Funding: Project Go Scholarship for ROTC Students Studying Russian

Deadlines: January 13, 2020 (abroad program); February 17, 2020 (Pittsburgh program)

The University of Pittsburgh invites Army, Navy/Marine, and Air Force ROTC students from any U.S. college or university to apply for a Pitt Project GO (Global Officers) scholarship for intensive study of 1st-4th year Russian in Summer 2020.  Project GO is sponsored by the federal Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) and administered nationally by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Students who have not yet begun their pursuit of Russian are encouraged to apply for an 8-week beginning-level class, which will cover the equivalent of one academic year’s worth of language training.  The beginning-level classes, offered by Pitt’s Summer Language Institue (SLI), are held at the University’s main campus in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh from June 1-July 24, 2020.  Pitt Project GO scholarships for Beginning Russian cover:
•       Full tuition for 8 University of Pittsburgh credits
•       Housing and a living stipend
•       Travel between the student’s home city and Pittsburgh
•       Textbooks

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CFP: Edited Volume: Authenticity across Languages and Cultures – Transcultural and Philosophical Motives in Foreign Language Teaching & Learning

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Aim of the book

In the research literature on foreign-language teaching and learning (FLTL), ‘authenticity’ emerges as an important issue (for a list of relevant publications, see the file ‘References’). The term, due to its strong connotation and its colloquial ubiquity, has been used to denote a multitude of concepts. This volume is conceptually grounded in the writings of Will (2018) and Pinner (2016), who have recently contributed to an increased level of discursive clarity (Will) on the one hand, and a promising reconceptualization (Pinner) on the other. One of the main aims of this interdisciplinary volume is a new conceptual cohesion in accordance with seminal works in FLTL (e.g. van Lier, Widdowson, Breen), literary and cultural studies (e.g. Delanoy, Kramsch, Butler) as well as in existentialist philosophy (e.g. Sartre, Heidegger). In this book, ‘authenticity’ will be investigated as an educational construct apt to enrich (the modern) foreign language classrooms  and university lecture halls in an age of globalisation, digitalisation, mobility and transculturality. With the contributors to this book coming from different countries and continents, the WHO, WHAT and HOW of ‘authenticity’ shall be investigated, overcoming widespread notions of native-speakerism, essentialism and stereotype. We encourage both theoretical and conceptual as well as empirical papers.

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

Deadline: December 1, 2019 (international); January 15, 2019 (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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Conference/CFP: Midwest Slavic Conference “Science & Fiction(s)” (Ohio State University)

Event Date: April 3-5, 2020
Deadline for Papers: January 13, 2020

The Midwest Slavic Association and The Ohio State University (OSU) Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) are pleased to announce the 2020 Midwest Slavic Conference Science & Fiction(s) to be held at OSU in Columbus, Ohio on April 3-5, 2020. The conference committee invites proposals for papers on all topics related to the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian world, particularly those that explore science and the history of science, science fiction in film, cartoons, art, music, and literary works, information science and disinformation. In a world where truth is often stranger than fiction—and harder to find—science fiction can be revelatory. As society grapples to answer questions about climate change, ecological justice, and environmental disasters, does the function and ethical responsibility of science fiction change? What is the relationship between science, fiction, and the arts? How do they illuminate, reinforce, and change each other? 

The conference will open at 5:30PM with a keynote address by Dr. Anindita Banerjee (Cornell U.). Building on the keynote address, a plenary panel will follow on Saturday morning. Panels by conference participants will then be held on Saturday from 10:30AM-4:45PM and Sunday from 8:30AM-11:45AM. 

Please send a one-paragraph abstract and a brief C.V. in a single PDF format file to by January 13th. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate. Interdisciplinary work and pre-formed panels are encouraged. Proposals for individual papers will be accepted. 

More information is available at the Conference website


Abstract and C.V. Deadline: January 13
Notification of Acceptance: February 7
Scheduling Conflicts Due: February 11
Panels Announced: February 21
Final Papers to Chair: March 20
Presenter Registration Deadline: March 20

Students: $35
Faculty/Public: $50

General Attendees: $25

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CFP: European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium (University of Pittsburgh)

Deadline: January 15, 2020

On Friday, March 27, 2020, we will sponsor the annual European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium at Pitt. Modeled after traditional academic conferences, this event will give students the opportunity to present their research papers on Europe, Russia and/or Eurasia to discussants and an audience. Please encourage your outstanding undergraduate students to apply to participate in the Symposium. Limited travel grants are available to help defray expenses for accepted participants located outside of the Pittsburgh region. The application form and further information can be found at

1) Students must submit applications with 250-300 word abstracts and paper drafts by January 15, 2020.
2) Selected students will be notified by February 2020.
3) Final revised papers are due by March 16, 2020.
4) Presentations will be made at the Symposium on March 27, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact REEES Engagement Coordinator Susan Dawkins 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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Grad. Program: Russian Studies (University of Colorado-Boulder)

Deadline: January 15, 2020 (for fall admission)

The MA in Russian Studies combines intensive, advanced study of the Russian language with cultural literacy, based upon historical and theoretical analysis of cultural and socio-political developments in Russia. The faculty’s interdisciplinary strengths include literature, cinema, folklore, literary/ cultural theory, cultural studies, gender studies, sociolinguistics, pedagogy, minority studies, and nationalism. The faculty works closely with students to design their own course of study. Some Russian MA students receive a teaching assistantship and tuition waiver. 

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Conference: AATSEEL 2020 (San Diego)

Deadline: (for presenters) December 15, 2019; (to book room at conference rate) January 13, 2020

The program for the annual conference of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) is now available

AATSEEL 2020 will be held February 6-9, 2020 at the Omni San Diego. Rooms at the Omni at the conference rate are $239/night. We have a room share board for attendees looking to share lodging. Please visit to book or to find more information. The deadline to book at the conference rate is 5pm PST, January 13, 2020. 

Anyone presenting at the conference is required to register by December 15, 2019. Presenters are also required to be current members (memberships expire on July 1 every calendar year) and AATSEEL members pay lower conference registration rates.

Memberships and registration can be purchased online at
Conference registration includes complimentary continental breakfast on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings of the conference and unlimited access to all panels, coffee breaks, the Presidential Reception and Awards Ceremony, film screenings, Advanced Seminars, workshops, and special events. 

We look forward to seeing everyone in San Diego in February! 
For questions about the content or schedule of the program, please contact the Program Committee Chair, Dr. Yuri Leving ( 
For questions about registration, lodging, and other conference logistics, please contact AATSEEL’s Conference Manager, Dr. Rachel Stauffer ( 

Funding: Overseas Fellowships for Grad Students studying Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union (Indiana University/University of Illinois)

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Title VIII Overseas Fellowships of up to $8,000 are available to support U.S. graduate students, area specialists, and scholars studying the languages and cultures of Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union in overseas programs.

These Fellowships must be for overseas study and must be for courses that are not available in the Language Workshop and for which no other Title VIII funding is available

Award Amount: Up to $8,000
Deadline: January 31, 2020 


The mission of the Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union — administered by the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research — is to ensure that timely, independent, analysis informs foreign policy decisions.

Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Priority goes to applicants who will further the program’s mission to develop and maintain high-quality research and training programs critical to the national security of the United States and to support and sustain American expertise on the countries of Eastern Europe and the independent states of the former Soviet Union.

Applicants for Russian must be applying for 7th-year study (or must be at the C2 level, the ACTFL Advanced-High/Superior border) or higher.

Additional Title VIII Opportunities through the University of Illinois

Combine a Title VIII research award through the University of Illinois with a summer Title VIII language award through Indiana University to make a comprehensive research/language program.

Students applying for Title VIII support for overseas language study through Indiana University may also apply for Title VIII support for research conducted at the University of Illinois through their Open Research Laboratory in spring 2020 and their Summer Research Laboratory in summer 2020.

Applicants must apply separately to the Illinois and Indiana programs.

Learn more about ORL and apply for a Title VIII ORL research fellowship at the University of Illinois’ ORL page.

Learn more about SLR and apply for a Title VIII SRL research fellowship at the University of Illinois’ SRL page.

Grad. Program: Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (University of Alberta)

Deadline: January 15, 2020

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta invites applications to its innovative MA and PhD Programs in Modern Languages & Cultural Studies. We offer:

  • an interdisciplinary and transcultural focus
  • collaborative, student-centred programs
  • dual emphasis on academic and professional development

Modern Languages and Cultural Studies offers MA and PhD degree programs in four major areas: Applied Linguistics, Media and Cultural Studies, Translation Studies, and Transnational and Comparative Literatures.  Students develop and explore research questions in a creative, dynamic, and international learning environment that emphasizes both academic and professional training. Our large and distinguished faculty can guide diverse theoretical approaches to research—including gender and sexuality theory, visual cultural theory, urban studies, folklore, film theory, digital and internet studies, discourse analysis, second-language acquisition, and more—in time periods ranging from the premodern to the contemporary, in a wide range of languages, and in diverse cultural regions. In addition to research-focussed, thesis-based MA and PhD programs, we offer a course-based MA focussed on professional development. All of our programs feature interdisciplinary and transcultural seminars, a student-designed professional development portfolio, and colloquia that support collaboration and accelerated time to degree completion.

MA and PhD studies in Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta means exposure to and engagement with a broad range of linguistic, national, and cultural perspectives in a setting that encourages collaborative problem solving, creative risk-taking, and critical reflection. Uniquely equipped with skills in cultural communication and a commitment to diversity, our graduates pursue careers in government, business, and academia as educators, researchers, communication experts, and global leaders.

For more information, please visit our website ( or contact

Applications for Sept. 2020 admission are due no later than Jan. 15, 2020