This fellowship memorializes Robert C. Tucker, the distinguished political scientist, diplomat, and Stalin biographer. While professor of government at Indiana University, Tucker played a critical role in the formation of the Russian and East European Institute. The fellowship also honors the work of his late student, Stephen F. Cohen, a preeminent scholar of Soviet and Russian political history, who held two degrees from Indiana University.
The current award consists of a stipend and tuition remission for the first year of study and a smaller stipend plus other support during the second year of study. The fellowship may be held by any incoming student in the REEI M.A. program or any other M.A. program associated with REEI who demonstrates a scholarly interest in the history and politics of the Soviet Union and/or Russia and intends to pursue a career in some field of public service, such as journalism, secondary education, nonprofit work, or government service.