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Title VIII Special Initiatives Fellowship Program

The Special Initiatives Research Fellowship offers post-doctoral scholars up to $35,000 for field-based, policy-relevant research in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Applicants may apply to conduct research in more than one country, but must plan to spend at least four months in the region overall.
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) funds this program. With its extensive network of offices and staff throughout Central Asia and the Caucasus, American Councils is uniquely suited to assist scholars in the field with travel, visas, academic affiliations, archive access, insurance, and logistical support.

Requirements for eligibility

  • Ph.D. degree in a policy-relevant field (anthropology, area studies, economics, education, history, international relations, language and linguistics, law, political science, security studies, and sociology)
  • Language proficiency
  • A plan to conduct at least four months of full-time research
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residence

How to apply

To apply for this program, send the American Councils the following documentation:

  • Application form
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Research proposal (bibliography included)
  • Research synopsis in host-country language
  • Essay discussing the policy-relevance of the research
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Photocopy of the internal page of your passport 
  • Medical forms

Get detailed information about the requested documents to apply at this program website.
The deadline to apply for the fall and academic year program is January 15, 2008.


American Councils for International Education

Information and contacts

American Councils for International Education
Program Officer, Russian and Eurasian Outbound Programs
address: 1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 700
20036 Washington, D.C.
tel. 001.202.8337522


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