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.