Title VIII Research Scholar Program was 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 U.S. graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars seeking to conduct in-country, independent research for three consecutive months to nine consecutive months in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe. Title VIII Research Scholar Program, 2020 is open only to USA citizens. The fellowship offers Ph.D. and postdoctoral programs in human and social sciences taught at the US State Department.
Selection Process & 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):
- The relevance of research to U.S. policymakers
- Potential of the proposed research to provide new insights into the region and/or discipline
- Project focus and the 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 twelve weeks after the application deadline. Alternate awards are finalized approximately two weeks after initial fellowships have been announced; however, some alternate awards may take significantly longer to be finalized.
U.S. graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars are eligible to apply. While a wide range of topics receives support each year, all funded research must contribute to a body of knowledge enabling the U.S. to better understand the region and formulate effective policies within it. All applicants should clearly describe the policy-relevance of their work, be it in anthropology, history, international relations, political science, or some other field. Applicants must submit:
- A completed online application form
- Research proposal (3 to 5 pages) and bibliography
- Proposed program timeline (including monthly research goals)
- Research synopsis in the host country language (700 words)
- Policy-relevance essay (1-2 pages)
- Archive list and/or sample of a survey instrument for those proposing survey activity
- Updated curriculum vitae or resume
- Photocopy of the inside page of current U.S. passport, clearly showing a photograph, passport number, and expiration date
- Two letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts (of all college- and university-level coursework from the past five years, including all summer programs)*
*For graduate students only.
Letters of recommenders are asked to comment on the relevance and feasibility of the proposed in-country research and the candidate’s qualifications for undertaking the proposed research overseas at this time. The letters of recommendation can be from colleagues, professors, advisors, or other qualified persons who are familiar with the applicant’s work. At least one letter of recommendation should address the applicant’s language skills and ability to conduct research in the host country.
The competition for funding is open and merit-based. Participants must have the necessary academic background for conducting advanced, independent in-country research. In order to receive funding, applicants must be U.S. citizens. All applications will receive consideration without regard to any factor such as race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, geographic location, socio-economic status, marital status, family responsibilities, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability.
Available Subject: Social sciences and Humanities
Scholarship Benefits: Partial Funding, $7,000 to $25,000
Eligible Nationalities: Open to US applicants.
Eligibility for Title VIII Research Scholar Program, 2020:
- Scholars in the social sciences and humanities are eligible to apply for the program.
- While a wide range of topics receives support each year, all funded research must contribute to a body of knowledge enabling the U.S. to better understand the region and formulate effective policies within it.
- All applicants should clearly describe the policy-relevance of their work, be it in anthropology, history, international relations, political science, or some other field.
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
- The competition for funding is open and merit-based.
- All applications will receive consideration without regard to any factor such as race, color religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, or disability.
Please note the following important dates related to the application and program:
- Passports: For Russia, your passport must be valid for 18 months after the program start date. For many other countries, your passport must be valid for 6 months after the program end date. If you do not have a current passport, if it does not have two consecutive blank visa/stamp pages, or if it is not valid for the lengths of time mentioned above, then you should apply for a passport immediately. It can take as long as two months to receive a new passport. American Councils is not responsible for travel delays stemming from the late submission of valid passports or other travel documents.
- Application Deadline: The application deadline for the Title VIII Research Scholar Program is October 1, 2019. All application materials (including recommendations and transcripts) are due at this time.
- Selection: Fellowship awards are announced roughly twelve weeks after the application deadline. Alternate awards are finalized approximately two weeks after initial fellowships have been announced; however, some alternate awards may take significantly longer to be finalized.
- Program Dates: All programs are three to nine consecutive months in duration. All Title VIII Research Scholar programs must take place between June 1, 2020, and August 31, 2021.
- Reporting: Title VIII Research Scholar Program fellows must submit final reports within thirty days of completing their program.
Value of Title VIII Research Scholar Program, 2020:
- The successful applicants of Title VIII Research Scholar Program, 2020 will receive an award of between $7,000 and $25,000.
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