The Center offers residence programs and hosts research fellows and student interns for establishing and continuing communication across different disciplines, geographies and stages. The Center's Residence Program is designed to encourage, promote, and support research and reflections on urban history and urban experiences in Eastern and Central Europe. The Center also hosts individual long-term research fellowships and student internships in cooperation with other institutions and programs.
The Residence Program contributes to the Center’s academic life, and more generally, enhances cooperation between scholars within and beyond Ukraine. This format reflects one of the Center’s aims of bridging different disciplines as well as different geographies. Over more than ten years this program supporting research on the region has taken different shapes, ranging from research and travel grants, cooperation with the IWM (Vienna) for the Junior Fellowship for Scholars from Ukraine, to finally developing an extended Residence Program. So far the Center has welcomed more than one hundred researchers from Ukraine, the United States, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Estonia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Switzerland, Romania, and China.
This program is open for researchers of various fields in the humanities from different countries. We welcome applications that offer broad interpretations of urban history as a discipline at the intersection of various approaches of humanities and social sciences. The chronological and geographical frames of the proposed research are limited to the 19th and 20th-century history of East and Central Europe. Preference is given to topics related to the Center’s research focuses, including such themes as urbanization in multi-ethnic cities, individual experience of city residents during 20th-century radical changes and wars, planned cities, urban heritage, commemorative practices in cities, infrastructure and cultural practices in the cities, public history and urban spaces. One of the recent developments for our residency program is a focus on digital history open for applications employing digital techniques to develop a theme under research (such as but not exclusively, databases, the geo-information systems, network analysis, and digital storytelling) and reflecting on digital archiving and new approaches in evaluating, contextualizing, representing, and using various archival media.
Currently the Center has three residency programs:
• research residency for young scholars, working on their PhD thesis or preparing them for publishing (up to 1 month);
• research residency for advanced scholars (up to 2 weeks);
• digital urban history residency in cooperation with the Lviv Interactive project and the Urban Media Archive (up to 1 month)
Within the residency program the Center provides accommodation at our guest apartments, offers access to our materials, such as the library, the Urban Media Archive and assists in facilitating research in archives in Lviv, as well as scholarly contacts. We also provide the opportunity to discuss the preliminary results of research within the Urban Seminar or present in the format of a public lecture.
Annual calls are published in November of the current year with the deadline in mid-January of next year.
The Center is a regular hosting institution for the fellows within the programs of international exchange, such as the Fulbright Program, as well as individual internships for undergraduate students and PhD students from universities in Ukraine and internationally. Dr. Mayhill Fowler was a postdoc fellow in 2011 working on her first book project and teaching at the UKU and returned as a Fulbright Scholar in 2019/2020 with a new research project in cooperation with our focus on cultural infrastructures.
Dr. Diana Vonnak was a pre-doctoral research fellow in 2015 with the support of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Sarah Grandke had her internship at the Center in 2015 as a master’s student from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. The Center has developed a lasting cooperation with the Fulbright Program. Within this program we were happy to host and work with Ashley Bigham (2013/14), Peter Bejger (2017/18), Prof. Rachel Stevens (2017/18), Marla Raucher Osborne (2019/20), Ryan Wolfe (2019/2020). The Center cherishes the possibility to have internships for students. A fruitful and ongoing programs of student internships are developed in cooperation with universities in Lviv, in particular Ukrainian Catholic University’s program in history, cultural studies, and media studies.
For more information about Residence Program or possible internship please contact the Center's program manager, Maryana Mazurak at [email protected]