Benefits for VFF
In 2003-04 CEP offered the following primary benefits to Visiting Faculty Fellows:
* a living stipend (approximately $6,700 per year for new VFFs);
* roundtrip economy-class transportation to and from the country of assignment for the Fellow, their spouses/life partner, and one dependent;
* health insurance for the Fellow, spouse/life partner, and dependent children
* assistance with deferring most student loans;
* a modest allowance for producing, purchasing, and photocopying teaching materials and for purchasing and shipping books (to be donated to the host university at the end of the year);
* e-mail access;
* opportunities for participation in CEP-sponsored events, including Fellow retreats, teaching methodology workshops, student conferences, and regional projects; and
* online services to support teaching, outreach, and communication.
Fellows are included in CEP’s network of scholars, which encompasses over 250 current Visiting and Local Faculty Fellows and hundreds of alumni across the region. The fellowship also provides the opportunity for Fellows to develop lasting contacts with universities in the region.
“The camaraderie with other Fellows, as well as with Bulgarian colleagues and students, which transformed into lasting friendships, and the joys of learning a language and understanding an economy and a society in transition all left a major impression on Sumon…’I have far too many good memories of my CEP days in Bulgaria.’ ”
Profile of Sumon Bhaumik, VFF, Varna University of Economics, Bulgaria (1994-96) in the 2000-2001 CEP Annual Report