Center for European Studies Research Fellows

Program Overview

The Center for European Studies’ CES Research Fellows program is a research assistantship initiative that pairs undergraduate students with CES faculty members who are interested in working with students on current research projects. The program provides a unique opportunity for students to gain research experience while learning the research methodologies of various academic disciplines and approaches. Research opportunities with the Center are available in both the social sciences and humanities fields, allowing students from a range of departments the chance to gain experience that will prepare them for future academic pursuits whether it be the University or CLAS Scholars programs, an honors thesis, or graduate school.

Students will gain hands on research experience in one of the wide range of projects currently pursued by CES faculty. In addition, students will gain a deeper understanding of research methods, practice in public speaking through the end-of-term workshop presentations, networking skills from monthly meetings with faculty and professionals in academics, and improved analytical proficiency through reviews and critical analysis of program-related talks and panels.

CES Research Fellows program is open to students in all departments and any class standing (i.e. Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, Senior). CES cannot guarantee that all applicants will be assigned to a faculty project.

Students will be enrolled in EUS 4911 the semester of their fellowship. The course is taken for 3 credits. A zero-credit option is available for students who wish to participate but do not wish to earn credit, but will still be expected to complete the same number of weekly hours as students receiving credit.

For more information, please see the program overview

Research Fellows Requirements:

  • 9-weekly research hours
  • Regular meetings with faculty mentor to review progress
  • End-of-semester research presentation
  • Attendance at monthly fellows meeting
  • Attendance at CES talk and written summary (see program overview)

To Apply:

Please submit the following materials –

  • Application Form
  • Resume or CV
  • 1-page statement of purpose including, but not limited to:
    • Why you are applying for the CES Research Fellows,
    • Faculty research projects of interest (if applicable),
    • What you expect to gain from the experience,
    • Any previous research experience.

Deadline for Spring Semester Fellowship: Extended – Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Deadline for Fall Semester Fellowship: Friday, April 24, 2020

Current Faculty Projects:

Faculty Research Project Overview Research Fellow Tasks
Asli Baysal Dr. Baysal’s research analyzes critical junctures and gradual institutional changes in the EU’s process of democratization beginning from the aftermath of the Second World War until today. Her research looks at periods in which democratic institutions (legislature, executive, and elections) were created or substantially changed. This research relies heavily on archival work (reading through treaty negotiations, parliamentary debates, newspaper articles from 70s and 80s). Weekly assignments will provide research fellows a clear direction such as finding a specific historical evidence to support an argument, or preparing summaries of certain documents. This research project will entail evidence collection, translation (as available/appropriate), as well as the development of an updated literature review. Familiarity with academic articles is an asset. Language skills (especially French, Italian, Dutch or German) is appreciated, but not required. Prior knowledge on the EU is required. The first meeting will cover the basics and develop a tailored set of assignments and research goals.
  • Archival work
  • Literature review
Lisa Booth Current research focuses on Russia, the Cold War, and the intersection of jazz and Russian culture in the 1950s and 1906s. Further details coming soon.
Amie Kreppel In addition to several ongoing research initiatives related to the agenda setting role of the Commission and the European Parliament on which student assistance may still be helpful, Dr Kreppel is also beginning a new research project exploring the role of ideology in determining the policy preferences of member of the Council of the European Union. In particular this research explores the extent to which partners in national level coalition governments are able to use EU level policy making as an opportunity to diverge from the policy preferences their coalition partners by pursuing their own policy preferences at the EU level thanks to the very decentralized character of the Council’s participation in the EU policy process.
  • Data collection
  • Data set construction
  • Development of an updated literature review
Marcel Lewandowsky Prof. Lewandowsky is searching for a Research Fellow in the context of two projects on populism in Europe: (1) The Comparative Party-based Populism Dataset (CPPD) and (2) The Populist Challenge in the German Parliaments. Applicants interested in empirical research on political parties in general and on populist parties in particular are welcome. Knowledge in Excel and statistical programs (esp. Stata) is required.
  • Data collection (e.g. electoral as well as organizational data on parties in Germany and Europe)
  • Data maintenance (e.g. transfer of annotated texts into quantitative data).
Emrah Sahin Dr. Sahin is working on or beginning research on a wide array of projects relating to political and socio-religious themes in southeast Europe, Turkey, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East from the late Ottoman Empire to the present day. Students may also be asked to help with ongoing projects, which can be found online. Dr. Sahin will move away from daily political matters and dig deeper into original and authentic sources to produce a balanced view of the subject matter and students should be ready to critically and diligently examine various dimensions of the topic under study.
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Literature review
  • Theoretical analysis
  • Writing & editing

For more information:

CES Research Fellows Program Director

Corinne Tomasi
3324 Turlington Hall
corie@ufl.edu