Date: Wed, 4 Mar 1998 13:30:03 -0500
From: Kate Polzin kpolzin[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IREX.ORG
Subject: US/NIS Curriculum Development Exchange Program

*Announcement reflects extended application deadline: March 23, 1998*


The International Research & Exchanges Board is currently
accepting applications for the United States Information Agency
Curriculum Development Exchange Program (CDEP). CDEP is a two-way
exchange designed to foster democratization and educational reform in
the New Independent States (NIS) through the provision of four-month
consultations and curricula development programs to educators and
advanced graduate students in the humanities and social sciences from
the United States or Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia,
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and

CDEP participants are affiliated with host universities in the United
States or the NIS, and participate in graduate seminars concerning
methodology and content of their specific fields of study, consult
with department faculty on course design and teaching materials, and
lead part of graduate or undergraduate courses to advance their own
teaching skills.

Opportunities for US Educators and Advanced Graduate Students:
Eligible candidates are US citizens affiliated with a college or
university as a faculty member or doctoral candidate; able to
function successfully in Russian or other NIS language; experienced in
designing and revising curricula in their academic discipline; and
able to participate during fall 1998. Grant provisions include
round-trip travel to NIS host institution, supplemental medical
insurance, pre-arranged housing, living stipend and limited allowance
for teaching materials. A limited number of grants are available for
short-term consulting trips (please inquire regarding eligibility).

Opportunities for US Host Institutions
NIS educators and advanced graduate students have already
been selected through an open competition for the Curriculum
Development Exchange Program. Accredited colleges and universities
are invited to apply to host these participants for one semester
during fall 1998. NIS participants' travel and living expenses are
paid; participants also receive medical insurance and allowances for
professional development activities and teaching materials. Host
institutions are required to allow participants to observe graduate
level pedagogy or field specific courses, appoint an appropriate
faculty member as a mentor, and provide training in and access to
email and the Internet.

The extended deadline for US participant and US host applications is
March 23, 1998. Application materials, guidelines, and
award criteria are available via the IREX website at For further information regarding
the Curriculum Development Exchange Program, please contact IREX at
(202) 628-8188 or irex[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]