Pitt Mobility Programs

COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Response: Learn how the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies is working under the current operational posture at ucis.pitt.edu/creees/covid.

Call for Applications: Pitt Mobility Program with the Herder Institute for Historical Research in East Central Europe, Germany
(Spring-Summer 2021)

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) has opened a call to facilitate research abroad for Pitt faculty and advanced graduate students at the Herder Institute for Historical Research in East Central Europe. To receive full consideration for funding in Spring-Summer 2021, please submit applications by October 15, 2020. While REEES accepts projects in any disciplinary field, proposals focusing on East Central Europe are preferred.

Selection Process
Incoming applications will be assessed by a standing committee of up to two REEES-affiliated faculty members and up to two REEES staff representatives. Applicants will receive a decision within two weeks of submitting their proposals. REEES can provide up to $1,500 in funding for travel, meals, and incidentals. The Herder Institute will provide accommodation. 

Given the diversity of potential applicants and project types, there are a variety of considerations which could be taken into account when assessing applications. Thus, rather than following a strict rubric, review committee members will be asked to look for one or more of the following criteria when making their assessments:

  • To what degree does the project promote the professional development of the applicant in terms of his/her academic research and/or pedagogy?
  • What is the contribution of this activity to the applicant’s academic discipline?
  • What is the contribution of this activity to the field of East Central European Studies?
  • Will this activity promote knowledge about the REEES region on Pitt’s campus?
  • Will this activity raise the profile of REEES and/or Pitt in the broader academic or professional community?
  • Will this activity develop or strengthen institutional partnerships supporting research and/or teaching on the REEES region?

Application Format
To receive full consideration, applicants should submit the following materials to REEES Associate Director Zsuzsánna Magdó:

  1. RESEARCH OR COLLABORATION PROPOSAL: Please provide the following information about your project:

a. Research or Collaboration Objective: Please describe briefly your research topic or the project on which you seek to work with collaborators at the Herder Institute, and the anticipated outcomes of your project.

b. Research or Collaboration Venue and Dates: Explain when and where you intend to undertake your project. Please include: 

Information regarding the department where you would like to conduct your research or collaboration;The specific materials, sources, libraries, interviews, and consultations with Herder Institute colleagues upon which you will draw for your research, or any collaborative projects you plan to develop.

  1. CV: Faculty applicants must ensure that they have updated their UCIS faculty profile and uploaded a current CV at www.ucis.pitt.edu/facsurv. Advanced graduate students should enclose a CV.  
  2. INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT LETTER: Please attach a support letter from the Herder Institute.

 

Call for Applications: Pitt Mobility Program with the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
(Spring-Summer
 2021)

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) has opened a call to facilitate research abroad for Pitt faculty and advanced graduate students at the University of Ljubljana. To receive full consideration for funding in Summer 2021, please submit applications by October 15, 2020. While REEES accepts projects in any disciplinary field, proposals focusing on Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Eurasia are preferred.

Selection Process
Incoming applications will be assessed by a standing committee of up to two REEES-affiliated faculty members and up to two REEES staff representatives. Applicants will receive a decision within two weeks of submitting their proposals. REEES can provide up to $1,500 in funding for travel. Accommodation costs and per diems are covered by the University of Ljubljana. Proposals may receive partial funding.

Given the diversity of potential applicants and project types, there are a variety of considerations which could be taken into account when assessing applications. Thus, rather than following a strict rubric, review committee members will be asked to look for one or more of the following criteria when making their assessments:

  • To what degree does the project promote the professional development of the applicant in terms of his/her academic research and/or pedagogy?
  • What is the contribution of this activity to the applicant’s academic discipline?
  • What is the contribution of this activity to the field of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies?
  • Will this activity promote knowledge about the REEES region on Pitt’s campus?
  • Will this activity raise the profile of REEES and/or Pitt in the broader academic or professional community?
  • Will this activity develop or strengthen institutional partnerships supporting research and/or teaching on the REEES region?

Application Format
To receive full consideration, applicants should submit the following materials to REEES Associate Director Zsuzsánna Magdó:

  1. RESEARCH OR COLLABORATION PROPOSAL: Please provide the following information about your project:

a. Research or Collaboration Objective: Please describe briefly your research topic or the project on which you seek to work with collaborators at the University of Ljubljana, and the anticipated outcomes of your project.

b. Research or Collaboration Venue and Dates: Explain when and where you intend to undertake your project. Please include:

Information regarding the department where you would like to conduct your research or collaboration;The specific materials, sources, libraries, interviews, and consultations with University of Ljubljana colleagues upon which you will draw for your research, or any collaborative projects you plan to develop.

  1. CV: Faculty applicants must ensure that they have updated their UCIS faculty profile and uploaded a current CV at www.ucis.pitt.edu/facsurv. Advanced graduate students should enclose a CV.  
  2. INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT LETTER: Please attach a support letter from a University of Ljubljana department or collaborating faculty member

 

Allowable and Non-Allowable Expenses

**COVID-19 Advisory:  At this time, the University of Pittsburgh is not allowing any non-essential travel by faculty, students, or staff on University business.  Research, conference participation, and most other teaching-related travel qualifies as non-essential travel.  No REEES funds can be used to fund or to plan travel at this time.  No planning should occur until after the University lifts its travel ban. The information below, as it relates to travel, will only be applicable once the travel ban has been lifted.

Allowable Expenses

  • Ground and air transportation to and from partner university.
  • On-campus and on-site research assistance (work study, translator, etc.).
  • Copy and other duplication costs.
  • Books and subscriptions, if justifiably necessary for the research project.
  • Ground and air transportation to and from the conference or workshop site.
  • Visa expenses.
  • Lodging expenses (unless already covered by partner) and meal expenses.
  • Duplication of papers for use at the conference or workshop.
  • Registration fee for conference or workshop.
  • Payment to foreign national firms for services provided outside the United States

Non-allowable Expenses

  • Travel expenses for individuals other than the applicant 
  • Payment to foreign national individuals for services provided outside the United States
  • Equipment
  • Membership fees
  • Any expenses unrelated to the proposed activities

 

Regulations Regarding Travel (Registering Your Travel)

All awards from the REEES are contingent on the US State Department Travel Advisory Level for your destination (country/region/city).  The State Department issues a Travel Advisory for each country of the world. Travel Advisories apply up to four levels of advice, describe the risks, and provide clear actions travellers should take to help ensure their safety. For information on this process, please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/about-our-new-products.html.

Awardees are advised to check the State Department for updates on travel advisories at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html.

Please be aware that for areas classified as Levels 3 & 4, funding eligibility is likely to be impacted.  Per internal UCIS policy, REEES will not fund faculty travel to any Level 4 destination (country/region/city).  To ensure eligibility for funding, REEES recommends selecting alternative countries/regions/cities to do your research that do not fall into Level 4. 

Please note that these restrictions apply to the designation level at the time of travel. As situations around the world can change rapidly, please be sure to stay informed. In addition, should the University issue additional travel restrictions in advance of or during your REEES-funded trip, you will be expected to comply with the new restrictions.  Should you have to cancel a trip for which you have already incurred out-of-pocket expenses due to a University-imposed travel restriction, please contact REEES Associate Director Zsuzsánna Magdó (zsuzsannamagdo@pitt.edu) to determine if the expenses can still be reimbursed. If you choose to undertake travel to a Level 4 country or that violates University restrictions, your grant will be revoked and no expenses will be reimbursed.

To help you stay on top of any changes, the University of Pittsburgh strongly encourages faculty to register all trips abroad that are undertaken for University business (including research) through the International SOS MyTrips portal. UCIS and REEES are strong proponents of this practice. To receive this funding you will be required to show proof that you trip has been registered.  For information on how to register, visit the Global Operations Support website.  Once you have completed the travel registration, you can either forward the confirmation email you receive, or send a screenshot of the final screen showing you have completed all of the steps.  This should be emailed to Sera Passerini before your departure.  Failure to complete this step will jeopardize your funding.

 

Required Reporting

REEES requires all faculty grant recipients to submit a report outlining the results of grant-funded activities.  The report should be no more than two pages and is to be submitted within a month of completion of the funded activities.  In lieu of this, you may choose instead to prepare an article based on your research or initiative for the REEES newsletter in the subsequent semester or academic year.  Your report or your willingness to contribute a newsletter article should be communicated to the REEES Associate Director.

 

Procedures for Processing Reimbursements

Grant recipients should be in contact with REEES Administrative Assistant Sera Passerini before departing to determine what will be needed to ensure a smooth processing of any reimbursements.  Failure to produce proper documentation (receipts, original boarding passes) may result in a reduction in funding.

 

Contact
Zsuzsánna Magdó | Associate Director | Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies | 412-648-7423