Visiting Scholarship

The Center for Belarusian Studies supports one or more visiting scholars annually. The purpose of this program is to encourage the professional development of carefully selected Belarusian scholars through a variety of activities at the Center, located in Winfield, Kansas, USA, and elsewhere in the United States. Typically, the visiting scholars are recent graduates of master’s or doctoral programs (or their equivalents), are active scholars and researchers, are native speakers of Belarusian, and have a demonstrated commitment not only to returning to Belarus following the program but to working actively toward that country’s societal renaissance.

To date, Center for Belarusian Studies hosted 7 scholars from Belarus.

Normally, CBS Visiting Scholars are expected to continue their research goals, contribute to professional and classroom presentation on Belarus (according to area specialties), as well as contribute 20 hours per week to the running of the Center.

The visiting scholar is expected to teach at least one undergraduate course focused on Belarus as framed by their individual specialties. Visiting scholars also lecture at the Center and elsewhere within the Southwestern College academic community, at civic gatherings in the local community and regionally, and at other institutions of higher education in the United States on topics related to the professional competencies of the scholar as well as, more generally, on Belarus-history, culture, current events. The visiting scholar will benefit from daily supervision from the Chair of the Social Science Division as well as communicate regularly with the Executive Director of the CBS.

Scholars also meet, as invited, with communities of the North American Belarusian Diaspora to brief them on developments in Belarus and to publicize widely the existence and activities of the Center for Belarusian Studies. In addition, the Center facilitates attendance at professional conferences as a Center representative in giving peer reviewed papers. The Center offers financial aid for such presentations where deemed appropriate.

When necessary, visiting scholars have supported special events organized by the Center (such as conferences and symposia), by acting as presenters, aiding in logistical planning, and providing language interpretation for visiting dignitaries and scholars.

The Visiting Scholar is responsible, under the supervision of the CBS associate executive director at Southwestern and the CBS office manager, for maintaining the CBS web site and the Center’s Facebook page. This responsibility includes the following: 1) technical capability to post, delete, and manipulate web content and design; 2) responsibility for generating draft site material for review by CBS managers and posting; 3) posting material generated by CBS managers or others.

Call for Applications is usually issued at the beginning of the calendar year. Please, follow the updates on our web-site or on our social media to be receive the information on time.

Inquires about scholarship can be directed to this address:

Dr. M. Paula Survilla
Executive Director
Center for Belarusian Studies
at Southwestern College