Ces Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowships

Harriman-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship

The Harriman Institute at Columbia University and the Council for European Studies (CES) invite eligible graduate students with a focus on Eastern Europe to apply for the 2018-19 Harriman-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship. The Harriman Institute is one of the world's leading academic institutions devoted to Russian, Eurasian and East European studies. Each fellowship includes a $5,000 stipend to fund two months’ research in Europe and travel support for attending and presenting at the International Conference of Europeanists.



The Harriman-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship is intended to fund fellows’ first research project in Europe. Applicants must:

  • be enrolled in a doctoral program at Columbia University and have a focus on Eastern European Studies
  • not have completed the majority of doctoral coursework
  • not have begun substantial dissertation research in Europe.

Barring exceptional circumstances, students who have already received comparable support for pre-dissertation research will not be considered eligible. 


The annual application period opens October 1. Applications are due (along with all supporting materials) on or before January 15. Applicants will be notified of the Committee's decision by the end of April.

To Apply:


Submit the CES Pre-Dissertation Fellowship Application Form and return three (3) completed Faculty Recommendation Forms. You must also submit a Language Competency Form for every language in which you will require functional knowledge to complete your proposed research.  All materials are due by January 15. A complete application will include all five of these forms.


Have questions about the fellowship or application process? Check out our FAQs! You can also see a list of Past Awardees here.



Eastern European Interdisciplinary Art Grant: Spotlight on Bulgaria

This Grant is designed as the first in an annual series organized by the Council for European Studies in conjunction with the American Foundation for Bulgaria, Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York, the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, the Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria, and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United Nations in New York. This collaborative event is aligned with CES’ upcoming theme for the 25th International Conference of Europeanists, “Europe and the World: Mobilities, Values and Citizenship,” by building bridges and strengthening ties with smaller Central and Eastern European regions, thereby highlighting their importance within Europe and the European Studies field. The spotlights of this year’s grant will shine on new collaborative, interdisciplinary work produced by emerging and established artists in Bulgaria, as well as Bulgarians in other countries.

One prize in the amount of $3000 will be awarded in May 2018. A multi-disciplinary selection committee, assembled from the founding organizations mentioned above, will choose the winners. The winning entry will receive a check for $3000[1] for creating and producing the work, along with public recognition in a special edition of EuropeNow and announcement in the European Studies Newsletter, as well as various social media sites. In addition, each of the awardees will receive one year of complimentary individual membership with the Council for European Studies (CES).


Each nominated work must meet the following criteria:

o    be an interdisciplinary project that combines at least two of three categories: music, literature, and visual art

o    be from Bulgaria or produced by a Bulgarian residing in another country

o    written text, samples, or complete projects, should not exceed 6000 words

o    be written in English

o    collaborations of at least two artists are encouraged

o    music composition should be for chamber ensemble not to exceed 5 performers

o    project must be completed by December of 2018

Applications may be submitted by the artists and must be accompanied by an application form. Compositions must be submitted in MP3 format with a maximum length of 12 minutes. Visual art must be submitted as high-res images with a maximum submission number of 5 or as a streaming link to a film on the application. Any fiction, non-fiction, and poetry must be submitted as a digital copy (entries should be directly attached to the Application form).  Paper submissions will not be accepted. The application form will open on November 16, 2017.


Applications will be accepted from November, 16, 2017 until March 30, 2018. The winners will be informed in May 2018 with an official announcement at a recognition, by invitation only, event later in the year.

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 *Application form will activate Nov 16*


[1] The grant will be paid out in two stages: $1500 will be paid upon announcement of the winning entry. The remaining $1500 will be paid out upon successful completion of the project.

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