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Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program

Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Independent States of the Former Soviet Union), the American Councils Combined Research and Language Training (CRLT) Program serves graduate students and scholars who, in addition to support for research in the independent states of the former Soviet Union, require supplemental language instruction.

Applicants must conduct research and language study for a minimum of three months in the field to a maximum of nine months in the field. Participants must have attained at least an intermediate level of language proficiency to apply.

Typically, CRLT applicants are graduate students at relatively early stages of their dissertation research. However, participants may be at more advanced stages in their careers, and applications from established scholars seeking to develop their proficiency in new languages are welcome. While a wide-range of topics receive support each year, all funded research must contribute to a body of knowledge enabling the U.S. to better understand the region and formulate effective policies within it. All applicants should clearly describe the policy-relevance of their work.

Programs are available in the countries listed below.

Last updated: July 2017

Fields of Study:

  • Anthropology; History; International Relations; Political Science


  • Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine

Program Type:

  • Research
  • Study
  • Travel


  • US Citizen

Program Length:

  • Max. 9 months


  • October 2 

Degree Level:

  • Graduate


  • $5,000-$25,000