Research and Travel Awards

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.
 

2020 Awards

JMCE Faculty EU Research and Travel Awards

CES offers one annual travel award to UNC-Chapel Hill tenure-track or junior faculty 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. The award amount is $2000. Faculty from various disciplines are encouraged to apply. 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.
The deadline for applications for the 2020 award was 11/1/2019.

 
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JMCE EU Summer Research Awards

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 2019. The award is for $3000. Applications will 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. 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.
Applications must be submitted no later than 1/15/2020.

 
 
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2019 Fellows

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 
 
Photos on right (from top to bottom): “Bergen Blues” by Diane Youngstrom; “Four Boats” by Diana Devereaux