Grad. Program: Russian Studies (University of Colorado-Boulder)

Deadline: January 15, 2020 (for fall admission)

The MA in Russian Studies combines intensive, advanced study of the Russian language with cultural literacy, based upon historical and theoretical analysis of cultural and socio-political developments in Russia. The faculty’s interdisciplinary strengths include literature, cinema, folklore, literary/ cultural theory, cultural studies, gender studies, sociolinguistics, pedagogy, minority studies, and nationalism. The faculty works closely with students to design their own course of study. Some Russian MA students receive a teaching assistantship and tuition waiver. 

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Grad. Program: Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (University of Alberta)

Deadline: January 15, 2020

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta invites applications to its innovative MA and PhD Programs in Modern Languages & Cultural Studies. We offer:

  • an interdisciplinary and transcultural focus
  • collaborative, student-centred programs
  • dual emphasis on academic and professional development

Modern Languages and Cultural Studies offers MA and PhD degree programs in four major areas: Applied Linguistics, Media and Cultural Studies, Translation Studies, and Transnational and Comparative Literatures.  Students develop and explore research questions in a creative, dynamic, and international learning environment that emphasizes both academic and professional training. Our large and distinguished faculty can guide diverse theoretical approaches to research—including gender and sexuality theory, visual cultural theory, urban studies, folklore, film theory, digital and internet studies, discourse analysis, second-language acquisition, and more—in time periods ranging from the premodern to the contemporary, in a wide range of languages, and in diverse cultural regions. In addition to research-focussed, thesis-based MA and PhD programs, we offer a course-based MA focussed on professional development. All of our programs feature interdisciplinary and transcultural seminars, a student-designed professional development portfolio, and colloquia that support collaboration and accelerated time to degree completion.

MA and PhD studies in Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta means exposure to and engagement with a broad range of linguistic, national, and cultural perspectives in a setting that encourages collaborative problem solving, creative risk-taking, and critical reflection. Uniquely equipped with skills in cultural communication and a commitment to diversity, our graduates pursue careers in government, business, and academia as educators, researchers, communication experts, and global leaders.

For more information, please visit our website (https://www.ualberta.ca/modern-languages-and-cultural-studies/graduate-program-information) or contact mlcsgrad@ualberta.ca

Applications for Sept. 2020 admission are due no later than Jan. 15, 2020

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, evelevin@ku.edu
  • 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

Grad. Program: Center for Slavic and East European Studies (Ohio State University)

Deadline: November 30, 2019 (international students); December 13, 2019 (domestic students)

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 2020. The application deadline for international students is November 30, 2019 and for domestic students, December 13, 2019.

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.

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 architecture, 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 kunkler.10@osu.edu.

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

Deadline: January 1, 2020

The Department of Slavic 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 also offers extensive expertise in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Polish, Slovene, and Ukrainian.  

The uniquely interdisciplinary nature of our program means that our students engage in the study of literature alongside the study of linguistics or language pedagogy. Our department offers faculty mentorship for students in areas of Slavic literary and cultural studies (including literary styles and genres; questions of empire, colonialism and postcoloniality; violence and trauma studies as reflected in literature; gender and sexuality; film, theater, and folklore) and Slavic linguistics (historical phonology, grammatical semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, language contact, and second language pedagogy). Close ties with other KU units, such as the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the Program in Jewish Studies, the Department of History, the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the Department of Theatre and Dance, and the Graduate Certificate Program in Second Language Studies make it possible for graduate students to complement their major field of study with additional minors. 

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Grad. Program: Russian Studies (McGill | Montreal, Canada)

Deadline: January 6 (Fall Admission); August 14 (Winter Admission)

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, the Russian novel, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Russian drama, opera, film, and folklore, Russian modernism, high Stalinist culture, post-Soviet culture, Russian visual culture, cultural mythology, symbolic geography, and intertextuality. Beyond Russian Studies, our Department hosts a broad and flexible range of graduate seminars, including literary theory, film, digital humanities, 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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Grad Program: Graduate study in Slavic (University of Washington, Seattle)

December 15, 2019

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Washington invites applications to its M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Literature or in Slavic Linguistics, for entry in Autumn 2020.

Our department teaches a rich variety of Slavic languages, including Russian, Polish, Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian, Slovene, Ukrainian, and occasionally Bulgarian, Czech, and Romanian. A selective list of our faculty’s concentrations includes Russian, Czech, and former and post-Yugoslav literature and film; comparative literature; post-Soviet, Russian-Jewish, and general cultural studies (including studies in visual arts, gender, ethnicity, and nationalism; animal and environmental studies; disability studies; as well as death studies); and diachronic and synchronic linguistics (including syntax, semantics and pragmatics in a cross-cultural perspective).

We invite you to consult https://slavic.washington.edu/people/faculty for a list of our faculty and their research interests. We also pride ourselves on our close ties with the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies, as well as with other departments and programs, such as Comparative Literature, Linguistics, History, Political Science, Jewish Studies, Cinema and Media Studies, Disability Studies, Anthropology, Near Eastern Literatures and Cultures, Scandinavian Studies, Comparative History of Ideas, and the Simpson Center for the Humanities.  These relationships enhance our ability to carry out research and teaching missions in the broad area of Slavic, Eurasian, post-Soviet and Post-Socialist Studies, and provide our graduate students with an in-depth, comprehensive education in their chosen area of study. 

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Grad. Program: Studies in Polish and Russian (UIC)

Deadline: February 15, 2020

The UIC Department of Polish, Russian, and Lithuanian Studies (https://prls.uic.edu/) invites interested students to apply for the MA and PhD programs in Polish and Russian Literatures and Cultures at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  For detailed information about our graduate program and application deadlines and instructions, please click this link or see the information below: https://prls.uic.edu/academics/ma-and-phd/grad-invitation/.  We would be very grateful if you could send the link or forward this email to all interested students.

We welcome you to join our thriving department in one of the US’s most livable and affordable cultural centers. In recent years, the department has placed all of its graduating PhD students in full-time academic positions at both research universities and liberal arts colleges in North America. UIC’s record for graduate student success in the fields of Polish, Russian, and Polish-Jewish studies is rooted in the department’s attentive advising and supportive scholarly community.

The PRLS Department at UIC offers graduate students a vibrant intellectual environment where they can pursue innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship. Department faculty specialize in:
•       20th and 21st Century Polish and Russian Literatures
•       Verbal and Visual Avant-gardes
•       Literary Theory
•       Polish Jewish Culture, and Comparative Polish and Yiddish Modernisms
•       Film & Media
•       Diaspora, Transnationalism and Multilinguality
•       Sound Studies

All courses at UIC approach literature and the arts as spaces of encounter, and thus highlight the productive interaction of diverse cultural and linguistic traditions that characterize Polish, Russian, Lithuanian, and Jewish history. Recent graduate courses have included:
•       Addiction and Modernity
•       Decline of Art: Polish Avant-garde and the Crisis of European Culture
•       Disobedient Practices: Literature as Resistance to Stalinism
•       Gombrowicz: Exile and Exposition
•       Imperial Formations: Topics in New Imperial History
•       Nabokov and the Nabokovian
•       Perversion and Bureaucracy: Modern Intellectual History of Central Europe
•       Polish Jewish Territories in the Literary Imagination
•       Russia and the West
•       Schulz: Messianism, Masochism, and Melancholy
•       The Russian Avant-Garde
•       Translation, Transmission, and Translinguality
•       The Truth of the Matter: Artists and the Actual in Russian Literature and Cinema
•       Theory and Practice of Parody
•       Writing in the Third Language: Between Theology and Materialism in Central & East European Prose

The department is deeply engaged with intellectual life at UIC, and graduate students frequently pursue courses in UIC’s renowned departments of English and Art History. Our students especially benefit from close collaboration with our colleagues in the Department of History, where four professors specialize in the history and thought of Russia and Poland. Furthermore, every year a visiting scholar from Poland (funded by the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program) and a visiting scholar from Russia (funded by the Prokhorov Fund) offer seminars and contribute to the intellectual life of the department.

Students earning a graduate degree in Russian or Polish literatures may complement their courses by enrolling in an Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies, Central and Eastern European Studies, or Violence Studies. In addition to developing expertise in research, students learn and practice cutting edge teaching techniques at
the Language and Culture Learning Center.

The majority of our graduate students are awarded teaching assistantships that come with a stipend and full tuition waiver for the duration of their program. They further benefit from the support of UIC’s strong Graduate Employees Union.

Financial resources made available by the creation of the Stefan & Lucy Hejna Fund in Polish Language and Literature at UIC create opportunities for vibrant and ongoing exchange with prominent scholars in the fields of Polish Studies, Polish Jewish Studies and Central and East European Studies, through the organization at UIC of annual international conferences, and of events highlighting developments in contemporary Polish culture and scholarship. The UIC Fund for Polish Jewish Studies provides support for conference participation as well as merit-based awards.

For students interested in Russian studies, our annual Workshop in Russian Modernism brings together leading scholars in the field to discuss salient topics related to modernity and postmodernity. In addition to supporting a visiting scholar, our partnership with the Prokhorov Fund allows us to bring a creative personality from Russia each year and send two graduate students to take part in a summer seminar at the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg. In 2018, Maxim Didenko, an award-winning Russian theater director, spent a week at UIC, where he conducted a two-day master class for our students, visited classes, and answered questions after the screening of his critically acclaimed play, Earth. The department also hosts numerous lectures and performances by writers, poets, filmmakers and musicians; our recent guests included Kirill Medvedev, Anna Moiseenko, Roman Osminkin, Maria Stepanova, Tatyana Tolstaya, and Yuri Andrukhovych.

To be considered for university fellowships, the early deadline is December 15, 2019. To be considered for teaching assistantships or tuition wavers, complete applications must be received by February 15, 2020. Detailed application instructions can be found on the admissions website.   Further information about our graduate programs can be found on our website.  Please direct your inquiries about the graduate program and application process to Director of Graduate Studies Julia Vaingurt at vaingurt@uic.edu.

Grad. Program: Integrated Ph.D. Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures (Ohio State)

Deadline: December 31, 2019

The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at The Ohio State University welcomes applicants to our Integrated Ph.D. program for Autumn 2020. The Department offers graduate students a stimulating intellectual environment and generous financial support. Columbus is a vibrant, contemporary, and livable city, and the historic Ohio State campus features outstanding library and research collections, up-to-date new and renovated classroom, meeting and athletic facilities, beautiful old trees and sustainable landscaping, and convenient transportation connections within the city and the region.

Our graduate course offerings appeal to a broad range of intellectual interests, with three major areas of concentration: Literature and Culture, 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. We encourage graduate students to pursue interdisciplinary studies within and outside the department, including programs such as Comparative Studies, History, Linguistics, Music, Teaching & Learning, and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Topics of current and recent dissertation projects include: history in Russian opera; prison spaces in Russian literature; the criminal song; the detective novel; autobiographical memory, identity, and immigration; language development in heritage speakers; and acquisition of pragmatic skills on study abroad. Ohio State also hosts the annual Midwest Slavic Conference, which enables graduate students to present their research to a national audience right on campus.

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Grad. Program: MA and PhD programs in Slavic and contemporary Russian Studies (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 in Slavic Languages and Literatures train graduate students primarily in Russian literature, culture, and advance language skills toward professional-level 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 has ample funds 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 distinguished faculty. Areas of faculty expertise include museum studies, prison-camp literature and gulag studies, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Nabokov, intellectual history, Russian philosophy and religion, digital humanities, 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 folklore courses. Other opportunities for support are available through related departments and programs.

The deadline for on-line applications is January 15, 2020.

For information about Slavic programs and the application process, please visit the Slavic Department website at: http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/slavic/, or contact Director of Graduate Studies Edith W. Clowes at: clowes@virginia.edu or eec3c@virginia.edu.