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The Baltic-American Freedom Foundation (BAFF) 2020 Research Scholars Program (USA)

The Baltic-American Freedom Foundation (BAFF) hereby announces the spring 2020-2021 application for the Research Scholarship Program for researchers to be taken in the United States of America. Applicants are to prepare for the spring application cycle commencing soon.

The Research Scholar Program fosters the exchange of ideas between the Baltic states and the U.S thereby stimulating international collaboration and research efforts. It provides invaluable career and personal development opportunities for participants to leverage roles upon return to their home countries and institutions.

About The Baltic-American Freedom Foundation (BAFF)

In 1989, the United States Congress enacted the Support for East European Democracy Act (SEED), which authorized the creation of enterprise funds to assist the development of private market economies in Central and Eastern Europe. SEED established the funds as unique “public-private partnerships” for the purpose of investing U.S. government funds to support the private sector and nascent market economies of Poland and Hungary. Subsequent Foreign Appropriations Acts extended the authorization to establish funds in other Central and Eastern European countries, including the Baltic st... read more


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BAFF Research Scholars Program


Aim and Benefits of BAFF Research Scholars Program

The maximum Research Scholar fellowship award is $60,000. Awards are determined based on established guidelines and will depend on the length, location, and nature of the individual project.


Requirements for BAFF Research Scholars Program Qualification

Applicants are to meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be academic and research professionals that hold a postgraduate degree or have a significant relevant professional experience. Applicants must be able to design and develop their own projects.
  • Applicants must agree to return to their home country for a minimum of two years immediately after the scholar’s program to contribute to the development of their communities.
  • Applicants must not be immediate family members that are BAFF employees, BAFF Advisory Board, or Board of Directors members.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated a track record of achievement with professional objectives that match the values and mission of BAFF.
  • Applicants must be able to serve as a cultural ambassador to the U.S.
  • Applicants are to come up with research projects that will likely impact their home country or home institution upon completion.

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Documents Required for Application

Applicants are to ensure that they submit the following documents required to complete their application:

  • Application form for the BAFF program
  • CV or Resume: PDF
  • Letter of invitation from your U.S. host institution: (PDF)
  • Letter of Recommendation: (PDF) The letter should be from your home institution.
  • Statement of proposed study or research: (PDF) In no more than 1,000 words describe your research plans and reasons for wishing to undertake them. Be as specific and well defined as possible. It should contain the following: Project title; Summary/abstract of project goals and objectives; Detailed description of project; Dates and duration of project; Specific information about resources available only at the host institution; Likely impact and benefits on home institution or home country upon completion.


Application Deadline

October 31, 2020


How to Apply

For more details, visit BAFF website.

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