WSF-CES Future of Europe Digital Lab (FEDL)

Call for Applications

2022 Theme: Overcoming Divides for a Green Global Europe

The Council for European Studies (CES) and the World Society Foundation (WSF) are committed to engaging participants from underrepresented communities by bringing researchers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East with other Europeanists through the WSF-CES “Future of Europe Digital Lab” (FEDL). The FEDL is a year-long program that provides a collaborative space where interdisciplinary scholars from these regions discuss their research about Europe with other Europeanists. The outcome of the FEDL is a joint publication in the form of an edited volume that is based on a defined theme where each chapter is authored in pairs that are comprised of one scholar from the Global South and one scholar from the Global North. The FEDL is understood as an opportunity for cross-pollination and for the development of transnational and interdisciplinary research exchange that incorporate and make visible new voices in the field of European Studies. It also aims at making space for Global South expertise in solving Europe’s challenges. Moreover, the FEDL expects that each team works on a project that fits in one of the following interdisciplinary combinations: 1) the humanities and social sciences; 2) the humanities and hard sciences; 3) social sciences and the hard sciences.

The Fellows selected for the Digital Lab work closely with the editors starting with 1) an initial concept proposal that is followed by 2) a short research article to be published on EuropeNow (CES’ flagship online journal), before 3) the development of the final book chapter and/or special issue journal article. 

All FEDL Fellows will receive a one-year CES membership, conference fee waivers, as well as access to one of CES’ Research Networks. FEDL fellows are also eligible to compete for the WSF Writing Awards.

As part of the FEDL Fellows are expected to: 

  • Actively take part in and present ongoing work in monthly Lab peer review meetings (possibility for one-on-one meetings with FEDL officers as needed)
  • Present their work at the 2022 CES Lisbon Conference (FEDL Fellows will be automatically selected to participate). The in-person conference component will be subject to the COVID-19 situation. Fellows from Global South institutions whose papers are selected will be awarded travel grants in full or in part. The assessment of these travel grants will be competitive. If selected for a travel grant, accommodation and travel will be provided for one author per accepted conference paper by using the most economical travel route. The conference is supported by the World Society Foundation (Zurich, Switzerland), the Council for European Studies at Columbia University (CES), and the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal).

Further, if they would like to, FEDL Fellows will have the opportunity to work closely with the Lab leadership to refine their presentation skills and teaching skills in order to:

  • Develop and participate in a CES Insights Webinar. These virtual gatherings will bring together experts from CES’ expansive network to discuss a variety of topics of pressing concern in contemporary Europe.
  • Deliver a virtual masterclass to undergraduate or Master’s students at one of CES’ partner institution (CES will assist with finding appropriate departments in collaboration with fellows).