The Visiting Scholars Program at CES

Every year, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies is pleased to host a number of Visiting Scholars from the US and abroad. The Center welcomes applications from post-doctoral social scientists and historians who are working on modern Europe.

The Harvard and CES communities provide an intellectually stimulating environment for scholars of modern Europe. Visitors take part in a weekly seminar that is an opportunity for them to present work in progress and receive feedback from colleagues in their field. In addition, the Center has a full program of talks, study group sessions and conferences in which visitors are encouraged to participate.

Scholars are admitted on a competitive basis for a period of at least three months and up to one year. Most will have their own source of funding such as sabbatical salary or grants since the Center does not generally provide funding for Visiting Scholars.

All questions and inquiries concerning Visiting Scholars should be addressed to the Executive Director of the Center, Dr. Patricia Craig at

Important Dates

Visiting Scholars Program Application Deadline:
The deadline for the 2013-2014 academic year will be in mid-January 2013. CES is not taking those applications at this time.

Off-cycle Application Deadline:
The deadline for 2013-2014 off-cycle applications is October 15, 2012.

John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship Application Deadline:
The deadline for the 2013-2014 academic year will be in early December 2012.

2013-2014 Academic Calendar:
Fall term: September 3, 2013 to December 19, 2013
Spring term: January 27, 2014 to May 12, May 9, 2014

Full FAS Academic Calendar until 2016:


Next Visiting Scholars Seminar

Please join us when the Seminar resumes in the Fall term.

CES Visiting Scholar Andrea Filippetti in Open Democracy

Andrea Filippetti, fall 2011 visiting scholar, co-authored an article appearing in Open Democracy entitled "China's WTO membership: taking stock after the first 10 years." The authors argue that China's accession into the WTO in 2001 sparked fierce debate as to its consequences for China's development, the impact on (un)employment in economically advanced states, and the effect on the international division of labour. Ten years later it is time to take stock and find out what the actual consequences were.

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   Posted on 8 May 2012

CES Visiting Scholar Brigid Laffan in the Irish Times

CES Visiting Scholar Brigid Laffan states in her opinion piece on the Greek crisis that "it would be better to transform the troika programme into an International Monetary Fund programme".

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   Posted on 15 Feb 2012
CES Welcomes Spring Fellows
CES is delighted to welcome 22 researchers into our Visiting Scholars Program during the 2012 spring term. Fellows apply to CES through a competitive process and devote their time to independent research projects across the social science disciplines, while also engaging with the Harvard community.

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Posted on 13 Feb 2012

Visiting Scholars Publications

European Multiculturalisms book cover

Nasar Meer, current visiting scholar, recently released his co-edited volume European Multiculturalisms: Cultural, Religious and Ethnic Challenges, Edinburgh University Press, 2011. This interdisciplinary book reviews the actual state of affairs in several countries in relation to the theories behind immigrant minority claims. With a special focus on Muslim immigrants, the contributors look at the value issues entrenched in multiculturalism and the policy challenges and measures adopted to address them.
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Understanding Academic Work in the Changing Institutional Environment book cover

Liudvika Leisyte, former visiting scholar (2008-2009) published a chapter on the changing practices and identities of academics: "Understanding Academic Work in the Changing Institutional Environment - a comparison between the U.S. and in Europe" in the Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, Springer, 2012.
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Nationhood from Below book cover

Maarten Van Ginderachter, former visiting scholar (2007-2008), recently released his co-edited volume Nationhood from Below. Europe in the Long Nineteenth Century, Basingstoke, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012. In this book, both renowned historians and younger scholars try to answer this question of what the nation meant to ordinary people in a host of European countries, including Italy, Germany, France and Finland.
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