Grad. Program: MA in Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies + Dual Degree Programs (University of Texas at Austin)

Deadline: January 5, 2021 (Fall enrollment)

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies is a two-year multidisciplinary program that offers advanced training for those qualified students who seek an integrated knowledge of the language, history, society and culture of the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and Eurasia. This graduate degree offers the opportunity to create an individually tailored program. Upon graduation, students will have an extensive understanding of the country or countries of specialization, including a working knowledge of one of the region’s languages. The program primarily serves students preparing for professional careers and those seeking an M.A. before pursuing a professional career trajectory or Ph.D. in a particular discipline.

This region of the world covers over one-sixth of the globe and comprises countries, which differ enormously in language, ethnicity, religion, culture, political history and economic development. Since the mid-1980s, the process of reform, collapse and reconstruction in the region has led to a heightened interest in the area and the need for serious and scholarly understanding of the region. It is the mission of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies to facilitate such understanding.

The M.A. program offers either a thesis or report option. Click here for more information about degree requirements.

In addition to the standard M.A. program, we currently offer five dual-degree programs, in which students can work towards M.A.s in two disciplines at The University of Texas. These programs are structured in such a way that students can earn both masters degrees simultaneously in approximately three years; students must fulfill all requirements for both degrees.

Students have found that this multidisciplinary approach allows them to respond to an increased need in both the public and private sectors for specialists with a thorough understanding of the culture, economics, geography, history and politics of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Students must apply to both programs in order to be considered for the dual-degree program. *Please note that the admission deadlines for other programs may be earlier than the deadline for the CREEES program.

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

Deadline (extended): December 18, 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. 

While the Russian classics continue to be a focus of our program, oriented toward students concentrating on 18th- through 21st-century Russian literature, our Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures also offers a cultural studies track and other interdisciplinary work. A wide range of opportunities for individual specialization 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 such as the federally funded Russian, East European & Eurasian Center; the Program in Comparative & World Literature; the Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory; the Department of Gender & Women’s 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. 

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Fully-funded PhD position in Literary Studies/Post-Yugoslav Literature (University of Oslo)

Deadline: February 1, 2021

Research topic: the translingual writings of the post-Yugoslav diaspora

To apply, please use the following link:

The successful applicant is expected to investigate the translingual writings (across genres) of the post-Yugoslav diaspora. Proposals for the position should demonstrate an awareness of contemporary theoretical developments in literary studies, imaginative autobiographic writing, translation studies and/or bilingualism studies and psycholinguistics. Proposals could be designed either as a comparative study focusing on a selection of writers residing in the US, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, or focus primarily on the Scandinavian context.

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Petro Jacyk Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Ukrainian Studies

Deadline: December 15, 2020

The Petro Jacyk Education Foundation is accepting proposals from universities in North America to establish a new Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Ukrainian Studies. The objective of the Post-Doctoral Fellowship is to annually support one of the most promising junior scholars studying contemporary Ukraine and thereby to advance academic understanding of Ukrainian politics, history and society.


The Petro Jacyk Post-Doctoral Fellowship is available to universities in North America with an existing department, research centre or program in Ukrainian studies.  The Fellowship will be open to recently awarded PhDs.

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Grad Program: Slavic and Eurasian Languages and Literatures (University of Kansas)

Deadline: January 10, 2021

The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Languages and Literatures at the University of Kansas invites applications to its MA and PhD programs. 

KU Slavic has a comprehensive program in Russian literature, as well as one of the few full-service linguistics programs nationally. A Slavic department in a proper sense, our department has extensive expertise in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Polish, Slovene, and Ukrainian. We also regularly offer courses in Turkish and Persian.  

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Grad Program: English-Language Interdisciplinary History (Central European University, Austria)

Deadline: February 1, 2021

The Department of History at Central European University (CEU) offers students interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives on history from the late medieval period to the present. It is recognized for its innovative approaches to research and teaching and as a center for outstanding research advancing comparative and transnational history on empirical and theoretical grounds. Our international faculty offers expertise that extends from early modern history to the comparative study of totalitarian regimes in the 20th century, as well as the post-communist period; from numerous aspects of social, cultural and intellectual history to comparative religious, visual and archival studies.

CEU is an English-language, graduate university located in Vienna, and accredited both in Austria and the United States. It is committed to attracting talented students and scholars from around the world and take pride in the fact that there is no dominant nationality on campus. Our student/faculty ratio is 8:1, allowing for small, discussion-based seminars and close guidance from faculty members.    

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Funding and Graduate Summer Intensive Language Training, Info Sessions (Arizona State University)

From Critical Languages Institute (CLI), ASU Melikian Center:

We wanted especially to emphasize the opportunities for your graduate students (including current undergraduates who look to begin graduate school in fall 2021!) with US citizenship to study the less commonly taught languages of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. We will once again be able to offer 24 students Title VIII fellowships of up to $10,000. Students will earn up to 13 credit hours, including a 1-credit online graduate class specifically designed for Title VIII recipients. This course connects students in different language programs, provides comparative perspectives on the post-Soviet world, and builds professional capacities in communicating their expertise to audiences beyond their academic specialty. Languages currently eligible for Title VIII support are Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS), Kazakh, Macedonian, Polish, Russian (3rd year or higher), Ukrainian, and Uzbek.

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Grad Program: Higher School of Economics (Moscow)

Deadline: August 10, 2021

Soon to be graduates are invited to apply to English taught 2-years master programs at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia.

Two programs are offered in English: Strategic Corporate Finance & Economics and Economic Policy .

Every applicant is considered for the full and partial scholarships based on academic merit portfolio assessment. The number of scholarships is limited, so those who seek financial support should apply early here

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Grad Program: MA in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (Ohio State)

Deadline: December 15, 2020

The Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) at The Ohio State University is now accepting applications for its MA in Slavic and East European Studies for autumn 2021. The application deadline for international students is November 30, 2020 and for domestic students, December 15, 2020. The GRE is not required.

The MA in Slavic and East European Studies is an interdisciplinary, terminal degree that prepares students for careers in the government, non-profit, or public sector, or to pursue a PhD. For those interested in a career in the public, military, or private sector, the CSEES MA provides them with the language skills and regional knowledge to understand and analyze the events, culture, history, and politics of a region or country within Eastern Europe/Eurasia. Those wanting to go on to pursue a PhD receive a foundation in the humanities and social sciences while developing a focused approach to the study of the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. All students choose a topical and/or regional specialization, allowing students to customize the degree to their interests. To complete the degree, students may choose to either complete an MA exam or defend a thesis.

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Grad Program: MA International & Regional Studies, REEE specialization (University of Michigan)

Deadline: December 15, 2020

The University of Michigan welcomes applications for our MIRS: REEE Studies Specialization.

The Masters in International and Regional Studies (MIRS) Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies specialization is designed for students with an interest in engaging in interdisciplinary research and training on Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. Students choose to focus their studies on humanities, social sciences, and professional coursework related to Russia, Eastern Europe, and/or Eurasia.

Anchored in the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES), which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, the MIRS REEES specialization draws upon CREES’s depth of scholarship and research. CREES has over 50 affiliated faculty members from all across the University of Michigan, including from 17 departments in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and from 9 professional schools, including: Architecture and Urban Planning; Art and Design; Business; Environment and Sustainability; Law; Medicine; Music, Theatre & Dance; Public Health; and Public Policy. CREES affiliated faculty are area specialists and visiting scholars who offer more than 150 courses each year on the business, cultures, demography, economics, history, languages, law, literatures, politics, public policy, and social organization of the region.

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