site surveys, or other forms of data collection. (Fieldwork is not a requirement for participation in the institute.)

The program will cover travel, accommodation, and per diem expenses for the two-week residential institute. Institute members will be expected to be in residence and to participate in all planned events for the duration of the institute. 

In addition to conducting their own research, scholars will also have the opportunity to participate in small group writing workshops, as well as a series of immersive discussions on a broad topic of shared academic interest.

In 2023, discussions will explore “Scholarly Writing in the Digital Age.” Participants will be asked to consider broad questions of accessibility and audience; the democratization of scholarly writing, manifested in the expansion of acceptable writing styles in journals and books; the blur between scholarly writing and creative writing, essays, and memoirs; the implications of digital sources for the way scholars treat their work; the potential of graphics and digital publication; the perceived over-production of articles and books; changing institutional frameworks and cultures of academic writing, and the growing demands for wider impact while retaining intellectual substance; and more.


  • Applicants must have a PhD degree conferred by an accredited university by December 1, 2022. (An established scholar who can demonstrate the equivalent of the PhD in publications and professional experience may also qualify.)
  • The competition is open to scholars in any field or discipline in the humanities and interpretive social sciences pursuing postdoctoral or advanced research in the region (Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czechia, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine).
  • Applicants must have an affiliation—a long-term regular research or teaching appointment—with a university or college in North America (US, Canada, Mexico) or Central/Eastern Europe (see the list above).
  • There are no restrictions as to the citizenship of applicants.

Applications must be submitted online and must include:

  • A completed brief application form including demographic information.
  • A description of the applicant’s research project (no more than 4 double-spaced pages in Times New Roman 11-point font). The application essay should lay out the research project—what it is about, its location in the current literature, what sources are to be examined, and how the applicant plans to carry out the work.
  • Up to 2 additional pages of images, musical scores, or other similar supporting non-text materials. [Optional]
  • A bibliography (no more than 2 pages, double-spaced between entries, Times New Roman 11-point font).
  • A list of the applicant’s publications (no more than 2 pages, double-spaced between entries, Times New Roman 11-point font). Applicants should indicate if any of their publications resulted from prior ACLS funding.
  • A statement of interest by the applicant (no more than 1 page, single or double-spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font) describing the type of research, writing, or fieldwork they intend to carry out in Bulgaria, the impact of this work on their research project, and their interest in participating in interdisciplinary conversations. ACLS is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the fellowship application process. Please use the applicant’s statement to note any relevant information about your personal background and/or ways in which your proposed research addresses issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The deadline for this programme is 1st December 2022. To apply, visit the ACLS website.


Published by charlottecook

Charlotte Cook graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in European History from Washington & Lee University in 2019. In 2020 she received her Master’s degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, earning the classification of Merit. Her research explores questions of royal patronage, both by and in honor of rulers, in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England. She has worked as a researcher and collections assistant at several museums and galleries, and plans to begin her PhD in the autumn of 2022.

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