AmericanCouncilsResearchFellowships major grants for independent, overseas research and language training

About Us

About American Councils
Founded in 1974 as an association for area and language professionals, American Councils has focused its expertise on academic exchange, professional training, distance learning, curriculum and test development, delivery of technical assistance, research, evaluation, and institution building.

Mission & History
American Councils for International Education advances scholarly research and cross-border learning through the design and implementation of educational programs that are well grounded in key world languages, cultures and regions. We contribute to the creation of new knowledge, broader professional perspectives, and personal and intellectual growth through international training, academic exchange, collaboration in educational development, and public diplomacy. With a presence in the U.S., Russia and Eurasia for nearly four decades, in addition to representation in over thirty countries across Asia, the Middle East and Southeastern Europe, American Councils strives to expand dialog among students, scholars, educators and professionals for the advancement of learning and mutual respect in the diverse communities and societies in which we work.

The Outbound Department
The Outbound Department administers overseas programs for undergraduates, graduate students, teachers and scholars in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. In addition to the Title VIII Fellowship Programs, the Outbound Department adminsters study abroad progams in Russia, Eurasia, and the Balkans.

Outbound Staff
Vladka Shikova, Senior Program Manager
Vladka received her M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a graduate student, she participated in the summer Russian Language and Area Studies Program in St. Petersburg. Vladka has been working in the Russian and Eurasian Programs office since January 2004. She administers the Higher Education, Outbound programs in Russia, Eurasia, the Balkans, Indonesia, and Taiwan. In addition, she oversees all aspects of the Title VIII research fellowships and Outbound finances.

Emily Lyons-Ellison, Senior Program Officer
Emily is responsible for the daily operations of the Title VIII Research Scholar Program, the Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program, as well as research and customized programs at American Councils. She holds a B.A. in Russian Language and Area Studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Emily has studied abroad in Russia.