Graduate Program: Slavic Literature and Culture (U of Illinois)

Deadline for applications: December 31, 2017

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 the graduate program. Qualified students beginning their graduate career at Illinois are guaranteed five years of financial support (contingent on satisfactory progress), including fellowships, teaching, research, and graduate assistantships, summer support, and the opportunity for an editorial assistantship at Slavic Review. We also welcome applicants who have completed an M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literature 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 and culture, our Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literature also offers cultural studies approaches and other interdisciplinary work. A wide range of opportunities for individual specialization includes the languages, literature and cultures of Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria, as well as Yiddish. Interdisciplinary study is facilitated by our close ties with other campus units, in particular, the federally funded Russian, East European and 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.

The faculty has a broad range of interests, including translation, violence, gaming pedagogies, the intersection of literature and medicine, psychoanalysis, and history; Jewish Studies; film theory and history; empire and the Gothic; gender, sexuality, and the body; postcolonial studies; Czech revival culture; Polish borderlands; and Russian and Eurasian sci-fi and pop culture. For more, see the website.

The Slavic collection of the University of Illinois Library is the third largest in the country; that resource and our outstanding Slavic Reference Service attract researchers from all over the world, especially during the Summer Research Laboratory.

The deadline for national and international applicants is December 31, 2017
To apply, please go to the Graduate College site.
For further information, please visit Department of Slavic Languages & LiteraturesGraduate programs, and Admissions Info.
You may also contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Harriet Murav (

The Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
707 South Mathews Avenue, Room 2090 FLB
Urbana, IL 61801