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Galina Starovoitova Fellowship on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution

Program Scholarship
Application Deadline: 
Apr 07, 2014

The Galina Starovoitova Fellowship on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution was established following U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's 25 January 1999 speech in Moscow in which she announced funding for a memorial fellowship at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in honor of Galina Starovoitova. The Fellowship is funded and administered in cooperation with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and the Public Affairs office of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

Galina Starovoitova was a leading human rights advocate and a deputy in the Russian lower house of parliament (Duma). She won her Duma seat from St. Petersburg in Russia's December 1995 legislative elections. Starovoitova served in the Congress of Peoples' Deputies during 1989-91 and was a presidential advisor on ethnic relations until 1992. She was a co-founder of the Democratic Russia movement. In 1989, Galina Starovoitova was a visiting scholar at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She was also a fellow in the Jennings Randolph fellowship program at the United States Institute for Peace during 1993-94, where she completed research on self-determination movements in the former Soviet Union, and a visiting professor at Brown University.

In keeping with both the legacies of Woodrow Wilson and Galina Starovoitova, the Starovoitova Fellowship is available to scholars, policy makers, journalists, civic activists, and other engaged persons who successfully bridge the worlds of ideas and public affairs to advance human rights and conflict resolution. Possible research areas include:

a)      rule of law issues
b)      human rights
c)      ethnic, religious, racial and cultural policies
d)      conflict resolution
e)      development of democratic institutions
f)       promotion of civil society
g)      development of civic education and related cultural issues
h)      nation-building
i)       nationalism and xenophobia
j)       tolerance
k)      the free press

Applicants with substantial experience from a wide variety of backgrounds (including academia, government, the corporate world, the professions, NGOs, the media) are eligible for appointment. All applicants are required to have a working knowledge of English. For academic participants, eligibility is limited to the postdoctoral level, and normally it is expected that academic candidates will have demonstrated their scholarly development by publication beyond the Kandidat dissertation. For other applicants, an equivalent level of professional achievement is expected.

Under the terms of the grant, the Galina Starovoitova Fellowship offers a monthly stipend, research facilities, word processing support, and research assistance. Grant recipients are required to be in residence at the Kennan Institute in Washington, D.C. for the duration of their grant. The Starovoitova Fellows are expected to hold public lectures on the themes of conflict resolution and human rights while conducting research on a specific topic. In addition, the Starovoitova Fellow will actively participate in discussions with the public policy and academic communities, including giving speeches and lectures at other institutions and taking part in meetings and conferences.

The Kennan Institute will hold one round of competitive selection for two (a six month and a three month) Starovoitova Fellowships in the 2014-2015 program year (subject to continued funding). The deadline for the submission of applications and supporting material is April 07, 2014. Decision on appointment will be made in May 2014; interviews will take place in June 2014; the Fellowship can be commenced as early as September 2014.


Attached please find the Kennan Institute Galina Starovoitova Fellowship Application. Please keep in mind that the Starovoitova Fellowship, which is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State, is restricted to citizens of the Russian Federation who are residing in Russia at the time of application.

The Application

A complete application must include the following:

1. the following three-page Application Form
2. a project proposal (not to exceed 2,000 words)
3. a one-page bibliography for the project
4. a list of your publications (not to exceed three pages)
5. a curriculum vitae
6. two letters of recommendation

Please email an electronic version of your application as an attachment. Only applications sent by email attachment will be accepted. Do not send sample publications.

THE PROJECT PROPOSAL OF NO MORE THAN 2,000 WORDS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT IN THE SELECTION PROCESS. It is essential to make your project clear to individuals outside your own field and to explain its broader implications. The elements requested below should be incorporated into the text:

1. a detailed description of the topic and its policy relevance beyond the interests of the specific field of study,
2. the originality of the proposed study,
3. the basic ideas and hypotheses,
4. the methods or approaches to be used,
5. a brief discussion of how you our your project will foster communication between the world of ideas and the world of public affairs.

Letters of Recommendation

It is your responsibility to have two signed letters of reference sent as email attachments directly from the referee to the Kennan Institute office in Washington, DC by the deadline. Your referees should be familiar with you and your work. Along with a copy of your proposal, you should send to your referees a copy of the enclosed letter of instruction, which they can use in preparing their comments about your proposed study and your qualifications for undertaking it. They may also comment upon how you and your work would contribute to the Center’s goal of bridging the gap between the worlds of scholarship and public affairs. All application materials must be received by April 07, 2014. Referees should send a scanned copy of his/her signed recommendation letter to: kennan@wilsoncenter.org


All application materials must be received by April 07, 2014.

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Please email an electronic version of your application as an attachment:

Email:  kennan@wilsoncenter.org

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