Weiser Professional Development Fellowship

The Ronald and Eileen Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia at the University of Michigan invites applications for the Weiser Professional Development Fellowships.

The awards support short-term research visits of 4 weeks or 3 months to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and include round-trip airfare, housing, health insurance, and a modest per diem. The Weiser Center will grant 5-7 awards for travel to Ann Arbor in February-April 2020 or September-November 2020. Applicants are invited to propose projects in any field of research or teaching with a faculty partner at the University of Michigan.

Selection of 2020 awardees will be made through a competitive review of proposals at the University of Michigan. These awards are made possible thanks to a gift from Ambassador Ronald Weiser, U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia from 2001-04, and his wife, Eileen Lappin Weiser.

The deadline for the applications is September 15, 2019


    • Armenia
    • Azerbaijan
    • Bel
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Georgia
    • Kaliningrad (Russia)
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • Serbia
  • Slovak Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan


    • Ph.D. diploma or equivalent.
    • Affiliation at an institution of higher education located in one of the eligible countries.
    • Scope of duties at home institution must include teaching/lecturing.
    • Citizenship of one of the eligible countries.

Applicants should be actively engaged in teaching and must have a current appointment to which they intend to return. Junior and mid-level academics are especially encouraged to apply.


All application documents should be sent via e-mail to [email protected]

  1. A completed application form (download the form)
  2. A Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. A copy of your doctoral diploma or highest professional degree
  4. A copy of your passport photo page
  5. A two-page personal statement describing: a) the research or collaborative project you plan to pursue at the University of Michigan, b) your reason for applying for this opportunity, c) how this opportunity will benefit your home institution, and d) your reason for selecting a 4-week or 3-month visit
  6. An invitation from the University of Michigan school, department, and/or faculty partner with whom the research will be conducted. E-mail invitation is acceptable
  7. One letter of recommendation from the rector or dean of your institution
  8. Applicants should have a good command of speaking, reading, and writing in English. Applicants who have taken the TOEFL in the last three years should attach a copy of their score report.
  9. Consent to participate in interview via telephone or Skype




My country is not listed. Can you add it so I can apply?

No. At this time, we can only consider applications from the countries on the list.

I don't have Ph.D. Can I apply?

Ph.D. diploma is required from all candidates. If it is not possible to obtain a Ph.D. diploma in your field of study in your country, but you meet other eligibility criteria – contact us.

I have a doctorate and conduct research, but I do not teach. Can I apply?

No. This award is intended specifically for faculty development.

I am a student, can I apply for this award?

No, this award is for Faculty members only. Please visit educationUSA.state.gov for information about opportunities for students to visit the U.S.

Is TOEFL certificate required?

No, TOEFL scores are not required. If you took the test within the past 3 years, please include the results in your application.