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 on the Members' Site.

These programs are intended for students enrolled in 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 $25,000 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 is part of a US government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering 15 critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply.
  • The Humanity in Action Fellowship explores issues of democracy, pluralism, human rights, and social justice. Each program is tailored to its location. Fellows are challenged to understand their host city’s unique history of injustice, its present struggles to encompass groups with minoritized cultures and identities, and the future of its democratic values.

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

These programs are specifically intended for recent Ph.D. graduates and/or junior faculty.

  • The ACLS Public Fellows program places "recent Ph.D.s who aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance" in staff positions at government and nonprofit organizations. This program is currently on hold. Please check their website for the most current status update.
  • The Alfa Fellowship Program "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."
  • ARCS Pre-doctoral Fellowship is for graduate students enrolled in North American academic institutions or academic institutions accredited in North America, who are engaged in research in the humanities and/or social sciences with a focus on Bulgaria or the Balkan Peninsula (antiquity through modern day).
  • American Research Center in Sofia offers the ARCS Residential Fellowship for Southeast European Scholars. The Fellowship is available for citizens of one of the seven countries of SE Europe which are served by ARCS: Bulgaria, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, or Serbia. Pre-doctoral applicants must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program in SE Europe. Postdoctoral applicants will have completed their degree in the last 8 years and should hold a position or be independent researchers in SE Europe. English proficiency is required.
  • The CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program "offers recent Ph.D. graduates the chance to help develop research tools, resources, and services while exploring new career opportunities." CLIR solicits and facilitates the host and fellowship application processes. Fellows are then hired directly by host institutions. Join their mailing list for updates on current programs.
  • 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 Paul Klebnikov Russian Civil Society Fellowshiphelps bring to the Harriman Institute highly qualified Russian journalists and civil society professionals who are known for their independence, integrity, and objectivity. The Institute arranges an extensive visit with experts, policymakers, and professionals in New York to benefit the fellows and their work in Russia.”
    • The Institute for the Study of Human Rights Advocates Program “provides advocates the opportunity to hone practical skills, develop a deeper understanding of human rights, and foster mutually beneficial relationships with organizations and individuals in their respective fields.”
  • 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 offers a variety of fellowships, internships, and competitions for young professionals (scholars, government officials, policy experts, social activists, and journalists), mid-career, and senior scholars. It is intended for those "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: "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 seeks applicants from scholars who have received their Ph.D. within the past 10 years for the 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." 
  • The Stanford University Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Wayne Vucinich Fellowship program invites scholars who have received their Ph.D. in the past 5 years in any discipline whose research focuses on historical or contemporary topics in Russia, East Europe, the Caucasus, or Central Asia to apply for this 12 week fellowship.
  • The USC Society of Fellows in the Humanities supports advanced research by postdoctoral fellows and faculty members.
  • The NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia Post-Doctoral Fellowship program is designed to provide a transition to career independence for recent Ph.D. recipients and provide time to conduct post-Ph.D. research. 
  • Visegrad Scholarship at the Open Society Archives is offered as grants of 2.000 euro each designed to provide access to the archives for scholars, artists, and journalists, and to cover travel to and from Budapest, a modest subsistence, and accommodation for a research period of eight weeks. Stipends for shorter periods are pro-rated.

    Applicants, preferably but not exclusively, from a V4 country, may be researchers, students after their second degree carrying out research, or artists, journalists, academics, or both.

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

  • The Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs deepens public understanding of religion by advancing innovative scholarship on religion in international contexts and by equipping individual scholars and institutions of higher education with the capacities to connect their work to journalism and the media and to engage audiences beyond the academy.”
  • 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." Several are relevant to Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies scholars:
    • ACLS Fellowships aim to select fellows who are broadly representative of the variety of humanistic scholarship across all fields of study. 
    • 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 that support “the professional development of thousands of academics and experts conducting research on Russia and the wider region.”
  • IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund provides "fellowships for established professors, researchers, and public intellectuals whose lives or careers are threatened in their home countries." The Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) is the only global program that arranges and funds fellowships for threatened and displaced scholars at partnering higher education institutions worldwide.
  • 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:
    • Milena Jesenská Fellowships for Journalists “offers European journalists (including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey) time off from their professional duties in order to pursue in-depth research on a topic of their choice.”
    • The Paul Celan Fellowship for Translators supports 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.
    • 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 at the Kennan Institute in Washington, D.C. and forge dialogues with U.S. policymakers and human rights advocates.
    • 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 US citizens whose policy-relevant research in the social sciences or the 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. View the grants that are currently available here.
  • 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:
    • Division of Research Programs Fellowships "support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both."
    • The Public Scholar Program is "intended to support well-researched books in the humanities that have been conceived and written to reach a broad readership."
    • Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants support continuous full-time or part-time activities during periods of performance of one to three years. Projects must be undertaken by at least two scholars working collaboratively. 
    • Summer Stipends "support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both."
  • The National Humanities Center offers 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities "to scholars of demonstrated achievement and to promising younger scholars." Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Mid-career and senior scholars are encouraged to apply. Emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work may also apply. The Center does not support the revision of doctoral dissertations.
  • 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.
  • Fordham University’s Jewish Studies Program and the New York Public Library are delighted to announce joint short-term and mid-term research fellowships in Jewish Studies for the 2021-2022 academic year through the Fordham-NYPL Research Fellowship in Jewish Studies. This joint fellowship program is open to scholars in all fields of Jewish Studies from outside the New York City metropolitan area seeking to conduct on-site research in the New York Public Library, especially the Dorot Jewish Division.
  • 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 Jordan Center Visiting Scholar Fellowship Program aims to support scholars whose research interests are focused on Russia. The fellowship provides individuals with access to the NYU library system, invitations to Jordan Center events, and membership in the Jordan Center community.
  • 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 Ph.D. 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 Abe Fellowship is “designed to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern.”
  • 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 Public Policy Fellowship iis a component of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Fulbright Public Policy Fellows are early- to mid-career professionals who serve in professional placements as special assistants in foreign government ministries or institutions to work on public policy challenges in areas of joint US-host government interest.