Research Facilities and Grants



CANADIAN STUDIES

FACULTY ENRICHMENT PROGRAM and FACULTY RESEARCH PROGRAM IN

the CZECH REPUBLIC, HUNGARY, POLAND, ROMANIA, SLOVAKIA, SLOVENIA and YUGOSLAVIA


GUIDELINES

for the

FACULTY ENRICHMENT AWARD PROGRAM

The Government of Canada is pleased to announce the 2000 Canadian Studies Faculty Enrichment Award Program for course development, including travel, to be undertaken during the period April l, 2001 - February 28, 2002.

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS NOVEMBER 1st, 2000.

This program of support is designed to increase knowledge and understanding of Canada abroad by assisting academics in higher education institutions to DEVELOP AND TEACH COURSES ABOUT CANADA in their own discipline, as part of their regular teaching load. The program enables academic award holders to gather the necessary information and material in Canada to devise a new course on Canada, or to modify or extend significantly the Canadian component of an existing course. Comparative courses may be regarded as "courses on Canada" where not less than 50% of the teaching time is spent on the Canadian portion.

Disciplines lending themselves most readily to Canadian Studies course development are the social sciences and the humanities, such as business studies, economics, law, international relations, history, politics, sociology, geography, arts, literature in English or French, linguistics, education, communications policy, media studies, planning, science policy, social administration, environmental studies, architecture, and other related fields. (Purely scientific subjects such as physics, chemistry, medicine, engineering, etc., which would not lead to a better knowledge and understanding of Canada per se are not eligible, nor are proposals which focus exclusively on technological or methodological issues).


I. ELIGIBILITY

Applicants:

- will normally be full-time, permanent teaching members of the academic staff of a recognized institution of higher education or equivalent degree-granting institute in one of the participating countries.

- must be proficient in either English or French.

In addition, while not mandatory, applicants should provide evidence of their interest in or involvement with Canada prior to the application, if such has been the case. This may be demonstrated by courses they have already given, research they have undertaken, extra-mural activities, visits to Canada, participation in the activities of the European Task Force on Canadian Studies and/or European Canadian Studies associations, etc.


II. VALUE OF AWARDS

The maximum value of any award will be $5,500 Cdn (consisting of a contribution towards international air fare of up to $2,000, and $700 Cdn per complete week spent in Canada to assist with costs of domestic travel and living expenses for a minimum of three weeks and a maximum of five weeks). Smaller awards may be made.


III. TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The Government of Canada, through its Canadian Embassies in the participating countries (see addresses on the last page of this document), will make grants to successful candidates on condition that the candidate must give a written undertaking on his/her own behalf that:

- he/she will be employed as a full-time, permanent member of the academic staff at the institution where he/she is currently employed for at least one full academic year following the period of the award;

- he/she will begin to teach the new course(s) or part-courses related to the award no later than the academic year following the period of the award;

- he/she will offer the "Canadian" course (i.e. with a minimum of 50 percent Canadian content) developed as a result of this award, at least three times during the six academic years following the period of the award;

- the course(s) on Canada to be given as a result of the award will be a new course or considerably modified or extended version of course(s) previously taught by the applicant (if any) and will treat one or more aspect of Canadian Studies in a substantive way;

- he/she will make all arrangements relating to the visit, including:

- the period applied for will be used exclusively for study designed to enhance the award holder's capability to teach about Canada; the award will not be used to pursue research in conjunction with another project; and, where supplemental funding is obtained from elsewhere, the time devoted to professional development under this program will be at least in proportion to that of the totai income derived from this award;

- he/she will remain in Canada throughout the period to which the award relates;

- a report detailing the professional activities undertaken during the visit to Canada and including the new course outline developed as a result of the award will be sent to the Canadian Embassy within 60 days of the completion of the trip or no later than February 28, 2002. Failure to provide such documentation by that date may result in the forfeiture of the final payment of the award.


IV. APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applications should be submitted to the Public Affairs Officer at the Canadian Embassy of the appropriate participating country (see addresses at the end of this document). The application (contact the local Canadian Embassy for forms) will include:

- a written statement which confirms the applicant's eligibility and outlines his/her background, field(s) of specialization, and particular areas of interest in Canadian Studies;

- a concise curriculum vitae, highlighting relevant teaching, research, and publications;

- information regarding the applicant's ability in either of Canada's official languages (English and French);

- a written statement from the applicant stating that he/she will conform to all of the "Terms and Conditions" in section III.

- an initial outline of the new/modified course(s) or part-courses on Canada which the applicant intends to develop and teach as a result of this visit, including details of the duration and level of the course;

- a list of preliminary reading which will be done before the proposed visit;

- the proposed travel itinerary, (including dates of departure and return, or date of termination of portion of trip supported by a Faculty Enrichment Award, from which will be calculated the flat rate weekly allowance);

- the proposed visit plan while in Canada, including approximate dates, locations, contacts for liaison with, for example, Canadian academics, universities and institutions, participation in formal or informal course work or other structured programs, etc.; as much information as possible should be included in the application about these arrangements, including an explanation about how they relate to the development of the course(s) proposed;

- a written statement from an authorized officer of the applicant's employing institution stating that:

- the names and addresses of two referees, one of whom should be from other than the applicant's own academic institution, who have been requested to submit confidential letters of recommendation DIRECT to the Canadian Embassy by the deadline for submission of applications. Letters of recommendation should:

(Referees may be contacted by the Canadian Embassy for additional comment, if necessary).

- an address to which communications about an eventual award may be directed.


V. SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION

All applications will be sent to the Embassy, which will forward them with its comments to a pre-selection jury established by the European Task Force on Canadian Studies. The jury will include representatives of the European academic community and, when possible, a Canadian academic.

Pertinent criteria will be:

Thereafter, the pre-selection jury may recommend a reasonable balance between disciplines to accomplish harmonious development of teaching about Canada, e.g. English literature, French literature, political science, history, geography, business, economics, law, etc.

The International Academic Relations Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, in Ottawa, will make final decisions following review of complete applications and recommendations of the pre-selection jury.

All applicants will be notified in writing of the results of their application, normally within 90 days of the deadline for submission of applications.


VI. PAYMENT PROCEDURE

Successful candidates will be sent a Grant Agreement detailing the value and conditions of the award. It must be signed and returned to the Canadian Embassy as indicated, normally within thirty (30) days. Return of the signed Grant Agreement within the prescribed time frame will constitute assurance that a grant will be made.

An instalment of 85% of the award will be paid to successful applicants after receipt by the Canadian Embassy of the signed Grant Agreement. The remaining 15% of the award will be paid upon return from Canada and upon submission of the visit report and new course outline mentioned in section III.


July 2000



Addresses:

Public Affairs Office
Embassy of Canada

(Czech Republic and Slovakia)
Attn: Magdalena Rosová
Mickiewiczova 6
125 33 Prague 6

(Hungary and Slovenia)
Attn: Peter Lang
Budakeszi ut. 32
1121 Budapest

(Poland)
Attn: Delfina Bielski
Reform Plaza, 10th Floor Al
Jerozolimskie 123

02-017 Warsaw

(Romania)
Attn: Elena Filipoiu
36 Nicolae Iorga
71118 Bucharest

(Yugoslavia)
Attn: Lisa Helfand
Kneza Milosa 75
11000 Belgrade


For more information on the above program, please contact the Canadian Embassy in your country or consult the ICCS Web Site at http://www.iccs-ciec.ca/gc/e-cs-gen.html


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