• 2017 Boren Awards: Language Study and Research in Europe

    The application for the 2017 Boren Awards is now open at!

    Boren Awards fund U.S. undergraduate and graduate language study and research abroad in world regions critical to U.S. national interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). Boren Awards promote longer-term linguistic and cultural immersion overseas, and are available to applicants in most fields of study.

    Boren Awards will give preference to applicants planning to study in Eastern European and Eurasian countries, including Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine. Preference is also give to students who are willing to study abroad for longer periods of time and are highly motivated by the potential to work in the federal government once completing the program.

    The Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for undergraduate students for language-focused study abroad.

    The Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for graduate students to fund language study, graduate-level research, and academic internships abroad.

    Webinars on aspects of the Boren Awards, including special regional initiatives and components of the application are scheduled throughout the 2016-2017 academic year. Sign up today at Additional information on preferred countries, languages, and fields of study can be found at

    Applicants are encouraged to contact their Boren Awards campus representatives, listed in a directory on the website, for institution-specific guidance. They may also contact Boren Awards staff directly at 1‑800‑618‑NSEP or

  • Positions Available with the Consulate General of Ireland in Chicago

    The EUC is working very closely with the Consulate General of Ireland in Chicago. Vice-Consul Ragnar Almqvist recently arrived in Chicago for his new mission and has extensive experience working with the EU.

    Please see below for the exciting opportunities being offered:

    1) The Consulate is currently seeking to recruit a Temporary Consular and Passport Office. Deadline: Oct 19, 5pm (

    2) The Consulate is currently seeking to recruit an Intern. Deadline: Oct 19, 5pm (

  • The Fred S. Bailey International Travel Scholarship Application Deadline is October 3rd

    The Fred S. Bailey International Travel Scholarship program will fund up to 75% of the total cost of international travel with a service component. Awards range from $800-$1800. Eligible applicants must have been involved in the program (academic or extracurricular) for a minimum of one semester before traveling. Recipients will be selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to the project/program, long-term career goals in international development or related fields, the trip's potential impact on the student's learning and professional development, potential for positive impact on the host community and financial need.

    Application Period 1 (For trips that occur between December 10, 2016 - August 25, 2017)

    Application Deadline: October 3


    September 7, 12pm-1pm - Travel Scholarship Info Session

    September 13, 4pm-5pm - Travel Scholarship Info Session

    Septemer 28, 1pm-3pm - Bailey Office Hours

    All info sessions and office hours take place at the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign

    For more information, visit:

  • EU Studies Conference Registration Now Open

    We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for this exciting, upcoming annual conference! Proposals for research presentations on any topic relevant to EU studies from scholars, college instructors, and graduate students are welcome. Colleagues with only a nascent academic interest in the EU are also invited to join us without being obliged to present any materials.

    We are also very excited to announce that we will kick-off this annual conference with two special pre-conference events on Friday, October 21: Roundtable on “Freedom of Speech in the Age of New Media and New Publics: France, Europe and Beyond," followed by a reception; and a Film Screening “Networks of Hate,” featuring pre-screening introduction and post-screening Q&A by the film’s director, Ms. Rokhaya Diallo. Ms Diallo will also speak at the roundtable and be joined by another roundtable speaker, Prof. Christian Lequesne, to deliver special presentations at the conference on Saturday, October 22nd.

    Don’t miss these exciting series of events! Seats are limited so register early!
    Registration deadline: Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

  • Call for Applications: 2016-17 EU Center Research Assistantship, 9-month 25% appointment

    The European Union Center is seeking applications for a research assistant with interest in research, grant writing, outreach activities, and academic development. This is a 9-month 25% appointment for the 2016-2017 academic year with potential for summer hourly funding and continued funding during subsequent years. A tuition and fee waiver is possible, depending on the applicant’s graduate program. Some travel within the community may be required along with working evenings and weekends as needed.


    See attached call for further information.


    Deadline for applications: June 17, 2016