Grad Program: Contemporary Russian Studies; Slavic Languages and Literatures (University of Virginia)

Deadline: January 15, 2020

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia welcomes applications for three graduate programs, the MA in Contemporary Russian Studies, the MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures. The MA in Contemporary Russian Studies offers courses in Russian literature, language, culture, history, politics, art history, religious studies, and sociology, as well as further study in advanced Russian language. The MA and PhD programs in Slavic Languages and Literatures train graduate students primarily in Russian literature, culture, and help students to advance their language skills toward professional-level proficiency. At the PhD level students take secondary offerings in Polish language and Polish, Czech, and Central European literature and film. Other Slavic languages are offered through summer study. Students may also take courses in related areas in other language departments, English, History, Politics, Sociology, and Religious Studies, among many others. 

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Grad Program: Slavic Languages, Literatures, Culture (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

Deadline: January 7, 2021

Graduate students can focus on a single national language and literature (Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Czech, Polish, Russian, or Ukrainian) or, alternatively, on comparative study and research in two East European literatures (one of the above or another East or Central European literature taught within the university, e.g., Yiddish or German).  Students can also pursue interdisciplinary work, focusing on East European literature(s) and another discipline (e.g., History of Art or Architecture, Cinema, Comparative Literature, Philosophy, Anthropology, History, or Sociology). During their first year of graduate study, students will develop an individual plan of study, in consultation with faculty mentors, integrating the components noted above into a coherent intellectual plan for working with the selected literatures in their cross-cultural contexts.

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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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Russian Studies Grad Program (McGill University, Canada)

Deadline: August 14 (Spring); January 6 (Fall)

Russian Studies at McGill invites applications from talented students.  As part of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, we offer a uniquely multi-cultural and interdisciplinary environment. Our students and faculty are committed to open, culturally informed dialogue among national and across intellectual traditions.    

Our faculty specializes in 19th-21st century Russian literature and culture, working in such areas as Russian Romanticism and Realism, the Russian novel, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Chekhov, as well as Soviet and Post-Soviet film and media. We offer seminars in drama, opera, film, folklore, the avant-garde, high Stalinist culture and post-Soviet culture.  Our students are invited to explore visual culture, cultural mythology, symbolic geography, and intermediality. Beyond Russian Studies, the Department hosts a broad and flexible range of graduate seminars, including literary theory, world cinemas, digital humanities, media studies and environmental and animal studies. A small but dynamic program allows for a great deal of personal attention, an atmosphere of collegiality and a close-knit intellectual community.

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Graduate Program in Slavic Languages and Literatures (USC)

Deadline: January 15, 2021

The department of Slavic Languages and Literatures invites applications from wellqualified students interested in Russian literature and culture. Our dynamic faculty have research interests across a wide range of fields, from eighteenth-century literature to literary theory and philosophy of language, with a particular concentration in Russian literature and culture of the modern era. A list of faculty and their interests can be found here:

We also currently offer beginning and intermediate Polish. Our program provides excellent support leading to the PhD, starting with standard five-year packages that include three years of fellowship support and two teaching years, tuition, and health insurance.   Additionally, the Los Angeles area itself, with its abundance of cultural resources makes USC an exciting place at which to do graduate work (for a sampling of the areas attractions, see 

Basic information about our faculty and program is available on our web site – 

For information on how to apply, see (please note: in the current cycle USC is suspending the requirement that applicants submit GRE scores).

Grad Program: Master of Arts (M.A.) in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies + Dual Degree Programs (UT Austin)

Deadline: January 5, 2021 (Fall enrollment)

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies is a two-year multidisciplinary program that offers advanced training for those qualified students who seek an integrated knowledge of the language, history, society and culture of the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and Eurasia. This graduate degree offers the opportunity to create an individually tailored program. Upon graduation, students will have an extensive understanding of the country or countries of specialization, including a working knowledge of one of the region’s languages. The program primarily serves students preparing for professional careers and those seeking an M.A. before pursuing a professional career trajectory or Ph.D. in a particular discipline.

This region of the world covers over one-sixth of the globe and comprises countries, which differ enormously in language, ethnicity, religion, culture, political history and economic development. Since the mid-1980s, the process of reform, collapse and reconstruction in the region has led to a heightened interest in the area and the need for serious and scholarly understanding of the region. It is the mission of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies to facilitate such understanding.

The M.A. program offers either a thesis or report option. Click here for more information about degree requirements.

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Funding: National Digital Newspaper Program (National Endowment for the Humanities)

Deadline: January 14, 2021

The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress to create a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1690 and 1963, from all the states and U.S. territories. This searchable database will be permanently maintained at the Library of Congress (LC) and will be freely accessible online (see the Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers website).  An accompanying national newspaper directory of bibliographic and holdings information on the website directs users to newspaper titles available in all types of formats.  During the course of its partnership with NEH, LC will also digitize and contribute to the NDNP database a significant number of newspaper pages drawn from its own collections.

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