Author Archives: Jacquelyn Chorush

Professional Development: Alfa Fellowship Program (Moscow, Russia)

Application deadline: December 1, 2016

Alfa-Bank and Cultural Vistas are pleased to announce a call for applications for the Alfa Fellowship Program, an 11-month fully-funded professional development initiative in Russia for young American, British, and German leaders.

Fellowship provisions include a monthly stipend, language training, program-related travel costs, housing, and insurance.

Program components:
• Language training prior to departure
• Russian language course in Moscow
• Seminar series with key public and private sector offi­cials
• Work placements at prominent organizations in Moscow, in private companies, media outlets, think tanks, and foundations

• Graduate degree and professional experience in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or a related field
• Russian language proficiency is preferred

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CFP: 2016 ASEEES-MAG Summer Convention (Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv)

Deadline for Submissions:April 30, 2016

Conference: June 26-28 2016

ASEEES is delighted to announce its second biennial summer 2016 convention (June 26-28), co-organized with the International Association for the Humanities (MAG).

Panel, roundtable and paper proposals relating to any aspect of East-Central European and Eurasian Studies are welcome. Practitioners and scholars in all fields with an interest in this region are encouraged to participate.
Submissions of pre-organized panels are strongly encouraged and will be given some priority in the selection process. Individual papers are also welcome and selected papers will be assigned by the Program Committee to an appropriate panel with a chair and a discussant.
The deadline for submission of all proposals is: 6 January 2016.

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Scholarship: Wayne Vucinich Visiting Scholar Fellowship (Stanford University)

Deadline: November 20, 2015

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at Stanford University invites applications for the Wayne Vucinich Visiting Scholar Fellowship.

This is a twelve-week residential fellowship to be offered in Spring 2016. The fellowship is open to scholars working on the region in any discipline. Preference will be given to scholars who have completed the PhD (or equivalent) in the past five years and who are residents of countries that fall under the direct purview of the Center: Russia, East Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia (including Afghanistan).

The fellowship award funds international travel, health insurance, and visa support, in addition to a $10,000 stipend for living expenses. The fellow will have access to university libraries and archives and will have use of a shared work space at the Center. He or she will be expected to be in residence throughout the fellowship period (March-June 2016) and to participate actively in the scholarly activities of the Center.

Please submit an application form (including a letter of application, a Curriculum Vitae, a writing sample, two letters of recommendation, and a short proposal for a public lecture and/or workshop by November 20, 2015. For more information about the Center, please consult our website,

Vucinich Fellowship application form:

Travel: Balkan Language Initiative (Albania; Bosnia & Herzegovina; Serbia)

Deadline for Spring Semester: October 15, 2015

The Balkan Language Initiative offers intensive, highly- individualized instruction in Albanian, Bosnian, Macedonian, and Serbian. Through homestays, conversation partners, in-class instruction, and a wide range of extracurricular activities, participants enjoy an unprecedented opportunity to immerse themselves in daily local life in a region largely unserved by study abroad programs.​

Locations include:

  • Tirana, Albania
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Skopje, Macedonia
  • Belgrade, Serbia

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Travel: Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (Russia)

Deadline for the Spring Semester: October 15, 2015

RLASP serves both graduate and undergraduate students as well as working professionals. The academic year, semester, and summer programs provide intensive in-class instruction in Russian grammar, phonetics, conversation, and cultural studies in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir and Almaty (Kazakhstan).

Program features include homestays, weekly excursions, travel to other regions of Russia, conversation partners, and a wide range of opportunities to pursue internships, volunteering, hobbies and personal interests in a Russian context. Content courses for area studies credit are offered in subjects such as Russian literature and history, political science, and contemporary Russian society. All courses are taught in Russian by expert faculty with experience teaching foreign students.
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Fellowships: Eurasian Regional Language Program (Eurasia)

Deadline for Spring Semester: October 15, 2015

The Eurasian Regional Language Program (ERLP) offers intensive, highly-individualized instruction in more than 15 Eurasian languages, including Armenian, Azeri, Dari, Farsi, Georgian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Romanian, Ukrainian, and Uzbek. Through homestays, conversation partners, internships, and volunteer activities, participants enjoy an unprecedented opportunity to immerse themselves in daily local life while receiving ongoing support and guidance from American Councils expert, overseas staff.

Title VIII Fellowships can cover up to 75% of the costs of participating in RLASP! Title VIII fellowships are awarded on the basis of financial need and academic merit. To be eligible for Title VIII funding, applicants must:

  • Meet the requirements of their selected program;
  • Have completed their undergraduate studies by the time their program starts;
  • Be enrolled or demonstrate intent to enroll in graduate study in a field relevant to the formulation of U.S. policy in the region;
  • Demonstrate academic excellence.
  • Indicate their wish to be considered for financial aid when completing the application for the selected program and complete all of the questions and forms that follow.

If you meet the criteria listed above, you will automatically be considered for Title VIII support for your program: Apply Now!

To learn more about how to apply for Title VIII funding to participate in an American Councils language program, interested students should visit our website or contact us at:, phone: (202)-833-7522.

Funding Opportunity: Combined Research and Language Training Program (American Councils)

Application Deadline: December 15, 2015.

About CRLT:
The Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program (CRLT) provides full support for research and up to ten academic hours per week of advanced language instruction for graduate students and scholars who, in addition to support for research in the independent states of the former Soviet Union, require supplemental language instruction. ​ Fellowships range from $5,000 to $25,000, and ​include round​ ​trip international travel, housing and living stipends, tuition, visa support, medical insurance, archive access, and logistical support in the field. The program is open to U.S. graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty.

Applicants must conduct research and language study for a minimum of three months in the field to a maximum of nine months in the field. Participants must have attained at least an intermediate level of language proficiency to apply.

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K-12 Opportunity: Summer Russian Language Teachers Program (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Application Deadline: Sunday, February 15, 2016

The Summer Russian Language Teachers Program provides fellowship support for Russian teachers and graduate students to study Russian language, pedagogy, and culture at the Russian State Pedagogical University (Herzen) in St. Petersburg for a six week summer session.

Applications from K-12 teachers of Russian are especially encouraged.

The American Councils Summer Russian Language Teachers Program offers qualified U.S. pre- and in-service teachers of Russian language and culture from elementary schools, high schools, and universities the opportunity to improve Russian language skills while developing a portfolio of authentic teaching materials for use in the classroom. Courses on Russian language, pedagogy, and culture are led by distinguished faculty from the Russian State Pedagogical University’s Department of Philology. The program is six-weeks long, and takes place from late-June to mid-August.

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Conference: Central Eurasian Studies Society 16th Annual Conference (Washington, DC)

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Deadline: October 15, 2015

The 2015 CESS convention offers a unique insight into the
Central Eurasian studies field!

The convention will hold 60 panels, from political science, sociology and anthropology, to history and literature. It will cover the five post-Soviet Central Asian states, the Caucasus, Xinjiang, Afghanistan, and Russian Muslim regions. The Mongolia Society will hold its own convention parallel to the CESS, in order to foster integration of Mongolian studies into the Central Eurasian field.

The convention will feature two keynote speakers, Alexander Cooley, from Columbia University, addressing “Locating Central Asian Geopolitics: the Rise and Future Decline of Multivectorism in Practice”, and Madeleine Reeves, from Manchester University, assessing “Trace, Trajectory, Pressure Point: Re-imagining ‘Area Studies’ in an Age of Migration”. Continue reading