Thursday, August 23, 2007

GRANTS- American Councils Title VIII Grants for Research Spring & Summer 2008

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GRANTS- American Councils Title VIII Grants for Research Spring & Summer 2008

Posted by: Sheila Dawes <>

American Councils is pleased to announce that applications for its
2008-2009 Research Scholar Program are now available. Applications for
spring and summer programs are due October 1; applications for fall
and academic year programs are due January 15.

The American Councils Research Scholar Program provides full support
for graduate students, faculty, and post-doctoral scholars seeking to
conduct policy-relevant research for three to nine months in Belarus,
Central Asia, Russia, the South Caucasus, Ukraine, and Moldova.
Scholars may apply for support for research in more than one country
during a single trip, provided they intend to work in the field for a
total of three to nine months.

[Post-doctoral scholars interested in policy-relevant, field-based
research in Central Asia and the South Caucasus should apply for the
Title VIII Special Initiatives Fellowship. Graduate students, faculty,
and post-doctoral scholars interested in advanced language instruction
in addition to support for field research in Belarus, Central Asia,
Russia, the South Caucasus, Ukraine, and Moldova should apply for the
Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training program.]

Award Components: The total value of Title VIII Research Scholar
fellowships, administered by American Councils, ranges from $5,000 to
$25,000. Typical awards include:
- International roundtrip airfare from the scholar's home city to
his/her host city overseas
- Academic affiliation at a leading local university
- Visa(s) arranged by American Councils in direct collaboration with
academic host institutions in order to facilitate archive access and
guarantee timely visa registration
- Opportunity for housing with a local host family
- A living stipend
- Financial and logistical support for travel within the region as
required by research
- Health insurance of up to $100,000 per accident or illness
- Ongoing logistical support from American Councils offices
throughout the region, including in-country orientation and 24-hour
emergency aid

Application Requirements: Scholars in the social sciences and
humanities are eligible to apply for the program. While a wide-range
of topics receive 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 or permanent residents. All
competitions for funding are open and merit based. All applications
will receive consideration without regard to any non-merit factors
such as race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national
origin, marital status, age (with authorized exceptions), political
affiliation, or disability. Funding for this program is made available
by the U.S. Department of State's Program for the Study of Eastern
Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII).

Applications are available for download at or
by contacting the American Councils Outbound Office.

For more information, please contact:

Outbound Programs/ Title VIII Research Scholars
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 833-7522

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