Returning Scholars Fellowship Program

Deadline: 11 April 2011
Open to: postgraduates in in the social sciences and humanities from countries listed below
Fellowship: monthly stipends and various allowances

The Returning Scholars Fellowship Program, is part of a strategy to combat “brain drain” in the social sciences and humanities, and it  supports talented young scholars who, after earning a postgraduate degree abroad, seek university positions and academic careers in their home countries.

The program operates in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, and Ukraine.


* Citizen of a country in which the program operates
* An internationally recognized  postgraduate degree (awarded by September of the year of application) from a reputable institution of higher education (typically North America, Western Europe, or Australia). A PhD or local equivalent is strongly desired, as the applicant must be qualified to teach in a local university department.
* A commitment to a career in higher education in the region, and a strong drive to participate in reform efforts in the field
* A desire to take advantage of opportunities for professional development and building academic cooperation and networks

Eligible fields: anthropology, area/cultural studies, economics, gender studies, history, human rights & public law, international relations, journalism/media studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, public policy/ environmental studies, public policy/public health, social work, and sociology.


Online applications.


Fellowships comprise monthly stipends and various allowances, including departmental, professional development, and mobility funds, and are renewable.


Academic Fellowship Program
Int’l Higher Education Support Program
Open Society Foundations
Oktober 6 utca 12
H-1051, Budapest, Hungary
Telephone: (36-1) 882 – 3219
Fax: (36-1) 882 3112

Official Webpage

2 thoughts on “Returning Scholars Fellowship Program

    1. Hello Tara,

      not big. They both include some financial support. But usually, when you get a fellowship, you become a fellow of some association where you remain more or less active.



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