About Membership

PONARS Eurasia Membership

PONARS Eurasia considers unsolicited applications for membership on a rolling basis, though at this time we are only infrequently accepting new members. Criteria for membership have evolved as the organization itself has evolved. Given current development priorities, candidates are especially encouraged to apply if they:

 - Show evidence of scholarly leadership potential in their disciplines as they relate to Russia and post-Soviet Eurasia (including relations with neighbors like Europe, Turkey, China, Iran, and the Middle East). This is typically evidenced by a strong reputation developed through publication, training, and conference participation.

 - Are mainly engaged in academic scholarship (not media work or government service for example). The kind of academic focus PONARS Eurasia seeks is typically reflected by primary employment in a university, academy of science, or scholarly institute. At the same time, it is important that applicants’ academic work potentially have important policy implications that could be developed through participation in PONARS Eurasia.

 - Have already defended a Ph.D., D.Phil., or similar degree (“kandidat nauk”) and are in a tenure-track position (but not yet tenured).

 - Are based outside of Washington, DC, where academics generally already have ample opportunity to engage the policymaking communities of the US and many other countries independently of PONARS Eurasia. PONARS Eurasia does engage Washington-based experts in a variety of ways, however, so if you fall into this category, please do let us know your areas of interest.

 - Have earned a reputation for collaboration and cooperation with scholars in Eurasia, Europe, and North America.Complement rather than duplicate areas of expertise already represented in the PONARS Eurasia network.

To apply, please send the following to Cory Welt at  [email protected]:

1.   One-page cover letter outlining your reasons for wanting to join PONARS Eurasia.

2.   Curriculum vitae.

3.   Contact information (not actual letters) of three scholars who can talk about your work, research program, collegiality, and other qualifications.