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Deadline Extended | James H. Billington Fellowship & Galina Starovoitova Fellowship on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution

Apply by June 1, 2023, for the next round of the Kennan Institute's James H. Billington and Galina Starovoitova Fellowships.

The Kennan Institute is pleased to announce its competitions for the James H. Billington Fellowship and the Galina Starovoitova Fellowship on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution.

UPDATE: The deadline for receipt of applications and supporting materials for both grants has been extended from May 15 to June 1, 2023.

Detailed information is below, and more information about all other opportunities can be found HERE.

James H Billington Fellowship

The Billington Fellowship was established in 2016 in tribute to the co-founder of the Kennan Institute, Director Emeritus of the Wilson Center, and Librarian Emeritus of Congress, James H. Billington. For this fellowship, we will consider proposed research in the fields of Russian history and culture, and preference will be given to scholars who have received their Ph.D. within the past 10 years. The Billington Fellowship offers a monthly stipend of $5,000, research facilities, a research intern, and computer access. Fellows are required to be in residence at the Kennan Institute, Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. for the duration of the grant. There is no citizenship restriction on this grant.


Galina Starovoitova Fellowship on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution

The Starovoitova Fellowship is available to scholars, policy makers, journalists, civic activists, and other engaged persons who successfully bridge the worlds of ideas and public affairs to advance human rights and conflict resolution. For academic participants, eligibility is limited to the postdoctoral level, and normally it is expected that academic candidates will have demonstrated their scholarly development by publication beyond the Kandidat dissertation. This fellowship is restricted to citizens of the Russian Federation residing either in or outside of Russia at the time of application.


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