ANNOUNCEMENT FOR COURSE FUNDING IN THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2019–2020
The Master’s School in Russian and East European Studies/Expertise in Russian and Eastern European Studies (ExpREES), maintained by a national university network, hereby announces the application round opened for the funding of courses in the academic year 2019–2020. The application can be done by filling and submitting the e-form at https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/31236/lomake.html at the latest by 31 January, 2019.
The Master’s School educates experts in REES by offering advanced courses in all Finnish universities. Most often, the studies in the School consist of instruction offered by the member universities in the network. In addition, in the academic year 2019–2020, the Master’s School will spend up to 50 000 euros at the most for additional courses. Besides, the Master’s School will fund summer schools, thesis seminars, alumni gatherings decided by the steering group, and a topical course, compulsory for all (currently Choices of Russian Modernisation).
Target groups and thematic entities
The Master’s School is a national network of 12 universities and it enrolls students from all these universities. In order to facilitate the participation in the funded courses for as many Master’s School students as possible, preference in allocation of money will be given to web courses and short intensive courses. The life streaming of the course improves its nation-wide accessibility. The same applies for the so-called blended instruction.
The proposed courses must be targeted at least in one of the four thematic entities of the School: 1) Politics and Power, 2) Economy and Business, 3) Social Changes and Environmental Issues, and 4) History, Philosophy and Culture. The board especially encourages applicants to offer courses in underrepresented areas, i.e. on the CIS, and Eastern Central Europe. The courses should be extensive both thematically and territorially, and a multi-disciplinary approach as well as crossing the borders of the thematic entities will be valued.
The extent and level of the courses
- The extent of the courses proposed should be 5 ECTS as a rule, however, following the practices of the university which offers the course. In the course outlines, the scope of in-house teaching hours and the mode of completion must be specified.
- The level of the proposed courses must be advanced.
- In the course description, explain what the student’s workload consists of, what are its working methods, and how much it demands working time of a student.
- The proposed intensive or in-house course may be reimbursed by the Master’s School by 2500 euros at the most. In case of a web course, or a videoed lecture course, the maximal reimbursement is 3000 euros.
- The reimbursed costs may include instruction fees, teaching material and organization of exams, social security expenditure, travel and accommodation expenses, and rents of the premises. The university is supposed to participate in covering of the costs.
- The costs will be reimbursed only according to real expenses. Therefore, a report of accountancy must be attached in the invoice. Detailed instructions will be given in the letter of the funding decision.
Ensure before application – take care after implementation
- Before applying, the applicant must absolutely agree with a member university that the course will, if funded, be accepted in its syllabus, and that it is a free-of-charge degree course. The participation of the university is an advantage of a positive funding decision.
- As the number of students of the School is so low and the students are scattered around the country, any course, if based only on their participation, would probably fail to gather a sufficient number of participants. Therefore, any proposed course should belong, instead of the Master School, also to the programme of some other university.
- The applicant must plan the schedule and book the premises for the course together with the organizing university.
- The applicant shall in good time before the deadline take contact to the responsible person for the REES cooperation in her/his university: https://blogs.helsinki.fi/vie-maisterikoulu/personnel/executive-board/?lang=en. They will render more information about possible joint projects in applying for the funding.
A joint application by the university – contact your responsible person
When considering to apply it may be good to collect all the proposals in one package and apply funding for this entity. When doing so, one can avoid proposing overlapping topics, and a joint application may well support the interests of the applicant university in Russian and East European research. Specialists in REES at each university will also learn to know each other.
In this case, the sum applied for the course package may be defined and granted as a lump sum. However, the applicant must itemize the costs of each course in detail according to the instructions given. This option must be announced in the appropriate section of the form. Separate and joint applications will be processed on equal principles.
Instructions for the invoicing
Upon a favourable funding decision by the Master’s School, the applicant must first, after the course has taken place, pay the remunerations from the assets of the organizing university. Then the university submits a breakdown of expenditures to the Aleksanteri Institute and attaches the invoice. Please note that due to technical reasons, the courses shall be organised so that the invoices can be sent by 9 December 2019 in the Autumn term and by 29 May 2020 in the Spring term respectively.
Announcing the decision
The funding decision will be made by the board of the university network of REES. The decisions will be announced to the applicants by 1 March, 2019.