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Fellowships at Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is pleased to announce that it has been awarded Title VIII funding for the coming program year. We’d like to express our deep gratitude to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research for this critical funding. Renewed Title VIII support will enable the Kennan Institute to maintain its policy-relevant programming in Eurasia and to generate the expertise, linkages, and outreach that supports U.S. policy in the region. Please see the information below on all of our fellowships as well as more details about the Title VIII Research, Summer Research, and Short-term grants. 

The Kennan Institute offers five types of fellowship opportunities. Galina Starovoitova Fellowships on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution are available to citizens of the Russian Federation who have successfully bridged the worlds of ideas and public affairs to advance human rights and conflict resolution. Title VIII  Scholarships (Research, Summer, and Short-term) are available to scholars who are U.S. Citizens; Fulbright-Kennan Research Scholarships are available to scholars in Russia and Ukraine. George F. Kennan and Billington Fellowships are not limited by citizenship. The Kennan Institute offers paid research assistant positions lasting three to nine months for undergraduate, graduate, and prospective graduate students who are U.S. citizens.

In addition, Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowships are also available to scholars studying Russia, Ukraine and other states in the region.

Title VIII Research Scholarships
Title VIII Summer Research Scholarships
Title VIII Short-Term Grants
Billington Fellowship
George F. Kennan Fellowship
Galina Starovoitova Fellowships on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution
Fulbright-Kennan Research Scholarships
Research Assistantships

New Grants to Support Research in the Field of Russian Jewish Experience

Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry awards grants to graduate students, as well as junior and senior faculty, to support research projects in the field of Russian Jewish experience. These research projects may be carried out in various disciplines, including but not limited to sociology, linguistics, history, arts, psychology, education and religion. Eligible research projects may cover various time periods - from Imperial Russia and the Soviet era to the Post-soviet contemporary period.  The geographic regions researched may range from the Former Soviet Union to the United States and Canada, Israel, Germany, Australia and other regions.
To learn more and to apply, visit their website at
The research grants were made possible with the generous support of the Genesis Philanthropy Group.

Undergraduate Call for Submissions

The Birch Journal, run by Columbia University undergraduates, is the first national undergraduate journal dedicated to Eastern European, Eurasian, and Slavic studies. We invite you to submit your essays concerning the culture and politics of the region, as well as literary criticism, creative works (short stories, memoirs, poems, translations), and artwork or photography, to be published both in print and online in our upcoming edition. If you are an undergraduate, anything you may have written for a class in the field of interest may be accepted for publication! Submissions are being accepted until 11:59pm on Saturday, February 10th, 2018. We encourage you to get your submissions in through our website early.

Please click here for more information on our website.


Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies


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