Author Archives: Ramiro Munoz

Travel: American Home’s Alternative Spring Break in Russia (Vladimir/Murom, Russia)

Deadline: November 10, 2016

Participants do not have to speak Russian to join the program.

Links to pictures, participant blogs, and television news reports are below.  They give you a sense of some of the things that students can do, see, and experience while participating in the Alternative Spring Break program.

If you have questions about any aspect of the American Home’s work, please do not hesitate to contact me and please feel to look at event’s website –
I hope that we will have the privilege to work with you and your students in Vladimir!

Below is a short description of the two options for Alternative Spring Break:

VLADIMIR:  Help several community organizations, including the Youth Health and Education Center, Karl Liebnicht Orphanage, Russian Orthodox Church, Handicapped Children’s Association “Light”, Vladimir Regional Veterans’ Home and others, while interacting with Russian university students and experiencing the delight and wonder of provincial Russia.

MUROM:  Help university students at the Murom Institute (an affiliate of Vladimir State University) to improve their English language skills; prepare audio and video materials for their English language program.  During the Soviet period Murom was a closed city.  Today it remains isolated from traditional tourist routes.  Foreign language faculty and students are eager for contact with native English speakers.

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CFP: Graduate Association for Comparative Literature Students

Deadline: August 26, 2016

The program in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas is proud to announce that the 13th annual Graduate Association for Comparative Literature Students (GRACLS) Conference will take place on September 24th and 25th, 2016

This year’s conference theme will be “The Extra-Human.” We seek to explore what it is that allows us to reject human exceptionalism and re-orient ourselves toward what is beyond the human, what is a human, inhuman, and post-human. This conference calls for a myriad of approaches that explore what delimits “the human” from “the animal” and “the monstrous.” Most notably, we seek submissions from all walks of academia, including the arts, literatures, anthropology, the performing arts, history, and comparative areas of study.

We invite all interested parties to review the Call for Papers and to submit their proposals by August 26th, 2016 via email at

Fellowship: Research Grants (Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation)

Deadline: July 11, 2016

Sponsor: Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
Amount: $15,000-$40,000

The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world. Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Research with no relevance to understanding human problems will not be supported, nor will proposals to investigate urgent social problems where the foundation cannot be assured that useful, sound research can be done. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources.

How to Apply:
Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Kathy Thatcher in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return the Proposal Review Form.

 For more info, please visit here!

Academic Job: Summer Program Director (St. Petersburg)

Deadline: Ongoing

The Russian Department at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH seeks a Program Director for its Russian study abroad program this summer in St. Petersburg. The Director will be responsible for administering the program in collaboration with Dartmouth’s onsite partner, and will teach one course on culture to the group of eight Dartmouth students. The program dates in St. Petersburg are June 17 to August 14.

The successful candidate will possess at least an M.A. in a field related to Slavic studies and have experience leading American students abroadThe position includes salary, roundtrip airfare from the United States to St. Petersburg, private accommodations in St. Petersburg, and a stipend for program expenses.  Dartmouth and its onsite partner will assist with the visa process, but it is important that the successful applicant be in a position to obtain a visa quickly. Salary commensurate with experience.

Application Process
Send the following required documents to Professor John Kopper
  • C.V.
  • Cover letter describing their qualifications and relevant experience
  • Contact information from two references

CFP: American Delegation’s Participation in the XVI International Congress of Slavists 2018 (Belgrade, Serbia)

Deadline to Submit Call for Papers: December 1, 2015*
Deadline to Submit Application and Required Materials: March 1, 2016

The International Congress of Slavists will be held in late summer 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. The general plan will contain a day of arrival (August 19), a day of departure (August 27), and six working days for the Congress split into 3-day segments separated by a free day (August 23) for excursions organized by the host Serbian Committee of Slavists.

During the six working days, papers are presented in a variety of formats in a series of simultaneous morning and afternoon sessions, each session moderated by a chair.

The International Congress of Slavists has five formats in which contributions are presented: (1) plenary papers, (2) session papers, (3) block papers, (4) round table presentations, and (5) written submissions (scripta).

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Internships: University/College Internships

Deadline: Ongoing

Idaho National Laboratory hosts students every summer in an effort to help train the nation’s next generation of scientists and engineers. Involvement in world class research provides participants with a set of experiences that support their education and career goals.
Internship participants make genuine contributions to program goals. They may publish or co-author papers as well as present their research at INL, at conferences or their institutions. Additional benefits include providing a pipeline to employment, strengthening collaborations with academia and other DOE laboratories and creating opportunities for collaborative research. Interns participate in lab wide tours to enhance their knowledge of INL, its history and missions.

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K-12: STARTALK 2016 Program for Teachers of Russian (U of Iowa)

Deadline: May 10, 2016

Faculty member in The Department of Asian and Slavic Languages (part of the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Irina Kostina, Senior lecturer; Marina Kostina, CEO of Wired@Heart; and Anastasia Pryanikova, CEO of E-Studio, LLC have received the fifth grant from STARTALK, a unit of the federal National Security Language Initiative, for their program “Bridging the Gap: STARTALK, Teachers and High Tech.”

STARTALK 2016 program for Teachers of Russian will put great emphasis on high technology in education. Our outcomes will be: (1) the creation of innovative learning materials based on contemporary methodology, such as serial lectures for students of Russian based on 21st Century curriculum topics; (2) use of technological tools in the classroom;(3) the creation of learning objects and the use of devices such as iPads and tablets for distance learning.

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Fellowship: Tuition Scholarships for Intensive Summer Language Study ( U of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: Ongoing

The University of Pittsburgh’s Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute has offered intensive summer language courses for over 25 years.  With a focus on critical and less commonly taught languages, Pitt’s SLI provides courses in Arabic, Bosnian /Croatian/ Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Russian, Slovak, Turkish, and Ukrainian.  Whether students choose to study on Pitt’s campus or on one of the SLI’s many abroad programs, they can expect to cover approximately one academic year’s worth of course work during a single summer.

The University of Pittsburgh’s Summer Language Institute has a handful of scholarships—including full-tuition scholarships for qualifying students—remaining for the following 6-credit programs:
  • Beginning Bulgarian, Slovak, Polish, Czech, and Ukrainian
  • Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced (3rd-year) Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian

Classes run MondayFriday 9am -3pm from June 6 – July 15.

Interested students should write directly to:

Academic job: Russian Language and Area Studies Term Faculty 16/17 (St. Olaf College)

Priority Deadline: May 25, 2016

The Russian Language and Area Studies Department at St. Olaf College, a highly-selective, small liberal arts college in Northfield Minnesota, invites applications for a one-year, full-time (1.0 FTE) position in Russian language, beginning August 15, 2016.  Candidates should have earned their Ph.D. by August 15, 2016, though ABD’s nearing the completion of their degree will be considered.

We seek a gifted and enthusiastic language instructor with a commitment to mentoring undergraduate students and enthusiasm for supporting the growth of the Russian Language and Area Studies on our campus.  Teaching load is six courses with three courses in the fall semester and three courses in the spring semester. We are on a 4-1-4 calendar and there will be no teaching during the January term.  This position will teach language courses from beginning through advanced culture-centered language courses including our fourth-year language capstone course.  Native or near-native proficiency in Russian is absolutely required.

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Fellowship: Media Projects: Development Grants (CFDA 45.164)

Deadline: July 20, 2016

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Amount: $40,000-$75,000

Media Projects: Development Grants support film, television, and radio projects for general audiences that encourage active engagement with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical (rather than celebratory). The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate critical thinking. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience. Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production. Grants should result in a script or detailed treatment and may also yield a plan for outreach and public engagement.

How to Apply:
Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Kathy Thatcher in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return the Proposal Review Form by July 20.

For more information, please visit here!