Research Opportunities

Research fellowship, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs offers research fellowships during the academic year to individuals who wish to devote their time to research and writing in the fields of science and international affairs. Fellows are selected by the Center's major research teams and are expected to work collaboratively with other Center researchers, as well as on their own projects. Fellowships for the Recanati-Kaplan Fellowship, National Security Fellow and Belfer Young Student Leaders Fellowship are subject to appointment outside of our October 2-December 1 application period, and follow a separate selection criteria, please visit their fellowship pages for additional information. 

Belfer Center fellowship teams establish a cohort of academic and professional thought leaders, who receive direct access to faculty members and other affiliated experts. Fellows research a wide variety of topics aligned with the Center's research areas, ranging from security issues such as nuclear proliferation and terrorism to climate change and energy policy.

In line with the HKS Diversity statement, the Belfer Center does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, source of income, or status as a veteran. It is our goal to promote historically underrepresented groups within our organization and within the field of science and international affairs, and members of such groups are particularly encouraged to apply to the Center's fellowship programs. 

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Pre-doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University

CDDRL welcomes applications from pre-doctoral students at the write-up stage and from post-doctoral scholars working in any of the four program areas of democracy, development, evaluating the efficacy of democracy promotion, and rule of law. The application cycle for the 2024-2025 academic year will open on Monday, September 25, 2023 and will close on Friday, December 15, 2023.

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Middlebury Institute of International Studies Summer Symposium 2024

Application for the Monterey Summer Symposium 2024 will soon be announced.

The program is open to students enrolled in or accepted to a master’s or PhD program, particularly those interested in careers in government, international organizations and non-governmental organizations. Applicants with a master’s degree, who plan to obtain a PhD and are currently employed in the field of international relations and Russian/Eurasian affairs, with a proven record of commitment to the field, and Western journalists, who work in a field and report from Eurasia and Caucasus, are welcome to apply. The deadline for application for MSSR 2023 was February 1, 2023. 

There is no tuition fee for the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia.

Applicants must have advanced proficiency in Russian.

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IERES Visiting Scholar Program

The George Washington University's IERES invites scholars engaged in research on Europe and Eurasia to conduct their study within their rich intellectual community. They offer both resident and non-resident opportunities to early-career postdocs, senior scholars and professional writers and researchers.

Senior scholars, post-doctoral scholars and advanced graduate students working on their dissertations in any major discipline are eligible to apply. Applicants will be able to verify their command of English with a certified language test taken within the past 2 years, or through a departmental interview.

Application Timeline
You should plan to apply 4-5 months in advance of when you intend to start your affiliation at IERES. Expect to hear a decision within 2-4 weeks of submitting your application, and to receive your official invitation letter (which you may present to funders) within a month of your acceptance.

More details here.

Posted Jan. 12, 2023.

Junior Visiting Fellowship

IERES is offering a Junior Visiting Fellowship opportunity through the Elliott School Funds for Displaced Scholars and in partnership with the Kyiv School of Economics and the Ukrainian Global University.

This opportunity is open to post-doc and early career scholars who have obtained their PhD within the past 10 years who are based in Ukraine or were based there before Feb. 24, 2022.

Who may apply: Ukraine-based post-doc and early career scholars who have obtained their PhD within the past 10 years and are working on any topic related to international affairs, including international economics and area studies, are invited to apply to come to Washington, D.C. for a full year in residence at IERES to conduct their research and participate in our activities and events.

More information here.

Senior Visiting Fellowship

IERES is offering a Senior Visiting Fellowship opportunity through the Elliott School Funds for Displaced Scholars and in partnership with the Kyiv School of Economics and the Ukrainian Global University.

Who may apply: Ukraine-based university professors or senior scholars working on any topic related to international affairs are invited to apply to come to Washington, D.C. for a semester in residence at IERES to conduct their research and participate in our activities and events.

More information here.

Russian Foreign and National Security Policy Fellow

The Security Studies Program in the Center for International Studies at MIT is soliciting applications for a two-year residential fellowship for scholars of post-Cold War Russian foreign and national security policy. We interpret this broadly, to include any aspect of Russia’s foreign relations including economic, political, military, or intelligence efforts. The fellow will be expected to participate fully in the activities of the Security Studies Program, and to interact intensively with faculty, students, and other fellows. Regular publication and other forms of outreach are central to the position.  Applicants from the scholarly or policy communities are welcome. There is some flexibility about career phase and seniority. Academics must, however, have their doctoral degree in hand. Others should demonstrate several years of practical and analytic experience.

More information here.

Fellowship in Advanced Research

The Jordan Center Fellowship in Advanced Research supports outstanding NYU doctoral students who seek to carry out dissertation research in Russian Studies.

More information here.

Fieldwork and Language Training Fellowship

The Jordan Center Fieldwork and Language Training Fellowship supports doctoral and MA students who seek to continue study of the Russian language and/or conduct dissertation research during the summer session. The fellowship is now also open to submissions from MA students, although please be aware applications from doctoral students will be prioritized.  The fellowship is designed to partially fund the cost of study or research during the summer semester, with priority given to work pursued in the Russian Federation and former Soviet Union. In light of the current situation, those who are interested in using funding from this program to cover the cost of online language courses may also apply.

More information here.

Jordan Center Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program

The NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia Post-Doctoral Fellowship program is designed to provide a transition to career independence for recent PhD recipients and to provide time to conduct post-PhD research.  

More information here.

Short-Term Fellowship Program

The NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia Short-Term Fellowship Program is designed to facilitate research in local collections, expose visitors to the intellectual life of the field of Russian studies at NYU and in the greater New York community, and acquaint NYU faculty and graduate students with the most recent world-wide trends in the study of Russia. Fellows will normally be awarded a stipend for a stay of up to one month at the Jordan Center, however, exceptions may be made under appropriate circumstances — please reach out to [email protected] directly with questions regarding your proposed time period.

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James H. Billington Fellowship

The Kennan Institute seeks applications from scholars who have received their Ph.D. within the past 10 years for the James H. Billington Fellowship to conduct research on Russian history and culture. The Billington Fellow will be based at the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute in Washington, D.C. for a nine-month term (one academic year). Fellows will receive access to the Library of Congress, National Archives, and policy research centers in Washington, D.C., as well as the opportunity to meet with key experts and officials at the State Department, USAID, Department of Defense, and Congress. While conducting research, the Billington Fellow will be expected to actively participate in discussions with the policy and academic communities. 

More information here.