Study Abroad: Fieldwork Opportunities in Folklore, Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology (Siberia, Russia, Kazakhstan)

Deadline: (Varies) December 2019 – May 2020

American Friends of Russian Folklore is pleased to announce eight folklore expeditions in Russia, Siberia and Kazakhstan for the summer of 2020.   Volunteer positions on these expeditions are available to students, academics and others.

Expeditions are led by qualified scholars with years of experience in the field. Volunteers join in the work of the expedition – conducting interviews, making video and audio recordings, serving as audiences and helping to process collected field materials. Team members live in rural villages where they are immersed in  local customs, language and food. Fluency in the local language is helpful, but not required.

Volunteers pay a fee which covers their accommodations, food and transportation during the expedition, plus a share of the general expedition expenses. College credit through students’ home institutions can be arranged in many cases.   Scholarships are available.

AFRF Folklore Expeditions in 2020: 

Maslenitsa – songs, stories and rituals. Smolensk oblast.
     Feb 19 – Mar 3    Dr. Yelena Minyonok, Gorky Institution of World Literature

The Funeral of Stroma (rain-making ritual).  Nizhnii-Novgorod oblast.
     June 8-20       Dr. Yelena Minyonok, Gorky Institute of World Literature

Okunevo – place of power (new-age spirituality in traditional village).  Omsk oblast.
     July 1 10        Dr. Tatiana Saveljeva, Chelyabinsk State University  

Legends, songs and holy springs (Russian folklore).  Altai Republic.
     July 10-23          Dr. Alevtina Tsvetkova,  Pavlodar State University (Kazakhstan)

Manpupuner – Mountain of Idols (ancient site, contemporary beliefs), Sverdlovsk oblast.
     August 1-8     Dr.Tatiana Saveljeva, Chelyabinsk State University

Where cultures meet  (Russian and Altain folklore).   Altai Republic.
     July 18-30          Dr. Yelena Minyonok, Gorky Institute of World Literature

Settling Siberia (folklore of Ukrainian and Belarusian settlers of Siberia).  Irkutsk oblast.
     Aug 21–Sep 4     Dr. Yelena Minyonok, Gorky Institute of World Literature

Russian Old Believer folklore, Honey Savior festival.  East Kazakhstan.
     August 9-19   Dr. Alevtina Tsvetkova,  Pavlodar State University (Kazakhstan)
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Grad. Program: Integrated Ph.D. Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures (Ohio State)

Deadline: December 31, 2019

The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at The Ohio State University welcomes applicants to our Integrated Ph.D. program for Autumn 2020. The Department offers graduate students a stimulating intellectual environment and generous financial support. Columbus is a vibrant, contemporary, and livable city, and the historic Ohio State campus features outstanding library and research collections, up-to-date new and renovated classroom, meeting and athletic facilities, beautiful old trees and sustainable landscaping, and convenient transportation connections within the city and the region.

Our graduate course offerings appeal to a broad range of intellectual interests, with three major areas of concentration: Literature and Culture, Slavic Linguistics, and Second Language Acquisition (SLA). Department faculty have expertise in classical, modernist, Soviet, émigré, and postmodern Russian, Central European, and South Eastern European literatures, film, and interdisciplinary cultural studies; transpositions of literature into other media; gender and feminist studies; digital humanities; print media; national identity; bilingualism; language and memory; pedagogy; the structure and history of the Slavic languages; Balkan linguistics; medieval Slavic texts; and morphology. The first two years of study include literature, linguistics, film, and SLA and help create a cohesive cohort of well-rounded scholars who then head into their research specializations. We encourage graduate students to pursue interdisciplinary studies within and outside the department, including programs such as Comparative Studies, History, Linguistics, Music, Teaching & Learning, and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Topics of current and recent dissertation projects include: history in Russian opera; prison spaces in Russian literature; the criminal song; the detective novel; autobiographical memory, identity, and immigration; language development in heritage speakers; and acquisition of pragmatic skills on study abroad. Ohio State also hosts the annual Midwest Slavic Conference, which enables graduate students to present their research to a national audience right on campus.

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Funding: Good Neighbor Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2020

The Good Neighbor Scholarship (GNS) provides an exemption of one year’s worth of tuition (fall, spring, and summer) to students who were born in and are residents of a nation in the Western Hemisphere (excluding Cuba and the United States). A full list of eligibility requirements, including eligible nations, can be found within the GNS application. The exemption provided by the Good Neighbor Scholarship does not pay for any fees or charges on the tuition bill, such as health insurance, late registration fees, ISSS Support Services fee, etc. The scholarship is administered through ISSS on behalf of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Application Details

The 2020-2021 Good Neighbor Scholarship application will be available February 1, 2020.The deadline for the 2020-2021 school year Good Neighbor Scholarship is March 1, 2020 by 5 pm .

In addition to the online application, the following documents are required for your application to be considered complete:

  • Statement of Purpose: You must provide a typed statement (minimum of 2 pages) that addresses all of the following points:
    • Campus and community involvement -Discuss your involvement with student groups, university committees, and/or community involvement/volunteering and how they contribute to your success as a student.
    • Academic Goals – Explain your current academic interests and plans after graduation.
    • Financial Need – Indicate need for financial assistance, including any recent changes in your financial situation (e.g. medical bills, loss of sponsorship).

Funding: ISSS Financial Aid Award for International Students

Deadline: November 1, 2019

The General ISSS Financial Aid award provides $3,500 per semester for the fall and spring semesters and $2,500 in the summer semester in cash assistance* for international students who demonstrate financial need. This is a competitive process as the number of awards allotted per semester is limited. Only international students who have completed at least 2 semesters at UT by the time the award is disbursed are eligible to apply for this award. A full list of eligibility criteria is available within the application itself.

The general financial aid awarded by ISSS does not provide a waiver of the nonresident portion of a student’s tuition & fee bill.

*All cash awards will be automatically applied towards any outstanding UT debts upon disbursement. Amount award amount in excess of debts are distributed to the student’s direct deposit account.

Application Details

The spring/summer 2020 application for the ISSS General Financial Aid will be available October 1, 2019. The deadline for the spring/summer 2020 General Financial Aid award is November 1, 2019 by 5 pm.

In addition to the online application, the following documents are required for your application to be considered complete:

  • 14% of the scholarship will be withheld for tax purposes per US tax law, unless a tax treaty for scholarships is in effect or the recipient is considered a resident alien for tax purposes.
  • Recipients will be obligated to file a tax return for the scholarship income earned, but may also receive a tax refund for the amount withheld from the scholarships.
  • It is recommended that the recipient applies for a taxpayer identification number if they do not already hold an ITIN or SSN. You will also need a taxpayer identification number in order to claim any applicable tax treaty benefits and to file a tax return to claim any tax refunds due.
    • Bank statements: You must provide copies of your monthly bank statements for the most recent three months, including a statement of deposits and balances.
      • Note: Bank statements must be in English.
    • Personal Statement: You must provide a typed statement (limit 2 pages) that addresses your financial need. Indicate recent changes in your financial situation (e.g. medical bills, loss of sponsorship), if applicable.
      • Please note: This statement helps in evaluating your needs and qualifications for receiving the award.
    • Special documentation (if applicable: Submit evidence of termination of a scholarship, loss of sponsorship, medical bills, currency devaluation, or written documentation of government restrictions on funds/resources permitted out of your country.

Funding: Jerry D. Wilcox Community Engagement Scholarship

Deadline: April 1, 2020

The Jerry D. Wilcox Community Engagement Scholarship is a $2,500 fall tuition award that recognizes an undergraduate international student who has demonstrated leadership in their undergraduate program through academic achievement; participation in campus and community organizations – particularly in leadership roles, and has made positive contributions to the campus community.

Thank you letters are required upon being selected for the Jerry D. Wilcox Community Engagement Scholarship. Awards will not be applied to recipients’ accounts until a thank you letter is received.

Application Details

The application for the fall 2020 Jerry D. Wilcox Community Engagement Scholarship will be available March 1, 2020. The application deadline is April 1, 2020 by 5 pm.

In addition to the online application, the following documents are required for your application to be considered complete:

Applicants will need to provide an Essay of Involvement (500-1500 words, typed, double-spaced) that addresses all of the following points:

  • Discuss the importance of leadership and community engagement as it relates to your own involvement
  • Describe, with specific examples, the positive impact that your involvement has had on yourself, others, and the community
  • Summarize the significant lessons that you have learned by participating in your listed activities (ex: how your experiences have helped you better understand U.S. culture, how your experiences have impacted the way you view issues in your home country, etc.)

Funding: International Education Fee Scholarship

Deadline: April 1, 2020

The International Education Fee (IEF) Scholarship was initially established in 1989 by a student referendum. The IEF Scholarship supports scholarships for both incoming international students and outbound students studying abroad. This specific scholarship application will benefit first-time incoming undergraduate UT international students and covers tuition and required fees on your tuition and fee bill for up to 4 years.

Application Details

The application for the 2020-2021 International Education Fee Scholarship will be available March 1, 2020. The deadline for application is April 1, 2020 by 5 pm.

In addition to the online application, the following documents are required for your application to be considered complete:

  • Personal Statement: Provide a typed statement (maximum 3 pages) that addresses all of the following topics:
    • What challenges have you experienced in accessing education in your country and how did you overcome these challenges?
    • How do you plan on positively impacting your home community as a result of completing a degree at UT Austin?
    • What contributions will you make to the university as a UT Austin student?
    • Discuss your financial need. If you are not awarded this scholarship, how will you fund your education at UT Austin?
  • Letters of Recommendation: You must provide at least 2 letters of recommendation. The letters of recommendation must be in English.
  • Special documentation (if applicable): Submit any special documentation you feel necessary to support your personal statement.

Acad. Job: Lecturer of Russian (Smith College)

Deadline: October 9, 2019

Lecturer of Russian 
The Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at Smith College invites applications for a 3-year, benefits-eligible position at the rank of Lecturer of Russian to begin July 1, 2020. The position may be renewed dependent on enrollments and funding. Teaching responsibilities include courses in all levels of Russian language. Applicants should have a strong foundation in Russian language and culture pedagogy; candidates with experience in program building and organizing extra- and co-curricular activities are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates who hold a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures or a related field (ABD acceptable), and applicants with MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures or a related field with college teaching experience will be considered. 

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at Smith is an interdisciplinary program with a growing number of majors. We are looking for a dynamic, dedicated colleague who will take a leading role in our language curriculum, actively contribute to REEES program building, and participate in study abroad initiatives. The successful candidate will also join a vibrant community of Russian and Eurasian Studies in the Five College area. 

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Acad. Job: Assistant professor South-East European Languages and Cultures, tenure-track (Ghent University)

Deadline: November 4, 2019

The department of Languages and Cultures of Ghent University is looking for candidates to fill in a position in the field of South-East European Languages and Cultures. The department envisions complementarity with its present expertise.

The focus of activities is:

– South-East European culture (history, cultural studies and/or literature)

– South-East European languages

The department is looking for candidates with an excellent research profile and a clear vision on and demonstrable experience in teaching in the domain as specified above.

Application deadline: November 4, 2019 23:59 (Brussels time)

Academic Education

You teach several subjects within the educational programme of East-European Languages and Cultures, including:

– introductory courses on BA level (history, cultural history, modern culture and literature) with focus on South Eastern Europe, in particular the regions where Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Bulgarian and Slovene are spoken;

– MA level courses with focus on South Eastern Europe, in particular the regions where Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Bulgarian and Slovene are spoken;

– methodological courses on both BA and MA level. 

You actively participate in the development of innovative forms of teaching on BA and MA level.

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Funding/Study Abroad: Critical Language Scholarship

Deadline: November 19, 2019

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a summer study abroad opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world.

Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad over the summer studying one of 15 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

The CLS Program, a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is part of a U.S. government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing American students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

·         The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences

·         Full scholarship covers all travel, tuition, housing, and a living stipend

·         Participants may receive undergraduate academic credit for the equivalent of one year of language classes

·         Language gains certified with the widely recognized ACTFL OPI test

·         Non-competitive eligibility for U.S. government jobs for up to three years after program completion

Internship: Teaching English & Studying Russian (Novosibirsk)

Deadline: Ongoing

Education Centre “Cosmopolitan” is pleased to inform you that we have urgent vacancy for our PAID TEACHING INTERNSHIP starting in November/December (dates are flexible). You might have students who are still looking for a program to intern or study or do a year abroad in Russia for this academic year, and this information may be of interest to them. Please let them know that we have a vacancy for one of our best internships available in the city of Novosibirsk, the administrative capital of Siberia and the third largest city in Russia.

The internship comprises of a paid teaching position at the English language courses that we run in Novosibirsk, a Russian course that is offered at a very special price, and participating in our children’s language camps as a volunteer teacher of English. A course on methodology of teaching English to Russian learners is offered to those who have not got any teaching experience. We provide FREE ACCOMMODATION in the city of Novosibirsk and, if necessary, an opportunity to work on a year-abroad project under the guidance of our professional teachers. Internship fees are very reasonable.

We are absolutely sure that our program will be an excellent opportunity for your students to gain valuable skills and experience for their future profession while being immersed in the Russian culture, having intensive practice in the Russian language, and interacting with Russian people.

The position is open to university students and graduates. No previous teaching experience, no previous knowledge of Russian is required. Please share this information with your students and colleagues, as this is an excellent opportunity that is not to be missed. Thank you for your support!

For more information please contact the Director Natalia Bodrova or with any questions and application inquiries.