Call for Graduate/Postdoctoral Fellowships, American Institute For Southeast European Studies American Institute For Southeast European Studies

Publication date
March 15, 2020
April 15, 2020
Short description

AISEES announces the availability of 3 fellowships for US graduate students and early postdoctoral scholars in the United States to support research in Southeast Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia). Awards will be made for a maximum of $3000 each. Projects in all fields in the social sciences, humanities and related disciplines are eligible.

Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential of the research to strengthen scholarship in southeastern Europe. The purpose of the fellowship is to help cover travel, living expenses and/or applicable research expenses in southeastern Europe. By the end of her/his term of study in southeast Europe, fellows will submit a 3000 word paper and a PowerPoint or similar graphic presentation on a subject related to her/his research to the AISEES website. The fellow will acknowledge AISEES in any publication that emerges from the research carried out during the fellowship period.

Application requirements: Please send a single PDF containing the following information to us at

1) Contact information: name, U.S. mailing address, institutional affiliation, citizenship

2) Project statement of approximately 1500 words

3) Detailed overall budget of the project which specifies how the AISEES funds (up to $3000) will be applied

4) CV/resume

Two letters of recommendation must also be submitted by scholars familiar with your research

All information must be received by April 15, 2020, in order for the applicant to be considered for the fellowship.

  1. Fellows must complete their fellowship projects within a year of receiving the award. Any unused portion of the stipend must be returned to AISEES after this date.
  2. A 3000 word report that was developed during the fellowship period is required to be submitted to AISEES within 30 days after the fellowship completion and no later than June 30, 2021.
  3. All applicants must be either U.S. graduate students enrolled in accredited degree-granting programs in the US or postdoctoral scholars or scholars at a U.S. academic institution. Preference will be given to scholars whose institutions are members of AISEES.
  4. Fellowships will be awarded to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents only. Proof of citizenship or permanent resident status (i.e. photocopy of passport, etc.) must be shown upon award notification.
  5. $500 of the fellowship stipend will be withheld until the recipient submits the Final Report on the fellowship.
  6. Scholars are responsible for organizing their own legal paperwork while traveling in the countries.
  7. Given changing travel restrictions and/or travel warnings to many countries, fellows should contact AISEES prior to purchasing airfare. Fellows are encouraged to
    use for the latest government information regarding travel.
  8. For research involving human subjects, proof of Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval must be provided, if relevant, upon receipt of fellowship.
  9. Fellows are required to supply AISEES with proof of health insurance as well as emergency evacuation and repatriation of remains insurance before leaving the United States.
  10. Fellowship recipients are eligible to apply for a second Fellowship three years after their most recent award.
  11. AISEES does not advise fellows on tax questions concerning their stipend.

AISEES does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, or status as a covered veteran.


Fellows will be selected by the AISEES grants panel made up of scholars with experience conducting regional and trans-regional research in southeastern Europe. Please note that readers/panelist may not be specialists in your field. Applicants will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Merits of the proposal for significance, relevance, and potential contribution to regional and/or trans-regional scholarly research;
  • Applicant qualifications;
  • Research design and methodology;
  • Significance to the applicant’s field;
  • Significance to needs and interests of host country and AISEES;
  • Feasibility in terms of resources and amount of time allocated to the project;
  • Need for residence in host country to accomplish the project;
  • Proficiency in languages required to complete research project, if applicable.
  • Graduate student applicants may submit one of the letters from their academic advisor. The applicant is responsible for notifying references of their request for letters and for ensuring those letters are submitted to AISEES by the deadline.
  • All references must be in English.
  • AISEES’s method of submission is via email. Once an application is submitted it cannot be resubmitted or edited. This also applies to letters of recommendation.

Notification of fellowship status will be made available to each applicant via email in May 2020. Fellows whose projects require access to museum collections, archives, and other research materials are advised that it can take up to two months to obtain the necessary research clearance and should plan accordingly.

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  • Other
Geographical focus
  • Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Kosovo*
  • Montenegro
  • Republic of North Macedonia
  • Serbia
  • WBC
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences

Entry created by Admin on March 15, 2020
Modified on March 15, 2020