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Visiting Scholars Program


The Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society at Baylor University and the Keston Institute, Oxford, invite graduate students and scholars from all over the World to conduct independent research on the religious, historical, social, and political dimensions of the Communist and Soviet religion policy in the former Soviet Union and countries of Eastern and Central Europe (1917 to the present). Visiting fellows spend anywhere from several days to a maximum of four weeks at the Keston Center, where they have access to the Keston Archive and Library, including the samizdat collection, research files, and photo archive.

Application for a fellowship should include:

  • Letter of Application (please include intended dates of residence)

  • Current Curriculum Vitae

  • Brief Research Proposal

  • Letter of Funding (if funding has been received from outside source)

  • Additional supporting materials, such as reference letters

Scholarships to cover costs, in part or in full, including travel costs, are available from the Keston Institute, Oxford . For more information on the Keston scholarships and application procedures, please go to Keston Institute/Scholarships at: http://www.keston.org.uk/scholarships.php

Applicants for Keston Institute Scholarships are requested to send an electronic copy of their application to Baylor’s Keston Center at: Keston_Center@baylor.edu

Once accepted, visiting scholars in need of visa support must fill out a REQUEST FOR A CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY FOR EXCHANGE VISITOR (J-1) STATUS (Form DS-2019). The form is available for download in Portable Document Format (PDF). Download will require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader application. If you do not already have it you may acquire it here. The request can be sent to Keston_Center@baylor.edu or mailed to:

Keston Center for Religion, Politics, & Society
Baylor University
One Bear Place #97308
Waco, Texas 76798-7308

Should you have questions please email Larisa Seago.