Deadline: January 15, 2020
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
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.
strengths of the UVA Slavic program include the opportunity to work with
distinguished faculty. Areas of faculty expertise include
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.
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.
generous five-year funding packages for PhD students. The Department
occasionally has partial funding and work opportunities for MA students.
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
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:
or contact Director of Graduate Studies Edith W. Clowes at: firstname.lastname@example.org