Graduate applications to UIUC: deadline extended, funding still available

Deadline: January 12, 2024

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 our graduate program. Qualified students beginning their graduate career at Illinois are guaranteed five years of financial support, contingent on satisfactory progress. Support includes fellowships, teaching, research and graduate assistantships, summer stipends, and the opportunity for an editorial assistantship at Slavic Review, the world’s leading English-language academic journal in our discipline, which is based on our campus. We also welcome applicants who have completed an M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures or related fields.

Critical approaches to the Russian tradition characterize our program, for students concentrating on 18th- through 21st-century Russian literature. Our Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures also has well-established offerings in cultural studies approaches and other interdisciplinary work, along with a wide range of opportunities for individual specialization that includes the languages, literatures, and cultures of Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Bulgaria, as well as Yiddish. Interdisciplinary study is facilitated by our close ties with other campus units, in particular, the Russian, East European & Eurasian Center, a federally funded National Resource Center for Foreign Language and Area Studies; the Program in Comparative & World Literature; the Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory; the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies; the Program for Translation and Interpreting 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.

Our faculty has a broad range of interests ranging across the disciplinary fields of Slavic literatures and cultures; comparative literature; translation; gender studies; postcolonial studies; Jewish studies; Balkan studies; violence studies; nationalism studies; East European film; language pedagogy; and history. Specific research topics include empire and the Gothic; race and Slavic societies; gender, sexuality, and the body; literary mystifications and forgeries; Czech revival culture; Polish borderlands; Socialist Yugoslavia; Solzhenitsyn; Russian and Eurasian sci-fi and pop culture; and political and cultural charisma. For more, see

The Slavic collection of the University of Illinois Library is the third largest in the country; together with our outstanding Slavic Reference Service it attracts researchers from all over the world, especially during the Summer Research Laboratory.

The deadline for national and international applicants is January 12, 2024. To apply, please go to the Graduate College site: For further information, please visit Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures: Graduate programs:

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You may also contact the Acting Director of Graduate Studies Professor Valeria Sobol ( and, starting January 1st 2024, the Director of Graduate Studies Professor Richard Tempest (

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