Academics: Grants and Fellowships

A wide variety of grants and fellowships are available to students and faculty specializing in the study of East Central Europe.  Students focusing on the region at Columbia may also apply to the Harriman Institute for funding.

Graduate student support
Undergraduate student support


Funding Programs

Columbia Libraries Research Awards Program


The East European Studies of the Woodrow Wilson Center and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research are pleased to offer the following opportunity for graduate students, who work towards an advanced degree in the fields of the social sciences and humanities including, but not limited to: Anthropology, History, Political Science, Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Sociology, with a regional emphasis on Central and Eastern Europe.

JSTS (Junior Scholars Training Seminar):

Deadline: April 15th, 2012

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the program either by e-mail at or by phone at 202-691-4322.




JULY 15-18, 2012



The IIE Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) is pleased to announce a call for applications for threatened academics whose lives or work are in danger in their home countries. Fellowships support temporary academic positions at safe universities and colleges anywhere in the world.

How to Apply

Who can apply:
Professors, researchers, and lecturers from any country or field may apply. Please refer eligible candidates and forward this announcement to any academic colleagues who may be interested.  

Students or professionals seeking funding to pursue academic studies or training are not eligible.

To apply:
Please download the application materials from:

To host a SRF scholar:

Contact for questions.

How the Scholar Rescue Fund works:
Fellowships support visiting academic positions for up to one calendar year. Awards are issued for up to US $25,000, plus individual health insurance coverage.
Fellowships are disbursed through dedicated host academic institutions, which provide direct support and a safe haven for SRF scholar-grantees. In most cases, host campuses are asked to match the SRF fellowship award by providing partial salary/stipend support and/or housing, material support for researching/publications, and other in-kind assistance. 

Applications are accepted at any time and can be considered on an emergency basis.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research: Inter-Asian Contexts and Connections

The SSRC is pleased to announce a pilot postdoctoral fellowship program that will support transregional research under the rubric “Inter-Asian Contexts and Connections.”  Its purpose is to strengthen the understanding of issues and geographies that don't fit neatly into existing divisions of academia or the world and to develop new approaches, practices, and opportunities in international, regional, and area studies in the United States. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, these fellowships will help junior scholars (those at the postdoctoral stage, one to seven years out of the PhD) complete first books and/or undertake second projects. In addition to funding research, the program will create networks and shared resources that will support Fellows well beyond the grant period.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research will thus provide promising scholars important support at critical junctures in their careers. As stressed by SSRC president Craig Calhoun, "Recent PhDs have written brilliant dissertations bringing new excitement to the social sciences and humanities by taking on the intellectual challenges of innovative transregional work. We want to help them complete, consolidate, and expand the work they’ve undertaken.”

The intellectual thrust of the pilot project will be the re-conceptualization of Asia as an interlinked historical and geographic formation stretching from the Middle East through Eurasia, Central Asia, and South Asia to Southeast Asia and East Asia. Proposals submitted for the fellowship competition should bear upon processes that connect places and peoples (such as migration, media, and resource flows) as well as those that reconfigure local and trans-local contexts (such as shifting borders, urbanization, and social movements). The broad focus of the program is intended to advance transregional research as well as to establish structures for linking scholars across disciplines in the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences. Fifteen fellowships will be awarded over the two-year course of the pilot program.

Applications and additional fellowship details are available on the program website at

Questions can be addressed to

American Council of Learned Societies
Fellowships in East European Studies

For research related to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo/a, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of State under the Research and Training for Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union Act of 1983, as amended (Title VIII).  Priorities for fellowships include career commitment to the field and policy relevant research.  Relevance may be interpreted narrowly as research pertinent to contemporary events or broadly as providing the historical and cultural background necessary for understanding this critical world area.   Applicants must be U.S. citizens.           

Dissertation fellowships
For graduate students who have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation (ABDs)
· Research fellowships for use in Eastern Europe
· Writing fellowships for completing the dissertation outside of Eastern Europe after research is complete.
Early career postdoctoral fellowships
For scholars before tenure, including independent scholars  
Further information is available at

European University Institute

The EUI offers one of the world’s largest and most distinguished graduate programmes

in Social Sciences


Grants are awarded in the fields of: EconomicsHistory & Civilization, Law  and Political & Social Sciences.

The annual deadline for applications is January 31st .

The European University Institute (EUI)  currently hosts about 550 doctoral students from over 50 countries and selected among the finest universities in Europe and beyond.

The EUI’s efficient mix of coursework, seminars and regular student supervision enables 80% of our candidates to complete their degrees – most in less than four years. Depending on the discipline, between 50% and 80% of our graduates find positions in academia. Others find excellent opportunities in European institutions and International organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund as well as in both public and private sectors in many countries.

The application procedure is available on our website.

Further information online.

EUI Communications Service

Email:  Tel : +39 055 4685428


Jozef Tischner Fellowship

This fellowship is geared towards younger Polish or Polish-American scholars(Ph.D. candidates or Post-docs, age limit 35 years) to work for 6 months ona research project of her/his choice in residence at the Institute for HumanSciences (IWM) in Vienna. The fellowship is open to all disciplines in theHumanities and Social Sciences; research proposals related to one of theIWM's main fields are strongly encouraged (for more information pls visit

The fellow will receive a stipend of EUR 9,000 to cover accommodation,living expenses, travel, health insurance and incidentals during the stay atthe Institute. The IWM will provide an office, IT infrastructure, access tointernet, in-house research facilities and other relevant sources in Vienna.

The fellowship can only be taken up in the period July - December 2012.

Mary Nicklas Institute for Human Sciences Spittelauer Laende 3 1090 Vienna Austria phone +43 1 31358-108 fax +43 1 31358-30Email: fellowships@iwm.atVisit the website at




Deadline: March 14, 2012

IREX is pleased to announce the competition for the 2012-13 U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program (EPS). The U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program provides funding for U.S. scholars and professionals to travel to Eurasia and serve U.S. Embassies or USAID Missions as policy specialists on a research topic proposed by the Embassy/Mission.  Researchers are able to directly contribute to the formation of U.S. public policy by conducting research on topics vital to the policy-making community, as well as increase their understanding of current regional issues and develop and sustain international networks. The fellowship provisions include: logistical support, international airfare, visa support, in-country housing and workspace, a living expenses stipend and emergency evacuation insurance.


For 2012-13, applicants may apply for placements in the following countries and fields. Detailed information on each of the topic areas can be found in the application instructions on the IREX website.


USAID Mission, Yerevan: Media; Politics; Think Tanks; Migration



U.S. Embassy/USAID Mission, Baku: Youth/Civil Society

U.S. Embassy, Baku: Economics/Banking Sector; Agriculture; Economics/Tax Code


U.S. Embassy, Tbilisi: Media; Public Administration; Public-Private Partnerships


U.S. Embassy, Astana: Economics; Religion

Kyrgyz Republic

USAID Mission, Bishkek: Public Health/Business; Governance; Migration


USAID Mission, Moscow: Islam/North Caucasus Conflict Mitigation; Gender/North Caucasus Conflict Mitigation; Youth/North Caucasus Conflict Mitigation

U.S. Embassy, Moscow: International Trade; Economic Growth


U.S. Embassy, Dushanbe: Education/Religion; Education/Governance; Youth; Agriculture


U.S. Embassy, Ashgabat: Islam; Rural Life; Clan Structures


USAID Mission, Kyiv: Health Reform; Anti-Corruption; Energy

U.S. Embassy, Kyiv: Law Enforcement; Property Rights; Public Health

*Technical Eligibility Requirements: Scholars and professionals who hold advanced degrees (PhD, MA, MS, MFA, MBA, MPA, MLIS, MPH, JD, MD) and are US citizens are eligible to apply for the this program.

*Application Materials and Information:

*Deadline:  5 p.m. EST on March 14, 2012

*Contact: By email at or by telephone at 202-628-8188

We encourage all applicants to read our recommendations for writing successful international research proposals, found here:

EPS is funded by the United States Department of State Title VIII Program

Individual Advanced Research Opportunities: (IARO) Fellowship


Information for candidates: The Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program (IARO) provides students, scholars and professionals with support to perform policy relevant field research, in the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia.


Application process: Applications will only be accepted through the online application system found at:

Questions may be addressed directly to the IARO Program Staff at or by telephone at 202-628-8188

Eligibility: Masters Students, Pre-doctoral Students, Postdoctoral Students, and Professionals with advanced degrees are eligible for the IARO Fellowship

Countries Eligible for Research: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan

IREX Grants

2012-13 Short Term Travel Grants (STG) Program for Eastern Europe and

IREX is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the
2012-2013 Short Term Travel Grants Program.
  This research support program offers US scholars and professionals the
opportunity to conduct policy-relevant research in Eastern Europe and
Eurasia. Researchers are also able to increase their understanding of
current regional issues, develop and sustain international networks, and
directly contribute to the formation of US public policy by conducting
research on topics vital to the academic and policy-making communities.   The fellowship provides logistical support, international airfare, a
living/housing stipend, visa support, emergency evacuation insurance, and,
in many countries, field office support.
  The Short-Term Travel Grants Program (STG) is a short-term, flexible program
for postdoctoral scholars and professionals to conduct targeted,
policy-relevant research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
  **Eligibility: Postdoctoral scholars and professionals with advanced degrees
are eligible. Applicants must be US citizens.
  ** Information and application:
  **Deadline: 5 p.m. EST on February 1, 2012
  **Contact: By email at or by telephone at 202-628-8188
Countries Eligible for Research:
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria,
Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo,
Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland,
Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan,
Ukraine, and Uzbekistan IARO and STG are funded by the US Department of
State Title VIII Program.



Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowships

Information for candidates: The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program at the Washington, D.C.-based National Endowment for Democracy enables democracy activists, practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change. This five-month, residential program is intended primarily to support practitioners, scholars, and journalists from developing and aspiring democracies; distinguished scholars from established democracies may also apply.


A working knowledge of English is required. All fellows receive a monthly stipend, health insurance, travel assistance, and research support. The program does not fund professional training, fieldwork, or students working towards a degree.


For more information and application instructions, visit Applications will be accepted through the online application system at

IIE Fellowships for Threatened Scholars

Information for all candidates: Fellowships support temporary academic positions at safe universities and colleges anywhere in the world. Fellowships support visiting academic positions ranging from three months to one calendar year.  Awards are issued for up to US $25,000, plus individual health insurance coverage.

Eligibility: Professors, researchers, and lecturers from any country or field may apply.  Qualifying applicants are currently facing or have recently fled from direct and immediate threats. Professors, established researchers, and other senior academics from any country, field, or discipline may qualify. Preference is given to scholars with a Ph.D. or other highest degree in their field, who have extensive teaching or research experience at a university, college, or other institution of higher learning. Applications from female scholars and under-represented groups are strongly encouraged.

Students or professionals seeking funding to pursue academic studies or training are not eligible.


To apply for a fellowship:   Applications and nominations are accepted at any time throughout the year, on a rolling basis. Applications will be considered by the Scholar Rescue Fund Selection Committee at least three (3) times per year, generally in January, April, and October. 

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Contact for questions and visit for more details.


Scholarship Fund of the Polish History Museum

The Scholarship Fund endowed by the Polish History Museum is charged with supporting academic research on the history of Poland as well as activities propagating Polish history abroad. The scholarship is addressed to foreigners who study, or wish to study Polish history.

Scholarships are awarded to the winners of a competition for the best project, either educational, research or promotional in nature. A jury comprised of eminent Polish historians will select the winners of the competition. The Museum may also support the publication of works that result from materials gathered during the scholarship.

There is no limit to the number of times one may apply for the scholarship. Applicants are obliged to submit scholarship applications and all attachments in hard copy and via e-mail. Applications can be submitted in English or Polish. For further details on the application process please visit, where the rules and the application form can be found. Any additional questions should be sent directly to


Kennan Institute Title VIII-Supported Short-Term Grant

Program Scholarship // Application Deadline: Mar 01, 2012

The Kennan Institute offers Short-Term Grants (up to one month's duration) to U.S. citizens whose research in the social sciences or humanities focuses on the former Soviet Union (excluding the Baltic States), and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area. Policy-relevant research is preferred. Academic participants must either possess a doctoral degree or be doctoral candidates who have nearly completed their dissertations. For non-academics, an equivalent degree of professional achievement is expected.

Short-Term Grants provide a stipend of $3200 for 31 days ($103.22/day).

The Kennan Institute cannot provide office space for Short-Term scholars. Travel and accommodation expenses are not directly covered by this grant. There is no official application form for Short-Term Grants. The applicant is requested to submit a concise description (700-800 words) of his or her research project, curriculum vitae, a statement on preferred dates of residence in Washington, D.C., and two letters of recommendation specifically in support of the research to be conducted at the Institute. All of these materials may be submitted via e-mail except for the letters of recommendation. The letters should be sent, with signature, either by fax or post. Applicants should also note their citizenship in their materials. Applications should be submitted in clear dark type, printed on one side only, without staples.

Grant recipients are required to be in residence in Washington, D.C. for the duration of their grant. Four rounds of competitive selection for Short-Term Grants are held each year. Closing dates are March 1, 2012, June 1, 2012, September 1, 2012, and December 1, 2012. Applicants are notified of the competition results roughly seven weeks after the closing date. U.S. citizens are eligible for Short-Term Grants. NOTE: Future Short-Term Grants for non-U.S. citizens will be suspended until further notice. Please check the KI website for updated information on the Short-Term Grant Program for non-U.S. citizens.

Short-Term grant applications are reviewed by at least three members of the Kennan Institute’s Advisory Council. The Director of the Kennan Institute selects grant recipients based on the recommendations of the Council. Selection is based on the following criteria:

The Short-Term Grant Program is supported by the Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the former Soviet Union (Title VIII) of the U.S. Department of State. Continuation of the Short-Term Grant Program in 2012-2013 is contingent on future funding.

Please send all application materials to:

The Kennan Institute
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004-3027.

For more information, please e-mail, call (202) 691-4100, or fax (202) 691-4247.


NATO Parliamentary Assembly Research Assistant Programme

The NATO Parliamentary Assembly usually employs twelve paid Research Assistants from NATO member and Associate nations each year. In general, six of these start in late January and finish in early June. The second group starts in August and finishes in late November or early-December.

All applications from candidates with the appropriate qualifications are placed on a list for consideration. Their names remain on the list for consideration for about twelve months. Candidates are requested to inform the Assembly if they cease to be available to take up a position during that time.

The Assembly receives well over two hundred applications per year from very well qualified candidates.

Every effort is made to assess applications objectively, but many factors must be taken into account. These include the need for a regional balance among participants in the programme. Consequently, it is rare to select two candidates from the same nation for the same intake. Due to the large number of applicants, only candidates selected to participate will be contacted. The names of those selected will be published on this website ( See below for further details regarding candidates from NATO Member Countries and from Associate Delegation Nations.


Information for all candidates

The NATO Parliamentary Assembly is the parliamentary consultative organization of the Atlantic Alliance, comprising 257 members of the national parliaments of the 28 NATO member countries, as well as legislators from 14 Associate Member Nations.

The Assembly is divided into five committees: the Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security, the Defence and Security Committee, the Economics and Security Committee, the Political Committee and the Science and Technology Committee. The full Assembly meets twice a year in different member countries at the invitation of national parliaments. Sub-committees and Special Groups examine specific issues and conduct fact-finding missions throughout the year.

The International Secretariat of the Assembly is based in Brussels and is staffed by some 30 people from the various NATO member countries. The main task of research assistants is to contribute, at the request of Committee Directors or Senior Management, to the research necessary for the drafting of the Assembly reports and other documents. The job occasionally entails some administrative work, but most tasks are research oriented.

Research assistants are recruited for a four to five-month period with a one-month probationary period. Due to the Assembly's work schedule, research assistants are usually requested to commence work either in late January or late August. The stipend is EURO 720 net per month. The Assembly provides a spacious and recently renovated shared five-bedroom townhouse in the European quarter of Brussels free of charge for the Researchers, as well as a basic health insurance policy for the duration of the internship.

Candidates should be completely fluent in oral and written English and/or French. If neither is mother tongue, certified evidence of proficiency level will be required. Knowledge of other European languages is a further asset.

Applicants should apply by typewritten or word-processed letter, indicating their areas of interest and competence, nationality, and period of availability. A curriculum vitæ and two letters of recommendation from referees well acquainted with the applicant's recent work should also be forwarded to the International Secretariat. All documents should be forwarded in one package only, either by post or by email, to the address below.

Please note that the Assembly receives a very large number of applications for only a few places. The names of those selected will be posted on this website.

Qualifications for candidates from NATO member countries

Candidates must possess a first degree and a Master's degree (or equivalent) in Political Science, International Relations or related subjects. Preference will be given to candidates who have recently completed their Master's degree. Ph.D. candidates and those who have recently completed their doctoral work are also welcome to apply but should recognize that during their tenure with the NATO PA, their workday will be dedicated to Assembly defined projects.

Qualifications for candidates from Associate delegation countries

Candidates with backgrounds in academia, government, policy research institutions or journalism are considered. In general, candidates should have a Master's degree (or equivalent) in Political Science, International Relations or related subjects.

Director of the Research Assistant Programme

NATO Parliamentary Assembly

3 Place du Petit Sablon



For more information please visit:



Thesaurus Poloniae Fellowship

Thesaurus Poloniae is a three-month fellowship programme of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland. The programme is implemented by the International Cultural Centre in Krakow, a leading Polish academic centre. Thesaurus Poloniae is addressed to individuals who carry out research on culture, history as well as the multicultural heritage of the Republic of Poland, both past and present, and broadly understood Central Europe. Both individuals who deal with management and preservation of cultural heritage in practical terms and those who carry out theoretical research in the area of heritage, history, sociology, ethnography and anthropology are invited to participate in the programme.

Thesaurus Poloniae is divided into two categories. The first is the ”Senior Programme” addressed to university professors and senior lecturers. The second category is the “Junior Programme”, addressed to PhD holders and doctoral students. The programme provider offers access to research facilities, archives, library resources as well as to education and research programmes of Cracow’s research and cultural institutions. The International Cultural Centre offers fellowship holders single accommodation in the vicinity of the city centre and a place where they can carry out their research work at the Centre’s premises on Krakow’s Main Square. A successful candidate for the programme will be granted a monthly fellowship of PLN 3 500, i.e. ca. EUR 850, for participants in the Senior Programme or PLN 2 500, i.e. EUR 600, for participants in the Junior Programme, as well as a one-off grant which will be received by participants with the first tranche of the fellowship amount to cover the purchase of books and other research aids (PLN 1500, ca EUR 400).   

Each year the International Cultural Centre organizes two calls for applications for eligible candidates for the fellowship award. Three fellowships are awarded in each call.

First call:

Opening:                15th January – 28th February

Results announcement:   Before the end of March

Fellowship time:        1st May – 31st July

Second call:

Opening:                15th May – 30th June

Results announcement:   Before the end of August

Fellowship time:        1st September – 30th Novemeber

Those interested in applying for a Thesaurus Poloniae fellowship are kindly requested to post the following documents to the International Cultural Centre by the above deadlines: CV, letters of recommendation from two research tutors (for applicants to the Junior Programme only) and an essay on the research programme you plan to conduct during your stay in Krakow (up to 500 words.). The application form may be found here.

For additional information please contact  

Completed applications should be sent to:

Thesaurus Poloniae Fellowship

International Cultural Centre

Rynek Glowny 25


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American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS announces the
following Summer, Fall, and Academic Year Fellowship programs:

For a complete list of research fellowships, please visit the website

Title VIII Special Initiatives Fellowship
: Provides grants of up to $35,000
for field research on policy-relevant topics in Armenia, Azerbaijan,
Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in a policy-relevant field and have sufficient
language ability to carry out proposed research. Scholars must conduct
research for at least four months in the field. Funding is available for
U.S. researchers through American Councils from U.S. Department of State
(Title VIII) grant support. Application deadlines: January 15 (Fall and
Academic Year Programs); October 1 (Spring and Summer Programs).

Summer Russian Language Teachers Program: Provides support for teachers of
Russian at the university, high school, and secondary-school level to study
Russian literature, language, culture, and second language pedagogy at
Moscow State University for six weeks. Graduate students with a commitment
to the teaching profession are also encouraged to apply. Awards provide
roundtrip international airfare from Washington, DC to Moscow, Russia;
living stipends; tuition; housing with Russian host families; pre-departure
orientation; weekly cultural excursions; insurance; and visa support.
Funding is available through American Councils from U.S. Department of
Education (Fulbright-Hays) grant support. Application deadline: March 1.

Contemporary Russia Program: Opportunity for secondary-school teachers of
Social Studies and History, professionals, and students to receive funding
for summer study abroad in Moscow, Russia. Five-week summer program offers
courses in Russian culture, politics, and economics; all content-based
classes will be taught in English by faculty of the State University: Higher
School of Economics. Participants also receive six hours per week of
Russian-language instruction; program can accommodate participants at all
levels of Russian-language proficiency. Other program features include
Russian host families, weekly cultural excursions, a full-time U.S. resident
director, weekly working-group meetings, and pre-departure orientation in
Washington, D.C. Funding for this program is pending approval. Application
deadline: March 15.

Title VIII Research Scholar Program
: Provides full support for three- to
nine-month research trips to Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus,
Southeastern Europe, Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova. Fellowships include
roundtrip international travel, housing and living stipends, visa support,
medical insurance, archive access, and logistical support in the field. Open
to U.S. graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty. Funding is
available through American Councils from U.S. Department of State (Title
VIII) grant support. Application deadlines: January 15 (Fall and Academic
Year Programs); October 1 (Spring and Summer Programs).

Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program: Provides full
support for research and up to ten hours per week of advanced language
instruction for three-to-nine months in Russia, Central Asia, the South
Caucasus, Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova. Fellowships include roundtrip
international travel, housing and living stipends, tuition, visa support,
medical insurance, archive access, and logistical support in the field. Open
to U.S. graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty. Funding is
available for research and language study through American Councils from
U.S. Department of State (Title VIII) grant support. Application deadlines:
January 15 (Fall and Academic Year Programs); October 1 (Spring and Summer

Scholarships for language study on American Councils programs overseas: U.S.
graduate students participating in the American Councils Advanced Russian
Language and Area Studies program or the Eurasian Regional Language program
are eligible for funding through American Councils from U.S. Department of
State (Title VIII) grant support. U.S. undergraduates who intend a career in
teaching are eligible for funding through American Councils from U.S.
Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays) grant support for their
participation in the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program or
the Eurasian Regional Language Program. The American Councils Advanced
Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP) provides intensive
Russian-language instruction in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Vladimir, Russia.
The Eurasian Regional Language Program provides intensive instruction in the
languages of Eurasia at leading institutions throughout the region.
Fellowship information and applications are included in regular application
materials for both programs. Application deadlines: March 1 (Summer
programs); April 1 (Fall Semester and Academic Year programs); October 1
(Spring Semester programs).

Overseas Flagship Language Programs: Intensive language training for U.S.
students who wish to attain "distinguished" or "superior" (ILR 3, 3+, 4)
language skills. Programs available for the study of Persian (Academic
Year), Central Asian Turkic Languages (Academic Year), Russian (Academic
Year), or Arabic (Twelve Months). Funding is available through American
Councils from U.S. Department of State (Title VIII), U.S. Department of
Education (Fulbright-Hays), and Institute of International Education (IIE)
grant support. Application deadlines: January 31.

For more information and an application, please contact: Outbound Programs,
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, 1776
Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036; Phone: (202)
833-7522 Email: Website: and

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NSEP David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships
NSEP Boren Fellowships offer US students financial assistance to study world areas and languages critical to US national security. Emphasized areas include Africa, Asia, Eastern and Central Europe, the NIS, the Middle East, and Latin America and the Caribbean. This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in language learning and the study of a culture that is critical to national security. More information can be found at

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International Dissertation Research Fellowship

The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences who are enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research outside of the United States. IDRF promotes research that is situated in a specific discipline and geographical region but is also informed by interdisciplinary and cross-regional perspectives. Research topics may address all periods in history, but applicants should be alert to the broader implications of their research as it relates to contemporary issues and debates. Seventy-five fellowships are awarded annually.  Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $18,750. The fellowship includes participation in an interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.

The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences -- regardless of citizenship -- enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States. 

For more information and for all of the application materials, please visit:

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Council of European Studies Fellowship Program
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The CES Fellowship Program has granted more than 500 awards over the last 35 years, providing doctoral students with the opportunity to travel to Europe to test the feasibility of their dissertation topics.

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American Councils for International Education (ACTR/ACCELS)
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Grants for Research/Study in Central Europe. Summer Abroad (Feb 15 deadline, open to all college students) and three- to nine-month grants (rolling admission, open to all doctoral students). Programs available in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Albania, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Contact American Councils at or (202) 833-7522.

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National Security Education Project (NSEP)
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Graduate international fellowships.

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The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
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Kennan Institute fellowships and grants in the humanities and social sciences.

1. Research Scholar Grants. The Kennan Institute offers resident grants to scholars to utilize the unique resources of the Washington area. The Title VIII Research Scholar program is open to academic participants in the early stages of their career (before tenure) or scholars whose careers have been interrupted or delayed, and provides 3 to 9 months of support—including office space, a research intern, and special borrowing privileges at the Library of Congress. 

2. Short-Term Grants.  Title VIII Short-Term Grants provide up to 30 days of stipend support and use of Institute facilities to conduct research in Washington, and are open to scholars who either possess a doctoral degree or are doctoral candidates who have nearly completed their dissertations. Deadline:  Quarterly - See Website

3.  Summer Research Grant. Scholars who conduct research in the social sciences or humanities focusing on the former Soviet Union (excluding the Baltic States), and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area can apply for the new Summer Research grant. The summer grants must be used between May-September 2012, and grant applicants are required to hold an MA degree or higher. The Summer Research Grant will provide a stipend of $3,200 per month, support for a summer intern, and access to the facilities of the Kennan Institute, including its library. The Kennan Institute cannot provide office space for Summer Grant scholars.  Travel and accommodation expenses also are not directly covered by this grant. 

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The Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe Fellowship at the JFK School of Government
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The Socrates Kokkalis Program offers scholarships leading to a master's degree in public policy or public administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Eligible to apply for the fellowships are natives of Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Turkey, and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, who hold an undergraduate degree recognized by their native state and an academic and/or professional background in one of the following fields: social sciences, public policy and/or administration, the nonprofit sector, law, economics, business, etc. All applicants should demonstrate interest in public service and in our region of focus.

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Foundation for Sustainable Development—International Internship Program
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The Foundation for Sustainable Development (FDS) is an 11-year-old nonprofit organization based in San Francisco that provides hands-on, service-learning internships for those looking to gain development experience and make genuine impact on an international community. Its programs are located in eight countries throughout Latin America, East Africa, and India (Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru, Kenya, Uganda, India), and address development subjects such as micro-enterprise/microfinance, health, environment, youth and education, women's empowerment, community development, and human rights.

Students who participate in the International Internship Program have the opportunity to work with one of the 160 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) partnered with FDS, learning and applying sustainable development solutions on the field. Project work and research are collaboratively designed and implemented by the participant, the FDS team, and the organization to reflect community needs. Seed funding is given to each student to initiate their work and additional funds are available through a grant competition, which trains and encourage students to write effective grants proposals after developing a work plan in-country. Internships run year round for 9 to 52 weeks, allowing students to take a quarter or semester abroad, or do an internship during the summer months.

Students' skills and interests are thoroughly evaluated and matched with the organization that provides the best opportunity for them to make a lasting community impact. The structured program consists of several components that provide students with the support and guidance needed to implement successful projects in a sustainable manner. Participants acquire development skills and training, while immersing themselves in foreign language and culture.

This summer, over 100 projects were conducted by graduate and undergraduate students from nationwide universities in collaboration with their host organization.

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Kohn Doctoral Scholarships at Masaryk University
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Masaryk University has established the Kohn Doctoral Scholarship programme in order to promote international cooperation in all fields of teaching and research at the university. Kohn Doctoral scholarships are open to citizens of the United States of America and of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Applicants must be currently enrolled in doctoral degree programmes.

The scholarships are intended to allow their recipients to carry out their studies or do research at Masaryk University and to contribute to the activities of the department where they are received.

The scholarships have a value of 10,000 CZK per month, and are awarded for periods from three to ten months, depending on the nature of the research or studies that the applicant wishes to pursue. Scholarships holders are exempt from tuition fees. Accomodation, to be paid for by the scholarships recipients, is available in double rooms at the university halls of residence. Travel costs and health insurance are also the responsibility of the scholarship winners.

The selection of successful candidates will be made by the rector of Masaryk University and confirmed by the heirs of Pavel Kohn. The results of the selection process will be made public without unreasonable delay.

For information on Masaryk University and to obtain detailed information about the individual faculties and departments, the fields of study they specialize in, the courses they offer, and the application forms visit the Web site at

Should you require any further information, please get in touch with the Office for International Studies of Masaryk University at

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