Programs

  • Central Asia Initiative

    The Central Asia Initiative is dedicated to the study of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, as well as their many and vibrant links with Afghanistan, China, Iran, Russia, and other states. It is a part of the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CERES) at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. CERES offers several MA programs through which students may focus on Central Asia, working with faculty and visitors with areas and comparative expertise. The Central Asia Initiative sponsors the Central Asia Lecture Series.


  • Centre for the Study of France and the Francophone World/Centre des Études de la France et du Monde Francophone (CEFMF)

    The CEFMF is home to the interdisciplinary study of France and the francophone world at the University of Toronto. Established in 2007 at the initiative the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the University of Toronto, the Centre is the first and only of its kind to be awarded the French Embassy in Canada’s centre d’excellence label for the breadth and quality of its activities.

    It sponsors a wide range of programs bringing together scholars and students within the University, from across Canada, and from around the world. The Centre supports pathbreaking interdisciplinary research into various aspects of the francophone world, encourages its study at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and engages in outreach towards the broader community across the Greater Toronto Area.


  • Joint Initiative in German and European Studies (JIGES)

    Established by a grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service) and funds from the University of Toronto, the Joint Initiative is a program of cross disciplinary support for research and scholarship at the University of Toronto in the area of German and European studies. The program supports activities such as the following: Dissertation fellowships and research and travel grants, primarily for graduate students in social sciences and humanities.

    –  Exchanges of faculty and graduate students between U of T and German universities.

    –  A limited number of summer research projects for senior undergraduate students in the area of German and European Studies.

    –  Workshops, seminars, and conferences.

    –  A modest program of “seed money” for faculty research.


  • Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Established in 2001 with the support of Petro Jacyk and the Petro Jacyk Educational Foundation, the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine focuses on contemporary Ukraine, as well as its history and culture. The Program actively encourages scholars in Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto and Ukrainianists at other North American institutions to develop joint projects, and facilitates the study of Ukraine by organizing workshops, conferences, lectures and seminars. The Program brings visiting scholars from Ukraine and invites Ukraine’s statesmen and cultural figures to speak in its guest lecture series. The major themes covered by the Program focus on “Challenges of Independent Ukraine” and include: Building an Effective State; Foreign Policy and International Relations; and Education, Culture and National Identity.


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