International Research And Exchanges Board Individual Advanced Research Opportunities


The IARO Program provides fellowships to US scholars and professionals for overseas research on contemporary political, economic, historical, or cultural developments relevant to US foreign policy. Limited funding is available for non-policy-relevant topics. IARO is funded by the United States Department of State Title VIII Program and the IREX Scholar Support Fund.


Must be a U.S. citizen with a PhD or enrolled in a PhD program during the grant period. Eligible countries of research focus: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Limited funding is also available for the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Fellowships are also available for cross-regional research in Iran with one or more of the countries above.

Award Amount

Grant provisions include international coach class rountrip transportation, a monthly allowance for housing and living expenses, travel visas, and emergency evacuation insurance. In distributing the awards, preference will be given to research projects on the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus.