Academic Program: The Ukrainian Summer Institute (Harvard U.)

Deadline for Applications: March 13, 2017

The Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute (HUSI) invites applications for its 2017 summer program.

Program Dates: June 17 – August 5, 2017
Application Deadlines:

  • March 13 for all applicants seeking financial aid
  • April 17 for applicants seeking an F-1 student visa
  • May 15 for all other applicants

HUSI offers seven weeks of intensive accredited university instruction in Ukrainian studies. The program is designed for graduate students and advanced undergraduates who are concentrating in Ukrainian studies or who wish to broaden their educational experience.

What makes HUSI different? 

  • Study at one of the most prestigious universities in the world
  • Access Harvard’s immense library system
  • Use the largest Ucrainica collection outside Eastern Europe
  • Visit Harvard’s world-renowned museums
  • Take advantage of all that the vibrant city of Cambridge has to offer
  • Socialize with peers and experts at formal and informal gatherings

Read about the HUSI experience in the words of our alumni.

For detailed information about the program, the application process and deadlines go to the HUSI website:

Additional questions may be directed to Serhiy Bilenky, HUSI Director, at 647-687-4953 or by email

Graduate Program: MA in Eurasian Studies (Nazarbayev U.)

Deadline for Applications: April 10, 2017

menovoi-dvor2The 2017 round of admissions to the MA in Eurasian Studies at Nazarbayev University is now open!

Applicants should register online at

The full entry requirements, and a complete list of the documents you should submit with your application, are available at

Applications will remain open until 10th April 2017. We can accept additional documents (IELTS certificates, References) until the 22nd April 2017, but you must submit your electronic application by the 10th.

The Master of Arts in Eurasian Studies at Nazarbayev University is a two-year inter-disciplinary area studies programe taught in English. It is the first of its kind to be offered in Kazakhstan, and one of only a handful across the Eurasian Region.

Academic Program: “Russian Language and Civilization” Program (St. Petersburg/Moscow, Russia)

Deadline for Applications: February 01, 2017

For students eligible for in-state (TX) tuition.

This 5-week program offers a total immersion learning experience. The program places excursions and cultural outings at the core of the instruction. Students learn on-site the vibrant history, art, and culture of Russia and of its capital. This program will prepare students for study and work in Russia, either introducing them to the language or upgrading their established skills to the intermediate or advanced level. All students will also study major monuments of Russia’s artistic heritage to help them understand the country’s cultural history, ranging all the way from prehistoric roots to the dissolution of the Soviet Empire.


  • RUSS 221: Russian Field Studies I (3 hours)
  • RUSS 222: Russian Field Studies II (3 hours)


  • Minimum 2.0 GPA or instructor permission.
  • Good standing with the University


  • History and Art Museums in Moscow
  • Red Square
  • Trip to Kizhi
  • Trip to Novgorod
  • Visiting Hermitage and Cat

For more information, and to apply, click here.

Funding Opportunity: Russian Studies Workshop Summer Russian Study Fellowship (Indiana U.)

Deadline for Applications: March 15, 2017

The Russian Studies Workshop (RSW) at Indiana University (IU) is offering $6500 to cover tuition/mandatory fees (approximately $3000), and living costs to eligible students who enroll in a 6-credit graduate Russian course in the IU Summer Language Workshop (SLW) during the Summer 2017 session.

Eligibility:  Students who: 1) are entering a PhD program in a social science discipline at a US university in Fall 2017; and 2) intend to study Russian at any level in SLW from June 5 to July 28, 2017.

Deadline for submission for all materials: March 15, 2017

Application instructions:

  1. Submit an application to the IU Summer Language Workshop:
  2. Submit the following items by email to Mark Trotter at with “Russian Studies Workshop Summer Russian Study Fellowship application” in the subject line:
    • A 400-750 word personal statement that outlines the role of Russian language in your research and training program.*
    • A list of two or three recommenders (see item 4 below) with their titles, affiliations, and email addresses.
  3. Send all official transcripts* of undergraduate and graduate study to:Mark Trotter
    Attn.: Russian Studies Workshop Summer Russian Study Fellowship
    Russian and East European Institute
    School of Global and International Studies
    330 North Jordan Ave
    Bloomington, IN 47405
  4. Arrange for two to three letters of recommendation:

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Academic Program: Maymester in Russia 2017 (Vanderbilt U.)

Deadline for Applications: January 31, 2017

Vanderbilt University’s Russian Department is offering a Maymester cultural immersion program in Russia for May-June 2017(RUSSIAN 2210: Russia Today: Political, Socio-economic, and Cultural Change).

The program includes community service, lectures on topics being explored by participants (politics, economics, sociology, culture, history, art, etc.), Russian language lessons, interaction with Russian university students, excursions to Moscow, St. Petersburg, and provincial towns, home stays, and opportunities for reflection.

More information about the program can be found at .

Some of the possible volunteering opportunities include:

+ Vladimir Handicapped Children’s Association “Light” (founded by a small group of parents who disagreed with the Russian educational system’s position that mentally and physically handicapped children should neither be seen nor heard, and certainly should not be educated),
+ Vladimir Regional Veteran’s Home
+ Vladimir Youth Health and Education Center (they provide educational, counseling, legal, health and other services)
+ Russian Orthodox Church – assist with restoration work at a local church,
+ Vladimir-Suzdal Museum Complex – clean up and restoration work

Academic Program: The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (U. of Wisconsin-Madison)

Deadline for Applications: February 1, 2017 (Priority)

The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) is currently accepting applications for intensive study of Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek. CESSI 2017 will take place at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, June 19 – August 11, 2017. Information and application materials are available here:

Funding Opportunities:
  • New for 2017: Title VIII Fellowships for graduate students, researchers, and professionals who are U.S. citizens. Fellowships will cover tuition and fees, as well as provide a stipend of $2,500 to cover living expenses for the summer
  • FLAS Fellowships for U.S. citizens and permanent residents
  • Fee Remission (scholarship)
**Please note: the priority deadline to apply to CESSI has been moved up to February 1, 2017. Applicants interested in a UW-Madison FLAS Fellowship must complete a separate FLAS Application by February 13, 2017. (Students from FLAS-granting institutions should apply for funding from their home campus before applying for a UW-Madison FLAS). CESSI will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis until April 3, 2017. However, financial support is not guaranteed for applications submitted after February 1.
Scheduling of all courses is contingent upon enrollment. Students should apply to CESSI as early as possible to help ensure that their desired class will be offered. CESSI 2017 will also feature a weekly lecture series (in English) on various topics of interest to people in the field of Central Eurasian studies and a rich program of cultural events and field  trips related to the countries of Central Eurasia.

The CESSI consortium is comprised of international and area studies centers at major U.S. universities working together to provide high-quality, summer instruction in the languages and cultures of Central Eurasia.

For additional information about CESSI 2017, please contact Kelly Iacobazzi, CESSI Program Coordinator, cessi@creeca.wisc.edu608-265-6298.

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Academic Program: MA in Applied Economics (CERGE-EI)

Deadline for Applications: March 31, 2017

MA in Applied Economics is a tuition-based, one-year, three-semester-long intensive masters program. We are here to develop curious, impact-driven individuals who will help build more prosperous societies. Our graduates can crunch the numbers. But they also experiment with human-centered design approaches to test ideas on real-world challenges.

3_reasons_why_to_choose_maeWhat distinguishes our graduates?

  • They possess a deep curiosity, and strive to understand effective tools and interventions in economics and related fields in order to use them innovatively beyond university.
  • They have the skills and knowledge to achieve impact, namely strong quantitative skills, superior communication skills, and experience with problem-solving techniques tested on real-world problems.
  • They are astute, reflective students with their own interests, values, strengths and growth areas, able to identify opportunities to catalyze change.

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Academic Program: Russian Language Summer School (Omsk State University)

Deadline for Applications: June 10, 2017

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We represent the International Relations Office of Dostoevsky Omsk State University, Russia.

Our department would like to invite students to participate in our Russian Language Summer School that is designed for international students who are interested in learning Russian language and would like to delve into Russian traditional culture.

The course covers a balance of language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), grammar at an appropriate level from beginner to advanced and includes 72 academic hours of tuition.

Russian Language classes are taught by experienced language teaching professionals (teachers of Russian as a Foreign Language) and follow a communicative approach to language teaching. In addition to in-class Russian language instruction, students will attend lectures of cultural and academic interest.

The social and cultural program of Summer School is designed to help participants gain a valuable overview of Russian culture based on local heritage. We want to show participants the wide diversity of Russian culture, which is why we have built a great program for participants to keep them learning, exploring Omsk and experiencing new things.

Upon the completion of the program, students will get the Russian Language School Certificate (3 ETCS).

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Academic Program: Language Institute in L’viv, Ukraine (U. of Kansas)

Deadline for Applications: March 01, 2017

Language Institute in L’viv, Ukraine

This six-week program offers a unique opportunity for students to study intensive Ukrainian language and area studies (political transition, society, economics, and culture) in L’viv.

Location: L’viv, Ukraine
Language of Instruction: Ukrainian
Term: Summer
Academic Disciplines: Slavic Languages & Literatures
Program Type: Faculty-led

The KU L’viv Language Institute is open to students interested in learning Ukrainian and expanding their expertise in East and Central European studies – no previous language experience is required. During the six-week summer program, students are enrolled in intensive Ukrainian language and area studies courses at Ivan Franko National University of L’viv, where they also learn about the history, politics, economics, and culture of Ukraine and East Central Europe. Whether you are a student with a specific Ukrainian-track focus or a European generalist, this faculty-led program is designed to give you regional expertise.Highlights:

  • Intensive 6-week program based in L’viv, Ukraine.
  • Multiple excursions and cultural activities included in the program.
  • Earn 6 hours of KU credit in Ukrainian language and area studies.
  • Apply for the Jarosewycz scholarship to receive up to $3,000 for this program.  See ‘Further Reading’ section below for more information.

Open to graduate and undergraduate students from any accredited U.S. college or university who have a stated interested in learning Ukrainian – no previous language study required. Minimum 2.5 GPA required (exceptions considered after submission of a petition).

For more information, and to apply, click here.

Academic Program: PhD Programs-Lit./Cult. & Slavic Film Studies (U. of Pittsburgh)

Deadline for Applications: January 15, 2017

The University of Pittsburgh Slavic Department ( invites applications to its program, which provides a full range of courses with strengths in the study of contemporary Russian culture, Russian/Soviet cinema, and Russian Romanticism. Our program has supported dissertations in such diverseareas as contemporary Russian prose, Soviet postmodern culture, Thaw cinema, 1930s-40s Soviet civic poetry, prison culture of the Belomor Canal, post-Soviet philosophy, the Soviet anekdot, and Stagnation-era television serials.

PhD recipients have received academic job offers or prestigious post-doctoral fellowships in such institutions as Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, Stanford Humanities Center, University College London, University of Texas Austin, Vanderbilt, and William and Mary.  See for application information.

PhD students help organize the annual Russian Film Symposium (; they edit and publish the Department’s journal, Studies in Slavic Cultures (  Alongside primary study towards the degree, students typically are mentored in obtaining MA or PhD certificates in one or more of four interdepartmental programs:

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