MPhil and PhD Opportunities in Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge

Deadline: October 11, 2023

The Slavonic Studies section in the University of Cambridge invites applications from qualified students for a 1-year MPhil or 3-year PhD in Slavonic Studies, beginning Autumn 2024. 

The Slavonic Studies section engages in the advanced study of Russia, Poland, and Ukraine, with an emphasis on cultural history from the Middle Ages to the present day. It is home to a dynamic annual programme of public lectures, research seminars, conferences, and exhibitions. Its intellectual vitality is particularly evident in the fields of pre-modern East Slavic culture; Russian, Polish, and Ukrainian Literatures of the 19th and 20th centuries; Slavonic linguistics; Nationalism Studies; history of science and medicine; print culture; and film and visual culture. We encourage applications from students who work comparatively across Slavonic cultures and languages, as well as those who focus on individual ones. 

The Slavonic Studies section is part of the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics, which offers a 1-year MPhil in European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures (ELAC) in which students can focus on Slavonic topics. To apply for the PhD program, students must have completed an MA or MPhil. 

Funding is available for both the MPhil and PhD.  For US students interested in applying for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, the deadline is Wednesday, 11 October, though many schools have their own earlier internal deadline.  The deadline for all other funding is the same as the application deadline: Tuesday, 5 December.  Please see the website for details. 


The University of Cambridge has repeatedly been judged the best in the UK for Russian and East European Languages (covering Languages, Literature, Society and Culture) in the University Subject Tables compiled by The Complete University Guide. Our section also works in close collaboration with the Cambridge Committee for Russian and East European Studies (CamCREES) and the Cambridge Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CRASSH).

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Slavonic Studies Graduate Studies Officer, Dr Anna Berman, with any questions.   

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