Prof. Devel.: Summer Research Laboratory (U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Deadline for Applications: March 15, 2017


June 12 – August 4, 2017


For more than 40 years, the Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia has provided a vital comprehensive research opportunity, giving researchers access to unparalleled library services and to one of the top five library collections for the REEE region in North America. SRL allows scholars to advance their research, forge professional connections through workshops and conferences, and share their research data, methods, and findings with US government (USG) departments and agencies.

REEEC originally established SRL to provide access to the extensive holdings in the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Collection at the International and Area Studies Library to scholars with limited resources at their home institutions. Over time, REEEC and SRS have developed a range of integrated programs to enhance the research experience of associates. SRL is held during an eight-week summer session, the first four weeks of which often include discussion groups, lectures, conferences, and other networking events, while the final four weeks are dedicated independent library research.

SRL is open to all scholars with research interests in the Russian, East European and Eurasian region for eight weeks during the summer months from mid-June through the first week of August. The SRL provides scholars access to the resources of the world renowned Slavic, East European, and Eurasian collection within a flexible time frame where scholars have the opportunity to receive one-on-one research assistance from the librarians of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS).

For graduate students, it provides an opportunity to conduct dissertation research prior to going abroad and a way to prioritize which resources to target after exhausting materials found within the US.

Applicants to the Summer Research Laboratory are encouraged to consider studying an area language at the Indiana University Summer Language Workshop from June 5 to July 28. Funding in the form of Title VIII fellowships and other sources is available to eligible applicants. For more information and to apply:


Due to a change in funding for SRL, we have revised our grant guidelines and eligibility requirements. Before submitting an application, please read the Grants page carefully.

Faculty and graduate students who are citizens of Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, Kosovo, Laos, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Nepal, Palestine, Serbia, Tajikistan, Tunisia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, or Uzbekistan may consider applying to the Open Society Foundation’s Civil Society Scholar Awards to secure additional funding.

For programming information, click on Lab Programs in the left sidebar.


All applicants are required to submit an online application, a research proposal and, if applying for funding, a clearly formulated statement of research relevance by March 15, 2017. For more details on application requirements, please select the Application tab in the left sidebar.

2017 SRL Application