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Research Partnership Grant With Three Tunisian Universities

Loyola Research Partnership Grant with Three Tunisian Universities

INTERNAL FELLOWSHIPS TO CONDUCT RESEARCH IN TUNISIA AS PART OF LOYOLA RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP GRANT WITH THREE TUNISIAN UNIVERSITIES

Application Deadline: March 10, 2014
Award Amount: 3 awards ($10,958.00 each)
Award Period: May 18-June 21, 2014 (total of 35 days)

Full-time Loyola University Chicago faculty at the Lake Shore, Medical Center, and Water
Tower campuses are invited to apply for internal fellowships worth a total of $10,958.00 each to conduct research in Tunisia during May 18-June 21, 2014 as part of a Loyola grant project coordinated by Principal Investigator (PI) Peter J. Schraeder (Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science) and funded by the U.S. State Department in coordination with the U.S. Embassy in Tunis and three Tunisian Universities: Manouba University, University of Carthage, and the University of Tunis-El Manar.

Background

The Tunisian revolution of January 2011 served as the spark of political change in North Africa
and the Middle East that is commonly referred to as the “Arab Spring” and that is opening up
teaching and research opportunities throughout the region. The U.S. State Department awarded Loyola University Chicago a $250,000 grant to strengthen research partnerships with
three Tunisian universities: Manouba University, University of Carthage, and the University of
Tunis-El Manar. The grant was submitted and is coordinated by Principal Investigator (PI) Peter J. Schraeder, professor and chair in Loyola’s Department of Political Science. During the first year of the grant (2012), three Loyola faculty spent May-June 2012 conducting research in Tunisia, and five Tunisian faculty spent August-September 2012 conducting research in Chicago.  During the second year of the grant (2013), six Tunisian faculty spent August-September 2013 conducting research in Chicago.  During this, the last year of the grant (2014), three Loyola faculty will conduct research in Tunisia during May-June 2014. This project is designed to deepen Loyola University Chicago’s involvement in Tunisia amidst the backdrop of the transformative changes that are occurring throughout North Africa and the Middle East. 

Grant Details

Each Loyola scholar will be affiliated with a specific school/department at one of the three host
Tunisian universities – Manouba University, University of Carthage, and the University of Tunis-El Manar – and will be asked to give one scholarly presentation (e.g., a classroom
lecture) and to take part in one community-based exercise (e.g., visit an organization related to
that scholar’s research project). It is also expected that the research will result in the publication
of a scholarly article or book chapter.

The $10,958.00 grant for each Loyola scholar includes

  • $1,950.00 round-trip (Chicago-Tunis) economy class airfare with a U.S. carrier (as this is a State Department grant, grantees must adhere to the “Fly America” rule) and cabs to/from airports of departure.
  • $3,830.00 for meals and incidental expenses (M&IE) for 35 days at the State Department rate of $111 per day (75% for the arrival and departure days).
  • Up to $3,978.00 for lodging in Tunis for 34 nights at the State Department rate of $117 per night (please note that grantees will be reimbursed only for the actual cost of housing, with the maximum being a total of $3,978.00).
  • $200.00 research affiliation with the Tunis-based Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines à Tunis (CEMAT – Center for Maghreb Studies in Tunis).
  • $500.00 to the Tunis-based Carthage Academic Services to provide initial basic in-country support (aid in finding lodging, meeting upon arrival at the airport in Tunis, and one-day orientation session).
  • $500.00 for an English-speaking Tunisian graduate research assistant selected by the host institution (one for each visiting scholar) to aid in research requests/activities during the five week period of the grant.

It is not expected that the host institution will provide the visiting faculty member with an office.

Eligibility

All full-time Loyola faculty at the Lake Shore, Medical Center, and Water Tower campuses.

Application Deadline

March 10, 2014

Application Materials

1. Research Project Proposal (2 pages)
2. CV
3. Email of support from Department Chair

Please submit as one pdf file all three of the above elements to Peter J. Schraeder (pschrae@luc.edu), grant PI and professor and chair of the Department of Political Science. The review committee will include Patrick Boyle, Vice Provost, Academic Centers & International Initiatives.

Grant Expectations

• Conduct research in Tunisia that will result in the publication of a scholarly article or
book chapter.
• Interact with colleagues at the host Tunisian university.
• Give one scholarly presentation at the host Tunisian university.
• Take part in one community-based exercise related to your research while in Tunisia (e.g., visit an organization related to your research).

Further Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Peter J. Schraeder (pschrae@luc.edu), who is the PI for this grant.

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THIS PROJECT IS MADE POSSIBLE BY FUNDING FROM THE U.S. STATE
DEPARTMENT (BUREAU OF EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE AND
ECONOMIC SUPPORT FUNDS)