Conference: Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (Middlebury Institute for International Studies)

Deadline: March 1, 2020

The Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (MSSR) will be held in Monterey, CA, at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies from June 22-August 6, 2020. Carnegie Corporation of New York supports the Monterey Symposium and makes it possible for us to provide travel, lodging, and tuition for twelve selected MSSR fellows. Applications for the Monterey Symposium must be received by March 1, 2020. Advanced Russian language skills are required as experts from Russia will be lecturing in Russian. Please see the attached flier for more information about the program. Please also note some highlights for the MSSR 2020 program below:

·         US-Russian RelationsPast, Present, Future by Dr. Thomas Graham of Kissinger Associates, Dr. Dmitri Trenin of the Carnegie Moscow Center, Ambassador John Beyrle of the US Russia Foundation, Dr. George Breslauer of the University of California, Berkeley

·         Russia in Global Politics by Dr. Feodor Voitolovsky of the Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations, The Honorable Pierre Lellouche, former Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, France, and  former President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Dr. Hanna Notte of the Shaikh Group, Alexander Gabuev of the Carnegie Moscow Center

·         The Role of Science and Scientists in Soviet and Russian National Security Policy by Academician Roald Sagdeev, former Director of the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Dr. Siegfried Hecker of Stanford University, Dr. David Holloway of Stanford University

·         Harvard Negotiation Boot camp by Dr. Arvid Bell of Harvard University and Taylor Valley of Harvard University

·         History of Runet and the Rise of Russia’s Security State through Internet by Irina Borogan and Andrei Soldatov of

·         Cybersecurity in Russia by Dr. Elena Chernenkoof the Kommersant newspaper

·         Recent Social Transformations in Russia: Russian Society and Elites by Dr. Lev Gudkov of the Levada Center, Dr. Kirill Rogov and Dr. Nikolay Petrov of the National Research University Higher School of Economics

·         Archival Research on the Soviet Union and Russia by Mr. Thomas Blanton and Dr. Svetlana Savranskaya of the National Security Archives

·         Nuclear Nonproliferation in US-Russian Relations by Dr. William Potter and Sarah Bidgood of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, MIIS

·         Practicalities of Interacting with the Media by Matthew Rojansky of the Kennan Institute, Jon Finer of the Council on Foreign Relations and Dr. Michael Kimmage of the Catholic University of America

·         History of Russian Art by Dr. Tatiana Yudenkova of the State Tretyakov Gallery

Conference/CFP: 58th Annual Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (Greenville, SC)

Proposal Deadline: January 15, 2020
Event Date: March 12-14, 2020

Special Events

Professor Donald Raleigh, Jay Richard Judson Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, will give the keynote address at the Friday banquet. The title of his talk is “GenSec: The Brezhnev You May not Know”

The Saturday “Beach Party” will be a good ol’ timey hoedown AND a hootenanny! Featuring live bluegrass music by the Mountain Bridge band and square dancing guided by the Southern Junction Cloggers! Local barbecue will be served (including vegetarian options)!

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Lang. Training/Funding: Intensive Summer and Winter courses in Armenian, Persian, and Russian

Deadline: varies

Armenian School of Languages and Cultures – ASPIRANTUM is Organizing Intensive Summer and Winter Language Courses of Armenian, Persian and Russian languages. You may check the language courses here:

Below you may check the available scholarships. 

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships Program for US students

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. Eligible students apply for fellowships directly to an institution that has received an allocation of fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education.

Melik-Bakhshyan Scholarships to Learn Armenian in Yerevan

Up to 3 Melik-Bakhshyan scholarships are available for eligible applicants to learn Armenian in Yerevan.

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Job: American English Program Teaching Positions

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Program benefits: small stipend, room and board with a Russian family, three hours per week of one-to-one Russian lessons, teacher training and lesson planning assistance, a pleasant, well-equipped, and organized teaching environment.

Teacher obligations: Plan and teach four (possibly 5) 1 1/2 hour classes that meet twice a week, hold office hours, present a brief “Saturday lecture” on any aspect of American culture, airfare to Moscow, visa fee, obtain TESOL certification.

Apply via:

Study Abroad: UCSD Global Seminars Program (Irkutsk)

Deadline: February 1 (early bird) or March 1, 2020

Please invite your students to apply to a new summer program we will be offering in Siberia this coming summer 2020 through the UCSD Global Seminars Programs. Students will enroll in Summer Session I (June 28-August 2) and receive credit for two 4-unit courses, LTEU 152 and 153. LTEU 152 is an Ethnic Studies course focused on the Buryats, Indigeneity, and Identity, while LTEU 153 is a multidisciplinary Environmental Studies course on Lake Baikal. Both courses will include a Russian language instruction component, but no prior knowledge of Russian is required. The courses will be rich in experiential learning. We will be based in Irkutsk and partner with students and specialists at Irkutsk State University, but we will also travel to Moscow, Petersburg, Olkhon Island, Balagansk, and Ulan Ude. We will work with the Great Baikal Trail organization and spend a night out on the trail by the campfire. Let me know if you have any questions. For more information, you and your students can access the program link below, contact me by e-mail (below), or contact the Global Seminars Director Jim Galvin at the phone number listed below.

Thanks for your interest and for sending us your students!

Rebecca Wells, Lecturer in Russian
Literature Department, University of California, San Diego

For more information:

Phone appointment with Jim Galvin, Director of UCSD Global Seminars. Call  (858) 534-1123 for appointment.

E-mail with Rebecca Wells, Faculty Leader at

Funding: Good Neighbor Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2020

The Good Neighbor Scholarship (GNS) provides an exemption of one year’s worth of tuition (fall, spring, and summer) to students who were born in and are residents of a nation in the Western Hemisphere (excluding Cuba and the United States). A full list of eligibility requirements, including eligible nations, can be found within the GNS application. The exemption provided by the Good Neighbor Scholarship does not pay for any fees or charges on the tuition bill, such as health insurance, late registration fees, ISSS Support Services fee, etc. The scholarship is administered through ISSS on behalf of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Application Details

The 2020-2021 Good Neighbor Scholarship application will be available February 1, 2020.The deadline for the 2020-2021 school year Good Neighbor Scholarship is March 1, 2020 by 5 pm .

In addition to the online application, the following documents are required for your application to be considered complete:

  • Statement of Purpose: You must provide a typed statement (minimum of 2 pages) that addresses all of the following points:
    • Campus and community involvement -Discuss your involvement with student groups, university committees, and/or community involvement/volunteering and how they contribute to your success as a student.
    • Academic Goals – Explain your current academic interests and plans after graduation.
    • Financial Need – Indicate need for financial assistance, including any recent changes in your financial situation (e.g. medical bills, loss of sponsorship).

Lang. Training: Summer Intensive Language Programs (Pitt)

Deadline: March 1, 2020 (or until Mid-May)

The Summer Language Institute ( at the University of Pittsburgh is proud to announce that we are accepting applications for summer 2020. We offer intensive language courses through a variety of domestic, study abroad, and hybrid (Pittsburgh+abroad) programs in the following languages:

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