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SSRC Eurasia Program Fellowships Competition

From: Holly Danzeisen <danzeisen@ssrc.org>
Subject: SSRC Eurasia Program Fellowships Competition
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2011

The Social Science Research Council Eurasia Program is pleased to announce its 2011/2012 Fellowships Competition, and will offer three types of fellowship support - Pre-Dissertation Awards (PDAs), Dissertation Development Awards (DDAs) and Post-Doctoral Research Awards (PDRAs). Please see additional details below. For more information on all three fellowships, including information on eligibility and how to apply as of August 15, 2011 and answers to FAQs please see: http://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/eurasia-fellowship/. Inquiries can be directed to eurasia@ssrc.org.

Eurasia Program Fellowships are intended for applicants who have completed their dissertation field research and/or data collection, who have made significant progress in outlining emergent, innovative contributions to scholarship, and who are willing to reach beyond the academic community to make their work known and accessible to a variety of publics.

The Eurasia Program offers three types of fellowship support in 2011, providing financial and academic support to graduate students in the early stages of dissertation development, Ph.D. candidates near completion of their doctoral programs in the social sciences and related humanities, and young scholars within five years of the completion of their Ph.D.

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.

Applications available ­ August 15, 2011

Applications due ­ November 15, 2011

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 4-6 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 $4,000, 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 $18,000 and $4,000 of possible supplemental funding) to advanced graduate students who have completed their fieldwork. Fellows will participate in professionalization activities and a spring conference, 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.

Post-Doctoral Research Awards (PDRAs)

Post-Doctoral Research Awards (PDRAs) provide research funds to early-career scholars who have been awarded their PhD within the last five years to support the furthering of the work initiated in their dissertations or the launching of their first post-dissertation research project. We anticipate awarding 2-3 of these awards (of up to $33,000 each over 24 months), which will provide unique and valuable resources for recent PhDs making the transition into professional research careers. Applicants will be expected to secure overhead agreements from their institution of employment (for no more than 10% of the total award amount). Research funds may be used for travel, data collection, software, research assistance, salary, or other forms of scholarly development. Applicants must present a clear research and writing plan, highlighting their publication strategy and discussing the policy relevance of the proposed work.

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