WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Kennan Institute has announced the establishment of a new Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholarship program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for researchers and scholars from Ukraine and the Russian Federation. The Fulbright-Kennan scholarship replaces the recently terminated Regional Scholar Exchange Program, a part of which was administered by the Kennan Institute since 1993. The Regional Scholar Exchange Program provided residential scholarships at the Kennan Institute for 142 highly qualified scholars from 11 countries over the past decade.

Under the new program, the Kennan Institute will host up to 12 competitively selected scholars from Russia and Ukraine to conduct research for six months in the fields of the humanities and social sciences. Preference will be given to applicants whose research informs discussion of key public policy issues, enhances development of scholarship in the former Soviet Union, and fosters communication between the world of scholarship and the world of public affairs. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a particular need to be in Washington, D.C. The Wilson Center devotes significant attention to the exploration of broad thematic areas. Primary themes are: 1) governance, including such issues as the key features of the development of democratic institutions, democratic society, civil society, and citizen participation; 2) the U.S. role in the world and issues of partnership and leadership; and 3) key long-term future challenges confronting the U.S. and the world. Research in these areas is particularly encouraged.

The Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholarships will be available to researchers and lecturers from academic and higher educational institutions and research centers that are actively involved in academic and research work. Eligible candidates include scholars and researchers who have at least two years post-doctoral (post-Kanditat) academic and research experience. Eligible applicants may receive more information from the Kennan Institute and the Fulbright offices in Ukraine and the Russian Federation. Applicants must submit a completed application to the appropriate Fulbright office and indicate Kennan Institute as their choice of institution. (See addresses below.)

The Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholarship offers a monthly stipend, research facilities, word processing support, and research assistance. Scholars are required to be in residence at the Kennan Institute/Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. for the duration of the scholarship. Fulbright-Kennan scholars who are awarded grants should be able to commence their six-month appointments in September or March of each year.

While conducting research, the Fulbright-Kennan scholars are expected to hold public lectures on their proposed research topics and actively participate in discussions with the public policy and academic communities, including meetings, conferences, and other activities organized by the Kennan Institute and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.