In honor and in the spirit of the works of Sergio Ortino, the founder of Federal Studies in South Tyrol, the EURAC-Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism creates the program called EURAC Federal Scholar in Residence. It is primarily dedicated to experts who wish to present and publicly discuss federal and regional questions that are of importance to legislators and civil servants as well as the international academic community. It shall promote comparative research at the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen (EURAC) and aims at weaving experts and their networks in order to develop and advance comparative federal studies. Therefore, academics, post-docs and practitioners in federalism and intergovernmental relations are encouraged to apply. We mostly welcome applications which are in line with our research fields.
In sum, the EURAC Federal Scholar in Residence Program is:
- a public acknowledgement of excellence not carrying any monetary prize, but covering the costs of a research stay at the EURAC-Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism
- a possibilty to present own research findings publicly and engage into face-to-face discussions with a group of international experts in constitutional law and comparative politics at EURAC
- an occasion for academics, post-docs and practitioners to extend and share their knowledge in multilevel government and governance in the beautiful Dolomites, especially from a legal and/or political science perspective
- a possibility to enhance cooperation and discussions between scholars in the fields of comparative federalism and intergovernmental relations
- an opportunity to develop new project ideas while being part of the international research environment in early February when also the EURAC’s Winter School on Federalism and Governance takes place
Please find all information as to formal requirements and selection procedure on the next pages. For further inquiries please write an Email.
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM OFFER?
The winner of the EURAC Federal Scholar in Residence Program is granted a research stay up to 3 weeks - preferably in early February - at the EURAC-Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism located in the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen (South Tyrol, Italy).
- The possibility to publicly present and to publish his/her work in the online series EDAP or one of the EURAC book series, if considered appropriate by the jury
- A work place and free access to the Eurac Library, including online library services
- The use of our administrative structures (secretariat and project development service)
- A return ticket economic fare
- Accommodation in a single room in a good, standard guesthouse or in modern student halls of residence in centrally located areas of Bolzano/Bozen (within walking distance to EURAC)
NOTE: the single conditions are subject to prior agreement with the project manager and to EURAC’s internal rules of procedure. In any case, neither board nor a family allowance will be provided.
WHAT DOES EURAC EXPECT FROM THE EURAC FEDERAL SCHOLAR?
To be considered eligible, applicants must hand in an unpublished manuscript and be ready to present the findings of their works publicly in English within the framework of the International Winter School on Federalism and Governance. The winner should thus be available to undertake his/her research stay during the Bolzano/Bozen week of the International Winter School on Federalism and Governance early February.
Applications are to be sent directly to the program manager by July 01 at 15:00 Rome Time. They must be submitted via E-mail. Please note that applications sent by post will not be accepted. The applicant’s knowledge of English must be at working level. However, the unpublished manuscript does not necessarily have to be in English. It can also be submitted in German, Italian, French and Spanish.
There is no rule concerning the length of the manuscript. We welcome scientific papers/thesis of various lengths.
The unpublished manuscript has to be sent electronically and without any identifying information in it. The program manager guarantees anonymity during the selection procedure. The international jury by rule does not know the author’s identity.
Please note that it is NOT the program manager’s responsibility to strip any identifying information from the manuscript before handing it over to the jury’s president. Unpublished manuscripts containing identifying information will simply be rejected. The same goes for incomplete applications.
In sum, the application must contain:
- the unpublished manuscript (in electronic format without any identifying information)
- in either English, German, Italian, French or Spanish.
- It is compulsory to insert the following declaration as a footnote in the submitted manuscript OR as a separate certification (with your signature): “I hereby confirm that the submitted manuscript ( TITLE ) has not been published yet nor is it in the process of negotiation/publication with any editorial board or publishing house.”
- an abstract in English
- short CV with contact details (E-mail and phone numbers) in English. In accordance to the Italian Law on personal data handling (decree 196/2003), please attach the following consent to your CV: 'I authorize EURAC to use my personal data in accordance to decree 196/2003'.
- a short motivation letter in English (max. 2 pages)
The program manager will send a confirmation of the received application at the beginning of July.
The motivation letter shall contain information on how the applicant intends to use his/her time at EURAC. For instance, it can contain a project idea, which should be in line with the Institute’s research fields. Both biographical information and motivation letter will not be transmitted to the jury before it has submitted its decision to the program manager. Both biographical information and motivation letter are essential for the preparatory phase of the program, but do not count for selection itself.
As a general rule, the candidate shall be member of an academic community, international organization or governmental administration and must be planning to continue his or her professional life in comparative federalism or related fields.
The person ranked first will be contacted by mid-October at the latest. If the person ranked first is no longer interested in the program, the president of the jury and the program manager reserve their final decision whether to grant the research stay to the person ranked second or not to award the EURAC Federal Scholar in Residence Program at all. Motivation letter and biographical information are taken into consideration in such cases.
All candidates will in any case receive a short notice by mid-October. Any contact with the program manager is forbidden during the selection procedure.
All further information see here: http://www.eurac.edu
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