Grad Program: Slavic and Eurasian Languages and Literatures (University of Kansas)

Deadline: January 10, 2021

The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Languages and Literatures at the University of Kansas invites applications to its MA and PhD programs. 

KU Slavic has a comprehensive program in Russian literature, as well as one of the few full-service linguistics programs nationally. A Slavic department in a proper sense, our department has extensive expertise in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Polish, Slovene, and Ukrainian. We also regularly offer courses in Turkish and Persian.  

The uniquely interdisciplinary nature of our program means that  students engage in the study of literature alongside the study of linguistics or language pedagogy. The department offers faculty mentorship for students in areas of Slavic literary and cultural studies (including literary styles and genres; questions of empire, colonialism and postcoloniality; violence and trauma studies as reflected in literature; gender and sexuality; film, theater, and folklore) and Slavic linguistics (historical phonology, grammatical semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, language contact, and second language pedagogy). Close ties with other KU units, such as the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the Program in Jewish Studies, the Department of History, the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the Department of Theatre and Dance, and the Graduate Certificate Program in Second Language Studies make it possible for graduate students to complement their major field of study with additional minors.   

Incoming graduate students who continue into the PhD program are offered up to five years of support (full tuition waiver and a stipend) through graduate teaching assistantships, pending satisfactory progress. The department also offers modest fellowship support for students interested in the study of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, and Ukrainian (contact the department for more details).  

Our intellectual community flourishes in the vibrant beatnik town of Lawrence where affordable living is matched by an exceptional library and opportunities for intellectual and cultural exchange in conjunction with the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES). We encourage you and your students to learn more about graduate admission and graduate academics in the Slavic and Eurasian Languages and Literatures Department at KU through exploring our departmental website (, which includes information on funding and study abroad opportunities, as well as the webpage for prospective graduate students at the KU Graduate School website:

We are especially interested in students who have knowledge of Czech, and have a separate funding stream for those students, so, in addition to our usual student pool, we especially encourage students who have Czech language knowledge to apply. Please note that in your application.  

To ensure consideration for financial aid, applicants should submit their materials online by 10 January 2021.  

For additional information, please contact:

Oleksandra Wallo
Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies