Fellowships & Grants

Kennan Institute Title VIII-Supported Short-Term Grant

Program Scholarship
Application Deadline: 
Jun 01, 2015



The Kennan Institute offers Short-Term Grants (up to one month's duration) to U.S. citizens whose research in the social sciences or humanities focuses on the former Soviet Union (excluding the Baltic States), and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area. Policy-relevant research is preferred. Academic participants must either possess a doctoral degree or be doctoral candidates who have nearly completed their dissertations. For non-academics, an equivalent degree of professional achievement is expected.

Short-Term Grants provide a stipend of $3200 for 31 days ($103.22/day).
While the Kennan Institute cannot provide office space for Short-Term scholars, a designated carrel and computer is available in the Wilson Center library for each Short-Term scholar. Travel and accommodation expenses are not directly covered by this grant. There is no official application form for Short-Term Grants. The applicant is requested to submit a concise description (700-800 words) of his or her research project, a project title, curriculum vitae, a statement on preferred dates of residence in Washington, D.C., and two letters of recommendation specifically in support of the research to be conducted at the Institute. All of these materials may be submitted via e-mail. Please note that the letters of recommendation, if sent by email, must be sent directly from the referee and be a scan of a signed letter. Referees are also welcome to send their signed letters by fax or post.

Grant recipients are required to be in residence in Washington, D.C. for the duration of their grant. Four rounds of competitive selection for Short-Term Grants are held each year. Applicants are notified of the competition results roughly seven weeks after the closing date. U.S. citizens are eligible for Short-Term Grants. NOTE: Future Short-Term Grants for non-U.S. citizens will be suspended until further notice. Please check the KI website for updated information on the Short-Term Grant Program for non-U.S. citizens.

Short-Term grant applications are reviewed by at least three members of the Kennan Institute’s Advisory Council. The Director of the Kennan Institute selects grant recipients based on the recommendations of the Council. Selection is based on the following criteria:

  • the potential contribution of the scholar to the intellectual life of the Institute and the policymaking community;
  • importance and originality of the project;
  • policy relevance;
  • applicant’s scholarly promise, achievements, and ability to complete the project;
  • likelihood that the finished product will advance basic understanding of the topic;
  • need for the scholar to have access to the resources of Washington, D.C.

The Short-Term Grant Program is supported by the Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the former Soviet Union (Title VIII) of the U.S. Department of State.

Please send all application materials to: kennan@wilsoncenter.org

Or, if by mail:

The Kennan Institute
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004-3027.

For more information, please e-mail
kennan@wilsoncenter.org, call (202) 691-4100, or fax (202) 691-4247.



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