CEE Area Studies Fellowship Program 2018 for US Scholars (monthly stipend of $3,000)

CEE Area Studies Fellowship Program 2018 for US Scholars (monthly stipend of $3,000)

Deadline: December 15, 2017

The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), with support from the U.S. Department of State, is excited to announce the launch of the Title VIII CEE Area Studies Fellowship Program dedicated to the cultivation and advancement of U.S. expertise on the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The fellowship will build on CEPA’s expanding portfolio of programs devoted to strengthening transatlantic unity.

Starting in January 2018, the program will offer 6-month fellowships in residence in Washington, D.C. to graduate-level students, post-doctoral scholars, and early career professionals seeking to strengthen their strategic knowledge of Central and Eastern Europe and U.S.-CEE relations. Fellows will have an opportunity to craft and implement a research plan within a specialized environment for CEE area studies and policy analysis.

Fellow research and analysis may focus on policy relevant issues including, but not limited to, security and defense, economic development, governance, strategic communication, or energy security, related to a specific country in the region (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia) or to a specific CEE sub-region (the Baltic States, the Visegrad Group, the Black Sea region, or the Western Balkans).


  • The fellowship offers a stipend of $3,000 per month. CEPA will offer each fellow an in-residence office space for six months. CEPA will host a total of four fellows in 2018;
  • Fellows will also be able to apply for a travel grant to conduct field research in region.


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens;
  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree, at minimum, in a relevant field such as international relations, public policy, security studies, or political science;
  • Must presently be a graduate level-student, a post-doctoral scholar, or an early career professional with demonstrated interest in the CEE region and/or U.S. national security and foreign policy;
  • Have outstanding academic credentials;
  • Exceptional research and writing skills;
  • Demonstrated commitment to transatlantic values; and
  • Proven leadership potential and ability to work independently.


To be considered for the fellowship program, applicants must submit the following:
  • Application Form;
  • Resume/CV;
  • 1,000-word essay on proposed research issue. Applicants must explain why their topic/issue of interest is important to U.S. national security and/or foreign policy and how their research could contribute to the wider expert and policy communities; and
  • Two academic and/or professional letters of recommendation. Referees must send signed letters directly to CEPA electronically at [email protected] by December 15, 2017.
Please send all questions and application materials to [email protected] 

For more information, visit CEE Area Studies Fellowship Program.