Civil Society in Russia Research Grant 

Civil Society in Russia Research Grant 

Thanks to a grant from the US-Russia Foundation, the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies is sponsoring grants with stipends of up to $6,000 for the purposes of conducting graduate research related to the rule of law, governance, economy, business, and civil society in Russia. These grants are intended to provide opportunities for young scholars to make connections with Russian peers and senior specialists, promoting long-term professional relations, and to foster the next generation of Russia experts.

Graduate students in MA programs and professional schools are strongly encouraged to apply. PhD students at the predissertation level may apply for pre-dissertation research. 

The grants may be held concurrently with other partial funding sources. The grant recipient cannot concurrently hold the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation research Fellowship, Fulbright-Hays DDRA, SSRC IDRF, and other similarly fully-funded dissertation research fellowships.


  • Applicants must be M.A., Ph.D., and professional school students enrolled at a US university
  • Applicants may be of any nationality
  • Applicants who are Ph.D. students should be at the predissertation level (those who are Ph.D. candidates [ABD] should instead apply for the ASEEES Dissertation Research Grant and/or the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship)
  • Applicant must have language proficiency necessary to conduct proposed research
  • Applicant must plan to conduct research in Russia
  • Applicant must be a member of ASEEES at the time of application
  • Applicant must plan to start the research travel by no later the January 31, 2021

The grant amount is maximum $6,000, which must be spent on expenses outside the US conducting research in Russia. NOTE: The fellowship does not support tuition and fee payments to the applicant’s US home institution.

Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2020 (Notifications will be made by May 15)

Complete the online application, which includes:

  • A two-page, single-spaced, maximum 1000-word (exluding footnotes, bibliography) description of the research scope, analytical framework, methodology, budget, and timeline;
  • A CV no longer than two pages;
  • Graduate transcript(s) (unofficial copy allowed);
  • Two letters of professional reference due April 8, 2020 (one must be from the main thesis advisor)

All files are reviewed by an independent panel that values clarity of argument to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Please contact with any further questions.

Please feel free to print this flyer or to email it to eligible students.

Call for Papers: Migration as a narrative: Russian-speaking identities and communities in space and time International Conference

Migration as a narrative: Russian-speaking identities and communities in space and time International Conference

The University of Edinburgh, 18-19 June 2020

Migration is a constant feature of the current age of ‘liquid modernity’, transforming societies into a collection of diasporas (Bauman). Research in Russian speaking mobility offers a valuable contribution to both the theoretical and empirical aspects of migration and mobility studies. While Russian speakers have crossed state boundaries for centuries, the collapse of the Soviet Union has created an unprecedented environment for mobility and diasporic processes of Russophones, destabilising hegemonic relations between the centre and the periphery and producing emerging conditions including ‘beached diasporas’, ‘Global Russians’, ‘virtual Russophonia’, and ‘transnational Russian cultures’, to name but a few. Currently, the geography of Russian-speaking communities outside Russia is wider than ever with the overall population comparable in size to that of the Russian Federation.

Discourse perspectives have recently marked a theoretical shift in migration research. Mobility is intrinsically discursive as space, communities, identities and belonging are constructed in narratives – those produced by migrants and those about migrants. What do these stories – written and oral, visual and multimodal, fictional and real – tell us about Russian-speaking movers across the world? As the Russian speakers populate the ‘third space’ (Bhabha) of diasporic sites, and as these sites turn to the ‘zones of intense cutting-edge creativity’ (Karim), what are the discursive manifestations and articulations of this condition? And how do the current migration narratives of Russophones compare with those produced in other ‘waves’ of migration from Russia and the Soviet Union?

We invite proposals for individual papers from colleagues who use discourse-based approaches to Russophone communities outside the Russian Federation from a variety of disciplines in humanities and social sciences: sociolinguistics, (linguistic) anthropology, discourse studies, narrative studies, conversational analysis, literary and film studies, communication and media studies, socio-political disciplines and other areas. Proposals including paper abstracts of 250 words accompanied by a short CV are to be submitted by no later than Tuesday 18 February 2020 to Professor Lara Ryazanova-Clarke


Abstracts by 18 February 2020
Responses to proposals by 28 February
Dates of the Conference 18-19 June 2020

There is no conference fee. Paper presenters will be offered free tea and coffee, lunch and a conference dinner.

Non-paper giving participants will be asked to contribute to coffee breaks and dinner.

We will be able to offer a modest contribution towards travel for three graduate students on a competitive basis.

2020 Institute for Russian Music Studies Annual Conference

2020 Institute for Russian Music Studies Annual Conference


Utopia and Dystopia in Russian Music








This conference of the Institute for Russian Music Studies (IRMS) is hosted in Vipiteno under the auspices of the Orfeo Music Festival and the Municipality of Vipiteno. This year the arrival is scheduled for July 1 and departure on July 6 or later.

Scholars and students of Russian music from around the world are invited to submit paper proposals of new research in Russian music and panel discussion proposals. The committee will select papers of special interest for conference presentations and panel sessions. Papers are planned as 20-minute presentations followed by 10-minute discussions. The official languages of the conference are English and Russian (with provided English translation).


Ada Aynbinder (Tchaikovsky State Museum-Reserve, State Institute for Art Studies, Russia)

Philip Ross Bullock (University of Oxford, UK)

Olga Digonskaya (Shostakovich Archive, Russian National Museum of Music, Russia)

Emily Frey (Brandies University, USA)

Marina Frolova-Walker (Cambridge University, UK)

Larisa Jackson (University of Houston – Downtown, USA; OMF, Italy)

Simon Morrison (Princeton University, USA)


March 1: 1) Deadline for 300-400-word abstract. Include title of proposed paper, the state of research field and the contribution of the paper to the field. 2) Your 100-word biography, digital head shot, name, institutional affiliation or independent scholar status and your contact information. Email to:

March 15: Paper acceptance notifications are sent out. The committee will finalize the decision on the papers included in the conference and will inform the contributors immediately thereafter.

March 20 – May 31: Registration is open on the website. Fees: $190 for 4 days & includes lunch, Early Registration $150 by 3/20, Student Registration available. Complete Registration Form.

For more information, please visit the conference website.

Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship Programs

Promoting academic exchanges between Poland and the United States has been the cornerstone of the Kosciuszko Foundation’s mission ever since its establishment nearly 100 years ago. Therefore, it gives us great pleasure to announce that applications for 2020-2021 edition of the Exchange Programs to Poland are now open to American students and researchers.


Learn Polish at the Jagiellonian University – one of the oldest continuously operating universities in the world, dating back to the 14th century! Our scholarship includes a tuition fee waiver for one or two semesters of intensive Polish language program & a living expenses allowance.

ELIGIBILITY: US citizens, undergraduate sophomore, junior, senior, and graduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

More information on this program can be found here.


Study full-time or conduct research at leading Polish universities and research institutions. The scholarship provides a stipend for housing and living expenses in Poland.

ELIGIBILITY: US citizens, graduate-level students, or university faculty members.

More information on these programs can be found here.

Kennan Institute: Title VIII Research and Summer Grant Applications Due

The Kennan Institute is holding the next round of competition for its Title VIII Research and Summer Grants. Detailed information about each grant is below, and more information about all opportunities can be found HERE.

Title VIII Research Grants – Deadline: January 31, 2020

Title VIII Research Scholarships lasting three to nine months are available to academic participants in the early stages of their career (before tenure) or scholars whose careers have been interrupted or delayed. For non-academics, an equivalent degree of professional achievement is expected. Eligibility is limited to the postdoctoral level for academic participants, although doctoral candidates in the process of completing a dissertation may apply (the dissertation must be successfully defended before taking residence at the Kennan Institute). Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Research proposals examining the countries of Eurasia are eligible. Those proposals related to regional Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, Belarus, the Caucasus, and contemporary issues are particularly welcome. The Title VIII Research Scholar grant offers a stipend of $3,500 per month, research facilities, computer support, and some research assistance. Grant recipients are required to be in residence at the Institute in Washington, D.C. for the duration of their fellowship.

Title VIII Summer Research Grants – Deadline: January 31, 2020

Scholars who conduct research in the social sciences or humanities focusing on Russia and the other countries of Eurasia, and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area should consider applying for the summer research fellowship. Policy-relevant research is preferred. The summer research fellowship must be used for two consecutive months between May-September, and applicants are required to hold an MA degree or higher.  The Summer Research Scholarships will provide a stipend of $7,000 for 2 months, research facilities, computer support, and some research assistance.  Travel and accommodation expenses are not directly covered by this fellowship. All applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Grant recipients are required to be in residence at the Institute in Washington, D.C. for the duration of their fellowship.

Please send all questions and application materials to

Fifth Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies

You are invited to submit proposals for panels, roundtables and papers for the Fifth Annual Tartu Conference on Russian And East European Studies on 7-9 June 2020, Tartu, Estonia under the theme “Post-Socialist (dis)Orders”. Keynote addresses will be delivered by Prof Mark Lipovetsky (Columbia University) and by Dr Ayşe Zarakol (University of Cambridge).

The collapse of socialism was greeted both in the East and in the West as a return to civilization, a resumption of the normal course of history after the communist experiment. The general expectation was that after a period of transition, former socialist countries would become market democracies, rendering obsolete the very notion of Eastern Europe. Thirty years later, it is clear that the post-socialist world has developed as a complex hierarchy of geographic and social spaces, where diverse identities and historical legacies produce specific political, economic and cultural dynamics. Conference participants are invited to reflect on these challenges as they are faced by local communities and entire nations; comparative research focusing on the region and beyond is particularly encouraged. Please find full details of the Call at the conference website.

The Tartu Conference is a venue for academic discussion of the fundamental cultural, social, economic and political trends affecting all aspects of people’s life in Russia and Eastern Europe. Inaugurated in June 2016, this forum brings together scholars from across multiple disciplines, from the region and beyond. The Programme Committee will consider proposals addressing the above and related questions as well as other issues relevant to the development of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia from any disciplinary angle. Interdisciplinary perspectives are particularly welcome.

Each paper proposal must include an abstract of no more than 250 words. Panel and roundtable proposals should list all speakers, along with abstracts and, if available, information about the chair and the discussant (alternatively, these can be assigned by the Programme Committee). Please use this link to submit your proposal by 20 January 2020.

The 2020 Tartu Conference is organized by the Centre for EU–Russia Studies (CEURUS) at the University of Tartu, in cooperation with the PONARS Eurasia research network. Please find more information the conference website

Residence Grant 2020-2021 at the Center for Urban History (Lviv, Ukraine)

The Center for Urban History invites researchers of various fields in the humanities from different countries to apply for the 2020-2021 Residence Grant.

We welcome applications for research that offer broad interpretations of urban history as a discipline at the intersection of various approaches of humanities and social sciences. The chronological and geographical frames of the proposed research are limited to the 19th and 20th-century history of East and Central Europe.

We especially encourage historians, culture studies scholars, and anthropologists.

The program includes:
●        five one-month residence grants for young researchers, working on their PhD thesis or preparing them for publishing,
●        five two-week residence grants for advanced researchers,
●        three residencies on digital urban history in cooperation with the Lviv Interactive project, an online encyclopedia representing the history of Lviv through places and spaces

The Center offers
●        accommodation in the guest rooms of the Centre
●        a place for research at the office
●        shares access to its library resources, urban media arсhive, research works, scholarly contacts
●        provides an opportunity to present and discuss the preliminary results of the grantee’s project at the Center’s Urban seminar or public lectures.

Applications have to include:
●        Project Description (1000-2000 words)
●        Curriculum vitae
●        List of publications
●        Letter of recommendation for non-holders of PhD or relevant degree.

Application deadline: January 15, 2020

Please submit your application to the email


Call for Papers: 4th Conference of Central Asian Language and Linguistics (ConCALL-4)

Due to popular demand and in light of an additional funding opportunity*, the Call for Papers for ConCALL-4 has been EXTENDED until Sunday, December 15, 2019.

This Spring the Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR) will be hosting the 4th Conference of Central Asian Language and Linguistics (ConCALL-4) at Indiana University from April 17-19, 2020.

Keynote Speakers for the conference include leading names in Turkic and Iranian linguistics, as well as second language acquisition and heritage language learning:

  • Gulsat Aygen, Professor, Department of English, Northern Illinois University
  • Matthew Gordon, Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Ayse Gurel, Professor, Department of Foreign Language Education, Bogazici University
  • Irene Vogel, Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Delaware

We are accepting submissions for 20-minute paper presentations (with 10 minute post-presentation questions and discussion) on topics related to Central Asian languages and linguistics, including both the Altaic and Eastern Indo-European languages spoken in the region (among others), a diverse range of languages such as Azerbaijani, Dari, Evenki, Kazakh, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Mari, Mongolian, Pashto, Persian, Tajiki, Tibetan, Turkish, Turkmen, Tuvan, Uyghur, Uzbek, Yugur, and more. Submissions on endangered Central Asian languages, e.g. Buryat and Kalmyk (Mongolic), Shugni (Iranian), Selkup (Uralic), and Chuvash, Baskirt and Yakut (Turkic), among others, are especially welcome.

Submissions can include, but are not limited to:
Formal linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics, as well as their interfaces)

Acquisition (first and second language acquisition of a Central Asian language or of other languages by speakers of Central Asian languages)

Language education/pedagogy, as related to Central Asian languages

Each abstract will be anonymously reviewed by external reviewers working in the same field and/or same/similar languages and evaluated on a basis of overall quality, as well as interest, originality, timeliness, and relevance to the field, as well as reviewing the methodology and data collection methods and overall clarity and organization of ideas.

Submissions should consist of an anonymous, titled abstract of no more than 500 words (not including examples and references, which can be placed on a second page) submitted via EasyAbstracts ( by Sunday, December 15, 2019.

Accepted presenters will have the opportunity to submit to the published proceedings of the conference.

*STUDENT STIPENDS ARE NOW AVAILABLE. We are now offering several stipends of up to $500 each, to be used for travel and accommodation costs. Stipends will be awarded to the undergraduate and/or graduate students with the highest-rated abstract submissions. If you are submitting an abstract for the conference and would like to be considered for this award, please email Amber Kent ( for more details.

Questions regarding submissions may be directed to Amber Kennedy Kent at

Questions regarding the conference may be directed to Dr. Öner Özçelik (Director, CeLCAR) at

For more information, please visit our conference website at

EXTENDED Proposal Submission Deadline: Sunday, December 15, 2019

Acceptance Notification Deadline: Friday, January 10, 2019

Early Registration Deadline: Friday, March 20, 2020

Conference Date: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday April 17-19, 2020

Call for Applications: NEW ASEEES Internship Grant Program

Thanks to the generous support of the US-Russia Foundation, ASEEES is pleased to announce the new Internship Grant Program:

This program provides MA, PhD, and professional school students and recent graduates with grants that make it possible for them to accept unpaid or underpaid internships in areas directly related to Russian studies. The program promotes the entry of young scholars with considerable Russian studies expertise into sectors outside of traditional academia. These internships must be in the US and should be substantial in duration and responsibilities, lasting two months for summer internships and four months for internships during a semester in the regular academic year. The grant offers $2,000 a month, to be paid directly to the grantee during their internship. ASEEES is also working to secure funding for a similar program to support internships related to non-Russian aspects of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies.

*Please help us disseminate the information about this new program by sharing this announcement with any interested graduate students and recent graduates.

Deadline: January 13, 2020

Call for Papers: Twentieth Annual Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop March 19-21, 2020

The Twentieth Annual Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop will be held at the University of Pittsburgh on March 19-21, 2020. The program committee welcomes proposals for papers on Czech and Slovak topics, broadly defined, in all disciplines. In the past, the areas of interest have been: anthropology, architecture, art, economics, education, film, geography, history, Jewish studies, linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, politics, religion, society, sociology, and theater.

The Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop aims to bring together researchers, scientists, faculty members and advanced graduate students to exchange their experiences, research results, and ideas. New work in progress is appropriate for our workshop format. Each speaker is typically allotted a 50-minute slot divided between a presentation and active discussion.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Pavol Demeš, an internationally recognized NGO leader who opened German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States office in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, in 2000 in order to oversee GMF’s activities in Central and Eastern Europe. Before joining GMF, Demeš was executive director of the Slovak Academic Information Agency – Service Center for the Third Sector, a Slovak NGO committed to enhancing civil society. Previously, he served his country as foreign policy advisor to the president of the Slovak Republic (1993-1997), minister of international relations (1991-1992), and director of the Department of Foreign Relations in the Ministry of Education (1990-1991).

Some funding for Ph.D. candidates traveling from universities in the United States and Canada may be available. Faculty accepted to present at the workshop are encouraged to cover their airfare from their own travel and research budgets.

The workshop is a collaboration of the University of Pittsburgh, the Czechoslovak Studies Association, and the Slovak Studies Association.

The deadline for submitting proposals is December 20, 2019.

Submissions should include:

  • Name, institutional affiliation and contact details of each author (full mailing address, email address, daytime telephone)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement indicating in which years the applicant has previously submitted proposals to and/or participated in the Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop
  • Presentation title
  • Keywords
  • An abstract of approximately 250 words, outlining the presentation

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to or by mail to:

Marcela Michálková
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
1228 Cathedral of Learning
4200 Fifth Avenue
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Any questions can be sent directly to Marcela Michálková at