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East European Studies Program

Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowships in East European Studies

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The 2011-12 competition is now closed. The specifics below are for information purposes only. The results will be announced here in the spring.

Fellowship Details

  • Amount: up to $25,000
  • Tenure: six to twelve consecutive months between July 1, 2012 and September 1, 2013
  • Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (ofa.acls.org) no later than 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, November 9, 2011.
  • Notifications will be sent in May 2012.


The American Council of Learned Societies offers support for postdoctoral research and writing in East European studies in all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences.

Applications should be for work on Eastern Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo/a, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Applicants may propose comparative work considering more than one country of Eastern Europe or relating East European societies to other parts of the world.

In awarding these grants, primary considerations are the scholarly merit of the proposal, its importance to the development of the field, and the scholarly potential and accomplishments of the applicant. Further, ACLS selection committees consider language competence essential to research. Therefore, applicants will be asked to describe their command of the language(s) required for their proposed projects. All proposals should be for scholarly work, the product of which is to be disseminated in English. Applicants should be at an early career stage; tenured faculty are not eligible.

Scholars may apply for fellowships of up to $25,000 for six to twelve consecutive months of full-time research and writing between July 1, 2012 and September 1, 2013. These fellowships are intended primarily as salary replacement to provide time free for research; the funds may be used to supplement sabbatical salaries, up to but not exceeding the Fellow's normal academic year salary.

An individual may apply to all fellowship and grant programs for which he or she is eligible, such as the ACLS Fellowship (the central fellowship program). However, not more than one ACLS or ACLS-joint award may normally be accepted in any one competition year.

Eligibility: Applicants

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Ph.D. must be conferred prior to the application deadline. (However, an established scholar who can demonstrate the equivalent of the Ph.D. in publications and professional experience may also qualify.)
  • Applicants should be at an early career stage; tenured faculty are not eligible.

Eligibility: Projects

  • Must pertain to at least one of the East European countries listed above.
  • Must be in the humanities or social sciences and must investigate aspects of East European societies, histories, and cultures with a special regard for how they illuminate contemporary issues or the necessary background for understanding such issues. (This excludes projects in the natural sciences, mathematics, archaeology, music theory, pure linguistics, and philosophy. However, proposals in such disciplines as the history or sociology of science, music, etc. and sociolinguistics may be eligible, if they address the impact of a given topic on East European societies.)
  • Must aim to produce a written scholarly product such as a book manuscript, to be written in English.
  • Must clearly state a plan of work that can be accomplished during the fellowship period.

Application Requirements

Applications must be submitted online and must include:

  • Completed application form
  • Proposal (no more than five pages, double spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font)
  • Up to two additional pages of images, musical scores, or other similar supporting non-text materials [optional]
  • Bibliography (no more than two pages)
  • Publications list (no more than two pages)
  • Two reference letters