Funding: Area Studies Fellowship (Center for European Policy Analysis)

Deadline: December 31, 2020

Applications Open – Title VIII CEE Area Studies Fellowship Program
The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) is now accepting applications for the 2021 Title VIII CEE Area Studies Fellowship Program. This is a competitive, nation-wide call for applications open to American graduate-level students, post-doctoral scholars, and early career professionals.

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CFP: Crisis, Contingency, and the Future of REEES: A Critical Discussion Forum proposal for the Slavic Review

Deadline: December 20, 2020

A Critical Discussion Forum proposal for the Slavic Review [SEE REVISED DEADLINES]

The Working Group for Solidarity in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, an ASEEES affiliate group, and the Slavic Review are soliciting submissions for a Critical Discussion Forum on the state of the field and the specific challenges of contingency. Slavic Review will host the forum tentatively titled Crisis, Contingency, and the Future of REEES: Perspectives on the Present and Future of the Field, to be published approximately in the Fall 2021. Contributions to this forum will focus on challenges our field faces, both in confronting the current COVID-19 crisis and grappling with long-lasting structural problems in our field, such as racism, xenophobia, sexism, classism, homo- and transphobia; discrimination based on nationality, ethnicity, and religious affiliation; as well as the lack of employment, housing, and healthcare security.

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Item Writer/Editor Consulting Opportunity (American Councils)

Deadline: Open Until Filled

American Councils for International Education is looking for experienced Item Writer/Editor to work on a federally funded test-item development project for the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. The Item Writer/Editor will write multiple choice questions based on an English-language translation in addition to reviewing and revising items throughout the development window. All work will be done remotely through an online item development interface.
Assessment items will be either listening or reading items targeting various levels of proficiency on the ILR scale. Consultants will be provided with training on item development and the item specifications as well as the item-development interface and procedure.

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Job: Research Fellow – Integrated Cybersecurity Studies (UT Austin)

Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description: The Robert Strauss Center for International Security & Law at the University of Texas at Austin is offering a two-year fellowship associated with our Integrated Cybersecurity Studies program, as part of the Emerging Tech Policy Leaders Program (ETPL) recently launched by the Cyber Initiative of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (Hewlett) in partnership with the Technology and Innovation Program of the Charles Koch Institute (CKI). The ETPL program focuses on early career individuals with leadership potential in connection with technology and cyber policy. During
their first year, the person chosen for the Strauss Center fellowship will work four days per week on the responsibilities outlined below, but will spend the fifth day participating in CKI’s renowned “Koch Associates Program” (a professional development program emphasizing leadership and management skills). During the second year of the position, the fellow will work exclusively for the Strauss Center. Please note: ETPL, Hewlett, CKI, and the Strauss Center actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds for this position.

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Grad. Program: PhD in Slavic Literatures and Cultures (University of Illinois)

Deadline (extended): December 18, 2020

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Slavic literatures and cultures to apply to our graduate program. Qualified students beginning their graduate career at Illinois are guaranteed five years of financial support (contingent on satisfactory progress). This includes fellowships, teaching, research, and graduate assistantships, summer support, and the opportunity for an editorial assistantship at Slavic Review, one of the world’s leading academic journals in our discipline. We also welcome applicants who have completed an M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures or related fields. 

While the Russian classics continue to be a focus of our program, oriented toward students concentrating on 18th- through 21st-century Russian literature, our Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures also offers a cultural studies track and other interdisciplinary work. A wide range of opportunities for individual specialization includes the languages, literatures, and cultures of Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Bulgaria, as well as Yiddish. Interdisciplinary study is facilitated by our close ties with other campus units such as the federally funded Russian, East European & Eurasian Center; the Program in Comparative & World Literature; the Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory; the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies; the College of Media; and the Program in Jewish Culture and Society. Students may earn formal graduate minors or certificates from these units or they may create their own minors to satisfy Ph.D. requirements. 

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Petro Jacyk Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Ukrainian Studies

Deadline: December 15, 2020

The Petro Jacyk Education Foundation is accepting proposals from universities in North America to establish a new Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Ukrainian Studies. The objective of the Post-Doctoral Fellowship is to annually support one of the most promising junior scholars studying contemporary Ukraine and thereby to advance academic understanding of Ukrainian politics, history and society.


The Petro Jacyk Post-Doctoral Fellowship is available to universities in North America with an existing department, research centre or program in Ukrainian studies.  The Fellowship will be open to recently awarded PhDs.

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Virtual Open Research Laboratory (University of Illinois)

Deadline: December 9, 2020

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center and the Slavic Reference Service at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are pleased to announce a Call for Applications to its Spring 2021 Virtual Open Research Laboratory (VORL) Program. The program will take place January 25 – May 5, 2021. Funded in part by the U.S. Department of State’s Title VIII Program, the VORL Program provides research stipends and long-distance library support for specialists conducting research on all aspects of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

The program is open to a wide range of researchers, including advanced graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, independent scholars, professionals in government and nongovernmental organizations as well as library science.

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Online Winter School in Russian Language and Culture (ITMO University, St. Petersburg)

Deadline: December 15, 2020


The Winter School will last for 4 weeks: January 11 – February 5, 2021. Students can choose up to 4 weeks of education on offer.

How will the lessons be held?

Online studies are conducted in Zoom. Studies are held on business days and take 4 academic hours daily (1 academic hour is equal to 45 minutes). Each module lasts for one week (20 academic hours). The studies include practical lessons and entertaining extracurricular activities.

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Funding and Graduate Summer Intensive Language Training, Info Sessions (Arizona State University)

From Critical Languages Institute (CLI), ASU Melikian Center:

We wanted especially to emphasize the opportunities for your graduate students (including current undergraduates who look to begin graduate school in fall 2021!) with US citizenship to study the less commonly taught languages of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. We will once again be able to offer 24 students Title VIII fellowships of up to $10,000. Students will earn up to 13 credit hours, including a 1-credit online graduate class specifically designed for Title VIII recipients. This course connects students in different language programs, provides comparative perspectives on the post-Soviet world, and builds professional capacities in communicating their expertise to audiences beyond their academic specialty. Languages currently eligible for Title VIII support are Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS), Kazakh, Macedonian, Polish, Russian (3rd year or higher), Ukrainian, and Uzbek.

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Submissions Wanted: RLJ Special Issue: COVID-19 & Online Teaching Pedagogy in the Times of a Global Crisis: Research, Practices, & Solutions

Deadline: December 23, 2020

Editors: Liudmila Klimanova (University of Arizona), Jason Merrill (Michigan State University/Middlebury College Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian), Shannon Donnally Spasova (Michigan State University).

The sudden global outbreak of COVID-19 in late 2019 has led to an abrupt transition of Russian and Slavic programs to emergency remote, hyflex, and synchronous online modalities as a then-thought-to-be temporary alternative to face-to-face and hybrid instruction delivery modes. The transition disrupted established educational practices and put unprecedented pressures on administrators, program directors, instructors, graduate teaching assistants, and students. While online instruction traditionally offers a great deal of flexibility in teaching and learning, the speed with which this move to remote teaching took place was staggering, and the need to continue with remote teaching beyond one interrupted term was unexpected. In addition to administrative and emotional challenges, and a severe lack of technical and methodological support associated with this transition, faculty and instructors in university programs found themselves unprepared to lead interactive classes in a video conferencing environment, to design suitable digital materials and evaluation instruments for remote teaching modalities, or to develop new pedagogies of remote language teaching for regular and immersive programs, often having to improvise quick solutions in less-than-ideal circumstances. 

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