Grad Program: PhD in Slavic Literatures and Cultures (University of Illinois)

Deadline: December 11, 2020

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). This includes fellowships, teaching, research, and graduate assistantships, summer support, and the opportunity for an editorial assistantship at Slavic Review, one of the world’s leading academic journals in our discipline. We also welcome applicants who have completed an M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures or related fields. 

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Grad Program: Contemporary Russian Studies; Slavic Languages and Literatures (University of Virginia)

Deadline: January 15, 2020

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia welcomes applications for three graduate programs, the MA in Contemporary Russian Studies, the MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures. The MA in Contemporary Russian Studies offers courses in Russian literature, language, culture, history, politics, art history, religious studies, and sociology, as well as further study in advanced Russian language. The MA and PhD programs in Slavic Languages and Literatures train graduate students primarily in Russian literature, culture, and help students to advance their language skills toward professional-level proficiency. At the PhD level students take secondary offerings in Polish language and Polish, Czech, and Central European literature and film. Other Slavic languages are offered through summer study. Students may also take courses in related areas in other language departments, English, History, Politics, Sociology, and Religious Studies, among many others. 

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Grad Program: Slavic Languages, Literatures, Culture (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

Deadline: January 7, 2021

Graduate students can focus on a single national language and literature (Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Czech, Polish, Russian, or Ukrainian) or, alternatively, on comparative study and research in two East European literatures (one of the above or another East or Central European literature taught within the university, e.g., Yiddish or German).  Students can also pursue interdisciplinary work, focusing on East European literature(s) and another discipline (e.g., History of Art or Architecture, Cinema, Comparative Literature, Philosophy, Anthropology, History, or Sociology). During their first year of graduate study, students will develop an individual plan of study, in consultation with faculty mentors, integrating the components noted above into a coherent intellectual plan for working with the selected literatures in their cross-cultural contexts.

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Grad Program: Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures (Ohio State)

Deadline: December 31, 2020

The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio welcomes applicants to our MA/Ph.D. program for Autumn semester 2021. 

The Department offers graduate students a stimulating intellectual environment and generous financial support.  Our graduate course offerings appeal to a broad range of intellectual interests, with three major areas of concentration: Literature, Film, and Cultural Studies; Slavic Linguistics; and Second Language Acquisition (SLA). Department faculty have expertise in classical, modernist, Soviet, émigré, and postmodern Russian, Central European, and South Eastern European literatures, film, and interdisciplinary cultural studies; transpositions of literature into other media; gender and feminist studies; digital humanities; print media; national identity; bilingualism; language and memory; pedagogy; the structure and history of the Slavic languages; Balkan linguistics; medieval Slavic texts; and morphology. The first two years of study include literature, linguistics, film, and SLA and help create a cohesive cohort of well-rounded scholars who then head into their research specializations.  

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Grad Program: Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures (Indiana University)

Deadline: December 1 (international); January 15 (domestic)

The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at Indiana University invites applications to its MA and PhD programs. With fifteen faculty in the core unit, the Indiana Slavic department is one of the largest in the country. We support PhD level work in Russian, Polish, and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS), as well as in Slavic linguistics and language pedagogy.

Home to a Russian Flagship Program, we have seen recent growth in Russian enrollments and maintain programs in BCS, Czech, Polish, and Ukrainian. Our core faculty offers mentorship in diverse areas including the theory and practice of translation, memory studies, economic criticism, cultural studies, and critical theory; research strengths in linguistics include pragmatics, phonology, second language acquisition, and pedagogy. Our extensive and engaged network of adjunct faculty adds expertise in fields such as documentary film, computational linguistics, and religious thought. Graduate students also have the opportunity for apprenticeships at our in-house press, Slavica, which puts out academic books in Slavic studies and, under the imprint Three String Books, literary translations. 

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Grad. Program: International Relations (NYU)

Deadline: February 15, 2021 (funding)

If you have students interested in an MA degree in Russian studies, do consider forwarding them the following information about NYU’s Interdisciplinary MA, stand-alone, in a joint program with Journalism or with a concentration in International Relations.

Thanks to the Stephen Cohen fellowship, we can cover full tuition and offering living stipend to our best candidates. To be considered for this and other NYU scholarships, applications must be submitted by Feb. 15, 2021. Otherwise, admission is on a rolling basis.

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Grad Program: Russian and Slavic Studies (University of Arizona)

Deadline: March 1, 2021

The University of Arizona’s Department of Russian and Slavic Studies invites applications to our MA degree program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of March 1, 2021 to be considered for financial aid. Early applications are encouraged.

The Masters of Arts in Russian and Slavic Studies offers a diversified program of study with courses in language, literature, linguistics, and culture. The MA Program has two tracks that offer students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to gain expertise in their specific fields of interest. Students in the Language, Literature, and Linguistics (LLL) track complete a rigorous program of study that culminates in MA Exams; graduates on the Russian and East European Studies (REES) track develop a specific area of focus and complete a MA thesis.

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Russian Studies Grad Program (McGill University, Canada)

Deadline: August 14 (Spring); January 6 (Fall)

Russian Studies at McGill invites applications from talented students.  As part of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, we offer a uniquely multi-cultural and interdisciplinary environment. Our students and faculty are committed to open, culturally informed dialogue among national and across intellectual traditions.    

Our faculty specializes in 19th-21st century Russian literature and culture, working in such areas as Russian Romanticism and Realism, the Russian novel, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Chekhov, as well as Soviet and Post-Soviet film and media. We offer seminars in drama, opera, film, folklore, the avant-garde, high Stalinist culture and post-Soviet culture.  Our students are invited to explore visual culture, cultural mythology, symbolic geography, and intermediality. Beyond Russian Studies, the Department hosts a broad and flexible range of graduate seminars, including literary theory, world cinemas, digital humanities, media studies and environmental and animal studies. A small but dynamic program allows for a great deal of personal attention, an atmosphere of collegiality and a close-knit intellectual community.

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Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition (Carnegie Mellon)

Deadline: February 4, 2021

 Candidates are invited to apply starting November 30th!

 The Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition at Carnegie Mellon University is a one-year intensive program preparing U.S. and international students for careers in second language teaching in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and English as a Second Language (ESL). The program, now inviting applicants for Fall 2021, draws on strengths of the Department of Modern Languages at Carnegie Mellon in the areas of second-language acquisition, cultural studies, pedagogy, and technology-enhanced learning. MA graduates will be eligible for employment in institutions of higher learning, as well as in private schools or public (alternative-certification) secondary schools, and (especially in ESL) in a multitude of settings abroad. The MA in Applied Second Language Acquisition may also lead to further graduate work in second language studies.

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Graduate Program in Slavic Languages and Literatures (USC)

Deadline: January 15, 2021

The department of Slavic Languages and Literatures invites applications from wellqualified students interested in Russian literature and culture. Our dynamic faculty have research interests across a wide range of fields, from eighteenth-century literature to literary theory and philosophy of language, with a particular concentration in Russian literature and culture of the modern era. A list of faculty and their interests can be found here:

We also currently offer beginning and intermediate Polish. Our program provides excellent support leading to the PhD, starting with standard five-year packages that include three years of fellowship support and two teaching years, tuition, and health insurance.   Additionally, the Los Angeles area itself, with its abundance of cultural resources makes USC an exciting place at which to do graduate work (for a sampling of the areas attractions, see 

Basic information about our faculty and program is available on our web site – 

For information on how to apply, see (please note: in the current cycle USC is suspending the requirement that applicants submit GRE scores).