John Quincy Adams Program

"John Quincy Adams" Fulbright Fellowships in U.S. History for Outstanding Graduate Students, University Instructors, and Scholars from Russia, 2007-08

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the United States Department of State, in cooperation with the US Embassy in Moscow, announced a special Fulbright fellowship competition for the 2007-08 academic year in honor of John Quincy Adams, the first US Ambassador to Russia. These unique fellowships were awarded in 2007 as part of commemoration activities marking the 200th anniversary of the establishment of U.S. - Russia diplomatic relations in 1807.

Five special Fulbright Fellowships were awarded to outstanding Russian graduate students, young university instructors and scholars who specialize in the fields of history or international relations. John Quincy Adams (JQA) Fellows were placed at universities or research institutes with outstanding programs in U.S. history and international relations. Each applicant submited a proposal that highlights an aspect of US-Russian relations that a fellowship will enable the applicant to explore through additional study and research in the U.S.A. The proposals included library and archival research, policy development, or curriculum development. A blue-ribbon panel of US and Russian scholars evaluated the proposals and recommended applicants who demonstrated a unique ability to interpret U.S. history and the history of U.S.-Russian relations to wider audiences in both countries.

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS (1767-1848) was appointed by President James Madison to be the first official U.S. representative to Russia, serving with the official title of Minister Plenipotentiary in the Russian imperial capital of St. Petersburg. Son of President John Adams and a gifted linguist, he became Minister to the Netherlands (1794), to Portugal (1796), Prussia (1797-1801), a member of the U.S. Senate (1803-1808), Minister to Russia (1809-14), Minister to England (1815-17), and Secretary of State to President James Monroe (1817-25). Adams served as the Sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829. After leaving the White House, he served nine terms in the House of Representatives, dying in the Capitol Building in 1848. Adams first visited Russia in 1781 as French-language interpreter for U.S. envoy Francis Dana. He served in St. Petersburg during Napoleon's invasion of Russia, strolled along the banks of the Neva with Czar Alexander I, and visited the Observatory in Pulkovo Heights. At the request of dictionary author Noah Webster, he provided books of Russian grammar and vocabulary, the beginning of Russian studies in the United States. His infant daughter died and was buried in St. Petersburg. Adams is credited with shaping the conduct of US diplomacy both by example through his dispatches to the U.S.A. during Napoleon's invasion of Russia and by his service as an early Secretary of State.

The APPLICATION DEADLINE has passed for this program.

ELIGIBLE FIELDS OF STUDY: History of the United States, diplomatic history, history of Russia, international relations, political science and related fields.

FUNDING: ECA funded grants for up to one academic year (10 months) for this competition, beginning in August/September. Placement of students and university instructors without a kandidatskaya degree was handled by the Institute of International Education (IIE); placement of scholars with a kandidatskaya degree was handled by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). IIE and CIES are Fulbright cooperating agencies.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be citizens and residents of the Russian Federation. Applicants must have received their first university (diplom) before August 1, 2005 and be proficient in English. Graduate students must be no older than 30 years of age by the application deadline.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Each applicant must submit an online or paper application to the Moscow office of the Fulbright Program by the deadline. Applications will be read by a blue-ribbon panel of US and Russian scholars, and the most promising applicants will be invited to interviews in Moscow in early January. The Fulbright Program in Russia and the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy in Moscow will then nominate semi-finalists for this award. Nominated candidates will then be forwarded to ECA for review and the Fulbright Scholarship Board for approval.

APPLICATION PACKAGE: A complete academic package includes an application (on line or paper), academic transcripts, letters of reference, and supplemental forms. A TOEFL exam score will be required from graduate student semi-finalists. The Fulbright Program in Russia will arrange and pay the fees for the exam. A valid passport will be required prior to issuance of Form DS-2019. Grantees will receive J-1 visa sponsorship under the Fulbright Program for one academic year and will be required to return to Russia for a minimum of two years after completing the grant.

PLACEMENT IN THE U.S.A.: IIE and CIES will be responsible for placement of all John Quincy Adams award nominees and will work closely with nominees to ensure the best placement available for the nominee's field of study and research interests.

FUNDING: All grantees will receive tuition, a monthly stipend for up to 10 months, health and accident coverage, a book and research allowance, and travel support. The grant will also provide funding for program enhancement activities consistent with the candidate's program. Such activities might include a mid-year seminar for JQA Fellows, an internship to gain practical experience by networking with US scholars, and professional conferences.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Moscow office of the Fulbright Program in Russia e-mail:

The Fulbright Program in Russia. Institute of International Education.
Tverskaya St., 16 building 1, office 504, Moscow, Russia 125009
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