Job: Volunteer English Teachers in Central Europe

Deadline: January 1, 2020 (priority);
February 14, 2020 (regular)

Learning Enterprises connects volunteer teachers and host communities around the world in order to foster cross-cultural exchange and empower young leaders.

Learning Enterprises is an entirely student-run 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit organization that began as a way of connecting people who had the expertise to share and time to spare. Volunteers, most of whom were college students, had their summers free and wanted to spend it in a meaningful way. The students in underserved communities — many of them rural villages in developing countries — also had their summers free, and these communities had a felt need for extra English language classes. To create a mutually beneficial program, someone just needed to connect the two parties, and that is what Learning Enterprises does every summer. The volunteers travel to the underserved community, and the local communities take them into their families, providing meals, room and board for an average of six weeks. In exchange, the volunteers teach English in local schools for an average of 20 hours/week. The program operates on the goodwill and trust between the volunteers and the people they teach. Learning Enterprises facilitates this meeting by screening host communities and families as well as preparing the volunteers to teach and become acclimated to a different culture. Learning Enterprises is centered on the idea of connecting people.

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Lang. Training/Study Abroad/Funding: Turkish Flagship Language Initiative (Wisconsin/Azerbaijan)

Deadline: January 29, 2020 (graduate);
February 5, 2020 (undergraduate)

In 2020, Boren Scholarship and Fellowship applicants have the opportunity to study Turkish as part in the Turkish Flagship Language Initiative (TURFLI). Boren Scholars and Fellows selected for this initiative will receive funding for intensive language study and cultural immersion, beginning with a summer 2020 domestic program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by an overseas program in Baku, Azerbaijan. Please see our website for more information on the Turkish Flagship Language Initiative: https://turfli.wisc.edu

  • Summer Program: The summer domestic programs will be at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, through the Arabic, Persian & Turkish Language Institute. APTLI begins on June 15 – August 7, 2020. Please see the program website for more information for students: https://aptli.wisc.edu
  • Overseas Program: The fall overseas programs will take place at the Azerbaijan University of Languages (AUL) centers in Baku, Azerbaijan. Dates for the overseas programs are yet to be confirmed. This program will be administered by American Councils and UW-Madison jointly. Students will be considered UW-Madison students for the duration of the overseas programs.
  • Language Level: The TURFLI program is appropriate for applicants with no language proficiency, as well as those with intermediate or advanced proficiency in Turkish.
  • Application: The applications for the 2020 Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at www.borenawards.org
  • Undergraduate deadline: February 5, 2020
  • Graduate deadline is: January 29, 2020

The Boren Awards, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

To learn more about the Boren Awards and TURFLI, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit www.borenawards.org. The schedule for webinars being held in January can be found at http://borenawards.org/webinars.html.

You can contact the Boren Awards staff at boren@iie.org or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions. TURFLI staff can be contacted at paige.kieler@wisc.edu or 608-265-4149.

Grad. Program: Russian Studies (University of Helsinki)

Deadline: January 10, 2020

The University of Helsinki, Finland invites applications for its International Master’s Programme in Russian Studies. The application period is now open and ends January 10, 2020 for studies starting in August 2020. Please, inform your students about this possibility to study in Helsinki, Finland.

HOW DOES KNOW­ING RUS­SIA HELP YOU THINK GLOB­ALLY? 

The International Master’s Programme in Russian Studies (MARS) at the University of Helsinki is a two-year multidisciplinary programme that focuses on Russia as an important actor in globally shared challenges.

The curriculum of the programme is closely linked with the world-class research conducted at the Aleksanteri Institute, Europe’s largest research institute dedicated to the Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies.

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CFP: Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop (University of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: December 20, 2019

The Twentieth Annual Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop will be held at the University of Pittsburgh on March 19-21, 2020. The program committee welcomes proposals for papers on Czech and Slovak topics, broadly defined, in all disciplines. In the past, the areas of interest have been: anthropology, architecture, art, economics, education, film, geography, history, Jewish studies, linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, politics, religion, society, sociology, and theater.

The Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop aims to bring together researches, scientists, faculty members and advanced graduate students to exchange their experiences, research results, and ideas. New work in progress is appropriate for our workshop format. Each speaker is typically allotted a 50-minute slot divided between a presentation and active discussion.

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Funding: ASEEES Internship Grant

Deadline: January 13, 2020

Thanks to the generous support of the US-Russia Foundation, ASEEES is pleased to announce the new Internship Grant Program: www.aseees.org/programs/aseees-internship-grant-program

This program provides MA, PhD, and professional school students and recent graduates with grants that make it possible for them to accept unpaid or underpaid internships in areas directly related to Russian studies. The program promotes the entry of young scholars with considerable Russian studies expertise into sectors outside of traditional academia. These internships must be in the US and should be substantial in duration and responsibilities, lasting two months for summer internships and four months for internships during a semester in the regular academic year. The grant offers $2,000 a month, to be paid directly to the grantee during their internship. ASEEES is also working to secure funding for a similar program to support internships related to non-Russian aspects of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies.

Funding: International Peace Scholarship for women

Deadline: December 15, 2020

P.E.O., is an international organization that helps women attain their educational goals. They fund an International Peace Scholarship, established in 1949 to provide scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the US or Canada. The maximum amount awarded to a student is $12,500.

  An applicant must be qualified for admission to full-time graduate study and working toward a graduate degree in an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. A student who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada is not eligible. Scholarships are not given for online courses, research, internships or for practical training if not combined with coursework. In order to qualify for her first scholarship, an applicant must have a full year of coursework remaining, be enrolled and in residence for the entire school year. Doctoral students who have completed coursework and are working only on dissertations are not eligible as first-time applicants. 

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CFP: Borderlands | Graduate Student Conference (University of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: January 17, 2020

Borderlands
Call for Papers
17th Annual Graduate Student Conference
Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia (GOSECA)
University of Pittsburgh, February 28-29, 2020

Borders—whether political, cultural, linguistic, or otherwise—are artificial constructs, often fluid and rarely unanimously accepted. The spaces between and beyond the lines of demarcation—the “borderlands”—often manifest as multicultural, impermanent places of shifting identities and disparate perspectives. Many scholars have remarked on the global and cultural transformations that have taken place since 1989 and the accompanying emergence of new borderlands in Europe and Central Asia. The liminal spaces around these borders have become new points of contact and conflict for various cultures and ideologies, now brought together or divided by the turn of history. For its 17th annual conference, the Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia (GOSECA) at the University of Pittsburgh invites presentations that explore the concept of “borderlands,” whether political, ideological, cultural, linguistic or of another type altogether.

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CFP: Ulbandus XX: (re)writing history

Deadline: January 15, 2020

ULBANDUS, the Slavic Review of Columbia University, invites short abstracts (200-300 words) for submissions (of no more than 8,000 words) to be published in our next (and twentieth!) issue, (RE)WRITING HISTORY.

Please send your abstract to ulbandus@columbia.edu by January 15, 2020.

Ulbandus is catalogued on JSTOR and the MLA International Bibliography. We welcome submissions from faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars in any field. Though faculty members sit on the advisory board, the production, editing, and management of Ulbandus is carried out entirely by the graduate students of Columbia University’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

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