In response to the current conflict in Ukraine, Dumbarton Oaks is offering two initiatives to support scholars at risk. The newest initiative—a four-session remote mentorship program co-organized with scholars at Boise State University, University of Kent, Princeton University, and Tufts University—will offer professional development and workshop opportunities around a variety of topics.
Mentorship Program: Dumbarton Oaks | North of Byzantium | Connected Central European Worlds, 1500-1700
Co-organizers: Tomasz Grusiecki (Boise State University), Suzanna Ivanič (University of Kent), Nikos D. Kontogiannis (Dumbarton Oaks), Maria Alessia Rossi (Princeton University), Alice Isabella Sullivan (Tufts University)
We invite applications for a remote four-session mentorship program tailored to early-career scholars affected by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. This program is meant to offer professional development and workshop opportunities around the following topics:
- Publishing in top academic journals and books
- Writing successful grant applications
- Preparing successful job documents
- Disseminating research in different contexts
Each professional development event will include presentations from experts and opportunities for Q&A and feedback. These events will be followed by one-on-one mentoring sessions, which are intended to expand on the feedback received, while offering additional tailored guidance for each participant. There might be the possibility for an in-person gathering of all participants upon the completion of the program.
The four sessions will take place in June, July, September, and October 2023. All participants will need to attend all workshops and mentoring sessions to complete the program successfully. Upon completion, each participant will receive a certificate, and may receive an honorarium of $500 (minus any applicable taxes). It is the responsibility of foreign national participants to verify their ability to receive an honorarium.
The successful applicants should be advanced PhD candidates (within 1 year of completion of their degrees) or junior-level scholars (up to 5 years since graduation with a doctoral degree).
We encourage historians and art historians with a specialty in the medieval or early modern visual culture of Eastern Europe to apply to this program. This opportunity is open to all, but preference will be given to scholars whose work has been disrupted by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. We anticipate selecting 6-8 participants for this program.
To apply, please use the online Embark portal to upload a one-page letter of interest with details about your research, skills, and reasons for participating; a CV; and the names and contact details of two referees who may be contacted to provide support letters, if needed, by April 30, 2023.