Study Abroad: Summer Program in Russia (Arizona Global Soccer Program)

Deadline for Applications: February 25, 2018

The University of Arizona (UA) and the GRINT Centre at the Moscow University for the Humanities ( are pleased to announce a new summer study abroad opportunity through the Arizona Global Soccer Program.

The Arizona Global Soccer Program gives students the opportunity to attend classes (all conducted in English) in Moscow, Russia, from June 10 – July 5, 2018.  Students will earn 6 UA credits from a choice of 3 courses (“Global Soccer,” “Intercultural Competence,” and “Eastern European Science Fiction”), all taught by UA and GRINT faculty.  All inquiries about the 2018 program can be directed to Dr. Benjamin Jens (

While the Arizona Global Soccer Program will be held in Russia in 2018, the program will “travel” in future years in coordination with major soccer-related events.  The 2019 program will be in Paris, France, while the 2020 program will be in Munich, Germany.

Students can start the application process and find more information at

Funding: Scholarship for Business, Technology, and Innovation Internships in Russia (American Councils Study Abroad)

Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2018

American Councils Study Abroad is pleased to announce a new Scholarship for Business, Technology, and Innovation Internships in Russia!

U.S. undergraduate and graduate students in business, innovation, and STEM fields are now eligible to apply for the Business, Technology, and Innovation Scholarship for internships in Russia across two programs:

Scholarship Awards
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, program compatibility, and academic merit. Awards range from $3,000 to $5,000. Click here to learn about the Business, Technology, and Innovation Scholarship.

Internship Program

Students are matched with internship hosts from a network of companies in business consulting, finance, advertising, marketing, social media, technology, e-commerce, fashion, education, and more. Participants will prepare internship goals before departure, earn credit, and complete a capstone project of their choice upon program completion.

U.S. undergraduate and graduate students in business or STEM fields are eligible to apply for American Councils Business, Technology, and Innovation Scholarships. Applicants must be admitted to either OPIT or BRLI to receive funding. No prior study of Russian is required to participate in OPIT.

Application & Questions
Interested students should submit an online application to OPIT or BRLI by February 15 for summer 2018, or by March 15 for the fall 2018 BRLI program. Please direct any questions regarding the application process to the AC Study Abroad Team at

Study Abroad: Summer Language Program in Astana, Kazakhstan (Nazarbayev University and Uni. Arizona)

Deadline for Applications: February 25, 2018

Nazarbayev University (Astana, Kazakhstan), in collaboration with the University of Arizona, has  announced their next session of the Summer School in Russian and Eurasian Studies (SSRES). They are now accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students, as well as working professionals for the 2018 summer sessions. There are both 8-week and 5-week programs available.

American students have an option to apply to the program through The University of Arizona Global Initiatives and earn US-based academic credits.The University of Arizona offers full health insurance coverage, pre-departure orientation and advising sessions, and 24/7 counselling services to all program participants.  For more information, visit the program’s website at

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Study Abroad: Peace and Security in the Caucasus Program (American Councils)

Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2018

American Councils is now accepting applications for their Peace & Security in the South Caucasus Program!

Summer 2018 program dates: June 28 – August 4, 2018

 While rich in natural resources, scenic beauty, and vibrant cultures, the South Caucasus continues to be hampered by age-old conflicts and political instability. Based in Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia, this five-week summer program explores cultural identity and nationalism, development strategies, the emergence of new political systems and parties, and ongoing efforts to foster peace throughout the region.

The academic program features approximately twenty-two hours per week of in-class instruction. Content courses are designed to give participants an in-depth understanding of modern political history of the region, security issues, nationalism and identity, state-building, and democratization. As part of the academic program, participants also receive language instruction at any level in one of the regional languages, including Azeri, Chechen, Georgian, or Russian; no prior language study is required.

The program includes weekly excursions and cultural activities, housing with local host families, two meals per day, a comprehensive pre-program orientation, and visa and logistical support. Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive 8-10 credits in political science and sociology, issued through Bryn Mawr College.

Applications are due by February 15, 2018, and can be found online.

Please direct any questions regarding the application process to the AC Study Abroad Team at American Councils for International Education (Phone: 202-833-7522; email:

For more information regarding the Peace & Security in the South Caucasus Program, please visit our websiteFinancial aid is available on all programs.

Call for Papers: Spring 2018 Issue of The Birch (Columbia U.)

The deadline for submission is 11:59pm on Saturday, February 10th, 2018.

The Birch Journal, run by Columbia University undergraduates, is the first national undergraduate journal dedicated to Eastern European, Eurasian, and Slavic studies.
You are invited to submit your essays concerning the culture and politics of the region, as well as literary criticism, creative works (short stories, memoirs, poems, translations), and artwork or photography, to be published both in print and online in our upcoming edition. If you are an undergraduate, anything you may have written for a class in the field of interest may be accepted for publication!
Submissions are being accepted until 11:59pm on Saturday, February 10th, 2018. We encourage you to get your submissions in through our website early.
Please click here for more information on our website.

Study Abroad: Balkan Language Initiative (American Councils)

Deadline for Applications: February 15th, 2018

American Councils is currently accepting applications for its summer 2018 Balkan Language Initiative (BLI).  The application deadline is February 15; applications can be submitted here.


The American Councils Balkan Language Initiative provides graduate students, advanced undergraduates, working professionals, and scholars intensive individualized instruction in the languages of the Balkans. Participants may choose to study one of five regional languages: 

Albanian in Tirana, Albania

Bosnian in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bulgarian in Sofia, Bulgaria

Macedonian in Skopje, Macedonia

Serbian in Belgrade, Serbia or Podgorica, Montenegro


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CFP: Great Lakes Ottomanist Workshop (U. of Chicago)

Deadline for Submissions: February 19, 2018

The 15th Great Lakes Ottomanist Workshop (GLOW) will be held at the University of Chicago on March 30 & March 31, 2018. GLOW is an annual gathering of scholars based in the region who study the history, literatures, and cultures of the Ottoman Empire. This year’s workshop will launch with a lecture by Prof. Nükhet Varlık (Rutgers University) on March 30th at 4:30 pm.

Please send an abstract of no more than 200 words to by Monday, February 19th. GLOW is an excellent opportunity to share your research and works in progress with your colleagues- graduate students are especially encouraged to apply.

We encourage contributions that focus on the Ottoman city as a site of authority, violence, leisure, as well as a space for intellectual and cultural production, and inter-communal and gendered encounters. Submissions unrelated to these themes are also welcome and will be given full consideration.

Study Abroad: Program for Students Abroad (Auschwitz Jewish Center)

Deadline for Applications: February 28, 2018

The AJC PSA was established in 2010 as long-weekend programs in Kraków open to students of all backgrounds. The program, which includes a scholarly visit to Oświęcim/Auschwitz, provides an academic environment through which participants engage intensively with the history of the Holocaust and Jewish life in Poland.

The program takes place during fall and spring semesters and is facilitated by American and Polish staff of the Auschwitz Jewish Center, under the auspices of the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York. During the program, meals, accommodation, entrance fees, and transportation are provided and included in the $400 program fee.

College and graduate students of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and majors are eligible to apply online . All programs begin Thursday evening and end Sunday evening. Housing is available Sunday evening upon request. Participants are responsible for arranging individual transportation to and from Kraków.

For more information click here.

Funding: Title VIII Fellowships (Indiana U.)

Deadline for Applications: February 2, 2018

Domestic Fellowships

Title VIII Fellowships of up to $5,400 are available to support U.S. graduate students, area specialists, and scholars studying the languages and cultures of Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union in the IU Summer Language Workshop.

The mission of the Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union — administered by the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research — is to ensure that timely, independent, analysis informs foreign policy decisions.

Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Priority goes to applicants who will further the program’s mission to develop and maintain high-quality research and training programs critical to the national security of the United States and to support and sustain American expertise on the countries of Eastern Europe and the
independent states of the former Soviet Union.

Funding for Russian is available only for participants who place into the 3rd-year course or higher.

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Job: Web Developer (Portland State U.)

Deadline for Applications: February 5, 2018

Portland State University’s Russian Flagship Program seeks an experienced website developer to create a mobile-friendly website that will allow students of Russian to work on building skills to read in Russian. The Website Developer will work together with the Principal Investigator and the Project Manager during the designing and developing stages of the website, but the Website Developer will have primary responsibility for implementing the technology solution. The developer will act in consultation to think through solutions to this particular learning challenge. This may include implementing and extending existing open source tools, building, iterating on prototypes, and finding the best tool for the job. This is a grant-funded project through August 31, 2018, but there is the opportunity of continuation funding.

This classification requires a basic foundation of knowledge and skills of technology and information systems generally obtained through an AA degree in computer science, information systems, educational technology, communications, or related fields, or similar certified course work in applicable fields of study and at least one year of related work experience.

Additional Minimum Qualifications for this Position
• Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field, OR equivalent work experience and education
• Demonstrated skill in programming for Web environment (HTML5, CSS, SQL, JavaScript), including mobile and responsive design
• Strong commitment to troubleshooting issues
• Ability to work independently and to produce a high-quality website to customer specifications on an established deadline
• Excellent written and oral communication skills

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