Kennan Institute Title VIII Senior Scholarship Grants

Title VIII Senior Scholarships lasting up to six months are available to assistant, associate, and adjunct faculty with at least 5 years’ experience. Awarded applicants will spend a semester in Washington, D.C. to conduct original research on new projects that advance the Title VIII mission. Policy relevant research proposals examining Russia, Ukraine, and the countries of Eurasia are eligible. Awards are limited to scholars who are U.S. citizens.

The Title VIII Senior Scholar grant offers a stipend of $3,500 per month, research facilities, computer support, and some research assistance. Grant recipients are required to be in residence at the Institute in Washington, D.C. for the duration of their grant. The Title VIII Senior Scholar 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 United States Department of State.

One round of competitive Title VIII Senior Scholar selection is held per year. The deadline for receipt of applications and supporting materials is January 31, 2023. Application materials may be submitted by email. Please download the application packet on this page. Applicants will be notified of decisions in early March; awardees are able to commence their appointments as early as July of that year. Recipients are asked to complete their residency by August 2024, in accordance with our grantors, and we ask that successful applicants not defer their start date unless under extenuating circumstances. Please note that continuation of the Senior Scholar program each year is contingent on future funding.

The Kennan Institute is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, and encourages applicants of all backgrounds to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for fellowships based solely on their merits.

More information on the grant and instructions on how to apply can be found HERE. Please email questions to