Prof. Dev: Foreign Language Teaching Podcast

A new episode of Foreign Language Teaching Podcast is out!

This time Natalie McCauley interviews Richard Robin, professor of Russian at George Washington university and the author of textbook Golosa.
They discuss a number of topics related to language teaching, learning and testing, such as:

  • strategies to cultivate learner autonomy,
  • when plagiarism and cheating can be good for language learning,
  • five-minute declension quizzes and the reasons Professor Robin believes in learner-centered homework, not learner- centered classroom;
  • using ACTFL guidelines and OPIs for teaching and testing;
  • effective test-taking strategies and what one needs to do to achieve Superior or Distinguished level of proficiency and many others.

You can listen to the interview on its page or on your favorite podcast platform (iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify).

Job: Ukrainian Lang. Translators, Copy Editors, Indexers

Deadline for Applications: Ongoing

The Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University is building a database of experienced translators, copy editors, and indexers to assist with publications projects on an as-needed basis.

Apply online at to join the list of potential freelancers. Applicants must submit their resume, a list of relevant experience, and one or two samples of their work at the time of application.

• Ukrainian to English translators, preferably native English speakers
• Copy editors with intimate knowledge of Ukrainian studies
• Indexers who have prior experience preparing indices

Questions may be directed to Oleh Kotsyuba, Manager of Publications, at

Travel: Summer Programs in Moscow (Higher School of Economics)

Deadline for Applications: April 15, 2019

HSE International Summer University in Moscow, REU in math and Russian language intensive course are accepting applications. The Summer U. or REU can be combined with courses of Russian language on various levels, starting from beginners. All courses are taught in English. More courses in various fields, including Russian studies are available via the Summer University websiteContinue reading

Funding: Postdoctoral Fellowship of Russian Studies (Indiana)

Deadline for Applications: May 15, 2019

Call for Applications: Russian Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship at Indiana University-Bloomington

The Russian Studies Workshop (RSW) at Indiana University’s Russian and East European Institute (REEI) and Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies (HLS) invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship. The fellowship begins August 1, 2019 and is for one year, until July 31, 2020. The fellowship is renewable for up to one additional year. Applicants should be scholars conducting research on Russia while contributing to interdisciplinary and international debates. Special consideration will be given to scholars who have conducted extensive field research and have strong Russian language skills. The fellowship is $50,000/year and includes benefits. This postdoctoral fellowship is provisional and contingent upon RSW’s receipt of a grant.

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Funding: Research Grants (ASEEES)

Deadline for Applications: April 30, 2019

The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) is calling for applications to two research grant opportunities for graduate students enrolled in US institutions: the ASEEES Dissertation Research Grant and the new Civil Society in Russia Research GrantContinue reading

Grad. Program: Funded Ph.D in Russian and Translation Studies (Exeter)

Deadline for Applications: April 15, 2019

The University of Exeter is calling for applications for three fully funded PhD studentships in the history of Russian-to-English literary translation. The third studentship offers the opportunity to research an aspect of the history of literary translation from Russian into a third language. Applications from international students (i.e. neither UK nor EU nationality) are welcomed.

These studentships, beginning in September 2019, for 3.5 years are hosted at the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus. They are open to students of any nationality. Each studentship will cover University tuition fees for UK,EU and/or international students with a stipend equivalent to the Research Councils UK national minimum stipend (£14,777 in 2018/19).

Read more on the program page

Note that the deadline for applications, including referees’ letters, is April 15th. 
Please write to with any queries.

Internship: Summer Internships in Russia (Crossroads Eurasia)

Deadline for Applications: Contact Internship Organizer

For any students who are still looking for a summer program, Crossroads Eurasia still has a few spots open in their internship program! Internships take place in Ryazan or Voronezh for 4 or more weeks depending on placement. Students live with a host family and will work with a local partner.

As the regular deadline has already passed, interested students should apply as soon as possible via the website.

Funding: 100&Change Grant (MacArthur Foundation)

Deadline for Applications: August 2019

100&Change is the MacArthur Foundation competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time. They consider proposals from any field or problem area.

Visit the website for more information on this incredible opportunity!