Category Archives: Graduate Programs

Graduate programs, both domestic and abroad.

Grad Program: Rus Research Fellowships (Uni. Wisconsin-Madison)

Deadline for Applications: December 1, 2018

Wisconsin Russia Project postdoctoral research fellowships for social scientists, funded with a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.
January 15, 2019-July 14, 2020.

Fellows are expected to conduct research about Russia in one or more of the five topic areas: 1) Education, labor markets, and inequality; 2) Law and society; 3) Political economy; 4) Identity, place, and migration; and 5) Demographic change. CREECA especially seeks applicants with expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) modeling and/or public policy issues, though these are not absolute requirements for consideration.

Due to the compressed timeline, only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for consideration during this round.

A second competition for postdocs will be announced, running September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020 that will be open to citizens of the Russian Federation and other countries.

For more information on the postdoctoral research fellowships:

Applications due December 1, 2018.

Grad Program: M.A. REEES (Ohio State Uni)

Deadline for Applications: December 15, 2018

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 2019. The application deadline for international students is November 30, 2018 and for domestic students, December 15, 2018.

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 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.

Ohio State offers students the opportunity to study the Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Modern Greek, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, or Uzbek languages. It has strong faculty concentrations in Central Asia, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Southeastern Europe. With close to 90 affiliated faculty, CSEES MA students can take courses in culture, film, geography, history, international studies, law, linguistics, literature, political science, public health, public policy, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

While in the program, CSEES organizes a variety of events and professional development opportunities for students. Additionally, students can pursue a dual degree with the John Glenn College of Public Affairs to enhance their skill set for the non-profit or government sectors, as well as numerous other options for graduate interdisciplinary specializations or minors.

Interested students should contact the assistant director of CSEES, Eileen Kunkler, at Please visit the website,, to read more about this program.

CSEES is a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship granting institution. All prospective students are encouraged to research this funding option:

Grad Program: M.A. REEES (Uni. Oregon)

Deadline for Applications: February 1, 2019

The Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program at the  University of Oregon (REEES) invites applications for its two-year  M.A. degree.  REEES is the home of undergraduate and graduate programs in all fields connected to Russia, Eastern Europe, and former Soviet
Eurasia at the University of Oregon.

REEES is one of the oldest programs devoted to the study of Russia,  Eastern Europe, and Eurasia in the United States. Established in 1968,  it was a founding institutional member of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. In its first three decades, REEES brought together scholars with a shared interest in the region for occasional lectures, collaborative projects, and social events, and it allowed students in other departments to earn a certificate of mastery in the Russian and East European area. REEES today reflects this long history of interdisciplinary scholarly interaction, but the 1998 merger of REEES with the Russian Department has transformed a loose collegial grouping into a comprehensive degree-granting program at the bachelor’s and master’s levels.  Our roster of 16 participating faculty members and numerous associated, emeritus, and courtesy faculty comprises innovative and committed teachers, with distinguished and in many cases internationally-recognized records of
scholarly publication.

The Master’s program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies is designed to combine area studies across disciplines with a concentration within a discipline. Courses on Russia, Eastern Europe, and former Soviet Eurasia may be found in many departments at UO, including Religious Studies, Art History, Political Science, Comparative Literature, Anthropology, History, Geography, Sociology, Music, and Linguistics, as well as in REEES.  Students concentrate their studies in one of three areas:  Russian literature, Russian history, or Contemporary Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.

Application deadline is Feb. 1; for further information please go to
the website,

Funding: Grad Research in Europe (CES)

Deadline for Applications: January 15, 2019

Alliance and the Council for European Studies (CES) invite eligible graduate students to apply for its Alliance-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowships. Created in the fall of 2002, Alliance is a non-profit transatlantic joint-venture between Columbia University and three prestigious French institutions: the École Polytechnique, Sciences Po, and Panthéon-Sorbonne University. Each fellowship includes a $4,500 stipend to fund two months’ research in Europe and travel support for attending and presenting at the International Conference of Europeanists.

The Alliance-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship is intended to fund fellows’ first research project in Europe. Applicants must:

  • be enrolled in a doctoral program at a university that is a member of Alliance (Columbia University, Sciences Po, École Polytechnique, Panthéon-Sorbonne University)
  • not have completed the majority of doctoral coursework
  • not have begun substantial dissertation research in Europe.

Barring exceptional circumstances, students who have already received comparable support for pre-dissertation research will not be considered eligible.


Please note: Due to restructuring, this fellowship is unavailable for the 2018-19 award cycle. Please check back in with us in the fall of 2019.

The annual application period usually opens October 1. Applications are due (along with all supporting materials) on or before January 15. Applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision by the end of April.

To Apply:

Submit the CES Pre-Dissertation Fellowship Application Form and return three (3) completed Faculty Recommendation Forms. Applicants must also submit a Language Competency Form for every language which will require functional knowledge to complete the proposed research. All materials are due by January 15. A complete application will include all five of these forms.

Have questions about the fellowship or application process? Check out the FAQs! One can also see a list of Past Awardees here.

Grad. Program: M.A. in Russian (EUSP)

Deadline for Applications: November 30, 2018

European University at Saint Petersburg has more available spots at its two graduate programs:

Both programs are in English, no prior knowledge of Russian is required.

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Grad Program: M.S. in Global Media (Georgia Tech)

Deadline for Applications: March 1, 2019
Priority Deadline- January 15, 2019

Applications are now being accepted for the new Master of Science degree in the fields of language, cultural studies, and media studies at Georgia Tech. The M.S. in Global Media and Cultures, a joint degree by the School of Modern Languages and School of Literature, Media, and Communication, will be offered with tracks in Russian, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.

As a professional master’s degrees, the MS-GMC reflects the rising importance of humanistic study for many career fields in the 21st century, ranging from media, education, and international business to non-profit and engineering. These degrees build on a rapidly expanding global media ecosystem in Atlanta, where humanities fields and their graduates are providing sought-after cultural and creative industry competence. We aim to help students apply their skills in language and analysis—as well as their passion for cross-cultural communication, social justice, and media—to a successful, impactful career.
The program site is at:

Students would have two semesters on campus at Georgia Tech during each of which they would take three credits of core coursework, one graduate course from LMC (in English), one from our Russian group (advanced content in Russian) and the fourth course either from LMC or Modern Languages.  The final six credits (final project) can be completed during the summer in the context of our summer study abroad, but we also have a generous scholarship that covers tuition and dormitory for students who would complete the program during the following fall semester in St. Petersburg. (We can’t guarantee the scholarship to students on entry, but all students participating in our academic study abroad program at in St. Petersburg have so far received the scholarship.)

 Applications are due by March 1st with a priority deadline of January 15th.

MS-GMC is Board of Regents approved and pending SACSCOC approval in 2019.

A flyer related specifically to the Russian track can be accessed at:

Grad. Program: MA in REECAS (Uni. Wisconsin-Madison)

Deadline for Applications: January 2, 2019

Interdisciplinary MA Program in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies (REECAS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Application deadline for the 2019-2020 academic year: January 2, 2019
Program overview:
Graduate Adviser: Dr. Jennifer Tishler,<>

The MA Degree Program in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies (REECAS), administered by the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (CREECA), provides interdisciplinary area studies training for emerging professionals. The REECAS curriculum is designed to promote:
*A broad understanding of the cultural, political, economic, social, and historical factors that have shaped the development of societies in Eurasia, Russia, and Eastern and Central Europe
*Professional-level proficiency in one or more languages of Eurasia and Eastern and Central Europe
*Knowledge of methodological and analytical approaches of different disciplines that will contribute to a better understanding of the region and prepare students for conducting advanced research.

The application competition takes place once per year. For students wishing to matriculate in September 2019, the application deadline is January 2, 2019. Applications from Eurasia Foreign Area Officers (FAOs) are welcomed and encouraged.

Funding: Applicants to the MA in REECAS at UW-Madison who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents are encouraged to apply for the Foreign Language and Area Studies<> (FLAS) fellowship through CREECA. Graduate program assistantships through CREECA may also be available.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to read more about the program at

Application deadline for the 2019-2020 academic year: January 2, 2019

Grad Program: M.A. in REE Studies (Uni. Kansas)

Deadline for Applications: January 1, 2019

Prepare for an International Career at the University of Kansas!

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 2019. The deadline to apply to the M.A. program to be considered for funding is January 1st. For more information and to apply, visit their 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. 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, housed in CREES
  • 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 in other departments (CREES students have received graduate teaching assistantships in Slavic, Humanities, and other language departments. Additional Graduate Research Assistantships have also been available in conjunction with research grants won by REES-affiliated faculty).

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

If you have any questions about the application process or our program in general, contact

Clare Thoman- Graduate Academic Advisor
College Office of Graduate Affairs, University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Blvd, Bailey Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045
(785) 864-9814 |

Vitaly Chernetsky- Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Director, Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies, University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045
(785) 864-2359 |

Grad Program: M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Literature and Slavic Linguistics (U. of Washington)

Deadline for Applications: December 15, 2018

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Washington invites applications to its M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Literature and Slavic Linguistics starting in Fall, 2019.

We seek students who have had at least four years of Russian language training and other related coursework (although those with less will still be considered). We also welcome applicants who have completed an M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures (or related fields). Please note we require a Skype interview, conducted partly in the relevant language, as part of our application process.

We offer our top applicant a three-year initial funding package (1 year of tuition/fee waiver and a generous stipend, plus two years of TAships/RAships).

Please note our recently revised PhD program aims for a more immediately research-focused five-year degree, in which students in their second year prepare a PhD reading list of primary and secondary sources, with an annotated bibliography of these materials to follow in the second and third years. In the third quarter of the third year students take two written exams closely related to their field of study. In the fall of their fourth year students compose a dissertation prospectus; that same quarter students take their oral exam, which covers the annotated bibliography and the prospectus. They then have the rest of year four as well as year five to finish the dissertation. Continue reading

Grad Program: MA and PhD programs in Slavic (U. of Virginia)

Deadline for Applications: January 15, 2019

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 in Slavic Languages and Literatures train graduate students

primarily in Russian literature, culture, and professional-level language proficiency. At the PhD level students take secondary offerings in Polish language and Polish and Central European literature and film. Students may also take courses in related areas in other language departments, English, History, and Religious Studies, among many others.

Among the distinctive aspects of UVA’s graduate programs in Slavic is rigorous training to a high level of proficiency in Russian language. Students have Oral Proficiency Interviews at each level of study. Students may attend regular Russian teas, take a role in the Russian play, participate in meals and events at the 24/7 Russian-language Russian House, and a host of other events. The University makes funds available for graduate students to organize events related to Slavic cultures and to support foreign-language study and dissertation research abroad.

Other strengths of the UVA Slavic program include the opportunity to work with a distinguished faculty. Areas of faculty expertise include museum studies, prison-camp literature and gulag studies, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Nabokov, intellectual history, Russian philosophy and religion, and literary cartography. Students enjoy an effective faculty-student mentorship program and an excellent library collection with highly responsive acquisition services.

UVA’s Slavic graduate students form an active community. They run a speaker series, host professionalization workshops, organize an annual conference, publish a newsletter, and enjoy convivial social gatherings.

UVA offers generous five-year funding packages for PhD students. The Department occasionally has partial funding and work opportunities for MA students. Depending on their language proficiency, UVA PhD students typically gain experience teaching language at various levels, as well as assisting in teaching undergraduate literature and culture courses. Other opportunities for support are available through related departments and programs.

The deadline for on-line applications is January 15, 2019.

For information about Slavic programs and the application process, please visit the Slavic Department website at:, or contact Director of Graduate Studies Edith W. Clowes at: or