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REEI Faculty Funding


Summer Faculty Research Fellowships
One summer fellowship of $5000 will be awarded. Major objectives include support for projects nearing completion by younger faculty that are important for tenure; major projects in early stages of development that can be expected to attract substantial outside funding; significant projects nearing completion that show clear promise of early publication; and proposals that encourage research collaboration between faculty and graduate students.

All regular Institute faculty are eligible to apply. Recipients are ineligible to apply again for such awards the following year.

Application materials needed:

  • One application form for Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, which includes a project description.
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which should come from the departmental chairperson.

Download the application here

Applications and all supporting materials are due on March 1 of each year.

Faculty Grants-in Aid of Research

The Russian and East European Institute administers the Mellon Faculty Grants-in-Aid of Research Program funded by the REEI Mellon Endowment. Under this program, all regular Institute faculty are eligible to apply for research grants of up to $700 per year. Priority will be given to the support of innovative proposals that show clear promise of developing into research projects of major significance and ultimately attracting substantial outside funding.

Priority will also be given to proposals that encourage research collaboration between faculty and graduate students and to well-qualified applicants who have not previously held grants under this program. Recipients of REEI Summer Faculty Research Fellowships are not eligible to receive this award a second time for the same project in a single academic year. Among the kinds of activities which might be supported are:

  • Travel and per diem to initiate or complete research for a project.
  • Support of research assistants.
  • Source materials acquisition, photo-copying and computer expenses.
  • Clerical support.

Application materials needed:

  • The application form, including a budget statement and project description;
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • Two letters of recommendatation, one of which should come from the departmental chairperson.

Applications are available at REEI or download the grant application here
Application Deadlines are October 1, January 15, and April 1, each year.


International Faculty Travel
REEI has set aside special Mellon Endowment funds (up to $850 per faculty member) to assist a limited number of faculty members in traveling to conferences abroad during each academic year. Applicants should be presenting a paper or otherwise participating in the program as a chair or discussant on a panel or roundtable. Note that for those traveling to conferences in North America (Canada, Mexico, etc.) should apply for the REEI Domestic Conference Travel Grants.

Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to apply to the Office of International Programs for travel support as well.
Application materials needed:

  • Application form for Faculty Travel Grant/International
  • Itemized budget of expected expenditures;
  • A copy of the preliminary conference program showing the panel on which the applicant will be participating (or confirmation of faculty member participation from conference organizers);
  • An abstract of the paper;
  • Faculty members not presenting a paper should include a brief statement (one page) addressing the importance of their attendance for participation on a panel of for other purposes;
  • Current c.v.

Applications are available at REEI or download the application here

Applications and supporting materials are due on October 1, January 15, and April 1 of every year

REEI Domestic Conference Travel Grants

Applications for funding of faculty travel to conferences in North America (including Canada, Mexico, etc.) will be evaluated and awards made twice a year. Grants will not exceed $400, and faculty are encouraged to combine REEI funds with other IU sources. Only regular Russian & East European Institute affiliated faculty are eligible for support. Please contact REEI for information on becoming a faculty affiliate.

The fall application deadline is mid-September for travel that will be completed by January of the following year. If you intend to participate in a late fall conference for which you have not received official acceptance, please apply by September 20 and forward acceptance when it is received. The spring application deadline is February 1 for travel that will be completed by August 14 of that year.

Applications will be ranked on the following basis:
1) paper presenters;
2) officers of national professional organizations whose attendance is required for committee or board meetings;
3) round table participants and panel commentators;
4) panel chairs; and
5) others.

There are no application forms. Applications should be submitted in the form of a memo either on paper or by e-mail to and should include:
1) faculty name (and any change in contact information from last year);
2) name of conference;
3) confirmation of participation on program (if it is not printed in a national newsletter that REEI receives); and
4) short abstract or title of paper or 1 paragraph statement of importance of faculty member's attendance.

After the applications are ranked according to the above priorities, a final funding decision will be made as soon as possible after the application deadlines. Consideration will be given to the significance of the conference, the number of times REEI has supported the faculty member's travel in recent years, and the overall budget situation.

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Host a guest speaker on campus

REEI asks that affiliated faculty members let us know right away if you or your home department are working on plans for visitors or events related to the Russian and East European area which are not yet on our calendar. We like to know early of special events so that we may set aside funds for co-sponsorship (if you plan to request them). We also want to avoid scheduling competing speakers.

If you have not previously worked with REEI on scheduling a guest lecturer, you should know that we have set aside some funds from the REEI Title VI grant to support REEI faculty initiatives that bring scholars from other institutions to present new research findings to our faculty and students. REEI sponsorship is, however, only for curricular-relevant visits. This means that the visiting speaker must either present material in a current class or a class must be required to attend the public lecture by the speaker.

To request funds, you should send to the REEI Director a short note (paper or e-mail) explaining who the scholar is, what he or she would be asked to do at IU, and how the event will meet the curricular-relevant criterion. You should also send a CV of at least one page or reference to a personal home page of the scholar so that we may review the individual's qualifications. REEI staff can provide some logistical support in putting together an event (scheduling travel, publicizing the lecture, and processing reimbursement and payment), but we expect the faculty member who initiated the invitation to take the lead in planning the event and providing appropriate hospitality for the speaker. Note that REEI funding cannot be used for any food or hospitality expenses related to guest lecturers.

It is expected that the initiating faculty member will generate funding in addition to what is requested from REEI in order to cover the speaker’s travel expenses plus honorarium. Several other sources on campus should be approached in this regard:

  • The faculty member’s home department.
  • Other IU departments, institutes, and centers, if the talk is interdisciplinary.
  • For speakers from abroad, the International Visitors Fund Office of International Programs.
  • For speakers appropriate for an undergraduate audience, the Horizons of Knowledge Lecture Fund.

Other sources of funding for faculty