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Teaching Fellowship Program for Eurasian and Eastern European Studies

The Teaching Fellowship Program for Eurasian and Eastern European Studies was designed and initiated by IREX in 2009 to expand the field of Eurasian and Eastern European area studies to accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) throughout the United States.

The program awards individual fellowships to current adjunct or full-time professors to develop and teach an introductory course in this field for an academic semester as well as to liaise directly with administrators of his/her home institution and the HBCU/HSI to develop a sustainable institutional partnership.

The program is funded largely by the Title VIII Program of the US Department of State.


To broaden and diversify the field of area studies by introducing Eurasian and/or Eastern European courses on the home campuses of local HBCUs and HSIs that traditionally have not had the resources to offer such coursework

To encourage students who enroll in these courses to continue their studies and pursue careers in this field

To foster a long-term institutional partnerships between an accredited HBCU/HSI and the Teaching Fellow’s home institution

Project Activities

IREX is pleased to announce the two grantees selected for the 2010 Teaching Fellowship Program:

Grantee: Brian Horowitz
Home Institution: Tulane University
Title: Chairman of the German and Slavic Department
Partner Institution: Xavier University

Grantee: Dr. Neema Noori
Home Institution: University of West Georgia
Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Partner Institution: Clark Atlanta University