Job: Foreign Service Regional Public Engagement Specialist (US Dept of State)

Deadline: March 10, 2020

Foreign Service Regional Public Engagement Specialists
Now Accepting Applications

The U.S. Department of State is currently accepting applications for Foreign Service Regional Public Engagement Specialist positions.

Foreign Service Regional Public Engagement Specialists (RPES) counsel mission officials on effectively using public engagement platforms, digital content, and analytics to engage foreign audiences. RPES oversee strategic planning, development, and evaluation of public engagement spaces and the programs held in them.

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North American Dostoevsky Society Student Essay Contest

Deadline: June 15, 2020

The North American Dostoevsky Society (NADS) invites its members in good standing to nominate outstanding student essays on Dostoevsky-related topics. (If you are not a member of NADS, you can join at Students are also welcome to nominate their own work, in which case NADS membership is not required. The topic is open; however, Dostoevsky and his works should be the main focus of the essay.

This year, the contest will take place at two levels—the undergraduate level and the graduate level.

To nominate an undergraduate-student essay, please send an email containing the student’s name, email address, institutional affiliation, and the title and level/number of the course for which the essay was written (e.g. BIOL 322 “Dostoevsky and Spiders”) to Vladimir Ivantsov at Please attach the essay to the email as a .pdf file containing no identifying information about the author.  The essay should be no more than 4000 words; 12 font size, double-spaced; it should consistently follow either MLA or Chicago style and contain full bibliographical information on the used sources, either in the footnotes or as a separate list of references.

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Summer Translation Internship in Russia

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Summer translation in Russia
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The day-to-day work spans the creative and the practical. 

This year (2020), we are looking for students to translate a series of audio-guides on the history of Russian regions, with a focus on the stories of aristocratic manor houses that dot the countryside.We are also looking for students to help out at a Voronezh-based translation agency with a variety of business-oriented projects — websites, press articles, bank statements — the kinds of work that a professional translator would see day-to-day.   
A locally based professional translator provides a kick-off training on the tools of the trade and is available to provide support and extra training throughout the stay.  

  • Timing: One to three months. Can be combined with other Crossroads Eurasia internships (e.g. teaching or camp)
  • Russian proficiency: The better your Russian, the more challenging we can make it. At the very least, we require four semesters of Russian or equivalent. 
  • Past experience: None required. 
  • Deadline to apply: March 15, 2020.   

Apply online at

International Studies Research Lab (University of Illinois)

Deadline: March 5, 2020

The Center for Global Studies, International and Area Studies Library, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, European Union Center, and Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are pleased to announce fellowships and research honoraria to support the internationalization of community colleges nationwide. We invite applications from faculty, librarians, and administrators interested in expanding global studies curricula, instruction in less commonly taught languages, library collections or international education programs at their home institutions. Participation in the ISRL provides resources and time for research otherwise unavailable to applicants.

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Curator Wanted for Museum of Russian Icons (Clinton, MA)

Deadline: March 16, 2020

Museum of Russian Icons (MoRI) seeks a full-time, scholarly Curator. This is an opportunity to curate of one of the world’s largest collections of Russian icons at a well-established, active museum situated in the Greater Boston/Worcester area an hour west of Boston. Required: advanced degree in Byzantine, Medieval or Classical World studies; Russian icon expertise; reading knowledge of Russian and Church Slavonic; museum exhibition and collections experience; and experience writing and editing scholarly publications. Applicants should be relationship-builders, team collaborators, and well-versed in the subject of icons; capable of deepening understanding of MoRI’s collection and enhancing the Museum’s standing through exhibitions, its scholarly Journal of Icon Studies, and professional connections. The Curator will analyze the collection and lead its future development; conduct and promote scholarship disseminated through the Journal; plan and oversee exhibition production; and work effectively with dedicated team of museum professionals and volunteers. Founded by industrialist, philanthropist and icon collector Gordon Lankton, AAM-accredited MoRI holds over 1,000 pieces and is the best collection of Russian icons in the US. MoRI features state-of-the-art facilities and a lively annual array of temporary exhibitions, programs, and events. Rooted in the local community, it is regarded as one of the premier centers of research and scholarship in the field of Russian icons.  The region offers access to arts, culture, and academia. Nominations, inquiries welcome.  For full job profile, requirements, responsibilities, and how to apply by March 16, 2020 to Scott Stevens at retained search firm, Museum Search & Reference, visit:  EOE. 

American English Teaching Positions (American Home, Russia)

Deadline: March 1, 2020


The American English Program has been helping Vladimir residents to learn English since 1992 and currently has more than 600 students each semester who are taught by 10 American and 4 Russian teachers.

PROGRAM BENEFITS: monthly stipend, room and board with a Russian family, three hours per week of one-to-one Russian lessons with experienced instructors, thorough teacher orientation and ongoing teaching support from 2 full-time teacher supervisors, textbooks customized specifically for our program, a pleasant and well-equipped teaching environment, full Russian visa application support, complete on-site administrative support from an excellent Russian staff, and much more.

TEACHER OBLIGATIONS: Plan and teach four (possibly 5) 1½ hour classes that meet twice a week, hold office hours, present a brief “Saturday lecture” on any aspect of American culture, airfare to and from Moscow, visa fee, obtain TESOL certification.

Gain an enormous amount of real-world experience that can translate into opportunities that would otherwise not be available. Some teachers stay for more than one year. For many, the experience is life-changing.

The program’s Face Book page ( and Russian language website ( show some of the activities and people at the American Home.

Study Abroad in Russia and Kazakhstan (American Councils)

Deadline: March 16, 2020

American Councils Study Abroad is now accepting applications for Fall and Academic Year 2020 study abroad programs in Russia and Kazakhstan. Applications are due March 16, 2020.

Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP)

RLASP offers participants the unique opportunity to study Russian language and area studies in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir, Russia or Almaty, Kazakhstan while pursuing volunteer opportunities, internships, and cultural interests in an overseas immersion setting. Small class sizes and local conversation partners to assist participants with language learning. Prerequisite: two semesters of Russian.

Business Russian Language & Internship (BRLI) Program

BRLI combines Russian language courses and an internship in Moscow, St. Petersburg, or Almaty. Internships are available in regional offices of U.S. businesses, U.S.-Russian joint venture companies, press offices, Russian- or Kazakh-owned businesses, international trade organizations, and non-profits. Prerequisite: four semesters of Russian.

Heritage Speakers Program (HSP)

On the Heritage Speakers Program participants work with American Councils staff and host university faculty to develop an individualized program serving your unique needs as a language learner. The curriculum focuses on intensive language gain in the areas of grammar, conversation, and vocabulary development. Available in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir, or Almaty.

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Research and Journalism Internship in Russia

Deadline: March 15, 2020

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This internship combines small-group classroom instruction, hands-on field research, and intensive writing. It is led by the editor-in-chief of, a popular Voronezh newspaper.

The first week is the classroom week — you refine your topic, learn how to gather information, and structure your research. You can explore any topic you like, and if you don’t have one, that’s OK. We can give you ideas. The second and third week is the research itself. You are out and about, doing interviews, observing, running surveys, etc. During the fourth week, you write. You can write in Russian or in English.

A Russian tutor is around the entire time to help out where your Russian isn’t strong enough and some work may even be published.

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Outstanding Essay Prize – Central / East / South European Cinema and Media Studies

Deadline: February 28, 2020

The Central / East / South European Cinemas Scholarly Interest Group at the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), are pleased to announce the sixth annual prize for an outstanding published essay in the field of Central/East/South European Cinema and Media Studies. Submissions will be judged by a panel of experts, and the winner will be announced at the upcoming 2020 SCMS meeting in Denver, CO. The winner will be awarded a cash prize of $500.
Any single-authored essay on Central / East / South European media published in the field in the calendar year of 2019 as a journal article or a chapter in a collected volume (chapters excerpted from monographs will not be considered).
Essay should be between 6,000 and 9,000 words (with a 10,000 word limit, notes and works cited included). Essays must be published in English.
Authors need NOT be members of SCMS at the time of submission.
Submission guidelines:
Email nominations should include all bibliographic information about the nominated essay: the author’s name, essay title, exact date and venue for publication, etc. In addition, the email should contain the personal contact address and academic affiliation. Essays should be attached in the email as separate PDF document files. Forward the nomination and all nomination material to Ervin Malakaj (
Submission deadline is February 28, 2020.

Summer Internships in Russia with Crossroads Eurasia

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Crossroads Eurasia is about complementing your Russian language study with a practical hands-on experience. 

We offer short-term unpaid internships in Russia. A combination of the structured and the spontaneous, our programs take you out of the classroom and away from Moscow and St. Petersburg. You get resume-worthy work experience, all-day Russian practice, and a first-hand look at what modern-day Russia is like.   

You can teach English, work as a camp counselor, do translation, or explore a topic of interest via our research & journalism program.  
Cost: From $1,250 for 5 weeks. 

Application deadline
March 15, 2020. We fill spots on a rolling basis, so apply early.