Funding Opportunities

This page lists fellowships, grants, and other funding opportunities supporting research and study available to Scholars of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. These programs provide support for research in progress; for prizes rewarding completed research, see ASEEES Prizes and External Prizes.

If you wish to post a listing to this site, or have any comments or suggestions, please e-mail the Communications Coordinator.

This page will list general announcements of repeating programs only. For one-time programs and specific annual announcements, see the Announcements page in the Members' Site.

These programs are intended for students enrolled for two- or four-year undergraduate degrees.

  • The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program funds undergraduate study abroad for US students receiving Federal Pell Grant aid.
  • Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to US undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to US interests and underrepresented in study abroad
  • The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers US undergraduate and graduate students fully-funded intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages, including Russian and Azerbaijani.
  • The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of Fellows to study minority rights and produce original research exploring how and why individuals and societies, past and present, have resisted intolerance and protected democratic values.  Open to current students and recent graduates from the US and nine European countries, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Poland, and Ukraine.

These programs are specifically intended for students who have not yet completed their PhDs, most often to support dissertation research.

These programs are specifically intended for recent PhD graduates and/or junior faculty. See also below.

  • The ACLS Public Fellows program places "recent PhDs who aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance" in staff positions at government and nonprofit organizations.
  • The Alfa Fellowship Program "each year offers up to 18 accomplished young Americans, Britons, and Germans the opportunity to complete a high-level professional development program in Russia."  Intended for graduates "in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy or a related field" with at least two years post-graduate professional experience, seeking professional "experience in the modern business, government, public policy, and cultural environment of Russia"; does "not sponsor independent or academic research".
  • American Research Center in Sofia offers "Postdoctoral Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences, for research on any aspect of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Bulgaria and the six other countries we serve, from antiquity to the present day."
  • American Research Institute of the South Caucasus offers US postdoctoral and junior scholar fellowships in support of research and mentoring in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia).
  • The CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program "offers recent PhD graduates the chance to help develop research tools, resources, and services while exploring new career opportunities."
  • Columbia University, Harriman Institute's Postdoctoral Fellows Program "enables junior scholars who have recently received the Ph.D. to spend an academic year at the Harriman Institute, working on the revision of their individual research and participating in the life of the Harriman Institute and Columbia." There are a total of 6 positions available in four programs:
  • The Consortium for Faculty Diversity at Liberal Arts Colleges "invites applications in all disciplines for dissertation and postdoctoral fellowships at more than 50 nationally ranked liberal arts institutions ... with a particular focus on enhancing the diversity of faculty members and of applicants for faculty positions."
  • George Washington University's Central Asia Fellowship Program "is intended for young professionals—scholars, government officials, policy experts, human rights and democracy activists—who want to enhance their research and analytical skills and seek to become public policy leaders in their respective countries."  CAP also welcomes applications from Kazakhstan for the Bolashak Visiting Fellows Program at the same link: "Young, mid-career, and senior scholars from Kazakhstan who would like to conduct research in Washington, DC and participate in the CAP activities are invited to submit applications."
  • The Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna offers several fellowships for young researchers in various topics:
  • The Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center "is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge about Russia, Ukraine, and other states in the region."
    • The Kennan Institute seeks applicants from scholars who have received their Ph.D. within the past 10 years for the newly established Billington Fellowship to conduct research on Russian history and culture.
  • New York Public Library Short Term Research Fellowships "support scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research."
  • Princeton University’s Fung Global Fellows Program "brings exceptional international early-career faculty members working in the social sciences and the humanities to Princeton for a year of research, writing, and collaboration." 
  • Petro Jacyk Education Foundation offers a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Ukrainian Politics, Culture, and Society at University of Toronto "to support the most promising junior scholars studying contemporary Ukraine and thereby advance academic understanding of Ukrainian politics, culture, and society."
  • SSRC Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowships support "research under the rubric of Inter-Asian Contexts and strengthen the understanding of issues and geographies that do not fit neatly into existing divisions of academia or the world and to develop new approaches, practices, and opportunities in international, regional, and area studies."
  • The Stanford University Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Wayne Vucinich Fellowship program invites scholars in any discipline whose research focuses on historical or contemporary topics in Russia, East Europe, the Caucasus, or Central Asia to "pursue her or his independent research in residency and to participate actively in the scholarly activities of the Center".
  • The USC Society of Fellows in the Humanities supports advanced research by postdoctoral fellows and faculty members.

These programs are not specifically intended for graduate students or recent PhDs, though some may be open to students and junior faculty.

  • The American Academy of Religion-Luce Fellowships in Religion and International Affairs "places scholars with PhDs from the humanities or related social sciences or with ThDs at the US Department of State, under the Department’s Franklin Fellows Program" in order to "bring scholarly knowledge and critical perspectives to the analysis of contemporary issues and the shaping of policy; and to offer scholars opportunities to contribute their expertise while learning about the functioning of a US government agency."
  • The American Council of Learned Societies is "the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels."  They offer about a dozen fellowship and grant programs, including several relevant to Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies scholars:
    • ACLS Fellowships "help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing."
      • In order to encourage humanistic research in area studies, special funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and ACLS has been set aside for ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowships to be designated among the successful applicants to the central ACLS Fellowship competition.
    • ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars "support long-term, unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences."
    • See also graduate and post-doctoral fellowship programs, above.
  • The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) "seeks grant and fellowship proposals for projects that promote an understanding of the historic relationship between the United States and Austria (including Habsburg Austria) in the fields of history, politics, economics, law, cultural studies, and public history. "
  • The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme is "an international researcher mobility programme" offering ten-month fellowships at 16 participating Institutes across Europe and Israel
  • The Global Europe Program at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars offers Short-term Research Scholarships in East European Studies "to American academic experts and practitioners, including advanced graduate students, engaged in specialized research requiring access to Washington, DC and its research institutions".
  • IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund provides "fellowships for established professors, researchers and public intellectuals whose lives or careers are threatened in their home countries."
  • Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies offers residential fellowships (referred to as "memberships") for a single semester or an academic year.  Full details concerning the program and how to apply can be found in the announcement of the annual competition for memberships.
  • The Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna offers several fellowships for junior and senior scholars:
    • Bronisław Geremek fellowships enable Polish senior and junior researchers to work on a research project of their choice
    • Milena Jesenská Fellowships for Journalists offer European journalists time off from their professional duties in order to pursue in-depth research on a topic of their choice
    • Paul Celan Fellowships for Translators support translations of canonical texts and contemporary key works in the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies from Eastern to Western, Western to Eastern, or between two Eastern European languages
    • Robert Bosch Fellowships on South Eastern Europe support junior and senior researchers in the humanities or social sciences, who are affiliated with a research institution in the region and pursue research on South-Eastern Europe.
    • See also their fellowships specifically for junior scholars, above, and the EURIAS Fellowship Programme, listed separately
  • The Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center "is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge about Russia, Ukraine, and other states in the region."
    • The Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholarships "are intended for scholars from Russia and Ukraine whose research informs discussion of key public policy issues, enhances development of scholarship in the former Soviet Union, and fosters communication between the world of scholarship and the world of public affairs."
    • The Galina Starovoitova Fellowships on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution seek citizens of the Russian Federation who advance human rights and conflict resolution to spend three to six months in Washington, D.C., forging dialogues with U.S. policymakers and human rights advocates, while in residence at the Kennan Institute.
    • The George F. Kennan Fellowship "seeks applicants from diverse, policy-oriented sectors such as media, business, local government, law, civil society, and academia to examine important political, social, economic, cultural, and historical issues in Russia, Ukraine, and the region."
    • Title VIII-Supported Short-Term Grants "allow U.S. citizens whose policy-relevant research in the social sciences or humanities focuses on the former Soviet Union, to spend up to one month using the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area, while in residence at the Kennan Institute."
  • The Malevich Society awards grants to encourage research, writing, and other activities related to Kazimir Malevich's history and memory.  Proposed projects should increase the understanding of Malevich and his work, or augment historical, biographical, or artistic information about Malevich and/or his artistic legacy. The Society also supports translations and the publication of relevant texts.  Applications are welcomed from scholars of any nationality and at various stages of their career; graduate students are welcome to apply after completing at least one year of dissertation research.
  • NED's Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship Program "supports democratic activists, scholars, and journalists from around the world to undertake independent research on democratic challenges worldwide."
  • The US National Endowment for the Humanities offers an array of grant and fellowship programs to scholars in the humanities:
  • The National Humanities Center, a "residential institute for advanced study in history, languages and literature, philosophy, and other fields" in North Carolina, offers 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities "to scholars of demonstrated achievement and to promising younger scholars".
  • New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers fellowships are "open to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building - including academics, independent scholars, and creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets)." See also ACLS Fellowships for information on the joint ACLS/NYPL Fellowship.
  • New York Public Library Short Term Research Fellowships "support scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research."
  • The NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia has several programs which may be of interest:
    • The Short-Term Fellowship Program "is designed to facilitate research in local collections, expose visitors to the intellectual life of the Russian field at NYU and in the greater New York community, and acquaint faculty and graduate students at NYU with the most recent world-wide trends in the study of Russia."
    • The Writers in Residence Program "brings faculty and researchers whose current work is focused on Russia to the New York University campus every semester. In addition to the support of the Jordan Center, writers receive access to NYU facilities such as Bobst Library, shared office space as available, and the opportunity to workshop their current research as a part of the Jordan Center Occasional Series. Financial support is not provided."
  • The Open Society Archives and Visegrad Fund seek "prospective individual Visegrad fellows after their Master degree and with proven competency in the English language, ready to work on issues related either to the history of the Cold War or to human rights documentation."
  • The Petro Jacyk Visiting Scholars Program "gives scholars at all stages of their careers who work on Ukraine in the social sciences and humanities, including recent PhD or kandydat nauk recipients, an opportunity to come to the University of Toronto in order to conduct their research and interact with Canadian scholars of Ukraine and the region."
  • SSRC's Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Faculty Competition supports "tenured humanities and social sciences faculty interested in creating or reinvigorating interdisciplinary fields of study through the training of the next generation of researchers."
  • The Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection Library Research Fellowship Program supports use of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection at California State University, Sacramento, including "early through contemporary materials across the social sciences and humanities relating to Greece, the Balkans, the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey, and the surrounding region"
  • The University of Pittsburgh's Ruth Crawford Mitchell Fellowship For Czech/Slovak Scholars "enables a Czech or Slovak scholar (not a student) to conduct research at the University of Pittsburgh which will enhance the applicant’s career and deal with problems confronting the Czech and Slovak Republics."
  • The US Department of State's "Fulbright Program" comprises a number of different programs for scholars from college seniors to advanced research faculty. There are over a dozen Fulbright programs operating in over 155 countries worldwide; some programs may be of particular interest to scholars in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies.
    • The Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship is a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows serve in professional placements as special assistants in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries while simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project.
  • The USRF/IREX Yegor Gaidar Fellowship Program in Economics "provides opportunities for mid-level and senior Russian economists and legal experts working in the economic sphere to spend up to six months at U.S. think tanks, universities or research centers".