Funding: Language Teaching and Learning Research Grants (University of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: February 3, 2020

The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies will award up to two Language Teaching and Learning Research (LTLR) Grants for scholars to conduct research projects on-site at the Summer Language Institute in June – July 2020. Funded projects must focus on the teaching and learning of one or more of the following priority languages: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Polish, Russian, Turkish, and Ukrainian. Other languages that are taught at the SLI may be included in a project proposal in addition to these priority languages; see for the complete list of language courses offered. Applicants may propose to be in residence in Pittsburgh for either all or a portion of the two-month duration of the SLI, according to the needs of their projects.

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Webinar: A Russian Bridge Course: Navigating the Transition from Language-Driven to Content-Driven Courses

Event Date: November 19, 2019

Led by Lynne deBenedette
November 19 at 5:30pm EST

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In this webinar, Lynne deBenedette will discuss how to create a course for learners who are roughly at the ACTFL Intermediate Mid proficiency level that focuses both on content learning and language learning in a balanced way.  In the more commonly taught languages these courses are sometimes referred to as “bridge courses” –when students transition from lower-level language courses (organized around a textbook) to upper-level courses that primarily focus on content materials (films and / or readings). deBenedette will consider how much content material is practical at this level, how to choose it, and how to assess student learning of that content.  Drawing on the content materials selected, she will discuss how to choose language forms to focus on. The webinar will examine in detail examples of classroom materials to see how the content-learning is counterbalanced with focused work on language form, and how classroom tasks are sequenced to guide learners from input to output.  The webinar will conclude with a list of principles for implementing this approach with a range of content topics.

Lynne deBenedette is Senior Lecturer in Russian at Brown University, where she has taught since 1995. She is a co-author, with William J. Comer, Alla Smyslova and Jonathan Perkins, of the first-year Russian language textbook Между нами ( At Brown she coordinates the Russian language program and teaches Russian and (occasionally) Czech.

  • The webinar is free for current ACTR members ($15 fee for non-members)
  • All registered participants will receive access to the webinar recording. Register even if you cannot attend the webinar live. 
  • Certificate of participation will be emailed upon request

Study Abroad/Prof. Dev. : Roman Frontier Excavation Field School and Ground-Penetrating Radar Training Workshop (Transylvania, Romania)

Deadline: Ongoing

These programs offer a very extensive approach to the anthropology and archaeology of the Roman frontier environments, through field work, laboratory analysis and lectures. Concurrently, our intensive Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) program allows our participants to acquire a highly marketable skill set, becoming proficient in both GPR systems (250MHz and 500MHz) and  configurations used in near subsurface investigations. Our students will be able to experience several field approaches, ranging from Classical excavation, anthropological site exploration, as well as  geophysical (GPR) surveys. Our programs provide a complete and scientifically integrated approach to a Classical site, in a very complex environment. In a region fundamentally important to our understanding of European genesis.


Roman Villa and Settlement Excavation – Identity and Wealth on the Roman Frontier
Location: Rapolt, Hunedoara County, Transylvania – Romania
     Session 1: June 7 – July 4, 2020
     Session 2: July 5 – August 1, 2020
Team Size: 18 participants per session
Description: The integrated outcomes of our various field techniques have yielded extraordinary results: a rural built space of ca. one hectare, with massive fortification walls decorated with exterior frescoes, richly built two-story buildings, containing exceptional artifacts (well preserved bronze statues, jewelry, mint condition coins, writing implements, etc.). Our target excavation, the central building of the “villa” has already presented us with a very complex and surprising occupation sequence and practices.

Program Fees: US$ 1695 per 4-week session (program fees, equipment, room and board – see webpage for details).

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Prof. Dev: Open Research Laboratory (University of Illinois)

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Call for Applications: Open Research Laboratory at Illinois REEEC is now accepting applications from regional specialists (including advanced graduate students, faculty, independent scholars, and library science or other professionals with appropriate qualifications) to conduct short-term research concerning all aspects of Russian, eastern European, and Eurasian studies in conjunction with the spring Open Research Laboratory, which will take place from January 21 – May 1, 2020. Those applicants who are US citizens and whose research holds relevance for US foreign policy may also apply for US Department of State Title VIII fellowships to support their visits. 

WHAT THE LAB OFFERS:Full access to the physical and electronic collections of the University of Illinois Library.Use of the Library’s technological resources, including advanced scanning equipment and other resources.Consultations with the Slavic Reference Service.Opportunities to participate in REEEC programming (lectures, workshops, conferences, etc.).The help of REEEC staff in answering logistical questions related to your stay.Informal meetings with local scholars as desired.


Applicants who are U.S. citizens and who are conducting policy-relevant research may apply for a Title VIII fellowship to support their visits. These fellowships provide:   
A housing award furnishing accommodation on campus for up to 5 days,A travel award of up to $500 to offset transportation costs to and from Urbana-Champaign,A stipend of $500 to cover food, incidentals, and other costs associated with the research visit.For more information and to apply, please click here.

Prof. Dev. : International Center for Cultural Studies, NCTU, (Taiwan)

Deadline: October 31, 2019

Migration, Logistics and Unequal Citizens in Contemporary Global Context


Rapidly increasing international migrations have radically changed the outlook of contemporary 21st-century societies, producing cases of massive displaced and precarious lives, and bring various impacts upon local communities. These emerging phenomena have attracted critical scholarship both in the humanities and social sciences in recent years.

The issues of migration and unequal citizens highlight the logistical continuum of biopolitics and governmentality from the colonial to the post-colonial state, from the Cold War Era to the post-Cold War global capitalism, as well as the operation of geopolitical and geo-economic apparatus of zoning politics. Critical logistics can orient the inquiry by emphasizing how the government of populations reaches beyond statistical measure to make new connections between life and work, technology and mobility, and politics and economy in and beyond any region. Logistics organizes the movement of people and goods and asserts its logic across the entire circuit of production, distribution, and consumption. Logistics has also remade the domain of global space and territory, through the operation of zoning politics, such as corridors, digital networks, extraction enclaves, financial districts, and other areas of transfer and exchange. Examining the nexus of migration and logistics offers ways of rethinking the politics of human mobility and the question of unequal citizens that not only reach beyond the logic of integration and identity but also question the standard analysis of post-war area studies.

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Prof. Dev. : Selecting and Adapting Materials for Online Language Learning and Teaching Webinar (University of Hawaii)

Event Dates: Oct 8 | Oct 15 | Oct 22 | Oct 29 | Nov 5*

Tuesdays, 10:00 am-noon (Hawaii Standard Time), 1:00-3:00 pm (Pacific Daylight Time), 2:00-4:00 pm (Mountain Daylight Time), 3:00-5:00 pm (Central Daylight Time), 4:00-6:00 pm (Eastern Daylight Time)

* The last session (November 5) will take place after Daylight Savings Time ends (November 3). We will keep all mainland times the same as listed above and just shift Hawaii time to 11:00 am-1:00 pm.

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Funding: Career Development Grants (AAUW)

Deadline: November 15, 2019

Program Purpose

AAUW’s Career Development Grants provide assistance to women who, through additional higher education, technical training, or participation in professional development institutes, are making career changes, seeking to advance in current careers, or reentering the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing credentials in nontraditional fields.

Grants provide support for coursework toward degree programs other than a doctorate or for specialized training in technical or professional fields.

Career Development Grants are open to women who

  • are U.S. citizens or permanent residents;
  • hold an earned (not honorary) bachelor’s degree;
  • received their bachelor’s degree on or before June 30, 2015;
  • do not hold an earned (not honorary) graduate or professional degree;
  • plan to enroll or are enrolled in courses/activities that are required for professional employment or advancement; and
  • plan to enroll or are enrolled in one of the following:
    • Bachelor’s or associate degree program that is different from the field of study of the previously earned bachelor’s degree
    • Master’s degree program
    • Certification program
    • Technical school
    • Professional degree (e.g., law or medicine)
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Funding: Research Grants on Education (Spencer Foundation)

Deadline: November 1, 2019

The Small Research Grants Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. We accept applications three times per year.

This program is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, method, or location. Our goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education.


Proposals to the Research Grants on Education program must be for academic research projects that aim to study education. Proposals for activities other than research are not eligible (e.g., program evaluations, professional development, curriculum development, scholarships, capital projects). Additionally, proposals for research studies focused on areas other than education, are not eligible.

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Funding: Startalk Grants for Language Learning and Teacher Professional Development

Deadline: October 24, 2019

STARTALK solicits proposals to run summer programs for student language learning and teacher professional development. For 2020, grants will support programs for students and teachers of Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. The application window for summer 2020 programs runs from September 12 to October 24. Updated application information and details about several upcoming webinars for applicants can be found on the STARTALK website:

Resource: Foreign Language Teaching Podcast

Foreign Language Teaching Podcast 

Podcast host Dr. Natalie McCauley and her guest discuss a number of topics related to language teaching and assessment, such as:
– how attending an ACTFL oral proficiency workshop changed Dr. Rifkin’s teaching;
– why it is important to study abroad and why just “being there is not enough”;
– how teachers can reduce their presence in the classroom so that students get more time to use the language;
– why a successful language classroom is a ‘noisy’ classroom;
– the concept of “intensity of engagement’ as an alternative approach to lesson planning;
– how Dr. Rifkin assigns and structures students’ presentations; 
– ways to sustain students’ motivation as they continue their study of Russian, and many others.
You can listen to the interview on its page or on your favorite podcast platform (iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify).