The Kennan Institute offers Short-Term Grants (up to one month’s duration) to U.S. citizens whose research in the social sciences or humanities focuses on the former Soviet Union and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area. The Kennan Institute accepts applications involving policy-relevant research on Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and cross-border projects involving the Baltic States.

Short-Term Grants provide a stipend of $3,500 for one month. The Kennan Institute cannot provide office space for Short-Term scholars, but a carrel with a computer and internet access is provided. Travel and accommodation expenses are not directly covered by this grant. Grant recipients are required to be in residence in Washington, D.C. for the duration of their grant.

Two rounds of competitive selection for Short-Term Grants are held each year, with closing dates on March 1 and September 30. Applicants are notified of the competition results roughly seven weeks after the closing date.


  • Applicants are required to hold an MA degree or higher, or demonstrate commensurate professional achievement.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.


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