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East European Studies Program

Language Grants to Individuals for Summer Study


The information below, from the 2010-11 competition, is for information purposes only and will be updated in the fall.

Grant Details

  • Deadline: January 14, 2011
  • Amount: up to $2,500
  • Period: Summer 2011

The American Council of Learned Societies invites applications for grants of up to $2,500 each for intensive summer study of the following East European languages: Albanian, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, and Slovene. Awards are intended primarily for early career scholars in East European studies who will use these languages in academic research or teaching, or in work for U.S. government agencies or non-governmental organizations.

Applicants may request support for elementary, intermediate, or advanced language training at intensive summer courses that correspond to the normal sequence of first, second, and third academic years of study.  They may also apply to attend advanced-mastery courses (chosen from a list of courses sponsored by ACLS) that provide training in professional uses of East European languages.

Each application should specify the name of the institution the applicant wishes to attend with a statement of the significance of the language training chosen for career plans. In most cases, beginning- and intermediate-level training should be in the United States, while advanced (third year) training should take place in Eastern Europe.

Please note that all eligible advanced-mastery courses are organized by U.S. institutions. They are not “third year” courses, but provide training in professional skills such as those required for academic fieldwork or archival research, or for work in U.S. government agencies and non-governmental organizations. The range of skills includes translation, editing/copyediting, working with non-standard dialects, and writing academic texts in an East European language.

Applicants must be citizens of the United States, and must have completed a four-year college or university degree.

See the list of summer language courses sponsored by ACLS, including advanced-mastery courses.

For further information, contact Olga Bukhina, Coordinator of International Programs.

To begin the application process, please download the Instructions and Application Form in MS Word (Doc).