Deadline: May 15, 2012
Galina Starovoitova Fellowships on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution were 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 United States Department of State.
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 also a co-founder of the Democratic Russia movement. In 1989, Galina Starovoitova was a visiting scholar at the Kennan Institute. 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 will be available to prominent scholars and policy makers from the Russian Federation who have successfully bridged the worlds of ideas and public affairs to advance human rights, the rule of law, conflict resolution, the free press, and civil society. Applicants with outstanding capability and experience from a wide variety of backgrounds (including government, journalism, the professions, NGOs, and academia) are eligible for appointment. 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. Applicants must be eligible to obtain a J-1 exchange visitor visa.
Under the terms of the grant, the Galina Starovoitova Fellowship offers a monthly stipend, research facilities, computer 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. 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, Starovoitova Fellows 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. Download the application by clicking the link at the top of this page.
The Kennan Institute will hold one round of competitive selection for two (one six month and one three month) Starovoitova Fellowships in the 2011-12 program year. The deadline for the submission of applications and supporting material is May 15, 2012. Applications must be submitted by mail; forms submitted by electronic mail will not be considered. Decision on appointment will be made in July 2012; the Fellowship can be commenced as early as September 2012. The Fellowship provides a stipend of $1,700 per month, plus transportation costs and a housing allowance.
Starovoitova Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications are reviewed by the Kennan Institute’s Advisory Council, and the highest ranked candidates are interviewed in Moscow by a panel of Kennan Institute staff and outside experts. Recommendations from the Advisory Council and interview panel are presented to the Director and Deputy Director of the Wilson Center for final approval. The basic criteria for selection are:
* The potential contribution of the scholar to the intellectual life of the Institute and the policymaking community;
* Potential of the project to advance human rights and conflict resolution in the Russian Federation;
* Policy relevance;
* Applicant’s scholarly promise, achievements, and ability to complete the project;
* Need for the scholar to have access to the resources of Washington, D.C.
For application forms and further information, please click on the link at the top of this page or write to:
Galina Starovoitova Fellowship
Kennan Moscow Project
Pochtovyi Iashchik 90
Moscow, 123001, Russia
Tel: (495) 232-3496
Fax: (495) 232-3497