Open Research Laboratory at Illinois

Deadline quickly approaching! REEEC is accepting applications from regional specialists (including advanced graduate students, faculty, independent scholars, and library science or other professionals with appropriate qualifications) to conduct short-term research concerning all aspects of Russian, eastern European, and Eurasian studies in conjunction with the spring Open Research Laboratory, which will take place from January 21 – May 1, 2020. Those applicants who are US citizens and whose research holds relevance for US foreign policy may also apply for US Department of State Title VIII fellowships to support their visits.

The application deadline is December 1, 2019.


  • Full access to the physical and electronic collections of the University of Illinois Library.
  • Use of the Library’s technological resources, including advanced scanning equipment and other resources.
  • Consultations with the Slavic Reference Service.
  • Opportunities to participate in REEEC programming (lectures, workshops, conferences, etc.).
  • The help of REEEC staff in answering logistical questions related to your stay.
  • Informal meetings with local scholars as desired.


Applicants who are U.S. citizens and who are conducting policy-relevant research may apply for a Title VIII fellowship to support their visits. These fellowships provide:   

  • A housing award furnishing accommodation on campus for up to 5 days,
  • A travel award of up to $500 to offset transportation costs to and from Urbana-Champaign,
  • A stipend of $500 to cover food, incidentals, and other costs associated with the research visit.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Call for Applications: Title VIII CEE Area Studies Fellowship Program

The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) is now accepting applications for the 2020 Title VIII CEE Area Studies Fellowship Program. This is a competitive, nation-wide call for applications open to American graduate-level students, post-doctoral scholars, and early career professionals. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

About the Fellowship Program

The Title VIII CEE Area Studies Fellowship Program is a six-month fellowship in residence in Washington, DC open to American graduate-level students, post-doctoral scholars, and early career professionals seeking to develop expertise on and/or to strengthen their strategic knowledge of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The main goal of the fellowship program is to cultivate U.S. expertise on the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and to develop relevant and timely analysis on the CEE region for the U.S. policy community. The program is generously supported by the U.S. Department of State.

Title VIII Fellows will have an opportunity to conduct independent research and analysis on a specific policy issue in an environment specialized for CEE area studies and policy analysis. Fellow research topics may focus on policy relevant issues including, but not limited to: security and defense, economic development, strategic communication, and energy security, as they relate to a specific country in the region (e.g. Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia) or a specific CEE sub-region (e.g. the Baltic States, the Visegrád Group, the Black Sea region, and the Western Balkans).

The program offers structured opportunities to build Fellows’ knowledge and skills through multidisciplinary in-house lectures by CEPA experts, participation in CEPA events and expert analytical discussions, and mentorship from CEPA experts, senior fellows, and staff. Title VIII Fellows will also have extensive opportunities to build ties with the U.S. and CEE expert and policy communities through exclusive access to CEPA’s vast network of contacts and partner institutes, as well the opportunity to conduct field research in the CEE region. Fellows will be required to write an analytical paper for publication and to conduct briefings with the wider U.S. policy community on their research and analytical findings.

Fellows must be able to devote near full-time to the fellowship position in order to meet program requirements. The program is expected to run from late March through late September 2020.

Fellowship Stipend

The fellowship offers a stipend of $3,500 per month. Additionally, in-residence office space will be provided for each Fellow at CEPA’s headquarters in Washington, DC for the six-month period.


Applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications in order to be considered:

• Bachelor’s degree, at minimum, in a relevant field such as international relations, public policy, security studies, or political science;

• Must presently be a graduate level-student, a post-doctoral scholar, or an early career professional with demonstrable interest in the CEE region and/or U.S. national security and foreign policy;

• Outstanding academic credentials;

• Exceptional research and writing skills;

• Demonstrated commitment to transatlantic values;

• Clear leadership potential and the ability to work independently; and

• U.S. citizenship.

How to Apply

To be considered for the fellowship program, applicants must submit the following:

• Completed Application Form (link);

• Resume/CV;

• 500-word essay on a proposed research topic. Applicants must explain why their topic/issue of interest is relevant to U.S. national security and/or foreign policy and how their research could contribute to the knowledge of the wider expert and policy communities.

• Two academic or professional letters of recommendation. Referees must send signed letters directly to Ms. Marta Sikorski Martin at by Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

Please send all application materials and inquiries to Marta Sikorski Martin at

The application deadline is 11:59 PM (EST), Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

Call for Proposals – CREECA Young Scholars Conference

With funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Wisconsin Russia Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will host a two-day workshop for young scholars in the social sciences with a focus on contemporary Russia. The conference will be held on June 4-5, 2020 in Madison, Wisconsin. Abstracts for papers in the following five thematic areas are invited: 1) education, labor markets, and inequality; 2) law and society; 3) political economy; 4) identity, place, and migration; and 5) demographic change. The working language of the conference will be English. Preference will be given to graduate students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. or kandidat program or to those within 5 years of completing such studies. Those 8 years beyond Ph.D. will not be considered. Proposals from scholars based in Russian universities are especially encouraged. Prior participants are eligible to apply, but must present new material.

For all participants who are selected to present a paper, conference expenses-including airfare, hotel accommodations in Madison, and meals during the conference will be covered. The Wisconsin Russia Project can offer invitation letters for the purpose of applying for a visitor (B) visa to the United States and will reimburse the visa application fee for accepted participants who do not already possess a valid visa.

To present a paper at the CREECA Young Scholars Conference, please use this link to submit a proposal by December 15, 2019.

Complete proposals will consist of the following:

  1. Completed online application
  2. 300-500 word abstract
  3. Writing sample (can be the proposed paper)
  4. CV

All submissions will be acknowledged and considered, and all applicants will be informed of the status of their proposals no later than January 31, 2020.

Papers, in English, must be submitted to conference organizers by May 15, 2020.

Send Application Materials To:


Amy Beilke OR Jennifer Tishler
Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA)
210 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

ReConnect Hungary – Hungarian Birthright Program

ReConnect Hungary – Hungarian Birthright Program is offering a scholarship for qualified young adults to participate in its cultural, educational and social immersion Program. Young adults between the ages of 18 and 28, with any Hungarian ancestry, born in the US or Canada, are welcome to apply.

The next birthright trip date: June 18 – July 3, 2020.

Application is open until January 31, 2020.


Students spend two weeks in Hungary learning about their Hungarian roots—culture, traditions and history—through educational lectures with subject experts, meetings with start-up business leaders, visits to top-level government offices and panel discussions on current-day social and political issues. Peer guides accompany the group throughout the duration of the trip. Future internship opportunities are available. The Program provides participants with a deeper sense of identity, increased knowledge base, broadened cultural horizon, honed interpersonal skills, expanded sensitivity to diversity, and a life-long, bi-continental network.

According to the 2010 census, there are 1.5 million people in the US of Hungarian descent; and there may be several students studying at your institution.

Please Circulate: We kindly request that you help us get the word out about this scholarship opportunity, so we may reach as many candidates as possible.

We would appreciate it if you would:
– share our attached postcard or flyer with your mailing list,
– include it in your institution’s newsletter,
– post it on relevant (physical and electronic) bulletin boards.

Below is a text you can copy and paste on your website, in your newsletter, and on your Facebook page or group:

Apply for ReConnect Hungary 2020 – Hungarian Birthright Program
ReConnect Hungary is a unique cultural, educational and social immersion Program for young adults aged 18-28 of Hungarian heritage, born in the U.S. or Canada. The next Hungarian birthright trip begins June 18, 2020. Take advantage of rolling admissions, and beat the January 31, 2020 deadline! You can find out if you have been selected for the Program within 2 weeks after submitting a completed application. Watch the video of the 2019 birthright trip!

You can also download additional promotional materials from our website.

Academic Fellowships in Russia (AFR) Fellowships of the Carnegie Corporation and American Councils

American Councils is pleased to announce the opening of a new competition cycle for the funded Academic Fellowships in Russia. Provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the American Councils Academic Fellowships in Russia program (AFR) will support U.S. graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars as they conduct research for three to nine consecutive months on topics within the social sciences disciplines in Russia.

The total value of each fellowship ranges from $10,000 – $45,000, with actual level of support depending on the duration of the overseas research period and the academic rank of the awardee. Typical awards include:

  • International airfare
  • Academic affiliation with a leading local university or educational institution
  • Visa(s) arranged by American Councils in collaboration with host institutions
  • Housing and living stipends
  • Health insurance
  • Ongoing logistical support from American Councils
  • 24-hour emergency assistance

Research conducted on AFR must strengthen and broaden current scholarship in the social sciences related to Russia and U.S.-Russian relations. AFR fellows will be expected to share their research findings through presentations at conferences, briefings, or other means.

The application deadline is December 2, 2019. All AFR fellowships must take place between June 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021. For further details and to apply, please visit the program website. Questions? Contact us at

Call for Applications: University of Pittsburgh’s 2020 European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the University of Pittsburgh will sponsor the annual European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium. 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 Thank you for your assistance!

U.S.-Kazakhstan University Partnerships Grants Program

American Councils for International Education is pleased to announce a request for project proposals for the U.S.-Kazakhstan University Partnerships Grants Program.

Funded by the U.S. Mission to Kazakhstan, the U.S.-Kazakhstan University Partnerships Grants Program builds capacity for substantive international engagement between higher education institutions in the United States and Kazakhstan in the areas of English language and STEM education. U.S. faculty members and administrators at Community Colleges, Schools of Education, and English Language Centers are especially encouraged to apply.

Grants may support travel for faculty and technical experts, honoraria, materials, and conference fees for projects in the U.S. and Kazakhstan that advance the following program goals to:

  • Enhance teacher preparation, teaching methodology, and pre-service teacher training, to support English language teaching and learning in Kazakhstan, including STEM;
  • Modernize content, pedagogy and/or curriculum;
  • Build Kazakhstan’s administrative capacity to increase and maintain international collaboration with community colleges and universities;
  • Support faculty/administrative collaboration and research that is impactful and sustainable beyond the life of the grant.

Deadline for applications is December 2, 2019.

Awards are expected to begin in January 2020 and must be completed by September 30, 2020. Individual grants will be awarded from $20,000-$39,600 per project.

American Councils will support matchmaking with Kazakhstani partners in our network.

To download a sample application form and budget template, visit or contact Adrian Erlinger, Program Manager, Innovation and Capacity Building at