Acls Dissertation Fellowships East European Studies

Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Dissertation completion fellowships can be broadly categorized into the following types: interdisciplinary, thematic, discipline-based, residential, and teaching. Below is a sample list of fellowships that Notre Dame students have applied for – this list is by no means exhaustive of the opportunities available. Students are encouraged to check Pivot for more opportunities related to their research and eligibility.

Interdisciplinary Fellowships

These fellowship competitions are open to students in a wide variety of academic fields.

Josephine de Karman Fellowship

Open to students in any discipline, including international students, who are
currently enrolled in a university or college located within the United States.

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship

Supports a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in
the humanities and related social sciences

AAUW Dissertation Fellowship

Open to U.S. women in all fields of study.

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

For U.S. students who are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education
of all students.

Thematic fellowships

These fellowships are available to students whose work touches on a particular topic, theme, or area.

Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

Supports individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive
perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

These fellowships support students in the final stages of doctoral study whose work offers
significant potential for advancing academic scholarship related to ethics and/or religion.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Dissertation Fellowship

Funds dissertation research regarding questions that interest the foundation, including violence
and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family
relationships, among other subjects.

Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Scholarship

Awards nonresidential Peace Scholar Dissertation Scholarships to students at U.S. universities
who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to peace, conflict, and international

Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Fellowship

RFF will award fellowships for the coming academic year in support of doctoral
dissertation research on issues related to the environment, natural resources, or
energy. RFF’s primary research disciplines are economics and other social sciences.
Proposals originating in these fields will have the greatest likelihood of success.

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Dissertation Fellowship

Applicants should be working on a topic in the field of U.S. foreign relations history
or international history, broadly defined, and must be current members of SHAFR.

ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in East European Studies

Applications should be for work on Eastern Europe: Albania, Bosnia and
Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo/a, Latvia,
Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and
Slovenia. Applicants may propose comparative work considering more than one
country of Eastern Europe or relating East European societies of those of other
parts of the world.

Discipline-based fellowships

These fellowships are available only to students in a particular field.

The Lake Institute on Faith and Giving Dissertation Fellowship

Given to a scholar whose primary research focus is in the area of religion and philanthropy or faith and giving.

Louisville Institute’s Dissertation Fellowship

For students engaged in research pertaining to North American Christianity,
especially projects related to Christian faith and life, religious institutions, and
pastoral leadership.

Schallek Fellowship

Supports an advanced graduate student who is writing a Ph.D. dissertation in any
relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500).

Residential fellowships

Fellows in this category take up residence at a particular university, academy, institute etc. for the award year.

Dumbarton Oaks Junior Fellowship

Offers residential fellowships in three areas of study: Byzantine Studies (including related aspects of
late Roman, early Christian, Western medieval, Slavic, and Near Eastern studies), Pre-Columbian
Studies (of Mexico, Central America, and Andean South America), and Garden and Landscape Studies.

School for Advanced Research Weatherhead Fellowship

For Ph.D. candidates or scholars with doctorates whose work is either humanistic or social scientific in

Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies Academy Scholars

Supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary
excellence in the social sciences (including history and law) with a command of the language, history,
or culture of non-Western countries or regions.

McNeil Center for Early American Studies Dissertation Program

Open to scholars in any discipline for projects focusing on North America and
the Caribbean before 1850

Chavez/Eastman/Marshall Dissertation Fellowships

Supports completion of the doctorate by underrepresented minority scholars
(including African-American, Latina/o, and Native American scholars) and
other graduate scholars with a demonstrated commitment and ability to
advance educational diversity.

Teaching fellowships

These fellowships are designed to give students teaching experience while completing the dissertation.

Five College Fellowship

Supports scholars from under-represented groups and/or scholars with unique interests and
histories whose engagement in the Academy will enrich scholarship and teaching.

Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation Fellowship, Kenyon College

For young scholars who are members of underrepresented groups.

Gaius Charles Bolin Dissertation Fellowships, Williams College

For applicants from underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities, those who are first-
generation college graduates, women in predominantly male fields, or disabled scholars.

Consortium for Faculty Diversity in Liberal Arts Colleges

For U.S. citizens who are members of under-represented minority groups and considering
faculty employment in liberal arts colleges.


The University of Notre Dame has a number of fellowships which can be used for a final year:

University Writing Program Fellowship
English for Academic Purposes Program Fellowship
Kellogg Dissertation Year Fellowship
Nanovic Graduate Dissertation Fellowships
Institute for Advanced Studies Fellowship
Templeton Dissertation Fellowships Program in Early Modern Philosophy of Religion and Theology

Strategies for crafting a dissertation fellowship proposal

Your argument for being awarded a fellowship should address the following claims:

My project is worthwhile.

  • What is the scholarly intervention ?
  • What is the broader application ?

I am uniquely qualified to complete this project.

  • What is your background and preparation?
  • What related research/qualifications do you have?

I will complete my dissertation by the end of the grant year.

  • What is your timeline from application to completion?
  • How can you give evidence of your work ethic ?

My post-PhD trajectory will bring prestige to the granting institution

  • How do you plan to publication/disseminate your research?
  • What are your career plans ?

Consider the following issues related to each particular kind of fellowship:


  • Readers are likely outside your field
  • Teach them about your area


  • Reader receive many applications in similar areas
  • How does your work stick out?


  • Why do you need to be there?
  • Why not stay at Notre Dame?


  • Why teach when you could be service free?
  • Demonstrate you can handle the work load

Analyzing Models to Improve Your Proposal

One of the best ways to improve your own work is to better understand the components of a successful proposal. Below are some questions that can guide your analysis:


  • How does the statement begin?
  • What is the organizing structure of the essay? Chronological, methodological, thematic, narrative, etc.?
  • What kinds of sections is the statement divided into?
  • How does the author handle transitions between sections or paragraphs?
  • How does the statement end?


  • What information does the author assume the reader already has?
  • How does the author contextualize their research?
  • How does the author establish their qualifications?
  • How specific are the details of the proposed project?
  • How does the author convey their work timeline?
  • How does the author link the project to future goals?

Style & language

  • Is the presentation objective or personal?
  • Does the author display a sense of conviction, or “hedge” claims?
  • Does the author employ figurative language or more transparent, direct language?
  • How is technical language employed?
  • Does the author assume the reader’s knowledge of key terminology?
  • How complex is the sentence structure?

The Office of Grants and Fellowships maintains an archive of successful fellowship applications. Please contact the Office of Grants and Fellowships at if you are interested in seeing any recent winning proposals.

This page lists fellowships, grants, and other funding opportunities supporting research and study available to Scholars of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. These programs provide support for research in progress; for prizes rewarding completed research, see ASEEES Prizes and External Prizes.

If you wish to post a listing to this site, or have any comments or suggestions, please e-mail the Communications Coordinator.

This page will list general announcements of repeating programs only. For one-time programs and specific annual announcements, see the Announcements page in the Members' Site.

Undergraduate Student Fellowships:

These programs are intended for students enrolled for two- or four-year undergraduate degrees.

  • The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program funds undergraduate study abroad for US students receiving Federal Pell Grant aid.
  • Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to US undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to US interests and underrepresented in study abroad
  • The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers US undergraduate and graduate students fully-funded intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages, including Russian and Azerbaijani.
  • The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of Fellows to study minority rights and produce original research exploring how and why individuals and societies, past and present, have resisted intolerance and protected democratic values.  Open to current students and recent graduates from the US and nine European countries, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Poland, and Ukraine.

Graduate Student Fellowships:

These programs are specifically intended for students who have not yet completed their PhDs, most often to support dissertation research.

  • ASEEES' own Stephen F. Cohen–Robert C. Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship (CTDRF) Program for Russian Historical Studies "supports the next generation of US scholars to conduct their doctoral dissertation research in Russia"
  • American Research Institute of the South Caucasus offers US graduate student fellowships in support of research and mentoring in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia).
  • Boren Fellowships provide U.S. graduate students the opportunity to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency.
  • CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowships "fund two months’ travel to Europe to conduct the exploratory phase of a projected dissertation project in the social sciences or humanities which will require a subsequent stay in Europe." Anthropology students may be additionally eligible for the Anthropology of Europe Pre-Dissertation Fellowship co-sponsored by the Society for the Anthropology of Europe.
  • The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers US undergraduate and graduate students fully-funded intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages, including Russian and Azerbaijani.
  • Fulbright-Hays fellowships for Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad provide grants to US colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries.
  • The Humanity in Action Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship "aims to increase understanding of complex diplomatic issues, including diversity, and to promote the inclusion of those of minority backgrounds in international fields for the advancement of human rights and international understanding."  Open to current graduate students from the US and current students and recent graduates from nine European countries, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Poland, and Ukraine.
  • Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships "support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing."
  • Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies "are intended to facilitate the timely completion of the doctoral degree by late-stage graduate students focuses on topics in European Studies."
  • Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources "help junior scholars in the humanities and related social science fields gain skill and creativity in developing knowledge from original sources"
  • New York Public Library Short Term Research Fellowships "support scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research."
  • SSRC's Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Student Competition "helps graduate students in the humanities and social sciences formulate effective research proposals through exploratory research and exchanges with other scholars within interdisciplinary areas of study."
  • SSRC's Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowships support graduate students in the humanities and social sciences-regardless of citizenship-enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics.

Post-Doctoral and Early-Career Fellowships:

These programs are specifically intended for recent PhD graduates and/or junior faculty. See also below.

  • The ACLS Public Fellows program places "recent PhDs who aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance" in staff positions at government and nonprofit organizations.
  • The Alfa Fellowship Program "each year offers up to 18 accomplished young Americans, Britons, and Germans the opportunity to complete a high-level professional development program in Russia."  Intended for graduates "in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy or a related field" with at least two years post-graduate professional experience, seeking professional "experience in the modern business, government, public policy, and cultural environment of Russia"; does "not sponsor independent or academic research".
  • American Research Center in Sofia offers "Postdoctoral Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences, for research on any aspect of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Bulgaria and the six other countries we serve, from antiquity to the present day."
  • American Research Institute of the South Caucasus offers US postdoctoral and junior scholar fellowships in support of research and mentoring in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia).
  • The CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program "offers recent PhD graduates the chance to help develop research tools, resources, and services while exploring new career opportunities."
    • CLIR Postdoctoral Fellows in Academic Libraries "work on projects that forge and strengthen connections between academic library collections and their users"
    • CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowships in Data Curation "will provide recent Ph.D.s with professional development, education, and training opportunities in data curation" in Early Modern Studies and Sciences and Social Sciences
  • Columbia University, Harriman Institute's Postdoctoral Fellows Program "enables junior scholars who have recently received the Ph.D. to spend an academic year at the Harriman Institute, working on the revision of their individual research and participating in the life of the Harriman Institute and Columbia." There are a total of 6 positions available in four programs:
    • general (two positions);
    • core project, devoted to a specific theme each year (two positions);
    • the INTERACT Central Asia postdoc (one position);
    • and the Ukrainian Studies postdoc (one semester-long position)
  • George Washington University's Central Asia Fellowship Program "is intended for young professionals—scholars, government officials, policy experts, human rights and democracy activists—who want to enhance their research and analytical skills and seek to become public policy leaders in their respective countries."  CAP also welcomes applications from Kazakhstan for the Bolashak Visiting Fellows Program at the same link: "Young, mid-career, and senior scholars from Kazakhstan who would like to conduct research in Washington, DC and participate in the CAP activities are invited to submit applications."
  • The Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna offers several fellowships for young researchers in various topics:
    • Alexander Herzen Junior Visiting Fellowships "are designed as an award for excellence for the most promising young researchers in the humanities and social sciences from Siberia, the Urals and Far-Eastern" Russia.
    • Józef Tischner Fellowships for Polish and Polish-American Scholars support junior scholars in "all academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences"
    • Junior Visiting Fellowships for Scholars from Ukraine "support research on the legacies of Europe in the history of Ukraine"
    • Tsvetan Stoyanov Fellowships for Bulgarian Scholars support junior scholars of "Bulgaria and/or South-Eastern Europe in a broader European or international context"
    • See also their fellowships for junior and senior scholars, below, and the EURIAS Fellowship Programme, listed separately below
  • The Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center "is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge about Russia, Ukraine, and other states in the region."
    • The Kennan Institute seeks applicants from scholars who have received their Ph.D. within the past 10 years for the newly established Billington Fellowship to conduct research on Russian history and culture.
  • New York Public Library Short Term Research Fellowships "support scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research."
  • Princeton University’s Fung Global Fellows Program "brings exceptional international early-career faculty members working in the social sciences and the humanities to Princeton for a year of research, writing, and collaboration." 
  • Petro Jacyk Education Foundation offers a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Ukrainian Politics, Culture, and Society at University of Toronto "to support the most promising junior scholars studying contemporary Ukraine and thereby advance academic understanding of Ukrainian politics, culture, and society."
  • SSRC Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowships support "research under the rubric of Inter-Asian Contexts and strengthen the understanding of issues and geographies that do not fit neatly into existing divisions of academia or the world and to develop new approaches, practices, and opportunities in international, regional, and area studies."
  • The USC Society of Fellows in the Humanities supports advanced research by postdoctoral fellows and faculty members.

Other Programs:

These programs are not specifically intended for graduate students or recent PhDs, though some may be open to students and junior faculty.

  • The American Academy of Religion-Luce Fellowships in Religion and International Affairs "places scholars with PhDs from the humanities or related social sciences or with ThDs at the US Department of State, under the Department’s Franklin Fellows Program" in order to "bring scholarly knowledge and critical perspectives to the analysis of contemporary issues and the shaping of policy; and to offer scholars opportunities to contribute their expertise while learning about the functioning of a US government agency."
  • The American Council of Learned Societies is "the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels."  They offer about a dozen fellowship and grant programs, including several relevant to Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies scholars:
    • ACLS Fellowships "help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing."
      • In order to encourage humanistic research in area studies, special funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and ACLS has been set aside for ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowships to be designated among the successful applicants to the central ACLS Fellowship competition.
    • ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars "support long-term, unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences."
    • See also graduate and post-doctoral fellowship programs, above.
  • The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme is "an international researcher mobility programme" offering ten-month fellowships at 16 participating Institutes across Europe and Israel
  • The Global Europe Program at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars offers Short-term Research Scholarships in East European Studies "to American academic experts and practitioners, including advanced graduate students, engaged in specialized research requiring access to Washington, DC and its research institutions".
  • IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund provides "fellowships for established professors, researchers and public intellectuals whose lives or careers are threatened in their home countries."
  • Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies offers residential fellowships (referred to as "memberships") for a single semester or an academic year.  Full details concerning the program and how to apply can be found in the announcement of the annual competition for memberships.
  • The Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna offers several fellowships for junior and senior scholars:
    • Bronisław Geremek fellowships enable Polish senior and junior researchers to work on a research project of their choice
    • Milena Jesenská Fellowships for Journalists offer European journalists time off from their professional duties in order to pursue in-depth research on a topic of their choice
    • Paul Celan Fellowships for Translators support translations of canonical texts and contemporary key works in the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies from Eastern to Western, Western to Eastern, or between two Eastern European languages
    • Robert Bosch Fellowships on South Eastern Europe support junior and senior researchers in the humanities or social sciences, who are affiliated with a research institution in the region and pursue research on South-Eastern Europe.
    • See also their fellowships specifically for junior scholars, above, and the EURIAS Fellowship Programme, listed separately
  • The Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center "is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge about Russia, Ukraine, and other states in the region."
    • The Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholarships "are intended for scholars from Russia and Ukraine whose research informs discussion of key public policy issues, enhances development of scholarship in the former Soviet Union, and fosters communication between the world of scholarship and the world of public affairs."
    • The Galina Starovoitova Fellowships on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution seek citizens of the Russian Federation who advance human rights and conflict resolution to spend three to six months in Washington, D.C., forging dialogues with U.S. policymakers and human rights advocates, while in residence at the Kennan Institute.
    • The George F. Kennan Fellowship "seeks applicants from diverse, policy-oriented sectors such as media, business, local government, law, civil society, and academia to examine important political, social, economic, cultural, and historical issues in Russia, Ukraine, and the region."
    • Title VIII-Supported Short-Term Grants "allow U.S. citizens whose policy-relevant research in the social sciences or humanities focuses on the former Soviet Union, to spend up to one month using the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area, while in residence at the Kennan Institute."
  • The Malevich Society awards grants to encourage research, writing, and other activities related to Kazimir Malevich's history and memory.  Proposed projects should increase the understanding of Malevich and his work, or augment historical, biographical, or artistic information about Malevich and/or his artistic legacy. The Society also supports translations and the publication of relevant texts.  Applications are welcomed from scholars of any nationality and at various stages of their career; graduate students are welcome to apply after completing at least one year of dissertation research.
  • NED's Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship Program "supports democratic activists, scholars, and journalists from around the world to undertake independent research on democratic challenges worldwide."
  • The US National Endowment for the Humanities offers an array of grant and fellowship programs to scholars in the humanities:
  • The National Humanities Center, a "residential institute for advanced study in history, languages and literature, philosophy, and other fields" in North Carolina, offers 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities "to scholars of demonstrated achievement and to promising younger scholars".
  • New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers fellowships are "open to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building - including academics, independent scholars, and creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets)." See also ACLS Fellowships for information on the joint ACLS/NYPL Fellowship.
  • New York Public Library Short Term Research Fellowships "support scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research."
  • The NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia has several programs which may be of interest:
    • The Short-Term Fellowship Program "is designed to facilitate research in local collections, expose visitors to the intellectual life of the Russian field at NYU and in the greater New York community, and acquaint faculty and graduate students at NYU with the most recent world-wide trends in the study of Russia."
    • The Writers in Residence Program "brings faculty and researchers whose current work is focused on Russia to the New York University campus every semester. In addition to the support of the Jordan Center, writers receive access to NYU facilities such as Bobst Library, shared office space as available, and the opportunity to workshop their current research as a part of the Jordan Center Occasional Series. Financial support is not provided."
  • The Open Society Archives and Visegrad Fund seek "prospective individual Visegrad fellows after their Master degree and with proven competency in the English language, ready to work on issues related either to the history of the Cold War or to human rights documentation."
  • The Petro Jacyk Visiting Scholars Program "gives scholars at all stages of their careers who work on Ukraine in the social sciences and humanities, including recent PhD or kandydat nauk recipients, an opportunity to come to the University of Toronto in order to conduct their research and interact with Canadian scholars of Ukraine and the region."
  • SSRC's Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Faculty Competition supports "tenured humanities and social sciences faculty interested in creating or reinvigorating interdisciplinary fields of study through the training of the next generation of researchers."
  • The Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection Library Research Fellowship Program supports use of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection at California State University, Sacramento, including "early through contemporary materials across the social sciences and humanities relating to Greece, the Balkans, the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey, and the surrounding region"
  • The University of Pittsburgh's Ruth Crawford Mitchell Fellowship For Czech/Slovak Scholars "enables a Czech or Slovak scholar (not a student) to conduct research at the University of Pittsburgh which will enhance the applicant’s career and deal with problems confronting the Czech and Slovak Republics."
  • The US Department of State's "Fulbright Program" comprises a number of different programs for scholars from college seniors to advanced research faculty. There are over a dozen Fulbright programs operating in over 155 countries worldwide; some programs may be of particular interest to scholars in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies.
    • The Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship is a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows serve in professional placements as special assistants in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries while simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project.
  • The USRF/IREX Yegor Gaidar Fellowship Program in Economics "provides opportunities for mid-level and senior Russian economists and legal experts working in the economic sphere to spend up to six months at U.S. think tanks, universities or research centers".

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