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EAC / Study in the US / Financial Aid / Program Announcements / April 2003

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Initiative in the Russian Federation and Post-Soviet States.

These grants support research and writing projects that have practical applications for policymaking and society. Interdisciplinary analysis is encouraged, as are historical approaches with demonstrated contemporary relevance. Individual researchers may request funding for a period of up to 18 months. Grant funds may cover stipend, research materials, research-related travel, publication subsidy, and equipment necessary for the execution of the project.

Research and Writing grants are awarded for projects in the following four issue areas:

  • Human Rights: Civil liberties; economic and social rights; the rights of women and minorities; the impact of economic changes on women and minorities; equal participation in society of women and minorities; women's reproductive rights; human rights violations; implementing legal protection of human rights; development of legal culture
  • Environment and Society: Sustainable development; biodiversity conservation; public participation in ecosystem conservation; legal, economic, and social aspects of environmental protection and resource management; creative approaches to efficient energy production and consumption; economic and environmental impacts of energy production and consumption
  • Peace and Security: Broad conceptions of security that attend to root causes and effects of conflict, including environmental degradation and natural resource use; religion, ethnicity, migration, and uneven economic development; arms control and disarmament; weapons proliferation and regional conflict
  • Law and Society: Development of legal culture; public understanding of legal procedures for the protection of citizens' rights; social welfare; public interest law; implementation of legislation; transparency of information.

The Research and Writing program is an annual competition. Applications are accepted through either the Moscow or the Chicago office of the Foundation. The competition is open to individuals, including scholars, journalists, policy analysts, and other practitioners. Eligible applicants must be citizens and current residents of one of the states of the former Soviet Union (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan) during the proposed grant period.

An application form may be obtained from the MacArthur Foundation's Moscow and Chicago offices. or

Questions about this grantmaking area can be e-mailed to

Application Deadline
The annual deadline for submitting applications for the Research and Writing competition is June 15. Decisions about grant awards are announced the following March. Application forms are available year-round.

MacArthur Foundation Moscow Office
Khlebnyi pereulok 8, 2nd floor
121069 Moscow, Russia
Tel: (095) 737 0015
Fax: (095) 956 6358

MacArthur Foundation
Initiative in the Russian Federation and Post-Soviet States
140 South Dearborn St., Suite 1100, Chicago, IL 60603 USA
Tel: (312) 726 8000
Fax: (312) 917 0200
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