American Councils Title VIII Funding Opportunities

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Dear H-NET colleagues,

American Councils is once again pleased to remind you that Title VIII funding through the US Department of State supports graduate students participating in three distinct American Councils language programs. Individual scholarships can cover up to 75% of the costs of the following programs: 

  • Balkan Language Initiative, which offers the following languages and locations:    

    • Albanian in Tirana, Albania   

    • Bosnian in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina   

    • Bulgarian in Sofia, Bulgaria   

    • Macedonian in Skopje, North Macedonia   

    • Serbian in Belgrade, Serbia   

    • Montenegrin in Podgorica, Montenegro  

  • Eurasian Regional Language Program, offering 15 different languages, including:    

    • Kazakh in Almaty, Kazakhstan   

    • Azerbaijani and Turkish in Baku, Azerbaijan    

    • Kyrgyz in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan   

    • Romanian and Ukrainian in Chisinau, Moldova   

    • Pashto, Persian (Dari/Farsi/Tajiki), and Uzbek in Dushanbe, Tajikistan   

    • Chechen, Georgian, and Ukrainian in Tbilisi, Georgia   

    • Armenian in Yerevan, Armenia 


The application deadline for Summer 2023 is February 15, 2023. 

The application deadline for Fall 2023 and Academic Year 2023-24 is March 15, 2023.  


In addition, American Councils features the Title VIII Research Scholar and Title VIII Combined Research & Language Training Programs in 2023. These programs are designed for U.S. graduate students, PhD candidates, faculty, and post-doctoral scholars seeking to complete policy relevant research overseas and improve their language skills. 

Fellowships last three to nine consecutive months and include round-trip international travel; housing and living stipends; visa support; overseas health, accident, and evacuation insurance; archive access; and logistical support. Research can be conducted in the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan. 

The application deadline for the Title VIII Research Scholar and Combined Research and Language Programs is October 1, 2023. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me at with any questions.