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Funding Opportunity: Combined Research and Language Training Program (American Councils)

Application Deadline: December 15, 2015.

About CRLT:
The Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program (CRLT) provides full support for research and up to ten academic hours per week of advanced language instruction for graduate students and scholars who, in addition to support for research in the independent states of the former Soviet Union, require supplemental language instruction. ​ Fellowships range from $5,000 to $25,000, and ​include round​ ​trip international travel, housing and living stipends, tuition, visa support, medical insurance, archive access, and logistical support in the field. The program is open to U.S. graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty.

Applicants must conduct research and language study for a minimum of three months in the field to a maximum of nine months in the field. Participants must have attained at least an intermediate level of language proficiency to apply.

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Conference: Central Eurasian Studies Society 16th Annual Conference (Washington, DC)

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Deadline: October 15, 2015

The 2015 CESS convention offers a unique insight into the
Central Eurasian studies field!

The convention will hold 60 panels, from political science, sociology and anthropology, to history and literature. It will cover the five post-Soviet Central Asian states, the Caucasus, Xinjiang, Afghanistan, and Russian Muslim regions. The Mongolia Society will hold its own convention parallel to the CESS, in order to foster integration of Mongolian studies into the Central Eurasian field.

The convention will feature two keynote speakers, Alexander Cooley, from Columbia University, addressing “Locating Central Asian Geopolitics: the Rise and Future Decline of Multivectorism in Practice”, and Madeleine Reeves, from Manchester University, assessing “Trace, Trajectory, Pressure Point: Re-imagining ‘Area Studies’ in an Age of Migration”. Continue reading

Academic Program: The Archer Fellowship Program (Washington, D.C.)

Deadline: February 15, 2016

The Archer Fellowship Program was established by The University of Texas System in conjunction with former U.S. Representative Bill Archer as a way to bring highly motivated and accomplished students to Washington, D.C., to participate in varied internships and attend classes focusing on policy, history, and advocacy. Archer Fellows intern with an organization of their choosing based on their own professional and academic goals and interests. Previous Archer Fellows have interned with a vast array of organizations such as the United Nations Information Center, the U.S. Department of State, many offices within the White House and on the Hill, and various non-profit organizations. Selection is based on a competitive application process, and each cohort of Archer Fellows is comprised of the best and brightest students from across the UT System.

Attend an info session at UT Austin in FAC 328:
Tuesday, October 20 | 4:00pm
Wednesday, October 21 | 3:00pm
Thursday, October 22 | 11:30am
Wednesday, November 11 | 2:00pm
Thursday, November 12 | 4:00pm

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CFP: The 23rd Annual Association of Central Eurasian Students Conference

Deadline for abstracts: November 4th, 2015

Dear friends of the Association of Central Eurasian Students at Indiana University (ACES),

It is with great pleasure that we wish to invite panel and paper proposals to the 23nd Annual ACES Conference to be held on March 12th, 2016 at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Students, faculty, and independent scholars are cordially invited to submit abstracts of papers addressing all topics pertaining to Central Eurasian Studies by November 4th, 2015. For the purposes of this conference, Central Eurasian Studies refers to the study of the historical and contemporary Afghan, Balto-Finnic, Hungarian, Iranian, Mongolic, Tibetan, Tungusic, and Turkic peoples, languages, cultures, and states. Submission of pre-organized panels is strongly encouraged. Individual papers are also welcome and will be assigned by the Conference Committee to a suitable panel. All proposals will be subject to a double-blind review process. A few of our past panel themes include:

Societies and Cultures of Xinjiang
Energy and Environmental Policy in Inner Asia
Romanticism in Hungarian Literature, Culture, and the Arts
Discourses in Afghan Society
Comparative and International Relations
Aspects of Imperial and Soviet Rule in Central Asia
Geography in Mongolian Historiography
Proposals with abstracts should be submitted via this link: Please remember that the submission of a proposal represents a commitment on your behalf to participate in the conference.

ACES regrets that it cannot provide funding for participants. We do, however, try to make your travel and stay in Bloomington as convenient as possible with connections to potential rideshares and accommodations.

Thank you for your participation and your support. We look forward to continuing this tradition in Central Eurasian scholarship and seeing you in Bloomington in March.

Professional Development: Arizona State University Critical languages Institute-Summer 2016

Deadline for Application: January 29, 2016

The Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute is accepting applications for its 2016 summer language programs in the U.S. and abroad.  CLI offers intensive courses in East European, Mediterranean, Central Asian, and Southeast Asian languages.

Students selected for CLI pay a flat fee of $1200 for up to 13 semester credits, plus study-abroad fees if they join an overseas program.

Undergraduate and graduate funding is available. CLI also offers scholarships to professionals and non-students. ROTC Project GO funding is available for selected languages.

Admission is competitive. Fellowships and early admission deadline is January 29, 2016. Apply at .


2 months intensive elementary study at ASU with optional 1 month study in country, for 8–13 academic credits.

–   Albanian                             (ASU + Tirana)
–   Armenian                           (ASU + Yerevan)
–   Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian   (ASU + Sarajevo)
–   Modern Hebrew                 (ASU only)
–   Indonesian                          (ASU + Denpasar)
–   Macedonian                        (ASU only)
–   Persian                                (ASU)
–   Polish                                 (ASU + Poznan)
–   Russian                               (ASU + Bishkek)
–   Turkish                               (ASU + Izmir)
–   Uzbek                                 (ASU + Tashkent)

Sessions in ASU include daily co-curricular programming, grant mentoring and career planning opportunities.

Sessions abroad feature academically challenging study, extensive co-curricular programming, integrated into academic coursework and conducted in 1-on-1 or small-group format by local language coaches.


2-month intensive programs providing 8–10 academic credits

–  Albanian (Tirana)                2nd year
–  Armenian (Yerevan)            2nd-year and up
–  BCS (Sarajevo)                    2nd year
–  Indonesian (Denpasar)        2nd year
–  Russian (Bishkek)               2nd–4th-year
–  Russian (St. Petersburg)       5th–6th-year
–  Turkish (Izmir)                    2nd-year

Programs feature homestays, extensive
co-curricular programming, integrated into academic coursework and conducted in 1-on1 or small-group format by local language coaches, and internships at the 5th-year level and up.


Job: Outreach and Programming Coordinator (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Deadline for Application: September 11, 2015

Outreach and Programming Coordinator
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Outreach and Programming Coordinator works with the Director and Associate Director in the development, planning, organizing, and implementation of the Center’s outreach activities.


  • Develop, initiate and oversee projects for REEEC-related outreach programming that includes campus, K-12, community college, business and media communities.
  • Manage Center programs and projects under the direction of the Associate Director, with primary responsibility for organizing and executing visits by speakers, conferences, workshops, and public events.
  • Organize and execute the activities of the Summer Research Laboratory.
  • Provide direct supervision of graduate outreach and SRL assistants.
  • Organize and supervise data entry and draft narrative for grant administration and reporting.
  • Develop ideas for programming and draft parts of major center grant proposals.
  • Work with other area studies personnel and faculty to design, coordinate, staff, and implement joint outreach activities (public and special events).
  • Act as liaison to campus and university outreach community to develop collaborative activities and shared service.
  • Build relationships with constituent communities by attending educational events and community programs and publicizing Center activities.
  • Provide FLAS fellowship program support as needed.
  • Act for the Associate Director, as necessary.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a humanities, social science, or education field.
  • Strong computer skills: Microsoft Office, databases, social media and websites;
  • Strong writing and public speaking/presentation skills;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with minimal supervision;
  • Interdisciplinary and creative orientation


  • Master’s degree strongly preferred; training in a regional language and in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies.
  • Experience in K-12 teaching or programs


This is a full-time, academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at and upload your cover letter and resume by September 11, 2015. Online application will require names and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date.

This is a security–sensitive position. Comprehensive background checks, which may include but not be limited to a criminal conviction information check, will be conducted.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Linda McCabe at

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

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Funding: Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute Summer 2016 Language Programs

Deadline: January 2016

The Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute will begin accepting applications for its 2016 summer language programs in the U.S. and abroad in September 2015.

CLI offers intensive courses in Russian and in East European, Mediterranean, and Central Asian languages, either in the U.S., overseas, or if integrated “combination” courses that include both U.S. and overseas components.

Students selected for CLI pay a flat fee of $960 for up to 13 semester credits, plus study-abroad fees if they opt to join an overseas program. Continue reading

Funding: 2016 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

** Applications due November 2015 **

The U.S. Department of State has just announced the scholarship competition for the 2016 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in thirteen critical foreign languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Students can connect with U.S. Department of State representatives at both of these events.

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Funding: Boren Fellowships 2016

Deadline: January 28, 2016

Title: Boren Fellowships
Sponsor: Institute of International Education (IIE)
Deadline: 01/28/2016
Amount: $24,000

Description: Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. Continue reading

Scholarship: Mendel Fellowships

Deadline to Apply: September 30, 2015

Title: Mendel Fellowships
Sponsor: Lilly Library – Indiana University
Amount: $40,000

Description: Established through a bequest by the estate of Johanna Lenz Mendel in 1998, the Mendel Fellowships are intended to support research by scholars from around the world in areas of particular interest to the Mendels, including: the history of the Spanish Colonial Empire; Latin American independence movements; European expansion in the Americas; voyages, travels and exploration; geography, navigation and cartography; German literature and history; and music, including sheet music. The amount of the stipend is based on the length of stay, which may range from one week to a full academic year. The fellowship is intended to cover travel to the Lilly Library and living expenses while in residence.

How to Apply: Apply directly to the sponsor by September 30. See the grant announcement for a complete list of materials to be submitted with the application.

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