Grad Program: PhD in Slavic Literatures and Cultures (University of Illinois)

Deadline: December 11, 2020

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Slavic literatures and cultures to apply to our graduate program. Qualified students beginning their graduate career at Illinois are guaranteed five years of financial support (contingent on satisfactory progress). This includes fellowships, teaching, research, and graduate assistantships, summer support, and the opportunity for an editorial assistantship at Slavic Review, one of the world’s leading academic journals in our discipline. We also welcome applicants who have completed an M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures or related fields. 

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Grad Program: Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures (Ohio State)

Deadline: December 31, 2020

The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio welcomes applicants to our MA/Ph.D. program for Autumn semester 2021. 

The Department offers graduate students a stimulating intellectual environment and generous financial support.  Our graduate course offerings appeal to a broad range of intellectual interests, with three major areas of concentration: Literature, Film, and Cultural Studies; Slavic Linguistics; and Second Language Acquisition (SLA). Department faculty have expertise in classical, modernist, Soviet, émigré, and postmodern Russian, Central European, and South Eastern European literatures, film, and interdisciplinary cultural studies; transpositions of literature into other media; gender and feminist studies; digital humanities; print media; national identity; bilingualism; language and memory; pedagogy; the structure and history of the Slavic languages; Balkan linguistics; medieval Slavic texts; and morphology. The first two years of study include literature, linguistics, film, and SLA and help create a cohesive cohort of well-rounded scholars who then head into their research specializations.  

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CFP: Russian Language Journal re: Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion

Deadline: December 15, 2020

Given recent conversations in the field and ACTR’s statement concerning systemic racism and police brutality in the United States, the Russian Language Journal is dedicating a special issue to the topic of diversity, equity, access and inclusion. We invite submissions that address any aspect of DEAI in language study, instruction, and/or curriculum, including, but not limited to:

•       The implementation of critical pedagogies in K-16 language classrooms
•       Developing community engagement initiatives in the language classroom that promote equity and social justice
•       Redesigning curricula and language learning materials to promote learner identity and self-representation
•       Language ideology and public policy at the local and national level
•       Analysis of public discourse related to issues of race, gender, LGTBQ+, and marginalized ethnic communities in Russian-speaking countries
•       Methods of teaching, training, and mentoring graduate students and language instructors in addressing inequity and promoting inclusivity
•       Study abroad programing for students from underrepresented populations

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Grad Program: Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures (Indiana University)

Deadline: December 1 (international); January 15 (domestic)

The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at Indiana University invites applications to its MA and PhD programs. With fifteen faculty in the core unit, the Indiana Slavic department is one of the largest in the country. We support PhD level work in Russian, Polish, and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS), as well as in Slavic linguistics and language pedagogy.

Home to a Russian Flagship Program, we have seen recent growth in Russian enrollments and maintain programs in BCS, Czech, Polish, and Ukrainian. Our core faculty offers mentorship in diverse areas including the theory and practice of translation, memory studies, economic criticism, cultural studies, and critical theory; research strengths in linguistics include pragmatics, phonology, second language acquisition, and pedagogy. Our extensive and engaged network of adjunct faculty adds expertise in fields such as documentary film, computational linguistics, and religious thought. Graduate students also have the opportunity for apprenticeships at our in-house press, Slavica, which puts out academic books in Slavic studies and, under the imprint Three String Books, literary translations. 

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Research Fellowships for UT Faculty and Graduate Students (Harry Ransom Center)

Deadline: December 1, 2020

Awards for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, invites applications from the UT-Austin community for its 2021–2022 research fellowships.

In this next award cycle, the Ransom Center will grant 12 fellowships—approximately 6 to UT faculty and 6 to UT graduate students—for projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections and critically or creatively engage the collections. The Ransom Center’s internationally renowned collections support research in all areas of the humanities including literature, photography, film, art, performing arts, music, cultural history, and humanity more broadly.

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Alfa Fellowship Program

Deadline: December 1, 2020

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished international initiative that each year offers up to 18 accomplished young Americans, Britons, and Germans the opportunity to complete a high-level professional development program in Russia. Over the course of the program, fellows complete work placements at leading institutions, attend professional seminars, and receive intensive language training.

The fellowship provides a monthly stipend, accommodation, insurance, all program-related travel costs, language training in Russia, and private tutoring in the U.S., U.K., or Germany.

The Alfa Fellowship Program was founded in 2004 with the aim of fostering a community of emerging leaders who have first-hand experience in the business, public policy, and cultural environments of Russia and the region. Since then, over 200 Americans, Britons, and Germans have been able to experience the workplace, while living and traveling in Russia through this unique professional opportunity.

Key goals of the Alfa Fellowship Program are to expand networks of American, British, German, and Russian professionals, develop greater intercultural understanding, and advance knowledge of Russian affairs in the West.

The program is funded by Alfa-Bank, and is administered in the U.S., U.K., and Germany by Cultural Vistas and in Moscow by the Fund for International Fellowships and Cultural Dialogue.

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Associate/Full Professor of History or Cultural Studies (UT Austin)

Deadline: December 11, 2020

The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies (DSES) in collaboration with the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for the position of tenured associate or full professor. The anticipated start date is fall semester 2021, and the position is contingent upon budget availability.  We seek applications from scholars whose research focuses on the Poland or the non-Russian peoples and cultures of the former Soviet republics, though transnational research might also include Russians. Our preference is for a research specialization in Cultural (including literary) Studies or History, though interdisciplinary work that crosses into these fields will be considered. All candidates must have an outstanding and active research and publication record consistent with achievement at the intended rank at a leading research university.  Teaching duties will include a two course per semester load. The selected candidate will be expected to exhibit an interest in and commitment to departmental and center administration and service and be qualified to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as direct independent research. Candidates who are currently or will potentially make outstanding contributions to diversity in their scholarly fields and/or institutions of higher education, or have experience mentoring a diverse student body, are especially encouraged to apply. 

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International Peace Scholarship

Deadline: December 15, 2020

International Peace Scholarship, established in 1949 to provide scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the US or Canada. The maximum amount awarded to a student is $12,500. There are two parts to the application process. The first is filling out an on-line eligibility form, which is due December 15.  If you qualify (based on the eligibility form), you will be sent materials to complete the full application. The deadline for that is March 1.

 An applicant must be qualified for admission to full-time graduate study and working toward a graduate degree in an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. A student who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada is not eligible. Scholarships are not given for online courses, research, internships or for practical training if not combined with coursework. In order to qualify for her first scholarship, an applicant must have a full year of coursework remaining, be enrolled and in residence for the entire school year. Doctoral students who have completed coursework and are working only on dissertations are not eligible as first-time applicants.

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Petro Jacyk Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Ukrainian Studies

Deadline: December 15, 2020

The Petro Jacyk Education Foundation is accepting proposals from universities in North America to establish a new Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Ukrainian Studies. The objective of the Post-Doctoral Fellowship is to annually support one of the most promising junior scholars studying contemporary Ukraine and thereby to advance academic understanding of Ukrainian politics, history and society.


The Petro Jacyk Post-Doctoral Fellowship is available to universities in North America with an existing department, research centre or program in Ukrainian studies.  The Fellowship will be open to recently awarded PhDs.

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CFP: Ukrainian Studies Conference (Indiana University)

Deadline: December 15, 2020

The Ukrainian Studies Organization at Indiana University will be holding a second Ukrainian Studies Conference (Taras Shevchenko Conference) which will take place at Indiana University, March 19-20, 2021. Taking into consideration the current uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will announce later if the conference will be online or on campus (Bloomington, IU).

Our conference aims to bring scholars from all disciplines to explore the ways in which Ukrainian studies is presented and shaped in the current political and cultural contexts. In addition to this broad range of topics, we welcome talks and presentations that focus on the exploration of trauma. The events of 2014 ask for the discussion of traumatic experiences triggered by war, dislocation, re-integration into society after military actions, social isolation, sense of lostness, etc. The range of trauma narratives is open (Chornobyl, WWII, deportations, the Holodomor, collectivization, etc.). 

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