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IREX Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program Offers Funds for Research throughout CEERES Region, Deadline November 17

2011-2012 Fellowship Opportunity
Individual Advanced Research Opportunities
(IARO) Fellowship

IREX is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2011-2012 Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program.

The Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program (IARO) provides students, scholars and professionals with support to perform policy relevant field research, in the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. In addition to engaging in research in the region, the IARO fellowship affords scholars the opportunity to increase their understanding of critical, policy relevant issues, develop and sustain international networks, and collaborate with foreign scholars on topics vital to both the academic and policy-making communities.

Applications and all supporting documents for 2011-2012 IARO Fellowship will only be accepted through the online application system found at:

http://www.irex.org/application/individual-advanced-research-opportunities-iaro

Applications must be completed and submitted (including all required supporting documents) by  5 p.m. on November 17, 2010

Masters Students, Pre-doctoral Students, Postdoctoral Students, and Professionals with advanced degrees are eligible for the IARO Fellowship

IARO Fellowships cover the cost of international airfare, a living/housing stipend, visa support, travel insurance, and access to the resources available at our 25 field offices within the region.

Questions may be addressed to the IARO Program Staff at iaro@irex.org or by telephone at 202-628-8188

Countries Eligible for Research:

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan

IARO is funded by the United States Department of State Title VIII Program.

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2010-2011 US Embassy Policy Specialist Fellowship, IREX, Deadline: March 15

2010-2011 Fellowship Opportunity
US Embassy Policy Specialist (EPS) Program

IREX is pleased to announce 2010-2011 competition for the US Embassy
Policy Specialist (EPS) Program.

EPS provides fellowships to US scholars and professionals for up to
eight weeks to serve US Embassies in Eurasia as policy specialists on
a chosen topic and pursue their own research project independently.

EPS Grant covers the cost of travel and in-country housing and
provides a stipend for living expenses.

Eligible Embassies and Fields (for more detailed descriptions of
research fields please see application instructions posted on the link
below):

Armenia (US Embassy, Yerevan)
* Economics
* Anti-Corruption/Economics

Azerbaijan (US Embassy, Baku)
* Economic Development
* Alternative/Renewable Energy
* History

Georgia (US Embassy, Tbilisi)
* Higher Education/Public Policy
* Civic Engagement
* Higher Education

Kazakhstan (US Embassy, Astana)
* Civil Society
* Foreign Relations
* Politics

Kyrgyzstan (US Embassy, Bishkek)
* Foreign Investment and Trade
* Labor Migration
* Kyrgyz Attitudes towards the US

Moldova (US Embassy, Chisinau)
* Democracy Building/Civil Society
* Transnistria

Russia
* History of US-Russia Relations (US Consulate, St. Petersburg)
* Environment (US Embassy, Moscow)

Tajikistan (US Embassy, Dushanbe)
* Politics
* Energy Economics
* History

Turkmenistan (US Embassy, Ashgabat)
* Agriculture
* Alternative Energy

The EPS application and instructions are available on the IREX website:

http://www.irex.org/programs/us_scholars/uss_info.asp

Completed applications are due no later than March 15, 2010

Scholars and Professionals with advanced degrees (PhD, MA, MS, MFA,
MBA, MPA, MLIS, MPH, JD, MD) and US citizenship or permanent residency
are eligible to apply for the EPS Program.

Questions may be addressed to the EPS Program Staff at eps@irex.org or
by telephone at 202-628-8188

EPS is funded by the United States Department of State Title VIII
Program

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Short-term Travel Grants (STG) Program, IREX, Deadline: February 2

2010-2011 FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY

SHORT-TERM TRAVEL GRANTS (STG) PROGRAM

IREX is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2010-2011 Short-Term Travel Grants (STG) Program

STG provides fellowships to US scholars and professionals to engage in  up to eight weeks of overseas research on contemporary political, economic, historical, or cultural developments relevant to US foreign policy.

The STG application is now available online at:

http://www.irex.org/programs/us_scholars/uss_info.asp

Completed applications are due no later than 5 pm EST on February 2, 2010.

Postdoctoral Scholars and Professionals with advanced degrees are eligible to apply for the STG Program.
In addition to the pre-departure logistic support provided by IREX staff, the Short-Term Travel Grant also provides:

International coach class roundtrip transportation
A monthly allowance for housing and living expenses
Travel visas
Emergency evacuation insurance
Field office support

Questions may be addressed to the STG Program Staff at stg@irex.org or by telephone at 202-628-8188.

Countries Eligible for Research:

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan

STG is funded by the United States Department of State Title VIII Program

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IREX: Virtual Cultural Exchange Program with Kyrgyzstan

A message to educators from IREX about a virtual cultural exchange project between the US and Kyrgyzstan:

My name is Swathi Balasubramanian and I work at the International
Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) in Washington, DC and in particular,
on a program that connects youth in the United States with youth
overseas through educational online projects and discussions.  I am
contacting you to see if you would be interested or if you know of
educators who would be interested in participating in our projects that
connect classrooms in the US with classrooms in Kyrgyzstan.  In brief,
our projects take place in English on monitored forum boards, where
students discuss a variety of issues, from their hometowns and national
traditions to current events.  We are willing to work with teachers on
developing projects that match their curriculum goals.

Our program – Global Connections and Exchange (GCE) – Kyrgyzstan – is
funded by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational
and Cultural Affairs (ECA). In the past, IREX implemented this project
in Uzbekistan and in Turkmenistan.  Through online discussions, students
learn about their partners’ culture, educational system, national
cuisines, hometowns and opinions on current events.

In addition to Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, this year, for the first
time, we will be conducting online projects with schools in Kyrgyzstan.
We are currently looking for the teachers who would be interested in
doing online projects starting this fall and continuing throughout the
academic year. Here’s a link to one of our projects that focused on art
& diplomacy for your reference:
http://gcetm.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=151.  We would prefer to
conduct shorter, 3-4-week projects, but would be happy to implement
several projects with the same classroom(s).

Also visit: http://www.irex.org/programs/gcekg/index.asp

Our online projects employ various technologies but all the online
projects are either hosted on our forum board or on our
closely-monitored social networking (ning) site. Usually, all you need
to have are access to computers and an internet connection to
participate in our projects.  I’ve attached a factsheet with more
information about our program in Kyrgyzstan.

If you are interested in participating in our projects, please contact
me via email at swathi@irex.org (or gcekg@irex.org) or by phone at 202-628-8188 x140, and I
would be happy to share with you more details about our projects and
information on how to enroll.  Please feel free to forward this email
and information to any interested teachers you may know.

I look forward to hearing from you and to hopefully working with you and
your students.

Sincerely,
Swathi

Swathi Balasubramanian
Program Coordinator, Civil Society Division

International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)

2121 K Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20037
T: +1 202 628 8188 x140
F: +1 202 628 8189
www.irex.org

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IREX Teaching Fellowship for Eurasian and Eastern European Studies, Deadline: February 26

2010 Teaching Fellowship Program for Eurasian and Eastern European Studies

IREX is pleased to announce its 2010 Teaching Fellowship Program for Eurasian and Eastern European Studies, a program designed by IREX to expand the field of Eurasian and Eastern European area studies to accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) throughout the United States.

The program will award individual fellowships of up to $12,000 to current adjunct or full-time professors to develop and teach an introductory course in this field at a local HBCU or HSI for an academic semester (fall 2010 and/or spring 2011) with the possibility of receiving additional funding for a follow-on course during the second semester. Additionally, the Teaching Fellow will liaise directly with administrators of his/her home institution and the HBCU/HSI to develop a sustainable institutional partnership.

The primary goal of the program is to broaden and diversify the field of area studies by introducing Eurasian and/or Eastern European courses on the home campuses of local HBCUs and HSIs that traditionally have not had the resources to offer such coursework. Students who enroll in these courses will ultimately be encouraged to continue their studies and pursue careers in this field.

Eligible candidates will be required to:

a)    Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents;

b)    Be current adjunct or full-time professors

To receive more information on the 2010 Teaching Fellowship Program for Eurasian and Eastern European Studies, please send e-mail inquiries to sshields@irex.org

Application materials are available on the IREX website at:

http://www.irex.org/programs/us_scholars/2010.%20Teaching%20Fellowship%20Application%20Form.pdf

Application Deadline: February 26, 2010

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2010 IREX/WWC Regional Policy Symposium: “Regional Security in Eastern Europe and Eurasia,” Grants Available, Deadline: December 11

IREX, in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Kennan Institute (WWC), is pleased to announce its 2010 Regional Policy Symposium, “Regional Security in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.”

The research symposium, supported by the United States Department of State (Title VIII Program), will bring American junior and senior scholars and members of the policy community together to study and discuss timely issues concerning regional security in Eastern Europe and Eurasia from multi-disciplinary perspectives. Topics may include: economic stability; energy security; nonproliferation; terrorism, trafficking of drugs, weapons and people; among other issues critical to regional security.
Junior scholars will be chosen based on a national competition to present their current research on the topic of the Symposium. Grants will be awarded to approximately ten junior scholars.
The Symposium is scheduled to take place April 6 – 9, 2010 in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area and will involve two full days of reviews of current research projects, roundtable discussions, and the development of policy recommendations.

Technical Eligibility Requirements:
  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are currently residing in the US.
  • Applicants must either be currently enrolled in an MA, MS, MBA, JD, or PhD program or have held a graduate degree for 10 years or less.  Applicants who hold an academic post must be pre-tenure.

Grant Provisions:
  • Round-trip airfare (provided by IREX through its travel office) and/or surface transportation to the symposium site.
  • Meals and accommodations for the duration of the symposium.
Deadline: December 11
To receive more information on the 2010 Regional Policy Symposium, please send e-mail inquiries to Symposium@irex.org

Application materials
are available on the IREX website at: http://www.irex.org/programs/us_scholars/uss_info.asp
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2010-2011 Individual Advanced Research Opportunities (IARO) Fellowship, Deadline: November 17

IREX is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2010-2011 Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program. The Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program (IARO) provides students, scholars and professionals with support to perform policy relevant field research, in the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. In addition to engaging in research in the region, the IARO fellowship affords scholars the opportunity to increase their understanding of critical, policy relevant issues, develop and sustain international networks, and collaborate with foreign scholars on topics vital to both the academic and policy-making communities. Applications and all supporting documents for 2010-2011 IARO Fellowship will only be accepted through the online application system found at: http://www.irex.org/programs/us_scholars/uss_info.asp. Questions may be addressed to the IARO Program Staff at iaro@irex.org or by telephone at 202-628-8188. Applications must be completed and submitted (including all required supporting documents) by November 17.

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