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:

Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship Application

Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship Faculty Recommendation Form          Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship Language Competency Form

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.


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