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From: Daria Gelman <dgelman@irex.org>
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2008
Subject: Grant Opportunity for US Scholars

IREX FELLOWSHIP 2008-2009 US Embassy Policy Specialist (EPS) Program

IREX is pleased to announce the 2008-2009 competition of the US Embassy Policy Specialist (EPS) Program.

The US Embassy Policy Specialist Program will allow fellows to travel to Eurasia and serve the embassy as policy specialists on a chosen topic and also pursue their own research project independently. Fellowships are available to successful applicants who demonstrate how their experience, skills, and knowledge will benefit US embassy personnel, as well as the academic merit and feasibility of their proposed research. Fellows will serve the embassy and conduct their own research for up to eight weeks. Fellowship length and dates will be decided upon in consultation with the specific embassy. Examples of embassy service can include conducting field research, writing policy papers, consulting embassy staff, and assisting with grant panels.

Fellows will be sponsored by IREX. Depending on the needs of the individual embassy, fellows may spend all or part of the time on-site at the embassy or work from a remote location in country. The EPS Program provides fellowships for up to eight weeks to US postdoctoral scholars and other graduate degree holders for independent or collaborative research projects in Europe and Eurasia.

Eligible Embassies & Fields are:

Azerbaijan (Baku): Anthropology/ Sociology, Economics, Religion

Georgia (Tbilisi): Government

Kazakhstan (Astana): Inter-Ethnic Relations, Economics, Oil & Gas Sector, Religion

Moldova (Chisinau): Conflict Resolution

Russia (Vladivostok): Economics

Tajikistan (Dushanbe): Alternative Energy, Impacts of Labor Migration, Urban Planning

Turkmenistan (Ashgabat): Agronomy, Environment

Ukraine (Kyiv): Economics/ Social Spending, Political Affairs/ Overview of Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ukraine - Belarus Nexus

EPS Program information and application materials are now available on the IREX website at http://www.irex.org/programs/eps/index.asp

The application deadline is April 4, 2008.

Please contact eps@irex.org or call (202) 628-8188 with any questions.

You may find a list of all IREX International Fellowship opportunities on the website: http://www.irex.org/programs/grants.asp.