CERES Network: Guidelines for applications
The Nordic network on Choices, Resources and Encounters in Russia and other European post-Socialist states (CERES), funded by Nordforsk, grants funds for arranging workshops pertaining to the network’s field of interest. Members of the CERES network or applicants who are collaborating with a CERES network member institution are eligible to apply. Before applying, applicants should contact a network member institution, CERES theme leaders or researchers affiliated with a CERES network institution in order to discuss the relevance and develop the planned workshop. Applications that are considered to fall outside the field of interest of the network will not be funded.

The Ceres call for workshop funding was open 28 March 2012–7 May 2012. This was the last call for CERES workshop funding. It was possible to apply funding for workshops to be organised during the academic year 2012-2013, from August 2012 until May 2013.

The board of the network decided to grant funding to six applications.

Workshops are funded in accordance to the following criteria:

1. Relevance to the CERES network’s field of interest:
Choices, Resources and Encounters in Russia and other European post-socialist states.
The significance of the proposed activity in developing the research agenda of the CERES network and/or in strengthening internal and external networking of the partner institutions, creating new project initiatives and dissemination of research in the field of the network. The primary goal of the workshops is to generate new project applications. Workshops should therefore preferably be Nordic and international. The preference is given to workshops / research groups that have not previously received CERES workshop funding.

The workshop ideas should be developed in cooperation with a relevant institutional member of the CERES network or individual researchers affiliated with these institutions. The institutional members are:
• Aleksanteri Institute (The Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies), University of Helsinki, Finland.
• Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Södertörn University, Sweden.
• Department of Russian and Eurasian Studies, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Norway.
• Department of History and Area Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark.

To this end, workshops with invited external experts/researchers etc. should normally be arranged in the conference facilities offered by the institutional members of the CERES network.

2. The efficiency and realism of the proposed budget:
The practical organization of the workshop is the responsibility of the applicant/organizer. The workshop should be arranged in collaboration with a member institution. The cost should be motivated in relation to the aims and anticipated outcomes of the proposed activity. The grants given by the CERES network will not exceed 3000 € per workshop.

Only actual costs related to the workshop can be financed: for instance, accommodation and travel, expenses for lecture rooms, coffee or meal expenses. Lecture fees can be covered only as an exception. Administrative costs cannot be reimbursed from the network.

The applications should contain the following information:
1. Preliminary programme including:
- the title of the planned workshop
- the planned time frame of the workshop
- the location of the workshop
- the applicant's name
- speakers to be invited
- academic qualification
- workplace and connection to the CERES network.
2. Estimated budget expenses clearly identified.
- Please note: in practice the financial support is received after the event through billing; the organizing partner can bill the network for the sum of actual expenses (not exceeding the sum granted for the event).
3. Purpose and relevance for the CERES network's field of interest
4. Target group
5. Contents/structure
6. Organization
7. Envisioned outcome; this is important since the funds granted by the CERES network should be aimed at creating a joint project, new network, book project etc.

For more information, please contact Eeva Korteniemi or Sari Autio-Sarasmo.