Funding/Study Abroad: Academic Fellowships in Russia (Carnegie Corp, American Councils)

Deadline: December 2, 2019

New Opportunity for On-Site Research Support in Russia from the Carnegie Corporation

American Councils is pleased to announce the opening of a new competition cycle for the funded Academic Fellowships in Russia. Provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the American Councils Academic Fellowships in Russia program (AFR) will support U.S. graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars as they conduct research for three to nine consecutive months on topics within the social sciences disciplines in Russia.

The total value of each fellowship ranges from $10,000 – $45,000, with actual level of support depending on the duration of the overseas research period and the academic rank of the awardee. Typical awards include:

  • International airfare
  • Academic affiliation with a leading local university or educational institution
  • Visa(s) arranged by American Councils in collaboration with host institutions
  • Housing and living stipends
  • Health insurance
  • Ongoing logistical support from American Councils
  • 24-hour emergency assistance

Research conducted on AFR must strengthen and broaden current scholarship in the social sciences related to Russia and U.S.-Russian relations. AFR fellows will be expected to share their research findings through presentations at conferences, briefings, or other means.

The application deadline is December 2, 2019. All AFR fellowships must take place between June 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021. For further details and to apply, please visit the program website. Questions? Contact us at

Study Abroad: Vanderbilt University’s Maymester (Russia)

Deadline: January 29, 2020

The program includes community service, lectures on topics being explored by student-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.

“Visiting Russia has been one of the most life-changing experiences I have ever had. It taught me how little I really know about the world, how different somewhere can be from the USA. It also showed me that we as people, no matter where we live or what country we were born in, are more alike than we tend to let ourselves believe.”

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Study Abroad: International Summer University (HSE, Moscow)

Deadline: April 20, 2020

All classes are taught in English.  

Summer is the best time in Moscow, when there is a lot of sun, weather is rather cool and it will not interfere with the regular studies. Participants can choose to stay up to two months or just two weeks, according to their interest, schedule and travel plans. Students from all over the globe live in HSE affordable and safe dorms and enjoy various activities together. 


Last year report:

Video by HKUST study abroad office: 

Applications online:

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Should you have any questions please address to Oxana Budjko

Study Abroad: USA in Eastern Europe: Winds of Change Summer 2020

Deadline: February 23, 2020

Program Dates:
Pre-abroad Component: May 11, 2020 – May 17, 2020
Abroad Component: May 18, 2020 – June 11, 2020
Post-abroad Component: June 12, 2020 – July 24, 2020

Program Overview:
In the year 1989, the world drastically began to change for millions of people in the communist nations within Central & Eastern Europe. This ‘wind of change’ blew east and  eventually lead to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Many of the people who brought about these changes were university students armed with only their voices, their minds, and their belief in democracy. For many of these nations, it was a peaceful process. For some, the euphoria was short lived and political and economic chaos ensued. This program will travel to five former communist nations (Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Georgia) to examine this time of change and its lasting legacy in the region. 

Our first stop will be Berlin (Germany) where we will visit the places where the ‘wind of change’ began to blow. The history of East Germany under communist rule will be discussed as well as the changes in society during the late 1980s that eventually helped lead to the end of the Cold War. We will visit former political prisons of the Stasi in East Berlin to better understand the brutality of communist rule in Germany. 

The next stop will be Warsaw (Poland) where we will meet with some of the leaders of the Solidarity movement and discuss the first democratic elections in Poland. While in a Poland, we will take a day trip to visit the shipyards in Gdansk where the Solidarity movement finds its roots. We will also spend time looking at modern Polish society as a young democratic nation and examine some of the challenges facing Poland today. 

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Study Abroad/Prof. Dev. : Roman Frontier Excavation Field School and Ground-Penetrating Radar Training Workshop (Transylvania, Romania)

Deadline: Ongoing

These programs offer a very extensive approach to the anthropology and archaeology of the Roman frontier environments, through field work, laboratory analysis and lectures. Concurrently, our intensive Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) program allows our participants to acquire a highly marketable skill set, becoming proficient in both GPR systems (250MHz and 500MHz) and  configurations used in near subsurface investigations. Our students will be able to experience several field approaches, ranging from Classical excavation, anthropological site exploration, as well as  geophysical (GPR) surveys. Our programs provide a complete and scientifically integrated approach to a Classical site, in a very complex environment. In a region fundamentally important to our understanding of European genesis.


Roman Villa and Settlement Excavation – Identity and Wealth on the Roman Frontier
Location: Rapolt, Hunedoara County, Transylvania – Romania
     Session 1: June 7 – July 4, 2020
     Session 2: July 5 – August 1, 2020
Team Size: 18 participants per session
Description: The integrated outcomes of our various field techniques have yielded extraordinary results: a rural built space of ca. one hectare, with massive fortification walls decorated with exterior frescoes, richly built two-story buildings, containing exceptional artifacts (well preserved bronze statues, jewelry, mint condition coins, writing implements, etc.). Our target excavation, the central building of the “villa” has already presented us with a very complex and surprising occupation sequence and practices.

Program Fees: US$ 1695 per 4-week session (program fees, equipment, room and board – see webpage for details).

Web Site
Application Form

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Study Abroad: UCSD Global Seminars Program (Irkutsk)

Deadline: February 1 (early bird) or March 1, 2020

Please invite your students to apply to a new summer program we will be offering in Siberia this coming summer 2020 through the UCSD Global Seminars Programs. Students will enroll in Summer Session I (June 28-August 2) and receive credit for two 4-unit courses, LTEU 152 and 153. LTEU 152 is an Ethnic Studies course focused on the Buryats, Indigeneity, and Identity, while LTEU 153 is a multidisciplinary Environmental Studies course on Lake Baikal. Both courses will include a Russian language instruction component, but no prior knowledge of Russian is required. The courses will be rich in experiential learning. We will be based in Irkutsk and partner with students and specialists at Irkutsk State University, but we will also travel to Moscow, Petersburg, Olkhon Island, Balagansk, and Ulan Ude. We will work with the Great Baikal Trail organization and spend a night out on the trail by the campfire. Let me know if you have any questions. For more information, you and your students can access the program link below, contact me by e-mail (below), or contact the Global Seminars Director Jim Galvin at the phone number listed below.

Thanks for your interest and for sending us your students!

Rebecca Wells, Lecturer in Russian
Literature Department, University of California, San Diego

For more information:

Phone appointment with Jim Galvin, Director of UCSD Global Seminars. Call  (858) 534-1123 for appointment.

E-mail with Rebecca Wells, Faculty Leader at

Study Abroad: Trans-Siberian Program (University of New Hampshire)

Deadline: February 3, 2019

Unique Trans-Siberian Study Abroad Program, University of New Hampshire
What is the program?                       

The UNH Russia Program is a unique summer study abroad opportunity for all interested students to experience first-hand the vastness of Russia. Students travel with UNH faculty and study Russian language, culture, and history with stays in St. Petersburg, Moscow, and a trip across the country on the Trans-Siberian Railroad! (Moscow-Kazan-Irkutsk-Arshan, Buryatia-Utulik, Baikal-Vladivostok. Visits include cultural, historical, and political venues (including the Duma, Kremlin, Hermitage, WWII bunker, Gulag Museum, Tatar hat workshop, hiking around Lake Baikal, participate in traditional Russian folk wedding, Lenin’s house in Gorki, banya, Russo-Japanese war fortresses and bunkers in Vladivostok) with readings and discussion at each site.  

4 Week and 8 Week Programs

4 Week program: Earn 8 UNH credits studying culture and history while traveling to St. Petersburg, Moscow and on to Siberia, with stops in Kazan,Irkutsk,Lake Baikal,Arshan (a village in Buryatiya) and ending in Vladivostok. No prior study of Russian language is required. Survival Russian included in pre-departure and in-country work. All students with an interest in Russian history, politics and culture should apply. Tentative program dates: May 21-June 21.

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Prof. Dev. : International Center for Cultural Studies, NCTU, (Taiwan)

Deadline: October 31, 2019

Migration, Logistics and Unequal Citizens in Contemporary Global Context


Rapidly increasing international migrations have radically changed the outlook of contemporary 21st-century societies, producing cases of massive displaced and precarious lives, and bring various impacts upon local communities. These emerging phenomena have attracted critical scholarship both in the humanities and social sciences in recent years.

The issues of migration and unequal citizens highlight the logistical continuum of biopolitics and governmentality from the colonial to the post-colonial state, from the Cold War Era to the post-Cold War global capitalism, as well as the operation of geopolitical and geo-economic apparatus of zoning politics. Critical logistics can orient the inquiry by emphasizing how the government of populations reaches beyond statistical measure to make new connections between life and work, technology and mobility, and politics and economy in and beyond any region. Logistics organizes the movement of people and goods and asserts its logic across the entire circuit of production, distribution, and consumption. Logistics has also remade the domain of global space and territory, through the operation of zoning politics, such as corridors, digital networks, extraction enclaves, financial districts, and other areas of transfer and exchange. Examining the nexus of migration and logistics offers ways of rethinking the politics of human mobility and the question of unequal citizens that not only reach beyond the logic of integration and identity but also question the standard analysis of post-war area studies.

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