2012-2013 Fellowship Opportunity – U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program

Deadline: March 14, 2012.

IREX is pleased to announce the competition for the 2012-13 U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program (EPS). The U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program provides funding for U.S. scholars and professionals to travel to Eurasia and serve U.S. Embassies or USAID Missions as policy specialists on a research topic proposed by the Embassy/Mission.

Researchers are able to directly contribute to the formation of U.S. public policy by conducting research on topics vital to the policy-making community, as well as increase their understanding of current regional issues and develop and sustain international networks. The fellowship provisions include: logistical support, international airfare, visa support, in-country housing and
workspace, a living expenses stipend and emergency evacuation insurance.

For 2012-13, applicants may apply for placements in the following countries and fields. Detailed information on each of the topic areas can be found in the application instructions on the IREX website.

Armenia: USAID Mission, Yerevan: Media; Politics; Think Tanks; Migration

Azerbaijan: U.S.Embassy/USAID Mission, Baku: Youth/Civil Society; U.S. Embassy, Baku: Economics/Banking Sector; Agriculture; Economics/Tax Code

Georgia: U.S. Embassy, Tbilisi: Media; Public Administration; Public-Private Partnerships

Kazakhstan: U.S. Embassy, Astana: Economics; Religion

Kyrgyz Republic: USAID Mission, Bishkek: Public Health/Business; Governance; Migration

Russia: USAID Mission, Moscow: Islam/North Caucasus Conflict Mitigation; Gender/North Caucasus Conflict Mitigation; Youth/North Caucasus Conflict Mitigation;U.S. Embassy,Moscow: International Trade; Economic Growth

Tajikistan: U.S. Embassy, Dushanbe: Education/Religion; Education/Governance; Youth; Agriculture

Turkmenistan: U.S. Embassy, Ashgabat: Islam; Rural Life; Clan Structures

Ukraine: USAID Mission, Kyiv: Health Reform; Anti-Corruption; Energy; U.S. Embassy, Kyiv: Law Enforcement; Property Rights; Public Health Technical Eligibility Requirements: Scholars and professionals who hold advanced degrees (PhD, MA, MS, MFA, MBA, MPA, MLIS, MPH, JD, MD) and are US citizens are eligible to apply for the this program.

Application Materials and Information are online.

Deadline:  5 p.m. EST on March 14, 2012.

For questions, contact IREX via email.

Applicants are encouraged to read the recommendations for writing successful international research proposals, found online.