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Tuesday, December 21, 1999
Subject: IREX Short-Term Travel Grants for 2000
Deadlines: February 1,2000 and June 1, 2000

The International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) offers travel grants for brief visits to the countries of Central/Eastern Europe, the Newly Independent States of Eurasia, Mongolia, Turkey, and Iran for projects in the humanities and social sciences. These grants are for projects which do not require any administrative assistance or logistical support (such as placement or access to archives, housing, visas, travel, etc.)

Per diem support is for 14 days only, not to exceed $100/day. Grantees' travel may last up to 60 days total, with any additional per diem expenses beyond 14 days paid for by the grantee.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree in the project discipline at the time of application, and must be a United States citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States.

This program funds: individual scholarly research visits to archives, libraries, museums, etc., or to conduct research interviews; presentations at scholarly conferences focused on and located in eligible countries; and collaborative projects such as joint publications and comparative surveys. All projects should demonstrate that they will advance American public, cultural, and historical knowledge of the above mentioned regions.

NOTE: For the first time, funding is available for cross-regional humanities projects in Turkey and Iran. All eligible projects must address these countries in relation to Central and Eastern Europe or Eurasia. IREX also has extremely limited funding available to American scholars to invite an international scholar from IREX's program countries to the United States for collaborative projects.

The American scholar is considered the applicant, and both scholars must hold a Ph.D. or professional/terminal degree. Projects seeking funding only or primarily for an international scholar's participation in a conference or for an international scholar's individual research will not be eligible for consideration.

Priority will be given to projects involving international scholars who have not previously had the opportunity to travel outside of the region for research or conference participation and who are from traditionally underrepresented regions.

Provisions: Grants do not exceed $3,000, and provide funding for only one person and one trip per application. Funds are provided for transoceanic airfare on a US flag carrier; per diem for up to 14 days, not to exceed $100/day; conference registration fee to attend a conference; visa application costs; and some miscellaneous expenses.

This program does not fund projects which require travel of more than 60 days; projects related to Germany; projects which are primarily institutional exchanges; projects that are part of a pre-arranged study travel group; or institutional overhead or other administrative fees.

Please contact the IREX office if you have any questions regarding project eligibility. Deadline for receipt of completed applications: February 1, 2000 and June 1, 2000.

Prospective applicants should request application materials from IREX in advance of the application deadline. The application consists of an application form; 3-5-page proposal essay; applicant's abbreviated curriculum vitae; and an official letter of invitation for conferences, consultations, or collaborative projects.

Notification is made in writing approximately 8 weeks after the application deadline. The above program information is abbreviated. Please see the IREX web site or the 2000-2001 application for full guidelines.

For more information contact: International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) 1616 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20006 Telephone: (202) 628-8188 Fax: (202) 628-8189 E-mail: irex@irex.org Web: http://www.irex.org Courtenay Dunn, Program Officer Jessica Bagdonis, Program Associate

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