15 Fellowships in Eastern Europe for Students and Scholars

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If you’ve always wanted to explore Eastern Europe, these fellowships will give you that opportunity! You could learn a new language, study the humanities, or get professional experience in business, journalism, or law. There are a number of research opportunities as well. If one of these sounds like a great fit for you, make sure to bookmark it to your ProFellow account!

Boren Fellowships

Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support both language study and (optional) research and internships in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, with a focus on studying less commonly taught languages. Boren Fellows apply their advanced degrees to work in the federal government for at least 1 year after graduation and receive exclusive opportunities and preferential consideration for government careers.

Boren Scholarships

Boren Scholarships provide funding to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Scholarships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, with a focus on studying less commonly taught languages. Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages. Max scholarship awards are $8K for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only), $12.5K for a semester and $25K for a full academic year. Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least 1 year after graduation and receive exclusive opportunities and preferential consideration for government careers.

CAORC/NEH Senior Scholar Fellowship

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)/National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Senior Research Fellowship Program supports advanced research in the humanities for U.S. postdoctoral scholars, and foreign national postdoctoral scholars who have been residents in the US for three or more years. Scholars must carry out research in a country which hosts a participating American overseas research center: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Cyprus, Georgia, Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Senegal, Sri Lanka or Tunisia. Fellowship stipends are $4,200 per month for a total of 4 months.

CEU Doctoral Scholarships

To draw outstanding talent to the university, Central European University offers generous financial aid to PhD students. Candidates who apply by the financial aid deadline are automatically considered for the CEU Doctoral Scholarship. The CEU Doctoral Scholarship covers the full cost of tuition and health insurance, complete with a monthly stipend of HUF 242,000 (approx. EUR 780) to assist with housing and living costs. Students can choose to rent private accommodation or book a room at the CEU Residence Center. The CEU Doctoral Scholarship is awarded for a period of 36 months in total. The degree is taught in English.

EURIAS (European Institutes for Advanced Study) Fellowship Programme

EURIAS offers 10-month residencies in one of the 16 participating Institutes: Berlin, Bologna, Budapest, Cambridge, Delmenhorst, Edinburgh, Freiburg, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Lyon, Marseille, Paris, Uppsala, Vienna, Wassenaar, Zürich. The Institutes for Advanced Study support the focused, self-directed work of outstanding researchers. EURIAS is designed for experienced researchers having a minimum of 2 years of research experience post PhD. EURIAS offers approximately 33 fellowships (17 junior, 16 senior positions). The fellowship includes a living allowance (€26,000 for juniors and €38,000 for seniors), accommodation, research budget, and travel expenses.

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics: Business Program

FASPE Business offers an approach to ethics and professionalism that differs from the usual experience at business schools by providing a holistic curriculum that looks beyond rules and norms to focus on ethical problems faced by individual leaders in the contemporary corporate setting. Current business school students and early-career MBAs are invited to spend two weeks in Berlin and Poland where they will visit key historical sites and participate in daily seminars as they consider many aspects within business ethics. Fellows will travel with journalism and law students allowing for interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration.

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics: Journalism Program

The FASPE Journalism Program examines the role played by German and foreign journalists from 1933 to 1945, underscoring the reality that moral codes governing journalists can break down or be distorted with devastating consequences. Having demonstrated the power held by journalists in a modern society, FASPE addresses ethical issues now facing individual journalists and media institutions at large. Fellows from journalism schools, as well as early-career journalists, are invited to spend two weeks in Berlin and Poland where they will visit key historical sites and participate in daily seminars as they consider many different topics in ethics.

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics: Law Program

The FASPE Law Program examines the role played by German lawyers from 1933 to 1945, underscoring the reality that moral codes governing the practice of law can break down or be distorted with devastating consequences. Having demonstrated the power held by the legal profession in a modern society, FASPE addresses ethical issues now facing individual lawyers, the legal profession and its institutions at large.  Current law school students and early-career lawyers are invited to spend two weeks in Berlin and Poland where they will visit key historical sites and participate in daily seminars while considering the many factors of ethics in law.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETA)

The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs place recent college graduates and young professionals from the U.S. in classrooms abroad for up to 1 year to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETA’s help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. The age and academic level of the students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level. Applicants for English Teaching Assistant Programs can apply to only one country. Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application.

Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship

The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship (formerly known as the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship) allows fellows to serve in professional placements in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands-on public sector experience while carrying out an academic research/study project. Fellows serve in a capacity similar to a “special assistant” for a senior level official. Proficiency in the host country language of government is required. Placements in Burma (Myanmar), Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire), Peru, Ukraine. Candidates must have a Master’s and 2+ years work experience.

Fulbright-Masaryk University Distinguished Chair in Social Studies  (Fulbright Czech Republic)

Based at Masaryk University, Fellows will teach two 90-minute courses per week at advanced undergraduate and graduate levels, consult on curriculum development and conduct research in the area of specialization. Applications are sought in all appropriate specializations, including energy studies, international relations, media studies and political economy. Open to academics and appropriately qualified professionals outside of academia. Monthly maintenance allowance of $4,850 for Distinguished Chairs.

Humanity In Action Fellowship

The HIA Fellowship programs bring together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today. This 4-week summer fellowship in Europe is highly interdisciplinary, and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, and activists. Eligible applicants are students and recent graduates (including international students) of universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine and the United States. HIA covers the costs of participation and accommodation. Deadlines vary by country.

János M. Bak Research Fellowship on Medieval Central Europe

The recipient will be an early- or mid-career researcher (no more than 15 years from the award of the PhD) who has already made a significant contribution to research in any field of study on Central Europe in the period between 800 and 1600 CE. The fellowship is open to scholars of any nationality. Fellows will be asked to give a public lecture at CEU and be available for consultation with CEU students. The duration of the fellowship will be three months, preferably from January to March. Fellows will receive a monthly stipend of EUR 2000 and are expected to be in residence in Budapest.

Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training (CRLT) Program

Funded by 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), the CRLT Program serves graduate students and scholars who, in addition to support for research in the independent states of the former Soviet Union, require supplemental language instruction. Applicants must conduct research and language study for 3-9 months in the field. Participants must have at least an intermediate level of language proficiency. Fellowships range from $5K-$25K.

Title VIII Research Scholar Program

The program offers support for graduate students, faculty, Ph.D. candidates, post-doctorate, and independent scholars to conduct policy-relevant research for 3-9 months in Central Asia, Russia, the South Caucasus, Ukraine, Southeast Europe and Moldova. The total value of Title VIII Research Scholar fellowships ranges from $5K to $25K each. Typical awards include: international roundtrip airfare from the scholar’s home city to his/her host city overseas, academic affiliation at a leading local university, visa(s), opportunity for housing with a local host family and a living stipend. Scholars in the social sciences and humanities are eligible.

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