Funding: Project Go Scholarship for ROTC Students Studying Russian

Deadlines: January 13, 2020 (abroad program); February 17, 2020 (Pittsburgh program)

The University of Pittsburgh invites Army, Navy/Marine, and Air Force ROTC students from any U.S. college or university to apply for a Pitt Project GO (Global Officers) scholarship for intensive study of 1st-4th year Russian in Summer 2020.  Project GO is sponsored by the federal Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) and administered nationally by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Students who have not yet begun their pursuit of Russian are encouraged to apply for an 8-week beginning-level class, which will cover the equivalent of one academic year’s worth of language training.  The beginning-level classes, offered by Pitt’s Summer Language Institue (SLI), are held at the University’s main campus in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh from June 1-July 24, 2020.  Pitt Project GO scholarships for Beginning Russian cover:
•       Full tuition for 8 University of Pittsburgh credits
•       Housing and a living stipend
•       Travel between the student’s home city and Pittsburgh
•       Textbooks

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Funding/Study Abroad: Academic Fellowships in Russia (Carnegie Corp, American Councils)

Deadline: December 2, 2019

New Opportunity for On-Site Research Support in Russia from the Carnegie Corporation

American Councils is pleased to announce the opening of a new competition cycle for the funded Academic Fellowships in Russia. Provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the American Councils Academic Fellowships in Russia program (AFR) will support U.S. graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars as they conduct research for three to nine consecutive months on topics within the social sciences disciplines in Russia.

The total value of each fellowship ranges from $10,000 – $45,000, with actual level of support depending on the duration of the overseas research period and the academic rank of the awardee. Typical awards include:

  • International airfare
  • Academic affiliation with a leading local university or educational institution
  • Visa(s) arranged by American Councils in collaboration with host institutions
  • Housing and living stipends
  • Health insurance
  • Ongoing logistical support from American Councils
  • 24-hour emergency assistance

Research conducted on AFR must strengthen and broaden current scholarship in the social sciences related to Russia and U.S.-Russian relations. AFR fellows will be expected to share their research findings through presentations at conferences, briefings, or other means.

The application deadline is December 2, 2019. All AFR fellowships must take place between June 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021. For further details and to apply, please visit the program website. Questions? Contact us at

Funding: Language Teaching and Learning Research Grants (University of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: February 3, 2020

The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies will award up to two Language Teaching and Learning Research (LTLR) Grants for scholars to conduct research projects on-site at the Summer Language Institute in June – July 2020. Funded projects must focus on the teaching and learning of one or more of the following priority languages: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Polish, Russian, Turkish, and Ukrainian. Other languages that are taught at the SLI may be included in a project proposal in addition to these priority languages; see for the complete list of language courses offered. Applicants may propose to be in residence in Pittsburgh for either all or a portion of the two-month duration of the SLI, according to the needs of their projects.

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Funding: Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship (University of Sheffield)

Deadline: February 27, 2020

The  School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sheffield invites outstanding postdoctoral candidates to apply for the 2020 round of the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship scheme. We will be sponsoring one candidate for this scheme and would be delighted to hear from qualified candidates in Slavic studies.
Our  School has a thriving research community. We engage in research which spans a wide range of  languages (Catalan, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Luxembourgish,  Portuguese,  Russian and Spanish), geographical regions (Europe, the Americas, Africa) and disciplinary and thematic specialisms (Intellectual History and Politics; Linguistics; Migration,  Culture and Community; National and Transnational Literatures; Visual  Cultures, Film and Performance). To find out more about our areas within Slavonic studies,  please visit .

If you are a postdoctoral candidate working in a relevant subject area and are considering applying to the  scheme, please feel free to get in touch with a relevant member of staff, or you can contact me directly and I will put you in touch with the person best matched to your area. If you are interested in applying, you must first check that you meet the Leverhulme Trust’s eligibility criteria:

More information about the Leverhulme ECFs at Sheffield is here:

Funding: Overseas Fellowships for Grad Students studying Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union (Indiana University/University of Illinois)

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Title VIII Overseas Fellowships of up to $8,000 are available to support U.S. graduate students, area specialists, and scholars studying the languages and cultures of Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union in overseas programs.

These Fellowships must be for overseas study and must be for courses that are not available in the Language Workshop and for which no other Title VIII funding is available

Award Amount: Up to $8,000
Deadline: January 31, 2020 


The mission of the Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union — administered by the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research — is to ensure that timely, independent, analysis informs foreign policy decisions.

Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Priority goes to applicants who will further the program’s mission to develop and maintain high-quality research and training programs critical to the national security of the United States and to support and sustain American expertise on the countries of Eastern Europe and the independent states of the former Soviet Union.

Applicants for Russian must be applying for 7th-year study (or must be at the C2 level, the ACTFL Advanced-High/Superior border) or higher.

Additional Title VIII Opportunities through the University of Illinois

Combine a Title VIII research award through the University of Illinois with a summer Title VIII language award through Indiana University to make a comprehensive research/language program.

Students applying for Title VIII support for overseas language study through Indiana University may also apply for Title VIII support for research conducted at the University of Illinois through their Open Research Laboratory in spring 2020 and their Summer Research Laboratory in summer 2020.

Applicants must apply separately to the Illinois and Indiana programs.

Learn more about ORL and apply for a Title VIII ORL research fellowship at the University of Illinois’ ORL page.

Learn more about SLR and apply for a Title VIII SRL research fellowship at the University of Illinois’ SRL page.

Funding: Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Fellowship

Deadline: January 21, 2020

The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies invites applications for the 2019-2020 Stephen F. Cohen- Robert C. Tucker Dissertation Fellowship Program in Russian Historical Studies, funded by the KAT Charitable Foundation.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Fellowship Program will provide:

·       up to five Dissertation Research Fellowships, with a maximum stipend of $25,000, to doctoral students at US and Canadian universities, who are citizens or permanent residents of the US, to conduct dissertation research in Russia;

·       a Dissertation Completion Fellowship, with a maximum stipend of $25,000, to a doctoral student at a US or Canadian university, who is citizen or permanent resident of the US, to complete their dissertation during the fellowship tenure.


For both the Research Fellowship and Dissertation Completion Fellowship:

  • The dissertation topic must be in 19th – early 21st century Russian historical studies
  • The dissertation topic can be in cultural, economic, intellectual, political, or social historical studies
  • The dissertation may be in any discipline


For both the Research Fellowship and Dissertation Completion Fellowship, applicant must:

  • be a citizen or permanent resident of the US
  • be a doctoral student at a US or Canadian university 
  • be a student member of ASEEES at the time of the application submission
  • have a dissertation research topic that falls within the fellowship project scope (see above), but may be in any discipline

For more detailed information and to apply, see:  

Grad. Program: Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (University of Kansas)

Deadline: January 1, 2019

The Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES) at the University of Kansas is now accepting applications for the M.A. program in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies for Fall 2020. The deadline to apply to the M.A. program to be considered for funding is January 1st.  For more information and to apply, visit our website

The KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES) is nationally recognized as one of the leading institutions for the study of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.  The two-year M.A. program offers future professionals a comprehensive and interdisciplinary knowledge of Russia, Ukraine, the South Caucasus, Central Asia, and countries of the West Slavic (Poland, Czech Republic) and South Slavic (Balkan) regions. Students will gain advanced language skills and the ability to understand and analyze the complex events, history, and politics of the region. Our REES graduates have become leaders in a wide range of fields, ranging from higher education and government service to work in NGOs and the private sector.  An accelerated graduate program is available for students wanting to complete their REES MA within a 12-month or 18-month period. The accelerated FASt track is open to all graduate students, but specifically designed for Foreign Area Officers (FAOs).

Funding and Internships

  • Apply for a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) at Russian Review, the renowned Russian Studies Journal (salary: $17,000, in-state tuition). Interested applicants may contact Dr. Eve Levin,
  • Gain experience as a CREES/FMSO Security Analyst Intern, utilizing regional expertise and target language skills in the analysis of security related issues
  • Apply for the Bramlage and Willcoxon Scholarship, an annual fellowship of up to $4,000 for graduate students with a strong connection to Kansas
  • Study the Ukrainian language with the support of the Jarosewycz Scholarship, which awards up to $3,000 towards Ukrainian language classes 
  • Apply for the George C. Jerkovich Award, for graduate students who show a strong dedication to the study of Southeast Europe and the Former Yugoslavia ($1,500 per semester)
  • Study the Russian language with the support of the Clowes Russian Language Awards
  • Inquire about Graduate Teaching Assistantships (CREES students have received graduate teaching assistantships in Slavic, Humanities, and other language departments)

For more information about these funding opportunities, as well as additional graduate school fellowships, please visit our website.

International Engagement

  • Learn from 50+ affiliated faculty, who have conducted field work & research in the region 
  • Participate in excellent study abroad programs in Russia, Ukraine, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Kazakhstan
  • Pursue a joint M.A. degree in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (REES) and a J.D. in Law
  • Consider combining the M.A. degree in REES with a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity (12 hours) 
  • Attend a wide variety of international events and lectures by prominent speakers
  • Benefit from small classroom size, individualized guidance, and flexibility to design the program that best fits your interests and career goals

Funding: Good Neighbor Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2020

The Good Neighbor Scholarship (GNS) provides an exemption of one year’s worth of tuition (fall, spring, and summer) to students who were born in and are residents of a nation in the Western Hemisphere (excluding Cuba and the United States). A full list of eligibility requirements, including eligible nations, can be found within the GNS application. The exemption provided by the Good Neighbor Scholarship does not pay for any fees or charges on the tuition bill, such as health insurance, late registration fees, ISSS Support Services fee, etc. The scholarship is administered through ISSS on behalf of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Application Details

The 2020-2021 Good Neighbor Scholarship application will be available February 1, 2020.The deadline for the 2020-2021 school year Good Neighbor Scholarship is March 1, 2020 by 5 pm .

In addition to the online application, the following documents are required for your application to be considered complete:

  • Statement of Purpose: You must provide a typed statement (minimum of 2 pages) that addresses all of the following points:
    • Campus and community involvement -Discuss your involvement with student groups, university committees, and/or community involvement/volunteering and how they contribute to your success as a student.
    • Academic Goals – Explain your current academic interests and plans after graduation.
    • Financial Need – Indicate need for financial assistance, including any recent changes in your financial situation (e.g. medical bills, loss of sponsorship).

Funding: ISSS Financial Aid Award for International Students

Deadline: November 1, 2019

The General ISSS Financial Aid award provides $3,500 per semester for the fall and spring semesters and $2,500 in the summer semester in cash assistance* for international students who demonstrate financial need. This is a competitive process as the number of awards allotted per semester is limited. Only international students who have completed at least 2 semesters at UT by the time the award is disbursed are eligible to apply for this award. A full list of eligibility criteria is available within the application itself.

The general financial aid awarded by ISSS does not provide a waiver of the nonresident portion of a student’s tuition & fee bill.

*All cash awards will be automatically applied towards any outstanding UT debts upon disbursement. Amount award amount in excess of debts are distributed to the student’s direct deposit account.

Application Details

The spring/summer 2020 application for the ISSS General Financial Aid will be available October 1, 2019. The deadline for the spring/summer 2020 General Financial Aid award is November 1, 2019 by 5 pm.

In addition to the online application, the following documents are required for your application to be considered complete:

  • 14% of the scholarship will be withheld for tax purposes per US tax law, unless a tax treaty for scholarships is in effect or the recipient is considered a resident alien for tax purposes.
  • Recipients will be obligated to file a tax return for the scholarship income earned, but may also receive a tax refund for the amount withheld from the scholarships.
  • It is recommended that the recipient applies for a taxpayer identification number if they do not already hold an ITIN or SSN. You will also need a taxpayer identification number in order to claim any applicable tax treaty benefits and to file a tax return to claim any tax refunds due.
    • Bank statements: You must provide copies of your monthly bank statements for the most recent three months, including a statement of deposits and balances.
      • Note: Bank statements must be in English.
    • Personal Statement: You must provide a typed statement (limit 2 pages) that addresses your financial need. Indicate recent changes in your financial situation (e.g. medical bills, loss of sponsorship), if applicable.
      • Please note: This statement helps in evaluating your needs and qualifications for receiving the award.
    • Special documentation (if applicable: Submit evidence of termination of a scholarship, loss of sponsorship, medical bills, currency devaluation, or written documentation of government restrictions on funds/resources permitted out of your country.

Funding: Jerry D. Wilcox Community Engagement Scholarship

Deadline: April 1, 2020

The Jerry D. Wilcox Community Engagement Scholarship is a $2,500 fall tuition award that recognizes an undergraduate international student who has demonstrated leadership in their undergraduate program through academic achievement; participation in campus and community organizations – particularly in leadership roles, and has made positive contributions to the campus community.

Thank you letters are required upon being selected for the Jerry D. Wilcox Community Engagement Scholarship. Awards will not be applied to recipients’ accounts until a thank you letter is received.

Application Details

The application for the fall 2020 Jerry D. Wilcox Community Engagement Scholarship will be available March 1, 2020. The application deadline is April 1, 2020 by 5 pm.

In addition to the online application, the following documents are required for your application to be considered complete:

Applicants will need to provide an Essay of Involvement (500-1500 words, typed, double-spaced) that addresses all of the following points:

  • Discuss the importance of leadership and community engagement as it relates to your own involvement
  • Describe, with specific examples, the positive impact that your involvement has had on yourself, others, and the community
  • Summarize the significant lessons that you have learned by participating in your listed activities (ex: how your experiences have helped you better understand U.S. culture, how your experiences have impacted the way you view issues in your home country, etc.)