Visiting Fellows

The Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia and its affiliated centers offer numerous opportunities for scholars from Europe and Eurasia to visit the University of Michigan for short- and long-term research and fellowship programs. Please follow the links below for information about visiting scholar programs as well as current and past fellows at CES, CREES, and WCEE.

Weiser Professional Development Program Fellows

Call for Applications from Faculty in Selected Countries of Europe and Eurasia

The application deadline for 2015 awards has passed. Please check back in May 2015 for information about 2016 awards.

The Ronald and Eileen Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia at the University of Michigan invites applications for Weiser Professional Development Awards from faculty and artists at institutions of higher education in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kaliningrad (Russia), Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

Applicants are invited to propose projects in any field of research or teaching with a faculty partner at the University of Michigan. Candidates must have excellent oral and written English language skills.

The 2015 awards support short-term (3-4 week) research visits to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and include round-trip airfare, housing, health insurance, and a modest per diem. The Weiser Center will grant 5-7 awards for travel to Ann Arbor in March-April 2015 or September-November 2015.

Selection of 2015 awardees will be made through a competitive review of proposals at the University of Michigan. These awards are made possible thanks to a gift from Ambassador Ronald Weiser, U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia from 2001-04, and his wife, Eileen Lappin Weiser.

Prior to applying, please read the FAQs below as some requirements have changed.

Applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form (2016 application forms will be available in May 2015)
  • Your CV
  • A copy of your doctoral diploma or highest professional degree
  • A copy of your passport photo page
  • A two-page personal statement describing: a) the research or collaborative project you plan to pursue at the University of Michigan, b) your reason for applying for this opportunity, and c) how this opportunity will benefit your home institution
  • An invitation from the University of Michigan school, department, and/or faculty partner with whom the research will be conducted; email invitation is acceptable. (For more information about U-M departments and programs, consult www.umich.edu.) NOTE: Applicants intending to work with U-M Law School faculty members MUST contact the Weiser Center before contacting faculty members.
  • One letter of recommendation from the rector or dean of your institution.
  • TOEFL score report, or consent to participate in interview via telephone or Skype.

Please contact the appropriate source listed below for additional information:

Applicants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kaliningrad (Russia), Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan:
Email: weiser@fulbright.edu.pl
Web: fulbright.edu.pl

Applicants from the Slovak Republic:
Email: office@fulbright.gov.sk
Web: fulbright.sk

University of Michigan:
Email: weiseraward@umich.edu
Web: ii.umich.edu/wcee

Weiser Professional Development Program: FAQs

Who can apply?

Faculty and artists teaching at institutions of higher education in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Russia (Kaliningrad District), Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia, the Slovak Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan may apply. Applicants should be actively engaged in teaching and must have a current appointment to which they intend to return. Junior and mid-level academics are especially encouraged to apply. All applicants must have earned a terminal degree, either their doctoral diploma or highest professional degree (e.g., M.F.A.) at the time of application.

My country is not listed. Can you add it so I can apply?

No. At this time, we can only consider applications from the countries on the list. Please visit umichcreesannouncements.blogspot.com to view a wider range of funding opportunities.

I have a doctorate and conduct research, but I do not teach. Can I apply?

No. This award is intended specifically for faculty development. Please visit umichcreesannouncements.blogspot.com to view a wider range of funding opportunities.

What disciplines and/or fields of research are eligible for funding consideration?

Applicants should be teaching in a discipline offered at the University of Michigan. (Past recipients have included artists, engineers, medical doctors, historians, psychologists, and others.)

Is English fluency required?

Applicants should have a good command of speaking, reading, and writing in English. Applicants who have taken the TOEFL in the last three years should attach a copy of their score report. Personal statements, CVs, and letters of recommendation will also be evaluated for indications of English fluency. Per U-M policy, every visiting scholar must demonstrate English proficiency during an interview via telephone or Skype prior to arrival in the U.S. If a candidate is found to have insufficient English fluency, he or she will not be awarded a Weiser Professional Development Award and will be encouraged to reapply at a later date.

How long is a research visit?

The typical research visit is 3-4 weeks in length. While shorter stays are possible, they are not recommended, as there is often not enough time for fellows to benefit fully from all of the resources available to them at the University. Applicants whose schedule does not allow for at least 3 weeks to visit may wish to postpone their application until a more convenient time.

Do I have to submit a letter of invitation from a U-M school, department, and/or faculty partner at the time of application?

Yes. For all applicants except those working on projects at the University of Michigan Law School, we ask that you locate and approach potential collaborators yourself, using the following guidelines:

Applicants should visit the University of Michigan web site to locate U-M faculty teaching and conducting research on topics related to your own current research interests (umich.edu). Determine whether your research would be enhanced by a visit to the University of Michigan. Then contact the U-M professor(s) that work on the topics that best match your interests. Most departments and schools at U-M list their faculties' email addresses, and we encourage you to use email to inquire about the possibility of an invitation. In your email message, describe the reason for your proposed visit and the funding source which you are applying for to support this visit. You should also inquire about the best timing for a visit of 3-4 weeks in length. If you do not hear back within two weeks of your initial inquiry it is appropriate to send a second inquiry.

What is the procedure for finding a faculty partner at the Law School?

Please identify at least two potential faculty partners using the Law School website (www.law.umich.edu). Write a message to weiseraward@umich.edu, listing your choices and describing your project in a few sentences. Please also include your C.V. We will contact the faculty members on your behalf. Please do not approach the faculty members directly. Your cooperation in this process is much appreciated, and helps to ensure that all applicants have an opportunity to find a partner.

Can I have more than one faculty partner?

Yes, although one faculty partner must be designated as the primary partner.

The University’s website is very large. Can you find me a faculty partner to work with?

It is impossible for our staff to understand our applicants’ various research interests as well as they themselves do. Applicants are encouraged to spend some time searching for the keywords related to their specific project and their field, as identifying the right departments and faculty early on will save everyone time and effort later. If, however, no faculty can be found, or the most promising faculty member declines the request, applicants may contact weiseraward@umich.edu. Please be sure to include a C.V. and brief project description.

Can I work with faculty at another University of Michigan campus?

Yes. You may ask your potential faculty partner to contact our office if they have questions or logistical concerns.

When will I receive a decision on my application?

Prospective awardees will be contacted 4-6 weeks after the application deadline to arrange a brief telephone or Skype interview. Once verified, they will receive an award letter via email shortly thereafter. Unsuccessful applicants will be contacted once all awards have been made.

Do I have to get a J-1 visa?

Yes. This is the most appropriate type of visa for short-term scholars. Applying for the correct type of visa will greatly improve your chances of receiving it, and will also make it easier to obtain one in the future. More information about the J-1 visa is available on the University of Michigan International Center website.

Can I bring dependents?

Due to the brevity of the research visit, the complexity of the visa process, and the limitations of campus housing, in general, we cannot accommodate dependents. Applicants with exceptional circumstances should contact the Weiser Center to discuss J-2 eligibility of relatives before applying.

I am a U-M faculty member who has been approached by a potential visiting scholar. What do I have to do?

At minimum, as a faculty partner you need to provide an invitation letter (email is acceptable), and meet with the visiting scholar several times during the course of their visit. Many previous faculty partners have been able to do much more, however, and their generosity with their time, expertise, and resources has enabled our fellows to complete a variety of excellent projects. This is an exchange visit, so the visiting scholar can also share his or her expertise with you, your colleagues, and your students. In addition to consulting on the project, you may assist the visiting scholar in building his or her network of colleagues in the U.S. Additionally, office and laboratory space is at a premium at the University, so your assistance with procuring this, if possible, is invaluable. Please feel free to contact the Weiser Center if you have questions about participating in this program.