Call for Proposals: Carnegie/Harriman Research Grants for Ph.D. Students in the Social Sciences

Thanks to generous support from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Harriman Institute of Columbia University announces a competition for grants of up to $12,000 each for Ph.D. candidates in the social sciences who are conducting research on Russia. These grants are designed to improve research and training of Ph.D. students whose dissertations include a focus on Russia. Research grants may support training, data collection, dissertation research, or research projects unrelated to the dissertation.

Please note this this award cannot be used for travel expenses to or in Russia or Ukraine. In addition, each funded project must be conducted in accordance with U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions regulations and U.S. Department of Commerce export controls, in addition to any other applicable international trade laws and regulations (e.g., EU sanctions regulations). It will be the responsibility of each grant recipient to ensure that all project activities and transactions comply with applicable international trade laws and regulations. More information about these laws and regulations is available on OFAC’s economic sanctions websiteCommerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security website, and the White House Briefing Room.

Send the following application materials to Ryan Kreider at

  • 10-page research proposal
  • curriculum vitae
  • a one-page budget
  • Two letters of recommendation (including one from the student’s dissertation adviser); send under separate cover to the same address.

Deadline: April 21, 2023.

For grantees outside of Columbia University, these grants will be subject to taxation. In addition to other application materials, foreign grantees who are not Columbia University students and who are in the United States on an F-1 visa will need to provide a Form I-20 with an Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Curricular Practical Training (CPT) designation.

Grantees will be notified about award decisions by May 5, 2023. Funds should be expended by April 30, 2024. There may be opportunities for extension, but extensions cannot be guaranteed. Grantees should prepare a 5-page report detailing how the funds were spent. Reports are due by May 31, 2024.