Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII), the American Councils Research Scholar Program provides full support for graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars seeking to conduct in-country, independent research for three consecutive months to eight consecutive months in Central Asia, Moldova, Russia, the South Caucasus, Southeast Europe, and Ukraine.
Programs are available in*
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Kosovo||Montenegro|
*Please not that Title VIII funding cannont be used in countries and regions under a U.S. government travel warning. For more information about current travel warnings, please visit the State Department website. Research Scholar applicants may only apply for research in a total of two countries maximum.
**Due to visa regulations, Research Scholar recipients to Russia are required to participate in four hours per week of Russian language tutorials in addition to their academic consultation with a faculty advisor (one hour per week) at their host universities. Language tutorials will provide proficient speakers an opportunity to edit Russian articles for publication, to develop lexica for new areas of study, or to refine advanced speaking and writing skills.
Selection Process and Notification
All applications are reviewed by outside readers with expertise in the applicant's specific research field and region. Written comments from these evaluators, along with all application materials, are then reviewed by a final, independent selection committee of leading U.S. scholars. Criteria used to evaluate applications include (but are not limited to):
- Relevance of research to U.S. policy makers
- Potential of proposed research to provide new insights into the region and/or discipline
- Project focus and degree to which timelines for completion of research are realistic
- Sufficiency of applicant's training and background, including knowledge of existing literature
- Degree of scholarly need for access to resources overseas
- Sufficiency of applicant's language skills to carry out the proposed work (as demonstrated by the applicant's research synopsis and at least one letter of reference).
Fellowship awards are announced roughly sixteen weeks after the application deadline. If you are selected as an alternate, notification of final funding results could take longer than sixteen weeks.
American Councils Support for Scholars
With permanent representative offices in 24 countries across Southeastern Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East, Asia and the United States, employing more than 370 expatriates and host-country nationals, American Councils is uniquely suited to support U.S. scholars in the former Soviet Union. American Councils enjoys close partnership affiliations with many Eurasian institutes for research and higher education. More than 6,000 students, scholars, and researchers have participated in American Councils programs overseas since 1976.
American Councils is dedicated to helping scholars maximize their research time in-country by providing effective logistical support to fellows both before they leave the U.S. and while they are abroad. Before their departure, Title VIII fellows receive a comprehensive regional handbook providing detailed information on such topics as health and safety, travel, and communications. The handbook also contains updates on archive conditions and tips for conducting research in the region from past scholars. American Councils’ Washington D.C. staff consult regularly with scholars to plan convenient travel, obtain appropriate visas, arrange academic affiliations, finalize housing, and provide stipend payments. Overseas staff conduct in-country orientations, obtain otnoshenie for archives, and arrange visa registration. Local staff also provide on-call emergency assistance. Title VIII fellows regularly report that American Councils support enabled them to concentrate all of their energy on research and study, making their time overseas uniquely productive and enjoyable.
Questions? Please contact the Title VIII Program Officer with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (202) 833-7522.