NCEEER Title VIII Dissertation Completion Grant Program

NCEEER Title VIII Dissertation Completion Grant Program

Deadline: December 31st, 2023

The National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER) invites proposals for its Dissertation Completion Grant Program. This grant provides a maximum award of $20,000 to doctoral candidates in an advanced stage of dissertation work whose research concerns the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia on topics of relevance to current U.S. foreign policy.

To qualify, applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in a U.S. institution, and have one year or less remaining to complete their dissertations.  Individual awards will be up to $20,000 with a duration of 9-12 months.

*Contingent on availability of funds

Countries Eligible for Research

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

Travel to certain countries may be subject to restrictions due to unforeseen world events, statutory restrictions, U.S. embassy requirements, or general security concerns.

Purposes and Requirements

The Dissertation Completion Grant supports doctoral candidates in an advanced stage of dissertation work whose research concerns the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia on topics of relevance to current U.S. foreign policy.

Eligible dissertation research is not limited by discipline, but must concern one or more of the countries listed below. Competitive dissertation topics will demonstrate a clear and compelling link to current U.S. foreign policy toward the region of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. 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 may be eligible for funding, as long as the applicant explains compellingly why the research is relevant to the formation of policy.

Research Results

Successful applicants will be required to submit regular reports to NCEEER, culminating in the completion of the dissertation. 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.

Submission of Applications

To apply, e-mail the application form and associated files as a single zipped attachment to with Application [your last name] in the subject line. If you do not receive an automated response, please check your Spam folder and e-mail to confirm receipt.

Application Components

The application forms can be downloaded by visiting the "Apply" section of this website.  All applications must include the following items:
  1. A Curriculum Vitae of no more than 2 pages, single-spaced, 12-point font.
  2. An Abstract of the dissertation, no more than 1 page, single-spaced, 12- point font.
  3. A project proposal of no more than 4 pages (double-spaced, 12-point font), detailing the following information:
    • the dissertation topic: its relevance to U.S. foreign policy, and its contribution to the academic field
    • a timeline for the completion of the dissertation within the 9-12 month project period (to conclude no later than September 1, 2025).An estimated budget
  4. A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s advisor or chair of the dissertation committee. This is to be sent directly to NCEEER by the referee and must include the referee’s physical or digital signature.


The deadlines for the submission of applications is December 31, 2023. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by March 1, 2024. All work must be completed by September 1, 2025.


The Dissertation Completion Grant is supported by federal funds. 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.

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