Critical Languages Scholarship (US Department of State)

Deadline: November 17, 2020

The application for the 2021 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is now open! Apply now to learn a critical foreign language next summer on a fully-funded study abroad program.The application is now live and available online at:

The CLS Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Most languages offered by the CLS Program (9 of 15) do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages.

CLS, a program of the U.S. Department of State, is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

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Funding: National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Program

Deadline: October 8, 2020

The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, analysis, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.

This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. The Dissertation Fellowship program receives many more applications than it can fund. This year 35 fellowships will be awarded.

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Mellon/American Councils for Learned Societies Fellowship

Deadline: October 28, 2020

The Mellon/ACLS Scholars and Society program aims to amplify the broad potential of doctoral education in the humanities by supporting doctoral faculty as they pursue publicly engaged scholarship and advocate for diverse professional pathways for emerging PhDs. The program offers opportunities for faculty with fulltime appointments in PhD-granting humanities departments or programs in the United States to engage significant societal questions in their research, serve as ambassadors for humanities scholarship beyond the academy, and deepen their support for innovations in doctoral education on their campuses.

Scholars and Society fellowships enable faculty who teach and advise doctoral students to pursue research projects while in residence at a US-based cultural, media, government, policy, or community organization of their choice. Fellows and their colleagues at host institutions are expected to create a mutually beneficial partnership in which they collaborate, interact, and learn about each other’s work, motivating questions, methods, and practices. The Scholars and Society program complements the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program, which places recent humanities PhDs in nonprofit and government organizations.

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Radomir Luza Prize for Outstanding Work in Austrian and/or Czechoslovak History

Deadline: August 15, 2020

The American Friends of the Documentation Center of Austrian Resistance/Vienna, supported by Center Austria: The Marshall Plan Center for European Studies at the University of New Orleans, are pleased to announce the Eight annual Radomir Luza Prize for an outstanding work in the field of Austrian and/or Czechoslovak History in the 20th Century.  This prize carries a cash award of $1000.00 and seeks to encourage research in the above mentioned fields focusing on the fields Professor Radomír Luža worked in. To be eligible for the 2020 Radomir Luza Prize competition, the book or dissertation must have been published (or a dissertation defended) between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.  Authors must be citizens or resident aliens (holders of “green cards”) of the United States or Canada.  Dissertations must have been awarded by a North American University.  The language of the work must be English.

To be considered for the Radomir Luza Prize competition, please send a copy of your work electronically to: and

The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2020.  The winner will be announced at the online GSA conference in 2020. 

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship

Deadline: September 30, 2020


  • Maximum award: $60,000
  • Tenure: six to twelve consecutive months devoted to full-time research and/or writing, to be initiated between July 1, 2021 and July 1, 2022, and to be completed no later than December 31, 2022
  • This year, the fellowship is open to untenured scholars who have earned a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences on or after October 1, 2012.
  • Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS online fellowship and grant administration system ( no later than 9 pm Eastern Daylight Time, September 30, 2020.
  • Notifications will be sent via email by in March 2021.
  • For information on how to request reviewer feedback, see FAQ.

The information provided here is a summary of the ACLS Fellowship program, and details eligibilityapplication requirements, and evaluation criteria. Please read carefully through the material and accompanying FAQ.

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Fulbright in Poland

Deadline: October 13, 2020

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers opportunities for American academics, artists, and experienced professionals to lecture (4-9 months) or conduct research (3-9 months) at Polish academic and research institutions. Proposals are welcome from candidates in all disciplines with established relations with the host institution. 

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program allows graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals, and artists to conduct their own research projects for two academic semesters at Poland’s best universities and research centers. Proposals are welcome from candidates in all disciplines with established relations with the host institution. 

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program (ETA) places recent U.S. college graduates and young professionals at universities and institutions of higher education across Poland and allows them to teach or co-teach practical and specialized professional English language classes for two academic semesters. Candidates with prior teaching experience are especially welcome to apply. Beginning in Spring 2020, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State will fully fund a preparatory 60-hour online TESOL course for all incoming ETAs. The Fulbright Specialist Program aims to provide a short-term (2 to 6 weeks), on-demand project collaboration with Polish institutions. Project activities may include delivering a seminar, workshop or guest lecture, consulting on faculty or workforce development, conducting needs assessments or evaluations for a program or institution, or developing academic or training curricula and materials.

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Resource: Mutual Aid Housing Network for Slavic Community

We are starting a mutual aid housing network for our scholarly community, to request and offer housing as the economic crisis unfolds. Fill out survey here!

It is becoming clear that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic crisis will have lasting and potentially devastating effects on our discipline: the already precarious job-market is likely to shrink even further; many contingent faculty and graduate students will be left with even fewer resources necessary for their housing, medical, and other basic needs; even those with full-time positions may find their jobs at risk. For many, continuing to teach and produce scholarship in this situation will prove untenable. This will spell a tremendous loss not just for individuals in our profession, but for our entire field.

It is important to recognize and ground our actions in an awareness of the danger that each and every member of our field faces. The dissolution of the Russian major at Ohio University and termination of affiliated Russian faculty is a disquieting example of the austerity measures that are likely to follow at universities throughout the country. As the situation at Ohio University demonstrates, our programs will likely be among the first targeted for layoffs when administrations begin making cuts.

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Foreign Visitors Fellowship Program, Slavic-Eurasian Research Center (Japan)

Deadline: August 21, 2020

The Slavic-Eurasian Research Center at the University of Hokkaido (
Sapporo, Japan) is pleased to announce a Call for Applications for the
43rd round of the SRC’ s Foreign Visitors Fellowship Program (FVFP) for

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If you have any questions, please contact Daisuke <>

International Affairs Fellowship

Deadline: October 31, 2020

The Program

Established in 1967, the International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) is the hallmark fellowship program of CFR. It aims to bridge the gap between the study and making of U.S. foreign policy by creating the next generation of scholar-practitioners. The program offers its fellows the unique chance to experience a new field and gain a different perspective at a pivotal moment in their careers. Academics are thus placed in public service and policy-oriented settings and government officials in scholarly settings. Over the years, the IAF program has produced approximately six hundred alumni who span the who’s who of the U.S. foreign policy community, including a former secretary and several undersecretaries of state, U.S. ambassadors to NATO and the United Nations, and many other influential leaders in government, academia, and the private sector.

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