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History professor selected as ambassador for doctoral studies opportunities in Europe

Posted: 02/21/2013
Looking for advice on how to select a doctoral program in the European Union?

Recently selected as one of 25 ambassadors for the European Commission’s new PromoDoc initiative, Roosevelt University’s Chris Chulos has answers.

An associate professor of history and chair of the Department of History and Philosophy, Chulos can provide information and guidance to any and all who are interested in pursuing a doctorate in Europe in the near future.

Chulos’ primary area of expertise is doctoral education in Finland, where he is a permanent faculty member at the University of Helsinki in Finland. Formerly a research fellow and faculty member at the Renvall Institute for Area and Cultural Studies (now the Department of World Cultures) and an expert in late imperial Russian history, Chulos also will be available through the new PromoDoc intiative to offer advice regarding doctoral programs in history and humanities in Austria, the United Kingdom and Sweden.

“American students need to be realistic about going abroad and getting a doctorate,” said Chulos, who teaches courses at Roosevelt in Modern European Social and Cultural History. “They have to think about how a degree can be relevant and transfer back if they plan to return home,” said Chulos.
“As an ambassador, I am someone who can help assess programs and their value in the United States.”
Funded by the European Commission within the framework of the Erasmus Mundus program and focused on promotion of higher education in Europe at the doctoral level, PromoDoc is a project of the Institute of International Education, the British Council, Campus France, the German Academic Exchange Service, EuroDoc and Nuffic.  Its purpose is to increase awareness of European opportunities for doctoral study by Americans, Canadians, as well as students in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.
As an ambassador, Chulos will be holding information sessions at Roosevelt University this year for all area students who may be interested in doctoral studies in Europe. He also will be an advisor for interested students. For more information on the PromoDoc initiative, visit