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Title VIII Fellowships

Competitively awarded Title VIII Fellowships are available through SWSEEL to U.S. graduate students, area specialist and scholars to pursue their language and culture studies in Workshop languages including Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Dari, Georgian, Hungarian, Kazakh, Mongolian, Polish, Romanian, Tatar, Ukrainian, Uyghur and Uzbek in summer 2013.

Title VIII Fellowships provide up to $6,100 per SWSEEL student enrolled in a 10-credit course and up to $5,000 per SWSEEL student enrolled in a 6-credit course.

To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Applicants in Russian must have completed at least two years of formal study of the language; those in the languages of Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus need no prior study to be eligible.

Graduate students must demonstrate they are in good academic standing.

All applicants must demonstrate commitment to continued study of or work related to the region of the language studied.

The application deadline for Fellowships is March 1. Decisions on Title VIII fellowships are made in early April.

Fellowship assistance is available only to students in the 8-week session.

If you wish to apply for a Title VIII fellowship, you must check the appropriate box on the application.

Portable Title VIII Fellowships

Portable Title VIII Fellowships of up to $6000 are available for qualified graduate students, area specialist and scholars requiring higher levels of the languages than those offered in SWSEEL to study abroad in summer 2013.

Applicants must be US citizens.

Applicants with questions about eligible programs and languages should contact the SWSEEL director.

The application for Portable Title VIII funding consists of a statement of purpose and a budget. The statement of purpose will explain the need for the proposed overseas language study with information about the applicant's previous language training; a description of the proposed study abroad program including the name and, whenever possible, a link to the proposed program's website; and information about other funding for which the student has applied to support their study on this program.

The budget should outline all costs for which Title VIII portable funding is sought.

The statement of purpose and budget should be sent by email to with the subject line "Portable Title VIII Application."

Two letters of reference should be sent separately to

Applications are due by March 8, 2013 and decisions will be made by mid-March.

Funding for all Title VIII fellowships is provided through the Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Office of Outreach Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Independent States of the Former Soviet Union).