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J. Donald Butler Award for Research and Teaching in Istanbul

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Request for Proposals

Deadline: March 4, 2016


Award Description:

The College of Liberal Arts invites faculty and advanced graduate student applications for the 2016 Butler Award. This award has been established to support the University of Minnesota in promoting opportunities for research, scholarship, and creative practices and partnerships in Istanbul, with preference to promote the University of Minnesota's partnership with Accent International's Istanbul Study Center, located in the Beyo─člu district.

The award funds the research and teaching in Turkey, and particularly Istanbul, of scholars from primarily the University of Minnesota. Scholars from other institutions who have close connections to the University of Minnesota are welcome to apply as well. Faculty members and advanced graduate students doing work in Turkey are eligible. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, those that undertake research in ancient, late antique, medieval, Ottoman, or modern Turkish or Eastern Mediterranean studies. Teaching and course development projects for courses related to the region, in either English or Turkish, are also eligible.

A total of $5,000 is available to be awarded for the 2016-17 round, divided between one or more awardees. Funds may be used any time after May 1, 2016, and may not be used for expenses incurred prior to this date. Funds may be used for any research-related expenses except the cost of airfare. It is expected that the funds will be used during residence in Turkey.

Recipients of this award will be expected to deliver a public presentation on their research or teaching experience while in Istanbul. They will also be required to submit a one-page summary of how they benefited from the award at the completion of the award period.

Consecutive award cycles will recur yearly through 2020.

Application Process:

Submit the following to with the subject line "J. Donald Butler Award" by 8:00pm March 4, 2016:

  • Applicant information form here.
  • Two page project proposal describing the research or teaching and the ways in which it will engage interested audiences in both Istanbul and Minnesota
  • Budget for use of funds, including identifying additional support for the project.
  • Two page c.v.

Contact Jeanne Kilde, Religious Studies Program, U of M, with questions:

Selection: An interdisciplinary selection committee will consider the scholarly merits of the proposal, the feasibility of the project, and the impact of the proposed activities in advancing the study of the region and the mission of the Istanbul Center.

Notification: Award Notification will be made by April 1.

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