Eurasia Program Fellowships, Social Science Research Council (SSRC)

Eurasia Program Fellowships

Supporting and sustaining American expertise on and within this critical world region



The Eurasia Program offers two types of fellowship support, providing financial and academic support to graduate students in the early stages of dissertation development and Ph.D. candidates near completion of their doctoral programs in the social sciences and related humanities.



The funding for this fellowship program is provided by the Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Office of Outreach Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Independent States of the Former Soviet Union). One of the goals of the Title VIII program is to support and sustain American expertise on the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. This program also works to support outreach; build relationships between the policy community and the academic community; help build national capability by engaging diverse experts in the exploration of new ideas and perspectives; and create new knowledge and research.



Pre-Dissertation Awards (PDAs)

Pre-Dissertation Awards (PDAs) enable early-stage graduate students to perform initial field assessments of up to 4 weeks for archival exploration, preliminary interviews, and other forms of feasibility studies related to their dissertations. We anticipate awarding 6 young scholars the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of their proposed field sites, establish contacts within local communities, meet with local scholars, and gain insight into how their dissertation topic resonates with regional intellectual, political, and social currents. Proposals should reflect a clear plan for initial field assessment, require a budget of less than $3,000, and clearly articulate the policy relevance of the proposed project.



Dissertation Development Awards (DDAs)

Dissertation Development Awards (DDAs) are intended to provide one year of support to enable the prompt completion of a PhD dissertation. We anticipate offering approximately 10 DDAs (with stipends up to $20,000) to advanced graduate students who have completed their fieldwork. Fellows will participate in professionalization activities and a fall workshop, and contribute to the Eurasia Program's new working paper and policy brief series. Applicants should pay serious attention to the policy-relevant aspects of their research.




Proposals and research must pertain to one or more of the regions and countries currently supported by the program (please see FAQ for further information). We will consider comparative projects if one or more of the countries/regions under consideration are supported by the program, and if our Selection and Advisory Committee determines that the project contributes to the field of Eurasian Studies.



Pre-Dissertation Awards target graduate students in the first three years of study in a Ph.D. program. Awards require evidence of ethics training and recipients will be required to obtain university IRB approval for their project, if necessary. Funds are to be used before applicants defend their dissertation proposals.



Dissertation Development Awards seek applicants who have obtained ABD status (must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree except for the dissertation) by the application submission deadline. Applicants should demonstrate the ability to complete their dissertation by the end of the fellowship support period (August 2014), and demonstrate evidence of university cost sharing.



Please note: DDA recipients' universities are required to make a cost-sharing contribution of not less than 10 percent of the award amount. This may be an in-kind contribution, and may come in the form of a tuition remission, a waiver of required fees, health coverage, etc. Please see the application and Institutional Support Form for full details.



Selection Criteria

The Eurasia Fellowship Program is a nationally competitive program that draws applications from a diverse pool of students enrolled in a variety of American and international institutions of higher education. All Eurasia Program Fellowship applications are reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of experts that reward proposals with clear arguments, carefully considered theory and methodology, and a writing style accessible to readers both inside and outside the applicant’s discipline. Proposals should be intriguing for both a specialist and generalist audience. All proposals are expected to meet high levels of academic merit and to address the current needs of the field of Eurasian studies.



Additional Information

Eurasia Fellowship Program Frequently Asked Questions



For more information about the Eurasia Fellowships, please visit the SSRC website.


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