Research Support

American Councils for International Education

For more information contact:

Russian and Eurasian Outbound Programs, American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, 1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036


Alfa Fellowship Program

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a high-level professional development exchange program placing 10 qualified American citizens per year in work assignments at leading organizations in Russia in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, and public policy. Key goals of the Alfa Fellowship Program are expanding networks of American and Russian professionals, developing greater intercultural understanding, and advancing U.S./Russian relations. The program includes language training, seminar programs, and extended professional experience. Fellows receive travel, free housing, monthly stipends, and insurance. Russian language proficiency is preferred though not required at the time of application. The annual application deadline is December 1.


Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program

The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program is a prestigious award that each year sends 20 young American leaders on a nine month, intensive professional development program in Europe. The program consists of two high-level work placements in major German institutions and three seminars taking place across Europe. Placements are customized to fellows' interests, with past host organizations having included federal and local government institutions, private corporations, NGOs, media outlets, and cultural organizations. The three program seminars provide an opportunity for fellows to meet with key decision-takers from across Europe in fields such as public policy, private enterprise, media, arts and culture. Fellows receive a monthly stipend; all program-associated travel; comprehensive health, accident and liability insurance; and German language training as needed. Knowledge of German is not required at the time of application. The annual application deadline is October 15.


Individual Advanced Research Opportunities (IARO) Fellowship

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 any of our 25 area field offices.

Questions may be addressed to the IARO Program Staff 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.