Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club is launching a research grant program for Russian and foreign scholars and experts in economics, political science and international relations.
Ten grants of up to 600,000 rubles ($20,000) will be awarded to research groups comprising at least one Russian and one foreign expert.
The program aims to comprehensively study problems on the Russian and international agenda and elaborate measures to develop an optimal strategy for Russia. Research topics should be closely connected to the club’s main activities and embrace a wide range of issues from foreign policy and economy to national and global governance.
These grants will promote original research by Russian and international experts and give them the opportunity, working together, to apply their knowledge to public issues directly relevant to the emerging needs of present-day Russia, Tim Colton, Professor and Chairman of Harvard University’s Government Department and a Member of the Valdai Club Advisory Board, said.
Applicants must hold at least a PhD degree (or equivalent), have peer-reviewed publications, chapters in books or monographs written on the grant topics. A higher degree and publications in both Russian and foreign journals is an advantage.
Young researchers up to 35 years old can participate in a special grant contest, as well as the main grant program.
Grants are awarded by the Foundation Board on the basis of Valdai Club Advisory Board’s application review.