External Funding

Research and Study Abroad
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) offers multiple fellowship programs, including the following which provide postdoctoral scholars the opportunity to conduct full-time research and writing (for 6-12 months) in the social sciences and humanities and related to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia.  Maximum award is $25,000; eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents.

American Councils for International Education ACTR/ACCELS is now accepting applications for its Title VIII Grants for Research and Advanced Language Training programs in Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Southeast Europe, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for these awards. Fellowships will be offered in two categories. Funding for these programs is available through American Councils from 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). All competitions for funding are open and merit based. All applications will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, or disability. Read the application instructions

  • Title VIII Research Scholar Program provides full support for three- to nine-month research trips to Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Southeast Europe, Ukraine, and Moldova. Fellowships include roundtrip international travel, housing and living stipend, visa support, medical insurance, archive access, and logistical support in the field. Open to U.S. graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty.
  • Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program provides full support for research and up to ten academic hours per week of advanced language instruction for three-to-nine months in Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Southeast Europe, Ukraine, and Moldova. Fellowships include roundtrip international travel, housing and living stipend, tuition, visa support, medical insurance, archive access, and logistical support in the field. Open to U.S. graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty.

The Civic Education Project (CEP) Visiting Faculty Fellowship supports higher education reform in universities in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia by placing advanced graduate students/faculty in social science departments for a year of teaching and program development.

The Fulbright Scholar Program for Faculty and Professionals offers research, lecturing and lecturing-research awards to Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltics, and Eurasia in a variety of disciplines.

The Institute of Current World Affairs/Crane-Rogers Foundation awards fellowships for self-designed independent study abroad for a minimum period of two years to young women and men under 36 years of age who demonstrate initiative, integrity, outstanding character, good communications skills, seriousness of purpose, and enthusiasm for their chosen fields.

The International Research and Exchange Board (IREX) offers multiple programs for U.S. and foreign scholar.

  • Individual Advanced Research Opportunites (IARO) provide grants of two to nine months for doctoral students and senior scholars for research at institutions in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
  • Short Term Travel Grants (STG) provide grants for scholarly projects of up to two months focusing on Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
  • US Embassy Policy Specialist Program (EPS) offers US senior scholars the opportunity to conduct research abroad and serve as experts to a US embassy or consulate for approximately one month.

National Council for Eurasion and East European Research (NCEEER) is the largest provider of resources to U.S. scholars for post-doctoral research in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe. It offers multiple opportunities including the National Research Competition, Policy Research Fellowship, Ed Hewett Fellowship, Regional Scholar Exchange Program, and NEH Collaborative Humanities Fellowship.  

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) provides postdoctoral research grants to alleviate many of the burdens placed upon recent PhD recipients. These awards of up to $20,000 aim to provide junior faculty and independent scholars with support to focus on significantly revising and re-writing an existing project or on designing a new research project.  

Writing Grants, Fellowships and Residencies
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables highly qualified scholars under age to carry out research projects of their own choice at German universities for 6-24 months.

The Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies offers multiple grant opportunities for research related to Russia and the Soviet successor states, as well as paid research assistant positions.

  • Title VIII Research Scholarships lasting three to nine months are available to academic participants in the early stages of their career (before tenure) or scholars whose careers have been interrupted or delayed.  Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents.  The Title VIII Research Scholar grant offers a stipend of $3,000 per month, research facilities, word processing support, and some research assistance.
  • Short-Term Grants - (up to one month's duration) for scholars who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area.  Short-Term Grants provide a stipend of $100 per day.  There are no citizenship requirements.

The Schuman Centre offers multiple opportunities for post-doctoral research and writing at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.  Fellowships are generally awarded to nationals of European Union Member States, though applications from other states are also considered.