|Title VIII Short-Term Travel Grants for Research in Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the Balkans|
Title VIII Short-Term Travel Grants for Research in Central Asia,
Short-term travel grants are individual grants to scholars or researchers which may be used for up to two months for the following purposes: 1) enabling scholars and researchers to get quick access to research resources in the relevant subregions; 2) use the travel grant for refresher visits on particular topics for already established research work; 3) research planning with colleagues from the subregions on broader multi-year projects already funded or to be funded by other sources; 4) creation of databases or research aids such as archival guides; and 5) on an exceptional basis, inviting scholars or researchers from the subregions to the United States for conferences special collaborative research opportunities.
The Short-Term Travel Grant program is meant to support research that is relevant to United States policy towards Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the Balkans. Applicants may apply a broad definition of "policy relevance". Research that is "policy relevant" does not necessarily need to focus directly on a matter of current and intense concern to U.S. government policy makers. Projects in fields such as history, popular culture, and other matters that may be outside the immediate purview of government officials are eligible for funding, as long as the applicant explains convincingly why the research is relevant at some level, even indirectly, to the formation of policy.
Successful applicants will be required to submit a final report to NCEEER. Should they wish to produce publications from their grant, they may also submit a short working paper based on the results of their research. Please note that research reports submitted to NCEEER for scholars' projects may be considered for publication in the journal Problems of Post-Communism.
Before beginning the application process, please thoroughly read the application guidelines. All application materials can be found in the "Apply" section of this website.
You have three options to submit your proposal (all applications will be given equal weight, regardless of submission method):
Awards will be made twice per year, in two separate competitions. The deadlines for the submission of applications are December 14, 2012 and April 15, 2013. NCEEER's peer review selection committee will judge the applications by February 1, 2013, and June 1, 2013, respectively.
The Short-Term Travel Grant Program for Research on Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the Balkans is made possible by federal funds under the Program of Research and Training for Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII), which is administered by the Department of State. Accordingly, grants are subject to Federal laws and regulations, including OMB Circulars A-21, A-110, A-122, A-128, and A-133. Grants are also subject to the availability of funds.