Funding Opportunity: Combined Research and Language Training Program (American Councils)

Application Deadline: December 15, 2015.

About CRLT:
The Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program (CRLT) provides full support for research and up to ten academic hours per week of advanced language instruction for graduate students and scholars who, in addition to support for research in the independent states of the former Soviet Union, require supplemental language instruction. ​ Fellowships range from $5,000 to $25,000, and ​include round​ ​trip international travel, housing and living stipends, tuition, visa support, medical insurance, archive access, and logistical support in the field. The program is open to U.S. graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty.

Applicants must conduct research and language study for a minimum of three months in the field to a maximum of nine months in the field. Participants must have attained at least an intermediate level of language proficiency to apply.

Programs are available in:

  • Albania
  • Croatia
  • Macedonia
  • Serbia
  • Armenia
  • Georgia
  • Moldova
  • Tajikistan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Montenegro
  • Turkmenistan
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Kosovo
  • Russia
  • Ukraine
  • Bulgaria
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Romania

Application Requirements:
Scholars in the social sciences and humanities who have attained at least an intermediate level of proficiency in Russian or their proposed host-country language are eligible to apply to the program. Typically, CRLT applicants are graduate students at relatively early stages of their dissertation research. However, participants may be at more advanced stages in their careers, and applications from established scholars seeking to develop their proficiency in new languages are welcome.

While a wide-range of topics receive support each year, all funded research must contribute to a body of knowledge enabling the U.S. to better understand the region and formulate effective policies within it. All applicants should clearly describe the policy-relevance of their work, be it in anthropology, history, international relations, political science, or some other field.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The competition for funding is open and merit-based. All applications will receive consideration without regard to any factor such as race, color religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, or disability.

Applications must be postmarked by the application deadline date. Applicants must plan to begin their overseas research between June 1, 2016 and April 1, 2017.

For more information and applications, please visit our website or contact the American Councils Outbound Office at:, phone: 202-833-7522.

With best wishes,
Graham Hettlinger