Solicitation for Public Policy Scholars by the Magyar Foundation of

Solicitation for Public Policy Scholars by the Magyar Foundation of North America INTRODUCTION The Magyar Foundation of North America (The Magyar Foundation) is a non-­‐profit organization based in Washington D.C. dedicated to establishing programs to improve the ties and understandings between the people and governments of the United States and Hungary. The Magyar Foundation has received a grant from the Government of Hungary for these purposes, and has determined that authorizing a scholarly research paper detailing recent past relations between the two countries and addressing future political and issue interactions is an important element of its programs for 2015 and 2016. Accordingly, the Magyar Foundation considered various universities and graduate schools of Public Policy in the United States to ascertain their interests and abilities to produce a research and analysis paper, host a public program presenting their results, and then publish their findings and any commentary in a well-­‐
recognized journal of foreign affairs. We are pleased to announce that the Pepperdine School of Public Policy has been selected as the recipient of the Magyar Foundation’s grant funds for conducting our scholarly and public policy research and analysis for the period of December 1, 2015 – February 28, 2016. In order for this effort to be comprehensive and truly reflect the shared histories and perspectives of our countries, the Magyar Foundation wishes to select a Hungarian graduate scholar to come to the United States to co-­‐author academic papers with Pepperdine Professors, and to be a co-­‐presenter of the Papers at a public conference in Washington, D.C. The selected Scholar will spend time in both Washington, D.C. and Malibu, California. Pepperdine’s main campus is located in Malibu. By having a Hungarian-­‐based co-­‐author, we hope to ensure the work truly represents both nations, and better facilitates the writing of a dual version of the paper in Hungarian. The Magyar Foundation will be accepting candidate applications for this position until November 20, 2015. The successful applicant will be selected by a panel consisting of three members of the Foundation Board of Directors. To the extent possible, in-­‐person interviews of finalists will be conducted in Budapest in November. Qualified applicants must be bi-­‐lingual, either be currently enrolled in a Masters or Ph.D. program or have received a graduate degree within the past twelve months, have demonstrated superior research and writing skills, and have experience in Public Policy and Political Science. It is our expectation that the Hungarian Scholar will undertake his or her initial work in Budapest, and then travel to the United States to complete the work with Pepperdine University, and also take part in the public presentation. The Scholar will also be invited to the Lajos Kossuth event in the U.S. Capitol (see below) where more direct interaction with Congressmen will be possible. An additional public presentation of this paper by the scholar is encouraged upon return to Hungary. All travel, meal, lodging and incidental expenses of the scholar will be paid by a grant from the Magyar Foundation as well as a stipend which will be awarded for successful completion of the research and presentation project. The Scholar will sign a grant agreement with the Magyar Foundation. If the selected Scholar would like to discuss obtaining course credit for the project, the Foundation will be pleased to engage in discussions with the Scholar’s academic institution. Please see Attachment A for more information about the Magyar Foundation and available resources. 1 TERMS OF THE GRANT AGREEMENT FOR A SCHOLARLY RESEARCH PAPER AND POLICY FORUM WITH THE PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY The Magyar Foundation has awarded a Grant to the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy to produce new research and analysis on Hungarian American relations. This work shall include the drafting of a policy analysis paper on important historical and current topics of interest between the Governments of the United States and Hungary. Publication of this paper in a prominent journal of foreign policy and a lecture presentation in Washington, D.C. in February 2016 will be expected. This presentation shall coincide with other Magyar Foundation events taking place in Washington that same month. The University has designated Professors Robert G. Kaufman, J.D., Ph.D., and Alexi Shevchenko, Ph.D. for this project. Prof. Kaufman’s research and analysis paper will focus historically on the President Reagan and immediate post-­‐Soviet era, and Prof. Shevchenko’s research and analysis will focus on contemporary issues. The Professors are encouraged to incorporate any interested students at Pepperdine into this project, and may use the finished product in any course they may teach at the University. During the next several weeks, the Professors will likely participate in a telephone conference with Board Members of the Foundation to further refine the scope of work. We envision the fulfillment of the Grant Agreement will have these elements: 1. Actual paper contents and time table: The Professors and the Hungarian Scholar assigned to this project shall provide an outline and a timetable for the completion of their work. The Foundation is interested in a general outline and milestones only, and not an overly-­‐detailed initial summary or week-­‐by-­‐week progress reports. The finished product is due in advance of the Foundation’s Kossuth event on Capitol Hill in February. The papers will be approximately 20 pages in length and include any attachments deemed necessary to substantiate the points that are made. The papers shall be of a quality suitable for donation to the Reagan Library and publication in a well-­‐established journal of international affairs. 2. Presentation of paper. The Foundation requests a public presentation of these papers be made at Pepperdine’s Washington D.C. campus or a public relations center so it will receive the attention of Washington based international experts, and Members of Congress and the Administration. The ultimate goal is to have this presentation recorded so it can become part of the permanent record of the history of Hungarian-­‐American relations. 3. In the interest of time, this grant solicitation is being published today in summary form. The scholar chosen will be expected to sign a Grant Agreement with the Foundation prior to commencing work on the project. 2 SUMMARY Eligibility Requirements: In order to be eligible, Applicants must: • be at least 21 years of age • be a Hungarian citizen • possess a valid Hungarian passport • obtain any required U.S. Visa with assistance from the Magyar Foundation • be bi-­‐lingual in English and Hungarian • be currently enrolled in a Masters or Ph.D. program; or • have received a Ph.D. from a Hungarian University within the past twelve months Participation Requirements: Scholar Applicants must: • be willing and able to begin work on the research analysis in Hungary no later than December 1, 2015. • agree to participate in conference calls with Foundation representatives and the Pepperdine professors as requested. • be willing and able to travel to the United States for the period of January 20 – February 28, to work in collaboration with the Pepperdine Professors in completing the research paper. • agree that the work product is the property of the Foundation, and, as such, can be used by the Foundation for the public presentation described above. • agree to notify and obtain permission from the Foundation for any use, publication, or presentation of the research notes, drafts, or final paper outside of the scope of the project description. • sign a grant agreement with the Magyar Foundation. • obtain any necessary approvals that may be required by the academic institution where the Scholar is enrolled. Application Requirements: Scholar Applicants must: • complete and submit a CV and the attached application no later than 5pm EST November 20, 2015. (Instructions for submission are on the application.) Selection Criteria: Applicants will be scored and selected based on the following: • relevance of the applicant’s course of study to the described research and analysis project • experience in Public Policy and Political Science • demonstrated research and writing skills • demonstrated presentation skills • the interview with members of the Magyar Foundation and its designees Please see the Foundation website, to obtain electronic copies of the application for submission. 3 APPLICATION Public Policy Scholar Magyar Foundation of North America PERSONAL INFORMATION Name:______________________________________________ Contact Information: Email:_______________________________________________ Phone:______________________________________________ Mailing Address:______________________________________ Date of Birth:________________________________________ Passport Information: Issuing Country:______________________________________ Passport Number:_____________________________________ ACADEMIC INFORMATION Graduate Degree(s): University:___________________________________________ Course of Study:______________________________________ Degree Program:______________________________________; or Degree Awarded:_____________________________________ Date Degree Awarded (or expected to be Awarded):_________________________________ 4 Undergraduate Degree(s): University:___________________________________________ Course of Study:______________________________________ Degree Awarded:_____________________________________ Date Degree Awarded:_________________________________ Writing Skills: List of published papers or works: • ______________________________________________ • ______________________________________________ • ______________________________________________ Writing Sample: Please attach a writing sample in English that describes why you would like to participate in the Foundation’s Hungarian Scholar project. The sample should be no more than three pages double spaced. Presentation Skills: Please list all relevant presentation experience. For example, if you have presented in a panel discussion at a conference or meeting, please provide the name of the conference or meeting. • ______________________________________________ • ______________________________________________ • ______________________________________________ If you have taken any speech and/or debate classes, please list below: • ______________________________________________ • ______________________________________________ • ______________________________________________ Certification of Application: I certify that the information I have provided on this application is true. Submission of any false or misleading information, or materials that are not of the applicant’s own scholarship will subject the applicant to disqualification. Name____________________________________________ Date____________________________ Please scan and email your application and CV in English to: [email protected] 5 Attachment A ABOUT THE FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS Jo Anne B. Barnhart Ms. Barnhart is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, has served in a number of executive level positions in the Executive and Legislative branches of the United States including: Commissioner of Social Security for the United States; Assistant Secretary for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS); Associate Commissioner for Family Assistance, DHHS; and Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs. Ms. Barnhart serves as Executive Director of MFNA with responsibility for the budget, grant reporting, day-­‐to-­‐day management of operations, staff, consultants, and projects, and working with legal counsel to ensure all MFNA activities and projects comply with legal requirements. Craig Engle Mr. Engle is a partner at Arent Fox LLP in Washington, D.C. He has more than 30 years of experience in campaign, non-­‐profit, and political law. Before joining Arent Fox, Mr. Engle served as legal counsel for the National Republican Senatorial Committee and as an attorney for one of President Reagan’s first appointees at the U.S. Federal Election Committee. Mr. Engle is MFNA liaison for select Members of Congress and Congressional staff, the Washington, D.C. business and trade association community, and U.S. organizations, colleges, foundations, cities and states across the United States, and universities where his pre-­‐existing professional relationships can facilitate MFNA accomplishing its goals. Mr. Engle serves as legal counsel to MFNA. Chris Larson Mr. Larson is the founding principal of Wolf Point Global (WPG), a consulting firm that advises clients on complex opportunities in boardrooms and elections. WPG and its diverse network of international advisers provide strategic planning and execution to mitigate international governmental and corporate risks and maximize results. Prior to founding WPG, Mr. Larson served as Managing Director for Pataki-­‐Cahill Group, the consulting firm started by former New York Governor, and prominent Hungarian-­‐American, George Pataki. Mr. Larson is MFNA’s liaison to the business community including Hungarian American businessmen in the U.S. Mr. Larson serves as MFNA’s major donor fundraiser and liaison to the primary education industry. Laszlo Bann Mr. Baan is a Hungarian economist and museum curator. Mr. Baan is Director General of Hungary’s Museum of Fine Arts. Director Baan plays an important role in connecting MFNA with the Fine Arts Community both in Hungary and the U.S. Director Baan will serve as advisor for MFNA activities and projects involving the fine arts and as MFNA’s liaison in Hungary. Robert J. Kabel – Nominated (membership to begin January, 2016) Mr. Kabel is a senior attorney in Washington, D.C. with domestic and international legal, political and commercial experience. Mr. Kabel served in President Reagan’s White House Office of Legislative Affairs, and on the staff of two United States Senators, and several international Commissions. Mr. Kabel is also an elected member of the Republican National Committee, serving as its Committeeman for the District of Columbia. Mr. Kabel practices law and government relations in the Washington office of Faegre Baker Daniels, a legal consulting firm established in 1863 with 750 attorneys and professional working in 14 offices across the globe. When Mr. Kabel joins the Board in 2016, he will oversee several of MFNA’s state and federal government-­‐
oriented programs, including working with Members of Congress and various state Governors. 6 The Hon. Connie Mack, (R-­‐FL) Advisor to the Board In 2014, Congressman Mack joined Levick Strategic Communications LLC as Executive Vice President. He is also CEO and Founder of Mack Strategies LLC. Congressman Mack served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2005 to 2013 representing the State of Florida’s 14th Congressional District. During his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Mack served on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere; and on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Prior to being elected to the Congress, he was State Representative for the 91st District in the Florida State House of Representatives from 2000 to 2003. MISSION The Magyar Foundation is dedicated to enhancing relations between Hungary and North America by raising the visibility of and promoting Hungarian culture, contributions, and issues of mutual interest. MFNA Goals: • Recognize the past, current, and ongoing contributions of Hungarian Americans. • Provide opportunities to promote discussion of mutual policy concern. • Outreach, engage and solicit participation of Hungarian Americans in Hungarian-­‐focused events and activities. To accomplish these goals, the Foundation has an ambitious plan for outreach, online education and media and research. The Foundation’s inaugural event, The Spirit of Our Age is Democracy: Celebrating the Father of Hungarian Democracy will honor Lajos Kossuth. Details about the event will be available as the date approaches. The event will be held in February 2016 to coincide with the presentation of the papers authorized under this Agreement. 7 Additional resources being created by the Foundation for the Grantee’s Use: At the same time this research and writing is being undertaken, the Foundation is embarking on a variety of other projects. The Foundation encourages the Grantees assigned to this paper to make full use of these collateral actions and materials, and consult with the Foundation’s staff for more information. Ronald Reagan Library and Foundation (RRFL) The RRFL is the official United States Government facility housing all of the papers of President Ronald Reagan’s Presidency, and includes a large paid staff of professional archivists who assist Foundations, the Press, and Scholars who want to research the legacy of President Reagan’s work. ( The RRFL has an extensive library containing files on President Reagan’s Administration’s work with the Government of Hungary. The Executive Director of the Foundation met with a Library archivist to identify and request documents for review pertaining to American-­‐Hungarian relations. On-­‐site research at the library was conducted and copies of documents were provided for analysis. It is the opinion of the Foundation that the Library will be able to provide unique and valuable first-­‐source materials that will contribute to Pepperdine’s work. It is the Foundation’s opinion that the Reagan Library’s staff of professional archivists can assist the Grantees in creating a historic and forward-­‐looking policy paper for international publication that records and links the legacy of Ronald Reagan and his fight for the freedom of Eastern Europe with the current political and policy initiatives the Governments of Hungary and the United States are undertaking. 8 
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