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August 27, 2013

CFA: Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program

CFA: Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program

Application Deadline: October 1, 2013
Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII), the American Councils Combined Research and Language Training (CRLT) Program serves graduate students and scholars who, in addition to support for research in the independent states of the former Soviet Union, require supplemental language instruction. The synergistic nature of the research and language training aspects of the Combined Research and Language Training Program promises both more productive research and efficient language acquisition.

Applicants must conduct research and language study for a minimum of three months in the field to a maximum of nine months in the field. Participants must have attained at least an intermediate level of language proficiency to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The competition for funding is open and merit-based. All applications will receive consideration without regard to any factor such as race, color religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, martial status, political affiliation, or disability.

Programs are available in: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.

Combined Research and Language Training applicants may only apply for research in a total of two countries, maximum.

*Please note that Title VIII funding cannot be used in countries and regions under a U.S. government travel warning. For more information about current travel warnings, please visit the State Department website at www.travel.state.gov.

Award Components:
The total value of Title VIII CRLT fellowships, administered by American Councils, ranges from $5,000 to $25,000. Typical awards include:
• International airfare from the scholar's home city to his/her host-city overseas
• Academic affiliation at a leading local university or educational institution
• Up to ten academic hours per week of advanced language instruction in Russian, the host-country language, or a combination of the two at a leading university. Classes are often conducted as private tutorials, focusing on each participant's individual needs and interests
• Visa(s) arranged by American Councils in direct collaboration with academic host institutions in order to facilitate archive access and guarantee timely visa registration, if necessary for the country of research
• A monthly housing stipend
• A monthly living stipend
• Health insurance of up to $100,000 per accident or illness
• Ongoing logistical support from American Councils offices throughout the region, including an in-country orientation and 24-hour emergency aid

Scholars in the social sciences and humanities who have attained at least an intermediate level of proficiency in Russian or their proposed host-country language are eligible to apply to the program. Typically, CRLT applicants are graduate students at relatively early stages of their dissertation research. However, participants may be at more advanced stages in their careers, and applications from established scholars seeking to develop their proficiency in new languages are welcome.

While a wide-range of topics receive support each year, all funded research must contribute to a body of knowledge enabling the U.S. to better understand the region and formulate effective policies within it. All applicants should clearly describe the policy-relevance of their work, be it in anthropology, history, international relations, political science, or some other field.

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Posted by parmelee at August 27, 2013 09:04 AM