Deadline: March 22, 2006

of the Social Science Research Council invites applications for the first annual Training Seminar for Policy Research, "Public Health, Social Welfare Systems, and HIV/AIDS in Eurasia." The seminar will be held June 6-9, 2006, at the SSRC offices in New York City and the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Advanced graduate students and junior faculty in the social sciences, humanities and other relevant disciplines who are working on health-related and/or other relevant topics with respect to Eurasia are encouraged to apply.

Candidates need not be working exclusively on topics of HIV/AIDS in Eurasia; their work may address issues of public health, welfare systems, governance, population change, family networks and community dynamics, risk behaviors and other topics related to the broad rubric of the seminar.

Each participant will be tasked with re-examining his/her own research from the perspectives of both interdisciplinarity and policy relevance. During the four-day seminar, participants will discuss individual paper submissions and research approaches with three senior resource persons. Broader issues will be addressed by guest speakers from a cross-section of academia, non-profit, government, business and international organizations. Participants will benefit from discussions of their own research, expand their networks within both academic and non-academic circles, and gain the skills and vocabularies to better tailor their work to a broader audience of academics, practitioners and policymakers.

Funding for this activity is provided by the U.S. Department of State under the Program for Research and Training for Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union, Title VIII.

For detailed information on application procedures and eligibility requirements, please visit the Eurasia Program online at: or contact program staff at