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EAC / Study in the US / Financial Aid / Program Announcements / March 2001


The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs will be awarding three fellowships to mid-career professionals from Eastern Europe, Russia, the former Soviet Republics, South Asia, Latin America and Africa to pursue the Master of International Policy and Practice program during the 2001-2002 academic year. The fellowships, made possible by a generous grant from the Starr Foundation, will cover tuition, fees, and a living stipend (for a total value of approximately $35,000). The fellowships are ideal for professionals taking a sabbatical from their organization, though they are not limited to that use.

Criteria for Admission. The fellow will have one year to complete the Master of International Policy and Practice (M.I.P.P.) program at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. Candidates must have a B.A. plus either eight years of professional work experience or an advanced degree to be eligible for the fellowship. GREs are strongly recommended but not required. A TOEFL score of 600 (250 on the computer test) is usually required for admission.

The M.I.P.P. is a 27 credit hour degree program for mid-career professionals. It prepares international affairs professionals to understand complex global trends, and analyze and forecast international events. M.I.P.P. candidates take three core courses: one in international politics, one in international economics, and one exclusive seminar that engages participants in discussions with prominent guest speakers from international business, the policy community, the international media, and the nonprofit sector. Remaining coursework is tailored to participants' individual needs. M.I.P.P. candidates can concentrate on a wide range of related subjects including international business, economics, politics, development, security policy, or science and technology policy. M.I.P.P. candidates may also choose to study the dynamics of a particular region, such as Latin America or Asia, or the international aspects of U.S. policy.

Applications for the Starr Fellows program are due by April 15, 2001. For details, contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions
The George Washington University
Elliott School of International Affairs
2013 G Street, NW, Rm. 102
Washington, DC 20052
Telephone: (202) 994-7050, Fax: (202) 994-9537


Project Harmony, Inc. recently announced a mini-grants competition for alumni of ECA exchange programs within its Internet Access and Training Program (IATP)

The Internet Access and Training Program is designed to foster the development of the Russian-language Internet by providing free and open Internet access and targeted trainings to educators and alumni of US government programs. Operating a network of IATP public access centers throughout Russia, Project Harmony conducts training programs, professional workshops and online events that promote the Internet as an educational tool and provide Russian citizens with the skills to develop quality Internet resources.

The objectives of the mini-grant competition are to inspire alumni to develop their own Internet and creative skills, and to support educational Internet projects. Project Harmony will award mini-grants up to $2,000 to conduct trainings and seminars on utilizing the Internet, web-design and site support; and projects aimed at developing on-line communities. The total grant pool is $30,000.

The main criteria for project selection are: total quality of the application, feasibility of the budget, schedule, regional outreach, cost sharing of applicants and sustainability of the project. Application deadline is scheduled for March 15, 2001. The winners will be announced on the 2nd of April 2001. Work on projects should be completed by the 31st of July 2001. Alumni eligible for participation are those of the following programs:

  • Awards for Excellence in Teaching
  • Billington Open World Russian Leadership Program
  • Business for Russia
  • Community Connections Program
  • Edmund S. Muskie/FSA Graduate Fellowship Program
  • FSA Contemporary Issues Fellowship Program
  • FSA Future Leaders Exchange Program
  • FSA Undergraduate Program
  • Fulbright International Visitors Exchange
  • Fullbright Senior Scholar Program
  • Junior Faculty Development Program
  • NIS Colleges and University Partnerships
  • Partners in Education
  • Regional Scholar Exchange Program
  • Young Leadership Fellows for Public Service
  • Summer Institutes for Foreign University Educators
  • Summer Institutes for Secondary School Educators

Complete information about the competition and application procedure can be found at IATP web site:

IREX is pleased to announce the

Grants will be awarded to projects focusing on issues of practical relevance and current interests to the academic, corporate, and policy-making communities concerned with the Black and Caspian Sea region. This region is defined to include: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.


Application Deadline: May 1, 2001

Award decision will be made on or about June 15, 2001 and successful projects may begin as early as August 1, 2001.

ELIGIBILITY: Groups with a minimum of three scholars, all of whom hold graduate degrees, are eligible to apply. At least one of the researchers must be a US citizen or permanent resident and at least two of the researchers should be citizens and current residents of the Black and Caspian Sea region at the time of application.

ELIGIBLE EXPENSES: Travel and associated expenses, research expenses, honoraria, materials, and publication expenses. Successful projects may be asked to make changes to their proposed budget prior to the final award decision.

TO APPLY: Submit 5 copies of the completed application form, project proposal, budget narrative, timeline, and curricula vitae to:


APPLICATIONS can be downloaded from the IREX website at

For more information about the program please contact: Hakan Altinay, IREX/Istanbul
Tel: (90-212) 323-2140, E-mail: or

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