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American Councils for International Education Fellowships


With funds from the U.S. Department of State (Title VIII), U.S. Department of Education (Fulbright Hays), and the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Councils administers several major grants for independent, overseas research in the humanities and social sciences. Both Ph.D. candidates and post-doctoral scholars are eligible to apply for research support. Applicants should plan to spend at least two to three months in the field, preferably longer. In recent years, American Councils scholars have conducted independent research in Albania, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.  Awards applicable to grad students include:

  • Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP) - American Councils' longest-running study abroad program provides intensive Russian-language immersion for US undergraduate and graduate students in Russia. The summer deadline is March 1st, the Fall and academic year deadline is April 1st, and the Spring deadline is October 1st.
  • Eurasian Regional Language Program - Provides graduate students, advanced undergraduates, scholars, and professionals the unique opportunity to study the languages of the independent states of the former Soviet Union in an overseas, immersion setting for a summer, semester or academic year. The summer deadline is March 1st, the Fall and academic year deadline is April 1st, and the Spring deadline is October 1st.
  • Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program - Provides full support for research and approximately ten hours per week of advanced language instruction for three to nine months in Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova.
  • Title VIII Research Scholar Program - Provides full support for three to nine-month research trips to Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova.
  • Title VIII Southeastern Europe Language Program - This program provides fellowships for graduate students, faculty, and scholars to study language for a semester, academic year or summer in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia.
  • Title VIII Southeastern Europe Research Program - This program provides fellowships for graduate students, faculty and scholars to conduct field research for a semester, academic year or summer in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia.
All of the four Title VIII programs listed above have January 15 application deadlines for both the Fall and academic year.  However, according to the website, this is the final January 15th selection. Beginning in Fall 2009, they will move to a once-a-year selection. Please contact Outbound Programs at outbound@americancouncils.org for future deadlines.  Visit the American Councils for International Education Fellowships webpage for more information on all of the aforementioned awards.
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