Funding: U.S.- RUS Relations Fellowship (IREX)

Deadline for Applications: May 4, 2018

IREX has announced a call for applications for the U.S. Russia Experts Program.  The program supports and develops the talents, skills and proficiencies of U.S. graduate students interested in Russia, and U.S .- Russian relations.  The fellowship program is designed to deepen expertise and knowledge, strengthen U.S.-Russian connections and linkages, and improve U.S.-Russian understanding.

Program Guidelines and Eligibility

Fellowships for up to $5,000 will be awarded to fund customized research and professional development activities related to U.S.-Russian relations from June 2018 – January 2019.  The fellowship is open to U.S.-based current and recent graduates of master’s and professional development programs in the fields of Russian-area studies, business, law, public policy and the social sciences. U.S. and Russian citizens may apply.

The fellowship application deadline is May 4, 2018. The online application is available here.

Job: OSCE Mission in Skopje (PAE)

Deadline for Applications: March 30, 2018

Chief of Monitoring Unit – (see
Area of Expertise: General Staff/Monitoring
Source: For full consideration, apply by 30 Mar. on PAE-REACT website at
Vacancy Number: VNSKPS00521
Experience Level: Middle Management (S3)
Location: Macedonia
OSCE Closing Date: 4/05/2018

PAE Government Services, under contract for the U.S. Department of State, is seeking applications from well-qualified U.S. citizens for the following position within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE): a manager with background in monitoring, political and security analysis and reporting to aid the OSCE Mission in Skopje in defining responses to developments in the field. The successful applicant will contribute to developing strategies, guidelines and SOPs for monitoring teams based in Skopje and Tetovo; analyze security-related developments and suggest responses; provide updates and briefings to senior management; ensure operations of early warning mechanisms; and cooperate and coordinate with other units including on projects and in regular reporting. Local language skills and knowledge of the political-military history of the region are desirable.

In order to receive full consideration, interested parties should create an online application and enter the relevant vacancy number at: by 30 March 2018. Only finalists will be contacted. PAE-REACT will interview short-listed candidates in order to make nominations by the OSCE deadline.

Funding: Kazakh, Uzbek & Uyghur Language Study (CESSI)

Deadline for Applications: Ongoing Until Filled

The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is accepting applications for the Title VIII Fellowship! Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for the following intensive courses:

  • Beginning Kazakh
  • Intermediate Kazakh
  • Beginning Uzbek
  • Intermediate Uzbek
  • Beginning Uyghur

U.S. citizens who are graduate students (including incoming students), scholars, and working professionals are eligible for the Title VIII Fellowship. Fellowships cover full tuition at CESSI plus a $2,500 stipend for the summer. International students and undergraduates may still apply for the tuition remission scholarship.

More about CESSI:

CESSI is an intensive, eight-week language program held each summer in Madison, Wisconsin. Students receive the equivalent of one year of language study during this time and will earn eight credits upon completion of the program. In addition to language classes, CESSI students have the opportunity to attend weekly lectures on Central Eurasia; participate in cultural events, including traditional cooking demonstrations; engage with local Central Eurasian communities; and network with other scholars of Central Eurasia. CESSI is a great opportunity for participants to gain language skills before conducting fieldwork or applying for jobs abroad.

CESSI will take place June 18 – August 10, 2018Apply as soon as possible!

Contact or call 608-265-6298 with any questions.

Study Abroad: Language & Culture in St. Petersburg (HSE)

Deadline for Applications: April 10, 2018

Language & Culture Program in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Program Overview
This unique summer study abroad program at a premier university in Russia combines intensive Russian language coursework with cultural immersion and excursions in Saint Petersburg, Russia’s cultural capital. The program is open to students of all levels, including those with no Russian language skills. The program will run for six weeks and will be based at the Higher School of Economics, one of Russia’s most prestigious and top-rated universities.
July 17- August 25, 2018 (6 weeks)

July 16: Arrive in Saint Petersburg
July 17-Aug 24: Language and culture program
August 26: Departure from Saint Petersburg
The six-week language and culture program in Saint Petersburg includes:
Intensive University Academic Program
●       Four hours of Russian language coursework every weekday taught in Russian by faculty of the Higher School of Economics
●       Weekly lectures in English about Russian politics, culture and economy
●       One-on-one Russian language practice with a student buddy
●       Official transcript eligible for transfer credit upon successful completion of the program
Housing, Meals and Host Families
·      Comfort, convenience and security in a recently renovated student residence hall with kitchens, Wi-Fi, and 24 hour residential support
·      Shared double rooms
·      Option to stay with a Russian host family (includes breakfast)
·      Lunch will be provided at the University cafeteria Monday through Friday
Cultural Program
With one excursion each week, you will explore the city through a series of visits to museums (including the world-famous Hermitage), concerts, ballets, and other events.
A team of HSE Russian buddies will organize additional activities, such as day-long trips to Saint Petersburg historical suburbs, Russian sporting events, cooking and game nights.
About the City
Envisioned by Peter the Great as Russia’s window to the West and designed by French and Italian architects, Saint Petersburg became a testimony to opulence with golden palaces, pastel-colored mansions, and landscaped parks, gardens, and canals. Having endured the horrors of World War II and Stalinist repression, the people now cope with a new political and economic reality. Known as Leningrad from 1924 to 1991, the city of nearly five million is easily navigated by foot, bus, trolley, and an efficient metro system.
Program Cost
The program fee of $3,850 includes:
●       Tuition
●       Housing in a residence hall
●       Lunches on weekdays
●       Full-time program leadership and support
●       Weekly field trips and cultural activities
An additional fee of $600 applies for the host family option which includes breakfast. The final price is subject to change depending on the currency exchange rate.
Students will need to pay for their visa, airfare, textbooks and remaining meals.
Program Requirements
The program is open to Five College students.
Students with no Russian skills are encouraged to apply.
Students are required to have a valid passport in order to be accepted. Russian immigration requires that this passport is valid for 18 months beyond the end date of the program.
Application Process
Application Deadline is April 10, 2018.
Contact Irina Shchemeleva at

Language Training: Summer Immersion (Beloit College)

Deadline for Applications: April 15, 2018

Immersion Courses in Chinese, Japanese, and Russian
June 16 – August 3, 2018 in Beloit, Wisconsin

An immersion experience where participants can live their language dawn ‘til dusk in a relaxed and enjoyable residential college setting! In small classes, with personalized instruction, and through cultural activities and excursions, expand your skills and become fluent in a critical-need language. Continue reading

Funding: Summer Language Institute (Uni. of Pittsburgh)

Deadline for Applications: Ongoing Until Filled

The University of Pittsburgh’s Summer Language Institute has substantial scholarship funding (tuition scholarship awards of $3500 – $5500) remaining for the following programs:

  • Intensive Beginning Turkish, 8-credits (June 4 – July 28, 2018).
  • Intensive Beginning Czech, 6-credits (June 4 – July 13, 2018)
  • Intensive Beginning Ukrainian, 6 credits (June 4 – July 13, 2018)
  • Intensive Beginning Slovak, 6 credits (June 4 – July 13, 2018)
  • Intensive Beginning Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, 6 credits (June 4 – July 13, 2018)
  • Intensive Beginning Polish, 6 credits (June 4 – July 13, 2018)
  • Intensive Intermediate Polish, 6 credits (June 4 – July 13, 2018)
  • Intensive 4th-year Russian, 8 credits (June 4 – July 28, 2018)

The courses will cover the equivalent of one academic year’s worth of language instruction.  In addition to daily language lessons, students are exposed to culture through classroom activities, singing, films, excursions to relevant local sites and restaurants, and English-language lectures.

Abroad courses are also available, and students may use these scholarships toward those programs; For details please see 

Apply here, and please note: the University will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis until the course is full or scholarship funds have been exhausted. Contact with any questions.

The University will accept applications on a rolling basis until classes are full and/or scholarship funds are exhausted.

Funding: Dissertation Research Grants (ASEEES)

Deadline for Applications: April 30, 2018

Call for Applications: ASEEES Dissertation Research Grants for 2018-2019 

Thanks to the generosity of donors and members, the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies is sponsoring up to ten grants annually, at a maximum of $5,000 each, for the purposes of conducting doctoral dissertation research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia in any aspect of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies in any discipline. These awards may be held concurrently with other partial funding sources, but are intended to support students whose projects have not yet been fully supported. The grant recipient cannot concurrently hold the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship, Fulbright-Hays DDRA, SSRC IDRF and other similarly fully-funded fellowships.  The grant is for primary dissertation research, not for dissertation write-up. Continue reading

Funding: Title VIII Fellowship (Indiana Uni.)

Deadline for Applications: Ongoing

Indiana University is currently accepting applications for Title VIII fellowships for study in its 2018 Summer Language Workshop.

Department of State Title VIII fellowships provide tuition and expenses for graduate students and scholars of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union to attend summer language training programs.

Title VIII fellows in the Indiana Workshop earn a year’s worth of credit in intensive, academically challenging language courses, strengthened by career development seminars and cultural programming.

Learn more:

Apply today:

CFP: All the Russias’ Blog (NYU)

Deadline for Submissions: Ongoing

All the Russias, the official blog of NYU’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, is now accepting submissions. The blog welcomes short pitches and/or completed drafts of 500-1200 words on any topic relating to Russian, East European, and Eurasian politics and culture. Pieces may belong to any number of different genres, including, but not limited to,

  • Cultural criticism
  • Political analysis
  • Reviews of…
    • …recently released or upcoming films or books, fictional or non-;
    • …ongoing or upcoming exhibitions, performances, or events
  • Exposés of recent research within Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, broadly defined
  • Essays on disciplinary matters
  • “Explainers” offering insight into perplexing contemporary cultural phenomena or current events

Send ≤200-word proposals/ pitches (in the body of an email) or 500-1200-word drafts (as .docx’s or Google Drive attachments) to Maya Vinokour at, along with a one-line bio (including a hyperlink to applicant’s webpage, if applicable).
For detailed submission and style guidelines, please see this page.

Academic Job: Senior Preceptor in Russian (Harvard Uni.)

Date for Applications: April 12, 2018

Position Description: The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University seeks applications for a position as Senior Preceptor in Russian Language. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2018 with teaching and administrative responsibilities to begin in Fall Semester 2018. The Senior Preceptor will be responsible for teaching Russian at all levels. The Senior Preceptor will work with the Director of the Slavic Language Program to develop courses and materials across the program in Russian language, will assist with recruitment of students and expanding interest in the Russian language program. An interest in furthering broader Slavic Language Program goals is highly desirable, including research in Slavic linguistics and second-language acquisition as well as an interest in organizing and leading study abroad opportunities in Russian-speaking countries. Administrative duties will include supervision and mentoring of graduate student instructors and some supervisory duties for the Slavic Language program as needed. Interviews will be conducted by phone or Skype in April 2018. The position is for five years and renewable contingent upon performance, enrollments, and curricular need.
Basic Qualifications: Doctorate in Slavic Languages and Literatures or related discipline required by the time the appointment begins. The successful applicant should have experience in teaching Russian language at the university level and in language program and curriculum development, language program administration and instructor mentoring, student advising and recruitment, materials design, teaching with technology, and have native or near-native proficiency in Russian and English.

Additional Qualifications: Specialization in Slavic linguistics or second language acquisition preferred, or specialization in Russian language and literature.

Special Instructions: Please submit the following documents through the ARIeS portal
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Teaching statement (describing teaching approach and philosophy)
4. A representative sample of teaching materials and course syllabi
5. Names and contact information of at least three referees, who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a
letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted. Three letters of recommendation are
required, and the application is considered complete only when at least three letters have been received.

Contact Information: Steven Clancy, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Slavic Language Program
Candidates are encouraged to apply by April 12, 2018. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.