Category Archives: Travel/Study Abroad

Both academic and non-academic opportunities to travel and/or study abroad.

CFP: Eu/Eurasian Undergrad Research (Uni. Pittsburgh)

Deadline for Submissions: January 25, 2019

On Friday, April 12, 2019, the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES), the European Studies Center (ESC), and the International Business Center (IBC) at the University of Pittsburgh will sponsor the annual European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium. Modeled after traditional academic conferences, this event will give students the opportunity to present their research papers on Europe, Russia and/or Eurasia to discussants and an audience. Limited travel grants are available to help defray expenses for accepted participants located outside of the Pittsburgh region. The application form and further information can be found at

1) Students must submit applications with 250-300 word abstracts and paper drafts by January 25, 2019.
2) Selected students will be notified by mid-February 2019.
3) Final revised papers are due by March 25, 2019.
4) Presentations will be made at the Symposium on April 12, 2019.

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Academic Job: Summer Russian Instructor (ASU CLI)

Deadline for Applications: December 1, 2018

Arizona State University seeks a faculty associate to teach intensive Russian in its 2019 summer Critical Languages Institute. Candidates must have a Master’s degree or higher in philology, linguistics, language teaching or a closely related field by the time of appointment; possess native proficiency in Russian; and have at least one year’s experience teaching Russian at the university level to non-native speakers. Strong preference will go to candidates who have successfully taught in intensive language programs, to candidates with experience teaching independently, and to candidates with high levels of proficiency in English. The successful candidates will teach Russian 4 hours a day, five days a week, for eight weeks and will contribute to cultural programming.

Information on the ASU summer Russian program is available at  Applications received by December 1st, 2018, will have priority. Thereafter applications will be reviewed weekly until the search is closed.

Application package must include a letter explaining the applicant’s interest in and qualifications for teaching summer Russian at Arizona State University; a CV; and contact information for two references, one of whom should be able to comment on the applicant’s teaching. Candidates unfamiliar with U.S. standards for CV and references should contact CLI in advance for guidance. Materials should be sent to

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.” Please see ASU’s complete non-discrimination statement at:

Funding: Grad Research in Europe (CES)

Deadline for Applications: January 15, 2019

Alliance and the Council for European Studies (CES) invite eligible graduate students to apply for its Alliance-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowships. Created in the fall of 2002, Alliance is a non-profit transatlantic joint-venture between Columbia University and three prestigious French institutions: the École Polytechnique, Sciences Po, and Panthéon-Sorbonne University. Each fellowship includes a $4,500 stipend to fund two months’ research in Europe and travel support for attending and presenting at the International Conference of Europeanists.

The Alliance-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship is intended to fund fellows’ first research project in Europe. Applicants must:

  • be enrolled in a doctoral program at a university that is a member of Alliance (Columbia University, Sciences Po, École Polytechnique, Panthéon-Sorbonne University)
  • not have completed the majority of doctoral coursework
  • not have begun substantial dissertation research in Europe.

Barring exceptional circumstances, students who have already received comparable support for pre-dissertation research will not be considered eligible.


Please note: Due to restructuring, this fellowship is unavailable for the 2018-19 award cycle. Please check back in with us in the fall of 2019.

The annual application period usually opens October 1. Applications are due (along with all supporting materials) on or before January 15. Applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision by the end of April.

To Apply:

Submit the CES Pre-Dissertation Fellowship Application Form and return three (3) completed Faculty Recommendation Forms. Applicants must also submit a Language Competency Form for every language which will require functional knowledge to complete the proposed research. All materials are due by January 15. A complete application will include all five of these forms.

Have questions about the fellowship or application process? Check out the FAQs! One can also see a list of Past Awardees here.

Funding: Critical Lang. Scholarship (American Councils)

Deadline for Applications: November 29, 2018, 8pm EST

The CLS Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 14 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

CLS, a program of the U.S. Department of State, is part of a wider 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 students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

The application is now live and available online at:

The fifteen languages offered by the CLS Program are:

  • Arabic
  • Azerbaijani
  • Bangla
  • Chinese
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Persian
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Swahili
  • Turkish
  • Urdu

For news, updates and more information about the CLS Program, check out the CLS website or Facebook page for updates!

CLS Website:

CLS Facebook page:

CLS Twitter page:

For other questions, please contact:

Applications are due November 27, 2018 by 8:00pm EST.

Grad. Program: M.A. in Russian (EUSP)

Deadline for Applications: November 30, 2018

European University at Saint Petersburg has more available spots at its two graduate programs:

Both programs are in English, no prior knowledge of Russian is required.

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Travel: Romanian Folklore Expedition (American Friends)

Deadline for Applications: May 2019

Application must be received 60 days before start of expedition

Folklore Expeditions:  Romania to the Golden Mountains 

An invitation to teachers, scholars, students, and other adventurers
You could spend next summer at the beach. Or you could step into another world.

A world where you discuss business plans with a professional witch in Romania, collect legends of Bronze Age cities in Russia, record Belarusian songs transplanted to Siberia, or witness the revival of traditional religions in Russia’s Altai Mountains.
American Friends of Russian Folklore sponsors folklore expeditions which need your help to document traditional cultures. Led by experienced scholars, our volunteers make pictures, recordings, interviews and videos. These go to scholarly archives to be held in trust for future generations, and our volunteers go home with an expanded view of the human family.
American Friends will arrange for participant food, lodging, transport and interpreters. Participants provide curiosity and helping hands. No special skills required. Just an open mind, and a willingness to leave the familiar behind.

2019 Expeditions

July 1-14:    Russian Folk Songs, Stories, and Beliefs in the Heart of Asia

July 15-27:   Places of Power in the Ural Mountains

July 15-27: Russian Settlers of the Altai Mountains

Late July- August:  Magic and Modernity in Rural Romania

August 20- Sept 2 Belarusian Traditions in the Land of Baikal

October: Cossack Holy Day: “Protection of the Mother of God”

Details at   or

Eligible are adults and teens (13 and up) accompanied by adults. Participants pay a fee which covers their own costs and a share of general expedition expenses.

CFP: 4th Tartu REE Conf (Uni. Tartu)

Deadline for Submissions: February 20, 2019

Communities in Flux: Rethinking Sovereignty and Identity in an Era of Change
9-11 June 2019, Tartu, Estonia

The problem of community – moral and political, cultural and civic, national, local, regional and global – is central to many heated debates of our time. These debates often focus on state sovereignty, including such issues as national independence, control over territories and people, interdependence and regional integration, minorities and immigration. However, we live in an increasingly fragmented world, where political polarization and ‘culture wars’ undermine national cohesion. Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet space is a region where such controversies are as salient as anywhere in today’s world. In the recent decades, the region has been affected by global post-industrial transformations, while also becoming an arena of multiple overlapping struggles between tradition and change. Conference participants are invited to reflect on these challenges as they are faced by local communities and entire nations; comparative research focusing on the region and beyond is particularly encouraged. Please find full details of the Call at the conference website.

The Tartu Conference is a venue for academic discussion of the fundamental cultural, social, economic and political trends affecting all aspects of people’s life in Russia and Eastern Europe. Inaugurated in June 2016, this forum brings together scholars from across multiple disciplines, from the region and beyond. The Programme Committee will consider proposals addressing the above and related questions as well as other issues relevant to the development of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia from any disciplinary angle. Interdisciplinary perspectives are particularly welcome.

Each paper proposal must include an abstract of no more than 300 words. Panel and roundtable proposals should list all speakers, along with abstracts and, if available, information about the chair and the discussant (alternatively, these can be assigned by the Programme Committee). Please use this link to submit your proposal by 20 February 2019.

The 2019 Tartu Conference is organized by the UT’s Centre for EU–Russia Studies (CEURUS) in cooperation with the Institute of Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University and the Global Europe Centre at the University of Kent. Please find more information the conference website

Language Training: Summer Language Institute (U. of Pittsburgh)

Deadline for Applications: TBD

Accepting applications for SLI summer intensive language programs!

The Summer Language Institute ( ) at the University of Pittsburgh is proud to announce that we are accepting applications for summer 2019! SLI offers intensive language courses through domestic, study abroad, and hybrid programs in the following languages:

Arabic (Beginning)
Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (Beginning-Advanced)
Bulgarian (Beginning)
Czech (Beginning-Advanced)
Hungarian (Beginning)
Polish (Beginning-4th-year)
Russian (Beginning-4th-year)
Slovak (Beginning-Advanced)
Turkish (Beginning)
Ukrainian (Beginning)

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Study Abroad: Alt Spring Break (American Home)

Deadline for Applications: November 15, 2018, December 1, 2018

The American Home in Vladimir, Russia, is sponsoring two Alternative Spring Break (ASB) opportunities in March 2019 (information about 2018 program: The final application deadline is December 1, 2018.

any expectations I could possibly have had were surpassed. …I participated in a culture without being a tourist…and spent [time] outside of my carefully constructed comfort zone. The experience was nothing short of changing my worldview.” (Vanderbilt University student)

The program includes community service, homestays, excursions to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, interaction with Russian university students who are studying English, and Russian language lessons.

 Participants do not have to speak Russian to join the program.

Links to pictures, participant blogs, and television news reports are below. They may give a sense of some of the things that students can do, see, and experience while participating in the Alternative Spring Break program.

VLADIMIR (March 2-10): Help several community organizations, including the Youth Health and Education Center, Karl Liebnicht Orphanage, Russian Orthodox Church, Handicapped Children’s Association “Light”, Vladimir Regional Veterans’ Home and others, while interacting with Russian university students and experiencing the delight and wonder of provincial Russia.

MUROM (March 9-17): Help university students at the Murom Institute (an affiliate of Vladimir State University) to improve their English language skills; prepare audio and video materials for their English language program. During the Soviet period Murom was a closed city. Today it remains isolated from traditional tourist routes. Foreign language faculty and students are eager for contact with native English speakers.



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Internship: Winter Children’s Camp (Cosmopolitan)

Deadline for Applications: Ongoing until Filled

Educational Center “Cosmopolitan”, Novosibirsk, Russia, is pleased to announce that there are several vacancies available for their winter internship program. These will take place at the children’s camp just outside Novosibirsk, the administrative capital of Siberia and the centre of Russia. The dates of the program are January 3rd through January 12th, 2019.

These positions are open to university students. No previous teaching experience, no previous knowledge of Russian is required. Interning at our camp, students will gain valuable skills and experience for their future profession while being immersed in the Russian culture and having intensive practice in the Russian language. This is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the coolest festive season in Siberia with lots of exciting events, and experience all the winter fun one could dream of in just ten days.

This program will be an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable skills and experience for their future profession. They will be immersed in Russian culture, receive intensive practice in Russian language, and interact with real Russian people. Students will receive room and board, visa support, transportation, and formal Russian lessons during their stay. Interested students should contact the Program Director for more information, including participation fees.

Students who wish to spend more time in Russia and are still looking for internship opportunities may be interested in the Russian language study internship. Free accommodation is provided in Novosibirsk throughout the academic year. The dates are flexible and interested students should contact the Center to discuss further details.

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