Combined Research and Language Training (CRLT) Program

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Combined Research and Language Training (CRLT) Program

American Councils Organization is pleased to invite applications of Combined Research and Language Training (CRLT) Program. The program provides full support for US graduate students, faculty and independent scholars to conduct independent research in countries, Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe.

The CRLT program supports Fellows, in addition to conducting policy-related research abroad, trying to increase their language proficiency through targeted language instruction. American Council offers extensive research, study abroad and internship programs in many of the most interesting corners of the world.

Who May Eligible

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens are eligible.
  • Open to graduate students, Ph.D. candidates, faculty, and post-doctoral scholars.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old by the application deadline.
  • Applicants must have attained at least an intermediate level of language proficiency to apply.

How to Apply

If you are interested to apply this free study then don’t delay. Start your online application today.

All applicants should clearly describe the policy-relevance of their work, be it in anthropology, history, international relations, political science, or some other field. Applicants must submit:

  • A completed online application form
  • Research proposal (3 to 5 pages) and bibliography
  • Proposed program timeline (including monthly research goals)
  • Research synopsis in the host country language (700 words)
  • Policy-relevance essay (1-2 pages)
  • Archive list and/or sample of a survey instrument for those proposing survey activity
  • Updated curriculum vitae or resume
  • Photocopy of the inside page of current U.S. passport, clearly showinga photograph, passport number, and expiration date
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts (of all college- and university-level coursework from the past five years, including all summer programs)


The total value of each fellowship administered by the American Council is $ 7,000 to $ 25,000, with the actual level of support based on the period of the foreign research period. Typical awards include:

  • International airfare from the scholar’s home city to their host city overseas
  • Up to ten academic hours per week of advanced language instruction in Russian, the host-country language, or a combination of the two
  • Academic affiliation at a leading local university or educational institution
  • Visa(s) arranged by American Councils in direct collaboration with academic host institutions in order to facilitate archive access and guarantee timely visa registration
  • A housing stipend
  • A monthly living stipend
  • Health insurance of up to $100,000 per accident or illness
  • Ongoing logistical support from American Councils staff, including in-country orientation and 24-hour emergency aid

Application Deadline:  The application deadline for the Title VIII CRLT Program is October 1, 2019.

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