Friday, November 9, 2012

University of Illinois Professor Alma Gottlieb Named Ambassador of E.U. PromoDoc Initiative

The PromoDoc initiative promotes doctoral study in European Union countries. The University of Illinois, with three, is the only US university to have multiple PromoDoc ambassadors.

WASHINGTON, October 1, 2012 – Professor Alma Gottlieb has been appointed to serve as an ambassador of PromoDoc, an E.U.-sponsored initiative that seeks to promote doctoral studies in European Union member states. Over the next year, twenty-five selected PromoDoc ambassadors will advise students in the United States and Canada on the options for doctoral education in the European Union and will promote the opportunities that are available.

PromoDoc consortium members, Campus France and the Institute of International Education, selected the ambassadors based on their extensive experience in European higher education.  Professor Gottlieb has lived and taught in several countries in Europe.  For example, in 2010 she was a Guest Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris; in 2006-07 she  lived in Lisbon, where she was a Visiting Researcher at the Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa; and in 2003 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium).  Professor Gottlieb’s current research is with Cape Verdeans with Jewish ancestry, especially those living in Portugal as well as in New England.

A dedicated teacher and mentor, Professor Gottlieb has appeared on her campus List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students 32 times.  She is currently Director of the Undergraduate Program in Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she has received the Outstanding Mentor Award from the Graduate College.

PromoDoc is a project funded by the European Commission within the framework of the Erasmus Mundus Action 3 (EM A3) program, focusing on the promotion of European higher education at the doctoral level.  The project aims to showcase the attractiveness of doctoral-level study in Europe; improve awareness of opportunities for doctoral study; facilitate access to European doctoral programs among students in third countries, especially in the Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States.

The project also provides a comprehensive web-based resource to help students access doctoral study opportunities in the European Union.  The PromoDoc website includes: doctoral program listings, a guide to the organization of doctoral studies, and information on funding opportunities,
application procedures, living in Europe, associations of doctoral candidates, and career prospects in each European country.

The three-year project is being implemented by an international consortium, led by Campus France and composed of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Nuffic, the British Council, Eurodoc (The European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers), and the Institute of International Education.  For more information, see

For more information about PromoDoc and opportunities for graduate study in Europe through the program, please contact Alma Gottlieb at

See also: University of Illinois Professor K. Peter Kuchinke Named Ambassador of E.U. PromoDoc Initiative


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