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Date: Mon, 02 Oct 2006 10:46:52 -0400
From: Graham Hettlinger <Hettlinger@americancouncils.org>
To: Sheila Dawes <sdawes@americancouncils.org>
Subject: Expanded Fellowship Opportunities,
     American Councils (ACTR) spring & summer 2007 programs

Dear Colleague:

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS is pleased
to report expanded fellowship opportunities for undergraduate and
graduate students seeking to study abroad in Russia and Eurasia.  The
U.S. Department of Education, Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad,
recently announced a 20 percent increase in funding for fellowships
supporting U.S. students on American Councils programs in Russia and
Eurasia during the 2007 spring semester and summer 2007 programs.

Now in its 30th year, the American Councils Advanced Russian Language
and Area Studies Program provides intensive Russian-language study at
leading universities and specialized institutions in Moscow, St.
Petersburg, and Vladimir.  Students may study for a semester, summer, or
academic year.  Program features include a full-time U.S. resident
director in each city, academic credit through Bryn Mawr College,
internship and volunteer opportunities, weekly cultural excursions and
extended in-country travel, peer tutors, homestays, and small-group
language instruction.

The Eurasian Regional Language program provides U.S. undergraduates and
graduate students the unique opportunity to study the languages of
Central Asia, the Southern Caucasus, Ukraine, and Moldova in intensive
immersion settings.  Language instruction is conducted in small groups
or tutorials with faculty from leading local universities.  Students
live with local host families who are screened and monitored by American
Councils staff.  Last year, program participants studied such languages
as Azeri, Buryat, Georgian, Kyrgyz, Kazakh, Persian, Romanian, Tajik,
Ukrainian, and Uzbek.

The U.S. Department of Education, Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad,
and the U.S. Department of State, Program for Research and Study of the
Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII), have
provided full and partial fellowships to participants on these programs
since 1986.  Thanks to funding from these agencies and to contributions
from American Councils, more than 80 percent of all students seeking
financial support to participate in the Advanced Russian Language and
Area Studies Program and the Eurasian Regional Language Program received
fellowship support during the 2005-06 academic year.  Increased funding
from the Department of Education will now enable us to expand both the
size and availability of these awards with the ultimate goal of
providing fellowship support to all students seeking financial
assistance during the 2007 spring semester and summer 2007 programs.
Additional financial aid from other sources, including the Gilman
Presidential Scholarship, and the National Security Education Project,
are also widely available to American Councils participants.

You can visit our newly launched website, www.acrussiaabroad.org for
applications and more information on our Russia programs, and
www.americancouncils.org for applications and information on study
abroad in Eurasia.  Please note that the October 15 deadline for spring
semester programs is fast approaching.  If we can provide any additional
information, please feel free to contact the outbound department
directly (outbound@americancouncils.org or 202-833-7522).


Graham Hettlinger

Graham Hettlinger
Senior Program Manager
Russian and Eurasian Outbound
American Councils for International Education
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
ph: 202-833-7522
fx: 202-833-7523

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