Funding for International Activities

Alexander Dubcek Fund

Applications for the Dubcek Award are currently closed for the 2018 funding cycle. The application cycle will resume on January 28, 2019. Applications will be accepted on January 28, 2019, via email to Meaka Pitschka at

The Alexander Dubcek Fund supports academic exchange between the University of Minnesota and the countries of Eastern Europe. The fund is named in honor of Alexander Dubcek, a Slovak politician and leader of Czechoslovakia in the late 1960s, and was established after he visited the University in the early 1990s. The GPS Alliance invites proposals from University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students that will support the general goals of the fund.

Funding Categories:

  • Institutional Linkages: University of Minnesota faculty and staff may apply to support a departmental or collegiate linkage with an institution in Eastern Europe. Up to $1,000 is available to support travel and living expenses for participants on either side of the exchange.

  • U of M Faculty and Staff: University of Minnesota faculty and academic staff may apply to support their individual research or academic activities in Eastern Europe. Up to $1,000 is available to support travel and living expenses.

  • Visiting Scholars: University of Minnesota faculty may apply to support the visit of a colleague from Eastern Europe. Up to $1,000 is available to support travel and living expenses. Visitors must reside in Minnesota for at least one month and contribute to the department by teaching, research, or other joint collaborative activities.

  • U of M Students: Individual U of M students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional) may apply to undertake a study abroad program, internship, or research project in a country of Eastern Europe. Up to $1,000 is available for this purpose.

  • Visiting Eastern European Students: U of M faculty or staff may apply on behalf of students from Eastern Europe (undergraduate, graduate, and professional) who wish to undertake short-term studies or research in the United States and are not part of an institutional exchange. Up to $1,000 is available for this purpose.

Note: Applications will not be accepted for individuals who have been awarded a Dubcek Award within the past two years. Priority will be given to first time applicants.

Eligible Countries

For the purposes of the Alexander Dubcek Fund, Eastern Europe includes the countries established by the Institute of International Education (IIE):

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.

Note: The GPS Alliance especially encourages proposals that support activities to further linkages with the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Proposal Process

  • Proposals should include a proposal cover page, along with a 1- to 3-page proposal and other supporting documents. See proposal cover page for more details.
  • Student applicants must also submit a letter from their adviser along with the adviser recommendation cover sheet.

About Alexander Dubcek

Alexander Dubcek was a Slovak politician and leader of Czechoslovakia in the late 1960s, famous for his attempt to reform the Communist regime and promote “socialism with a human face.” Because of this deviation from the traditional Soviet tenets and his promotion of the “Prague Spring” he was expelled from the party in 1970. Almost 20 years later as part of the Velvet Revolution, he was unanimously elected chairman of the Federal Assembly. For most of his life, Dubcek was considered a "Czechoslovakist" supporting the union of Bohemia and Moravia with Slovakia into a single state. Dubcek died at age 70 on November 7, 1992, as a result of injuries from a car crash.


Meaka Pitschka
GPS Alliance

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