Grant Opportunity for Graduate/PhD Students

Pre-Tenure Faculty, Scholars, and Professionals

2012 IREX/WWC Regional Policy Symposium:


Application Deadline: December 9, 2011

IREX, in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Kennan Institute (WWC), is pleased to announce its 2012 Regional Policy Symposium, “Transnational Crime and Corruption in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.”

The research symposium, supported by the United States Department of State (Title VIII Program), will bring American junior and senior scholars and members of the policy community together to examine and discuss transnational crime and corruption in Eastern Europe and Eurasia from multi-disciplinary perspectives. Topics may include: organized crime, corruption, human trafficking, drug trafficking, illicit trade, terrorism, cyber crime, financial crime and environmental crime, among others.

Junior scholars will be chosen based on a national competition to present their current research on the topic of the Symposium. Grants will be awarded to approximately ten junior scholars.

The Symposium is scheduled to take place April 18-20, 2012 in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area and will involve two full days of reviews of current research projects, roundtable discussions, and the dissemination of research results to the policy community through a networking event.

Technical Eligibility Requirements:        

*Applicants must be US citizens

*Applicants must either be currently enrolled in an MA, MS, MFA, MBA, MPA, MLIS, MPH, JD, MD or PhD program or have held a graduate degree for 10 years or less.  Applicants who hold an academic post must be pre-tenure.

Grant Provisions:

*Round-trip airfare (provided by IREX through its travel office) and/or surface transportation from anywhere in the United States to the symposium site.

*Meals and accommodations for the duration of the symposium.

To learn more about the 2012 Regional Policy Symposium, please send e-mail inquiries to or visit the program webpage:

Application materials are available on the IREX website at: