Prof. Dev.: Open Research Laboratory (Illinois)

Deadline: August 15, 2019

REEEC is now accepting applications from regional specialists (including advanced graduate students, faculty, independent scholars, and library science or other professionals with appropriate qualifications) to conduct short-term research concerning all aspects of Russian, eastern European, and Eurasian studies in conjunction with the fall Open Research Laboratory (ORL), which will take place from September 1–30. Those applicants who are US citizens and whose research holds relevance for US foreign policy may also apply for US Department of State Title VIII fellowships to support their visits.

WHAT THE LAB OFFERS:Full access to the physical and electronic collections of the University of Illinois Library.Use of the Library’s technological resources, including advanced scanning equipment and other resources.Consultations with the Slavic Reference Service.Opportunities to participate in REEEC programming (lectures, workshops, conferences, etc.).The help of REEEC staff in answering logistical questions related to your stay.Informal meetings with local scholars as desired.

Applicants who are U.S. citizens and who are conducting policy-relevant research may apply for a Title VIII fellowship to support their visits. These fellowships provide: A housing award furnishing accommodation on campus for up to 5 days,A travel award of up to $500 to offset transportation costs to and from Urbana-Champaign,A stipend of $500 to cover food, incidentals, and other costs associated with the research visit.

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Funding: NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship

Deadline: October 3, 2019

The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, analysis, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.

Acad. Job: Visiting Instructor of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (Minnesota)

Visiting Instructor of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (Russian)

Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full-time (6 courses), two-year position of Visiting Instructor (or Assistant Professor with appropriate qualifications) in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures to begin September 1, 2019.

 Gustavus Adolphus College is a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA), residential, national liberal arts college of 2200 students. We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in heritage and boldly open to insight. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equipping students to lead purposeful lives and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education. We seek employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity.

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures comprises five sections, one of which is the Russian and East European Studies program. The Russian and Eastern European Studies program is designed to give students a deeper understanding of the language, literature, culture, civilization, history and economics of Russia and other eastern and central European nations. While the main emphasis of study is on Russia and the Russian language, students are required to take classes in a variety of disciplines pertaining to this rich and culturally diverse region.

Major/Essential Functions: The annual teaching assignment will be 6 courses. Primary teaching responsibilities will include courses in beginning, intermediate, and advanced Russian language, as well as Russian courses taught in English, and contributions to general education.

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Acad. Job: Polish Institute of Advanced Studies Fellowship

Deadline: October 31, 2019

Polish Institute of Advanced Studies PIASt invites applications for 5- or 10-month research fellowships, starting their residencies from October 2020.

At the time of the application, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Poland for more than 6 months during the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date – October 31st 2019 (short stays such as holidays do not count).

Applications are open to active researchers at two stages of their careers:

–    juniors/postdocs, who have obtained their PhD in the last 10 years and have subsequent working experience as researchers for at least three years prior to the application date (PhD training is not included in the calculation of research experience) – 4 fellowships;

–    seniors/professors, who have minimum 10 years of full-time research experience after obtaining a PhD – 8 fellowships.

Applications are submitted online only. Application instructions:


Successful fellows who signed Stipendist Agreements for five or ten months are provided with furnished office space and flats.

The provision of a living allowance (in the range of up to € 2000/month for a junior fellow and up to € 3000/month for a senior fellow – depending on the individual financial situation), accommodation, and coverage of travel expenses (one round trip) will be provided.

Job: CLS Program Officer for Russian & Persian languages (Washington, DC)

Deadline: Ongoing

American Councils for International Education is currently accepting applications for the position of Program Officer to work on the Critical Language Scholarship Program, a program of the U.S. Department of State. The Program Officer reports to the CLS Program Manager and is responsible for program administration and logistics, communication with program participants and partnering institutions in regions providing Russian and Persian immersion language programs.

The position is dynamic, calls for close attention to detail, the ability to handle multiple tasks and work independently, and a readiness to communicate with diverse groups of people. We are looking for a candidate who demonstrates the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English, knowledge of Russian and Persian (any dialect) a plus;
  • Experience in study abroad, international education, federally funded programs for cultural exchange, or familiarity with the field of second language acquisition;
  • Experience working with data and spreadsheets;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills;
  • Experience mentoring or advising students preferred;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities quickly and effectively;
  • Ability to work independently while contributing to an overall team effort;
  • Proven effectiveness in a cross-cultural work environment; and
  • Effective interpersonal skills.

The full job description can be found here: Applications can be submitted using the same link. Applications are being accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Any specific questions can be addressed directly to me.

K-12: Exchange program (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Deadline: Ongoing

The Office of Public Affairs (OPA) of the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, is seeking the local partner in Bosnia and Herzegovina to implement the Youth Leadership and Teacher Professional Development Program. This program supports the participation of high school youth and adult educators in an intensive, substantive three- to four-week exchange in the United States in the fall of 2020. The exchange delegation of 21 participants will include 18 students and three teachers from select cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The exchange activities will introduce the participants to a comprehensive survey of civic education, community service, and youth leadership development. Activities will focus on building their knowledge and skill levels in these areas. The students and educators will participate in workshops, community service activities, meetings with community leaders, and discussion groups and will have opportunities for substantive interaction with each other and their American peers.

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Seminar: “Strategies for Strengthening Democracy: 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall” (Sofia, Bulgaria)

Deadline: August 15, 2019

The Fulbright International Seminar is scheduled to take place from September 24 to September 30, 2019, in Sofia, Bulgaria, and will be open to students from all over the world.

The seminar will offer key-note lectures, panel discussions and workshops by leading US, Bulgarian and European diplomats, scholars, professionals and civil society experts. We hope to look beyond theory in search of practical steps for bettering our democratic environment, and we are looking for bright young students who are interested in the topic and would like to take part in this event. Motivated PhD, MA and BA students (juniors and seniors) from all over the world are welcome to apply for participation in this one-week seminar. The tentative seminar program and the application form are available here:

CFP: European Network for Avant-garde and Modernism Studies (EAM) Crisis in Leuven 2020

Deadlines: Roundtable Proposals: January 1, 2020; Panel Proposals: February 1, 2020; Individual Proposals: February 1, 2020


Notions of crisis have long charged the study of the European avant-garde and modernism. Throughout their history, avant-gardists and modernists have faced crises, be they economic or political, scientific or technological, aesthetic or philosophical, collective or individual, local or global, short or perennial. Modernists and avant-gardists have in turn continually stood accused of instigating crises, whether artistic or cultural, sensorial or conceptual, incidental or intentional, far-reaching or negligible, representational or other. The very concepts of ‘avant-garde’ and ‘modernism’ are time and again subject—or subjected—to conceptual crises, leaving modernism and avant-garde studies as a field on the perpetual brink of a self-effacing theoretical crisis.

The 7th biennial conference of the EAM intends to tackle the ways in which the avant-garde and modernism in Europe relate to crisi/es. Although we welcome panel, roundtable and paper proposals on any aspect of this relationship, we are particularly interested in new research on three topics.

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CFP: Taras Shevchenko Conference (Indiana University)

Deadline: December 1, 2019

The Ukrainian Studies Organization at Indiana University has the honor to convene the first Taras Shevchenko Conference, which will take place at Indiana University, March 6-7, 2020. This conference aims to bring scholars from all disciplines to explore the ways in which Ukrainian studies is presented and shaped in the current political and cultural contexts. The year of 2014 is a turning point in how Ukraine is discussed and positioned as a political and geographical body, as well as a topos of imagination. The conference intends to open an interdisciplinary space where scholars whose work focuses on an array of inquiries related to the Ukrainian studies (of any time period) present their findings and discuss how and what narratives are established to locate and discuss Ukraine locally and globally.

Submissions from any academic discipline are welcome, including but not limited to: history, literature, memory studies, linguistics, translation, music, film, religious studies, political science, anthropology, sociology, gender studies, mass media. Graduate students are welcome to submit proposals. We also invite professionals in nonacademic settings to submit proposals. Please include with your abstract: your full name and your academic or professional affiliation and rank (graduate student, professor, translator, artist, etc.). Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. All submissions will be peer reviewed. The deadline for submission is October 1, 2019. Please direct inquiries about the conference to Nataliya Shpylova-Saeed ( and Ani Abrahamyan (

Job: Assistant Director of CREECA (UW)

Application deadline: July 24, 2019

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking an Assistant Director.

Degree and area of specialization: Bachelor’s degree in international area studies, Russian, East European, and Central Asian area studies, or a related field required. MA preferred.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

*               Excellent organizational and project management skills.

*               Demonstrated success planning and managing large events.

*               Ability to manage confidential and sensitive information and excellent professional judgment.

*               Superior professional English writing skills.

*               Computer proficiency, experience working with databases and spreadsheets and relevant software such as Excel, Adobe Creative Suite, and Google Drive; experience with WordPress strongly preferred.

*               Demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people such as faculty, students, staff, international visitors, and the public.

*               Minimum one-year prior experience working in an administrative capacity; experience in higher education administration preferred.

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