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.

Ready to be a Data-driven Changemaker? Explore the details of our program and apply. We also have a number of financing options available to meet the financial needs of our students. Continue reading “Academic Program: MA in Applied Economics (CERGE-EI)”

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

Deadline for Applications: June 10, 2017

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“Greetings from Omsk!

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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Academic Program: European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC)

Deadline for Applications: January 20, 2017 (Second Round: March 15, 2017)

The European Interuniversity Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) and 41 participating universities from all member states of the European Union are proud to present to you the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA) 2017/2018.

E.MA is an intensive one-year course aimed at educating up to 100 professionals annually in the field of human rights and democratisation. The Master’s Degree is also an action- and policy-oriented approach to learning that combines legal, political, historical, anthropological, and philosophical perspectives with skills building activities, an in-depth study of the following areas: Human Rights Institutions, Mechanisms and Standards; Human Rights in Context: Historical, Philosophical, Religious and Anthropological Perspectives; Democratisation; Human Rights and Globalisation; Human Rights and Security. E.MA is the foundation for a successful career in national, international, governmental, inter- and non-governmental organisations, as well as academic institutions dealing with human rights and democratisation.

5 reasons why people choose E.MA:

-Possibility to do internships and fellowships in leading human rights organisations
-Ties with EU institutions and links with international governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations for a regional and at the same time global experience
-Attractive placement opportunities
-Extensive worldwide E.MAlumni Association for contacts, job opportunities, career development, projects, research
-A unique human experience during which all those involved (students, faculty and resident staff) develop long-term bonds and networks with each other.  Continue reading “Academic Program: European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC)”

Academic Program: Summer Intensive Russian Program (Monterey, California)

Deadline for Applications: March 1, 2017

Applications are now being  to the Middlebury Institute of International Studies’ Summer Intensive Russian Program ( in beautiful, coastal Monterey, California.

Dates: June 15 – August 9, 2017
Tuition: $4,175

Program Highlights:
-Eight-week intensive program (equivalent to two semesters of undergraduate language study)
-Students are exposed to real-world materialssuch as Russian press conferences, pop music lyrics, and literature to stimulate broad-ranging communicative activities.
-Project-based to develop students’ fluency in their own fields of interest.
-Up to 8 units available for transfer on the graduate and undergraduate levels
-Elementary, intermediate, and advanced courses offered

Greetings from Monterey, California!
The 60-year-old program offers a well-rounded curriculum that allows students to acquire and strengthen reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and develop lexical and cultural knowledge of the Russian language while building fluency though a communicative and content-based approach to engage students in the learning process.

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Graduate Program: Interdisciplinary M.A. in Russian and Slavic Studies (NYU)

Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2017

Thanks to the Stephen Cohen fellowship, NYU hopes to offer funding (up to full tuition) to their best candidates. To be considered for this and other NYU scholarships, applications must be submitted by Feb. 15, 2017.

The department offers an interdisciplinary M.A. in Russian and Slavic studies, a program that allows students to take Russia-related courses in departments across NYU. In addition to the departmental curriculum’s particular strengths in literature and film, the course of study can encompass a wide variety of specializations, from history and anthropology to politics, music, linguistics, and performance studies. With its focus on interdisciplinarity and comparative methodologies, the program can serve as excellent preparation for graduate study at the Ph.D. level. It also provides a thorough grounding in the Russia field for terminal M.A. students who choose to pursue a career in this area. Finally, students can take advantage of the events and other intellectual opportunities offered by NYU’s Jordan Center for Russian Studies:

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Funding Opportunity: Erne Fellowship for Serbian Studies (REEI)

Deadline for Applications: Ongoing

Indiana University alumni Ann Jakisich Erne and David A. Erne have established the Ann and David Erne Fellowship to support the studies of an incoming graduate student enrolled in the Russian and East European Institute Master’s degree plan. The one-year fellowship provides a stipend of $22,000; College of Arts and Sciences fee remission towards 12 hours of College of Arts and Sciences credit in both the Fall and Spring semesters as well as 6 hours of College of Arts and Sciences credit in the following summer session; and health insurance. The fellowship is renewable for an additional year for recipients who maintain satisfactory academic standing. No separate application is necessary (i.e. the standard application to the REEI MA program will also serve as application for this fellowship). Natives of Serbia, persons of Serbian heritage, and persons who demonstrate a strong scholarly focus on Serbia will be given special consideration in the selection process.

The fellowship will be awarded every other year, beginning in 2017-18.

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Academic Program: The Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (Middlebury Institute)

Deadline for Applications: February 1, 2017

Developed by the Middlebury Institute’s Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies (GIRS) with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (MSSR) aims to expose top Russian area studies graduate students from across the United States to leading voices on Russian-U.S. relations.

MSSR offers the next generation of specialists in Russian area studies opportunities to develop deep and broad expertise in their field. Participants who complete the program will acquire a thorough understanding of contemporary Russia, and will be positioned to pursue careers in foreign policy, diplomacy, and the private sector.


Dmitry Trenin of Carnegie Moscow Center, Andrey Zorin of Oxford University, Matthew Rojansky of the Kennan Institute, Emil Pain and Sergey Zakharov of the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Natalia Sevagina of the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow will be among the MSSR faculty. The full list, with bios, is available on our faculty and visiting experts page.


Leading experts from Russia and the United States will give lectures and seminars on topics ranging from The Concept of Honor in Russian HistoryThe Russian Psyche Through Art and Cinema to U.S.-Russian Nonproliferation Cooperation. Students will participate in 2–3 interactive lectures and seminars daily. Through intensive instruction in both English and Russian, students will have the opportunity to strengthen their language skills in the context of their academic interests.

Based on their research interests and in consultation with instructors, participants will also undertake a research project, which will be presented at the end of the summer and published online. Continue reading “Academic Program: The Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (Middlebury Institute)”