Visiting Scholars

The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) hosts scholars from around the world who are conducting research on topics related to Europe and/or Eurasia (the territory corresponding to the former Soviet Union). These visiting scholars include senior scholars, post-doctoral scholars, and advanced graduate students. Visiting Scholars present on their research as part of IERES’ visiting scholar roundtable event series. 

Aisalkyn Botoeva

Visiting Scholar, Emergence and Expansion of the Islamic Economy in Central Asia

Eirini Cheila

Visiting Scholar, Current Dilemmas of Greek Foreign Policy

Liliya Karimova

Visiting Scholar, By the Grace of God: Women, Islam, and Transformation in Russia

Eric McGlinchey

Visiting Scholar, The Erosion of US Soft Power in Central Asia

Derya Buyuktanir Karacan

Visiting Scholar, The Impact of Syrian Refugees in Hungary and Germany

Emmanuel Dreyfus

Visiting Scholar, Russian Defense Reforms Since 2008

Caitlin Katsiaficas

Visiting Scholar, Leveraging Social Capital for the Integration of Europe's Newcomers

Applying to Be a Visiting Scholar or Fellow

The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) invites applications from U.S. and foreign scholars who need to be in residence in Washington, DC for their research and writing on topics related to Europe and/or Eurasia (the territory corresponding to the former Soviet Union) or the larger Cold War. Senior scholars, post-doctoral scholars, and advanced graduate students working on their dissertations in any major discipline are eligible to apply. Applicants should have funding from institutions other than IERES, such as a fellowship or a university sabbatical. Scholars may be in residence at IERES for a period from three months to one year. Visiting Scholars at IERES will be given carrel or office space, computer access, and library privileges. They are expected to participate actively in the intellectual life of our institute, which includes talks, conferences, informal discussions, and other activities. Visiting Scholars are expected to give a presentation on their research while at IERES.

Interested scholars should send their CV, a 2-page description of their research project, and the proposed dates of residency to The research proposal should include an explanation as to why a residency at IERES would be beneficial and whether office or desk space is requested (if it is requested, please state if this is essential). Applicants are strongly encouraged to identify and name an IERES faculty member or members that they wish to work with during their stay at IERES. These faculty should share an interest in the applicants’ research topic. (A list of IERES faculty and their areas of interest can be found here). Applications are accepted throughout the year. Please note that applications go through two levels of approval, including nomination and review by an ESIA committee, and it may take up to 6-8 weeks to receive a decision. Visiting scholars are generally expected to pay an affiliation fee to cover administrative and other costs involved with hosting visiting scholars. The amount of the fee depends on the type of space that is provided: $1000/month for a solo office, $750/month for shared office, $500/month for a carrel, and $250/month for basic affiliation.

Past Visiting Scholars

2019-2020 Visting Scholars

  • Iakovos Michailidis, The Reconstruction of Greece after World War II: The Role of UNNRA
  • Stefan Kaschube, Multi-National Corporations as Instruments in International Relations – the Role of American Extratteritorial Sanctions
  • Per Ekman, Foreign Policy Strategies of Ukraine and Georgia
  • Zarina Burkadze, Competing Foreign Influences and Domestic Coordination in Democratizing Georgie: EU, NATO, US, and Russia
  • Bekzod Zakirov, From Market to the State: Politics of State Ownership in Kazakhstan and Russia 
  • Irina Olimpieva, Russian Young People’s Perceptions of Corruption and the Resulting Influence on Political and Economic Behavior

2018-2019 Visiting Scholars

  • Uchkun Dustov, Sino-American Relationship at the Beginning of the XXI Century
  • Miguel Vazquez, New Regulatory Paradigms to Realize Engery Transitions in the European Union
  • Daria Gritsenko, Sustainable Energy for the Arctic Regions
  • Daniel Stahl, The Arms Trade and International Law in the 20th Century
  • Emil Nasritdinov, Migration in Kyrgyzstan: Here, There and in Between

2017-2018 Visiting Scholars

  • Stephen Crowley, The Other Russia: Labor Politics and the Putin Regime in Challenging Economic Times
  • Nicolas Belorgey, Prospective Payments Systems and the Elderly: A Frano-American Comparison
  • Elzbieta Olzacka, The Cultural Context of the Conflict in Eastern Ukraine
  • Gabor Csizmazia, The United States’ Security Relationship with Europe’s Eastern Flank
  • Sielke Beata Kelner, US Human Rights Promotion in Eastern Europe: The Case of Romania (1977-1989)
  • Katerina Sokou, The US’s Role in the Greek Debt Crisis
  • Lauren Woodard, Resettlement of Compatriots Program in Russia’s Far East


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