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Support for Faculty Research
In the Area of Intercommunal Coexistence

Through the generosity of the Alan B. Slifka Foundation, the Brandeis Initiative in Intercommunal Coexistence is able to offer grants of up to $2000 to several members of the Brandeis faculty who would like to engage in research related to questions of intercommunal coexistence. The funds awarded can be used to cover expenses related to research such as travel costs, research assistance or as stipends for summer research for faculty members themselves. (Please note that money awarded for stipends will be taxable.)

We are seeking letters proposing modest research projects that bring the resources of various scholarly and artistic disciplines to bear on questions and issues as they emerge in the seminar series and also on more general questions pertaining to coexistence and reconciliation. Research undertaken might lead, for instance, to drafts of articles, plans for creative works, presentations for conferences, or the development of new courses or modules. We welcome proposals both from newcomers to these issues and from members of the faculty who have had an ongoing interested in related topics. We are especially seeking proposals for inquiries that build on the seminar series and that might ultimately generate knowledge useful to the emerging professional practice of coexistence work.

Recipients of stipends will agree to submit to the Ethics Center a written report on their research by August 15, 2000 and to attend a meeting in September, 2000 to discuss the results of their research with other recipients. The report should include a summary of their research effort and its results, an annotated list of references consulted, and questions for further research. Members of the faculty who wish to engage in artistic inquiry should use this stipend to engage in preliminary and conceptual work related to their inquiry and should indicate in their report possibilities for ensuing creative work.

Through the Brandeis Initiative in Intercommunal Coexistence, we may be able to provide more substantial support for the extension of several of these preliminary research efforts.

Proposal letters need not be long, but should include a clear statement of the area of inquiry, the questions motivating the project, the disciplinary perspectives to be engaged, the nature of the applicant's interest in and preparation for the project, and a budget. Proposals should indicate the faculty member's ability to complete the report by August 15, 2000 and willingness to attend a meeting to discuss their work the following September.

Proposal letters should be received at the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life no later than 5 p.m., Monday, November 1, 1999. They should be directed to: Dr. Cynthia Cohen, Coexistence Program Director; International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life; Brandeis University. Proposals can be hand delivered to the Director's office in Ridgewood 20, sent via campus mail to MS 086, sent via email ( or faxed (781-736-8561). Clear hard copies should follow submissions by fax or email.

Letters of proposal will be reviewed by the staff of the Ethics Center joined by one or two non-Brandeis experts in the field. Decisions will be announced by early December.

Please don't hesitate to contact Dr. Cynthia Cohen at or x62133, if you have any questions or if you would like to discuss a proposal idea.

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