For over 40 years, the Title VIII program has supported the professional development of thousands of academics and experts conducting research on Russia and the wider region. Today, scholars engaged in such work who have a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area should consider applying for the Kennan Institute Title VIII Short-Term Grants. Applicants are required to hold an MA degree or higher, or demonstrate commensurate professional achievement. The Kennan Institute accepts applications involving policy-relevant research on Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and cross-border projects involving the Baltic States. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
Title VIII Short-Term Grants provide a stipend of $3,500 for 1 month. While the Kennan Institute cannot provide an office for Short-Term scholars, we do provide a carrel with a computer and internet access. Travel, health insurance, and accommodation expenses are not covered by this grant. Grant recipients are required to be in Washington, D.C. for the duration of their grant.
Two rounds of competitive selection for Short-Term Grants will be held each year with closing dates on March 1 and September 30 (contingent on funding). Please download the application from the link on this page. Successful applicants will clearly explain the policy relevance of their research. Instructions for submitting applications are on the application form. Applications will be reviewed by an expert committee, and applicants will usually be notified of the results within 6-8 weeks. The exact start date for successful applicants will be determined in consultation with Kennan Institute staff.
The Kennan Institute Title VIII Short-Term Grant is supported by the Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII) of the United States Department of State.
The Kennan Institute is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, and encourages applicants of all backgrounds to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for fellowships based solely on their merits.
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