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To increase teaching and research on the EU at UNC, the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence is awarding faculty and student funding from 2019-21. The results will increase visibility of the EU, promote EU studies research, and encourage young people to study the EU at the BA, MA, and PhD levels.

The JMCE Faculty EU Research and Travel award is offered to tenure-track or junior faculty. Faculty will create or amend a course to include EU-focused content. Course modules and syllabi will be available on this website, and announcements made about their availability through our social media channels.

JMCE EU Summer Research Awards are offered to BA, MA and PhD students to study and research in the EU. In addition to presenting about their research for student-led think tank European Horizons, awardees will produce research reports, Medium posts, and photo essays to showcase their work.

Following are more details on the current award cycle.

2021 Awards

JMCE Faculty EU Research and Travel Awards

Eligibility: Must be a tenure-track or junior faculty member at UNC Chapel Hill to apply. Faculty from various disciplines are encouraged to apply.

About: This award provides funding to conduct research on the European Union with the goal of creating a new course or amending an existing course to include more EU content. CES offers one annual travel award to UNC-Chapel Hill tenure-track or junior faculty to The award amount is $2000.

Requirements: The project and itinerary must include at least three EU member states. Faculty will be asked to submit a syllabus demonstrating added European content in the new or revised course. Faculty will also be asked to write a post about their research on CES’ Medium blog. Our 2019 fellow, Gesche Würfel, wrote a post about her research across Germany and Poland.

This award is made possible by the European Union through Jean Monnet Center of Excellence Grants.

Applications are rolling.

Apply for a Faculty EU Research and Travel Award

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JMCE EU Summer Research Awards

Eligibility: Must be a graduate student (MA/PhD) at UNC Chapel Hill to apply

About: CES offers three travel awards to UNC-Chapel Hill MA or PhD students to research in and on the European Union in the summer of 2021. The award is for $3000.

COVID-19 information: we will be accepting applications for academic year 2020-2021 research to take place within the US as well as summer 2021 research to be conducted in the EU.

Requirements: Applications require a brief statement of support from faculty advisor, resume/CV, and a 5-page double spaced research proposal or conference paper abstract, including an itinerary (if applicable). Students must consult with a faculty advisor, MA thesis or dissertation advisor while developing their plan. The research content and itinerary must include at least three EU member states. Award recipients must agree to write a report on their findings; publish a post about their research on CES’ Medium blog; present at a European Horizons student group meeting; and submit a photo essay documenting their travel within one month of completing their travel. Preference will be given to students with no or limited previous travel to the EU.

This award is made possible by the European Union through Jean Monnet Center of Excellence Grants.

The application deadline for academic year 2020-21 research was 9/30/2020.
The application deadline for summer 2021 research was 1/15/2021.

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2021 Fellows

Heashot of Till Knobloch.

Till Knobloch

Till Knobloch is a PhD student in the UNC Department of History. His dissertation aims to write a cultural history of the outbreak of World War II from an international perspective. He is using the JMCE EU Research Award to conduct archival trips to all four major European countries involved in the beginning of the war — England, Poland, France, and Germany.

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Krysta Sa

Krysta Sa is an MFA candidate in the studio art program at UNC’s Department of Art and Art History. Utilizing performance, video, photography, and installation, Krysta’s work interrogates the sensorial ways material histories are embodied and circulated. She will use the JMCE EU Summer Research Award for her project “Ancestral Soak: Sea Bathing in the European Union” which will examine thalassotherapy practices found in coastal Ireland, France, and the autonomous archipelagoes of Portugal.

2020 Fellows

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Courtney Blackington

Courtney Blackington is a PhD student in UNC’s Department of Political Science. Her dissertation focuses on what motivates citizens to protest in defense of liberal democracy when incumbent populist regimes engage in democratic backsliding. Courtney is using the JMCE EU Research Award to conduct online interviews of protesters in Czechia, Poland, and Romania in order to examine what motivates people to protest to defend liberal democracy and how they conceptualize the role EU in countering democratic backsliding.

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Katie Laird

Katie Laird is a PhD student in the UNC Department of History. Her dissertation offers a historical analysis of Europeans’ first encounters with honor crimes, revealing the roots of western complicity in the perpetuation of violence against women in the name of male honor and imperial policy. Katie is using the JMCE EU Research Award to conduct archival research on the court records of Britain and France during the Levant’s Mandate period in order to illuminate and inform current public policies and debate there, as well as the imperial policies of Germany in Muslim Africa.

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Abigail Lantz

Abigail Lantz is a member of the UNC TransAtlantic Masters Class of 2021. Her research interests focus on policies surrounding the integration of migrant communities in Europe. Abigail is using the JMCE EU Research Award to investigate the work of NGOs aiming to improve migrant integration in several EU countries facing integration challenges.

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Priscilla Layne

Priscilla Layne is Associate Professor of German, Adjunct Associate Professor of African, African American and Diaspora Studies, and affiliated with the Global Cinema Studies Program at UNC-CH. With the JMCE EU Research and Travel Award, she will be traveling to Frankfurt, Germany in order to visit the archive for director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. She is currently writing a short guidebook about his film The Marriage of Maria Braun.

2019 Fellows

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Kaitlin Alper

Kaitlin Alper is a PhD student in Comparative Politics in the UNC-CH Department of Political Science. She used the JMCE EU Summer Research Award to attend several conferences in the EU, and conduct a visiting research stay at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) in Bremen, Germany. Her dissertation research looks at the intersection of multilevel governance, social policy and income inequality in advanced democracies. Read our Medium post for more on Kaitlin’s work.

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Katja Greeson

Katja Greeson is a member of the UNC-CH TransAtlantic Masters Class of 2019. The JMCE EU Summer Research Award enabled her to study Eurosceptic success and youth political participation in Europe. During 2019–20, Katja is conducting a self-designed research project supported by the German Chancellor Fellowship (Bundeskanzler-Stipendium). Read our Medium post for more on Katja’s research.

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Stephanie Shady

Stephanie Shady is a PhD Candidate in Comparative Politics in the UNC-CH Department of Political Science. With the JMCE EU Summer Research Award, Stephanie to study the political impacts of territorial identity in Northern Ireland. Stephanie is also active with National Model United Nations, and teaches political sciences courses at UNC. Read our Medium post for more on Stephanie’s project.

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Gesche Würfel

Gesche Würfel is Teaching Assistant Professor in UNC-CH’s Department of Art and Art History. A trained artist, urban planner, and visual sociologist, Gesche focuses on photography, but also includes video, sound, installation, and urban interventions. She used the JMCE EU Faculty Travel and Research Award to study representations of major European capitals: Berlin (Germany), Prague (Czechia), and Warsaw (Poland) in the 20th and 21st century. Read our Medium post for more on Gesche’s work.

Artwork & Lecture | 2019 Fellow Course

2019 fellow Gesche Würfel used her JMCE EU Faculty Travel and Research Award partly to develop a new course, ARTS 290 Special Topics: Exploring the City through Visual Arts (access the syllabus). Her students shared artwork from two class projects. Würfel also opened up a guest lecture to the public, sharing Holocaust survivor Peter Stein’s insights with her students as well as our wider CES community.

Lecture with Holocaust Survivor Peter Stein

Dr. Peter Stein is a Holocaust survivor who shared his story with a special session of ARTS 290 on September 22, 2020. Peter was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia three years after Hitler seized power in Germany. He is the child of a Catholic mother and a Jewish father who was forced into slave labor and later disappeared. His childhood memories are of Nazi-occupied Prague, Jewish relatives vanishing mysteriously, portraits of Hitler everywhere, food shortages and ration cards, and several Allied bombings.

Peter Stein's Full Bio

Recording of Dr. Peter Stein’s lecture.

Maps in the Dada Style

For one assignment, students from this fall 2020 course created maps in the Dada style — either of Berlin, Prague, Warsaw, or a town where they live. Five students shared their artwork with us.

Detail of Leighann Vinesett’s work, Chapel Hill

Detail of embroidery art.

Makenna Shirley, Berlin

Watercolor painting with collage-like effect of landmarks in Berlin.

Jason Lord, Durham

Collage of industrial-looking objects.

Sergio Jimenez, Carrboro

Photo collage of street scenes.

Leighann Vinesett, Chapel Hill

Front and back view of embroidery that looks like map.

Envisioning the Future of European Cities in 2050

For this project, students had to envision the future of either Berlin, Prague, or Warsaw in 2050. Ten students shared their artwork with us.

Julie Sun, Prague

Artwork that shows Prague clock building and a car crashed into a tree.

Luke Collins, Prague

Two posters side by side with 1920s style monochrome skylines of Prague.

Khuyen Nguyen, Prague

Artwork with skyline of Prague in the background and figures floating over the foreground.

Amanda Le, Berlin

Artwork showing office buildings, a trellis, and a racetrack juxtaposed on the sky.

Makenna Shirley, Berlin

Artwork with watercolor of the Berlin Reichstag, the TV tower, and other landmarks.

Tate Godwin, Berlin

Artwork with Berlin TV tower, skyscrapers, and a polluted city reflected underground.

Sergio Jimenez, Berlin

Collage artwork showing Berlin skyscrapers and greenery.

Group Image, Berlin

Artwork showing all four student pieces on billboard and walls of cityscape scene.

Jason Lord, Warsaw

Artwork with flowers and cross shape with words We are all children of God.

Leighann Vinesett, Warsaw

Sculpture artwork with rainbow in center and glass around the perimeter.

Georgia Burkard, Warsaw

Artwork with two small figures in front of a large municipal building.

Photos on right (from top to bottom): “Bergen Blues” by Diane Youngstrom; “Four Boats” by Diana Devereaux
Photos on left (from top to bottom): Kaitlin Alper; Katja Greeson; Stephanie Shady; Gesche Würfel