Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Collaborative Proposals Funded by the US NSF and its Counterparts in the UK

The Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation and Research Councils UK (RCUK) have created an agreement to facilitate collaborative research by scholars from the USA and the UK under a single review process.

The announcement from the NSF is reproduced after the jump, and is also available at the following links. Please let us know if you have an interest in proposing work appropriate to this announcement.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Guggenheim Fellows Application Site Opens July 26

Carol Ashcraft informs me that the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has announced that the Guggenheim Fellows application site opens Friday, July 26, 2013.  The College strongly urges qualified applicants to apply, given expected budget cuts in state appropriations for the coming school year. 

Eligibility:  The Guggenheim Fellowships are open to advanced professionals in the arts, humanities and social sciences, plus those in the natural sciences.  The program is open submission; all interested, eligible NC State faculty (plus graduate students and postdocs who are advanced professionals) are encouraged to apply.
Application deadline: September 19, 2013.  To apply, go to on or after July 26th. Those who have applied previously may use the same username and password.  One NC State faculty member reported that his former mentor applied more than 13 times before winning a Fellowship.  As an applicant's track record adds achievements over time, the odds for success go up.  

NC State applicants will enter a record of their respective Guggenheim applications in PINS through the "Create a Proposal" option. For the parameter "Category," select "Individual F'ship/Stipend."  Selecting that option will require much less information in PINS than the standard proposal does.  For sponsor, select "John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation," not "John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fdn."  Contact your college research administrator for more information.  

We currently have three former Guggenheim Fellows at NC State:
English Professor Dorianne Laux, 2001 (Poetry); 
English Professor John Balaban, 2003 (Asian Studies); and
History Professor Anthony J. LaVopa, 2007 (History).

Last year, five individuals in the Triangle area became Fellows:   

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: Research Fellowships

Colleagues, Marina Bykova in Philosophy and Religious Studies shared this with me for circulation among our colleagues. There are two programs here, a "post-doctoral" program for which scholars within 4 years of their PhD are eligible (, and one for "experienced researchers" (

Given the budget constraints the College, and, indeed, the entire UNC system will be experiencing this year, and perhaps the next, it's all the more important for scholars interested in research leaves to find and successfully win outside support for their endeavors. Our office will continue to share information about these opportunities. We are, of course, ready to help you complete your application.

If any of you have experience with this foundation, please let me know. Many thanks for your interest and support.


Conduct Your Research in Germany: Apply Now for the Humboldt Research Fellowship!  
Please share this program information with your colleagues and networks to help reach prospective applicants.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables highly-qualified scientists and scholars of all nationalities and fields to conduct extended periods of research in Germany in cooperation with academic hosts at German institutions. Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, the quality of the applicant's publications, proposed research plan and future potential. Applications may be submitted at any time.

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers
  • Fellowship Duration:  6-24 month research stay at a research institution in Germany
  • Monthly Stipend: 2,650 EUR
  • Eligibility:  Completion of PhD (or equivalent) within the past 4 years
Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers
  • Fellowship Duration: 6-18 month research stay at a research institution in Germany (the fellowship is flexible and may be divided up into as many as 3 stays within 3 years)
  • Monthly Stipend: 3,150 EUR
  • Eligibility: Completion of PhD (or equivalent) within the past 12 years
Additional allowances are available for accompanying family mem­bers, travel expenses, & German language instruction.  

Application Components:
  • Curriculum vitae (2 pages in length)
  • Research Plan (5-10 pages in length)
  • Complete list of publications
  • Expert reviews (from three academics)
  • Host's statement and confirmation of research facilities
  • German or English language abilities
Application deadline: rolling 

Questions? Contact the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation or the American Friends office. 

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
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Jean-Paul-Str. 12 
53173 Bonn, GERMANY 
T: (+49) 0228-833-0 
F: (+49) 0228-833-199 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Call for proposals, limited submission: NC QUEST: N.C. Quality Educators through Staff Development and Training

UNC General Administration has announced the new cycle of NC QUEST: N.C. Quality Educators through Staff Development and Training, funded by the U.S. Department of Education through UNC GA.  The limit is one new proposal per institution.  The program focus is to prepare, train and recruit highly qualified teachers, paraprofessionals and principals.  

Award:  Up to $300,000 over 1.5 years

Important dates

NC QUEST Technical Assistance Meeting:  August 14, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Center for Social Leadership Development, 140 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill.  

Mandatory notification of interest in applying:  Due by 5 p.m. August 21, 2013 to, with a copy to College of Education Associate Dean for Research Samuel Snyder,  Identify the NC State principal and co-principal investigators and directors, the education agency in the partnership, and prospective and confirmed collaborating partners.  Include a working title OR a brief description of proposed project.  A formal letter of intent is not required, just a statement of interest.  

Internal preproposal submission:  Due by 5 p.m. September 6, 2013 to with a copy to College of Education Associate Dean for Research Samuel Snyder,  For internal preproposal requirements, see

Estimated internal review completion: September 13, 2013

UNC GA proposal submission deadline:  November 15, 2013

For more information and a link to the program announcement, see