Pitt Project GO Scholarships for Intensive Summer Russian Language Study by ROTC Students  

About the Program:
The University of Pittsburgh invites Army, Navy/Marine, and Air Force ROTC students from any US college or university to apply for a Pitt Project GO (Global Officers) scholarship for intensive study of 1st– 4th year Russian in Summer 2021. Project GO is an initiative sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) and administered 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 Institute (SLI), are held at the University’s main campus in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh from June 7 – July 30, 2021. 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

Students who have already begun studying Russian are encouraged to apply for an 8-week intensive abroad program at the Intermediate (2nd-year), Advanced (3rd-year), or 4th-year level. Classes are held at Narva College of the University of Tartu in Narva, Estonia from June 12 – August 7, 2021. Pitt Project GO overseas scholarships cover:

  • Full tuition for 8 University of Pittsburgh credits
  • Housing and a living stipend
  • Travel between the student’s home city and Narva, Estonia
  • Textbooks

Narva, located on Estonia’s border with Russia, is a Russian-speaking city with a sizable Russian population. The program consists of intensive language classes, which emphasize practical communication skills; a lecture and film series, introducing students to topics in contemporary Russian and Baltic culture and politics; and excursions within Narva and elsewhere in Estonia to showcase this unique region rarely visited by US students. Course objectives are to develop an active vocabulary in practical, everyday topics—particularly those which will prepare students for military service related to the Russian-speaking world—and to refine listening, reading, and composition skills. Classes in Narva meet daily on Monday through Friday. Students will also have weekly cultural lectures and excursions.

If public health conditions require cancellation of in-person programs in Summer 2021, an 8-credit online program covering equivalent course material will be offered.

To Apply:
Visit Pitt’s Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) website for more information on these scholarship opportunities, eligibility requirements, and links to the online application forms. Applications are due on January 13, 2021 for the abroad program, and February 17, 2021 for the beginning-level program in Pittsburgh.

For More Information:
Visit the Project GO website or contact REEES Engagement Coordinator Susan Dawkins at

Post-Socialist Memory in Global Perspective: Postcolonialism, Post-transition, Post-trauma

Please note that all start and end times are indicated according to Chișinău time, i.e. Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+3:00), and given in 24h format (i.e. 13:30, not 1.30 pm).

Click here for more information and a detailed schedule of events. 

NB. No papers will be presented in regular conference sessions. The purpose of the sessions is to discuss previously uploaded paper presentations. Thus, before participating in a session, please make sure you have watched all the associated paper presentations! Roundtable discussions can be followed without watching presentations, but introductory videos and/or texts will be uploaded beforehand and it is recommended that you view them before the discussion.

The plenary sessions, however, require no such preparation.

Clicking on a panel title will take you to a page where you can watch the presentations and register for the relevant conference session, Unless a session is entirely public, you will need to register for the conference before being able to access that link. Presentations that can be viewed without registration are marked 🟢. Clicking on their title will take you to YouTube.

Unless otherwise stated, all conference events are in English.

Even though the conference has been moved online, every day features at least one panel, paper or plenary event related to Moldova and/or Romania. Relevant events have been highlighted with a Moldovan 🇲🇩 and/or Romanian 🇷🇴 flag. (Please note that some browsers are unable to display these flags and you will see the abbreviations MD or RO instead. In that case, try using a smartphone to view this page.)

Note that you can also use the Google calendar embedded below to import events directly into your own calendar.

Pro tip: to view all the videos for any given session on a single page, simply add the session number to For example, to watch all the video presentations for session 7 on one page (and register to participate in that session), go to This will only work if you are registered and logged in.

The 14th Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe (CBSE)

In 2021, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania will mark 100 years of international recognition de jure as modern independent states, and 30 years of recognition of their reestablishment as independent democracies following a half century of Soviet domination. At the same time, it will be 300 years since the Treaty of Nystad ended Swedish rule in the Baltic territories, resulting in the creation of provinces of the Russian Empire with their own particular system of rights and regulations.

Similar to today, however, these rights were not applied evenly across society. Then as now, some voices are suppressed, and some groups struggle for recognition. Thus, the main theme of the CBSE Uppsala in 2021 will be to look at aspects of rights and recognition in their broader meanings, as they pertain to the societies of the eastern Baltic littoral.

How to submit a proposal

Scholars are invited to submit proposals for individual papers or panels in the following thematic streams:

  • History
  • Politics, International Relations, Security
  • Language, Culture, Media
  • Society (Sociology, Economics, Anthropology, Gender studies, etc.)
  • Migration and Minorities
  • Sustainability (e.g. cultural heritage, urban planning, “green” management, higher education policy)

Proposals for papers, panels, and writing workshop participation are to be submitted electronically using the online form (link below).

The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2020.

Decisions on proposals will be announced in December 2020.

Due to the fact that a significant number of presentations have been transferred from the AABS conference to be held in Charlotte, NC, in May 2020, which was cancelled due to Covid 19, there may be more slots available for papers/panels in some streams than in others.

In collaboration with Journal of Baltic Studies, there will also be writing workshops for early career scholars (graduate students and postdocs to discuss draft manuscripts for publication in academic journals).

U.S. Embassy in Serbia Offering Public Diplomacy Small Grants

PAS welcomes ideas for creative, engaging projects aimed at Serbian audiences that address the Embassy’s main objectives. The U.S. is striving to strengthen the Serbian-U.S. relationship and explain U.S. culture, society and values to Serbian audiences. We also want to lend assistance to the Serbian people through: promoting economic development; strengthening democracy; protecting human rights; advancing regional stability and cooperation; and making progress towards accession into the European Union. More information on this grant can be found here.

Lysiak-Rudnytsky Ukrainian Studies Programme

Ukrainian Institute announces the first call of the Lysiak-Rudnytsky Ukrainian Studies Programme. The Programme is committed to deepening public understanding of Ukraine’s past and present by supporting projects in cultural, educational, and research institutions abroad.

The thematic focus of the Program in 2020:
– Historical figures from Ukraine and their legacy.
– Monumental heritage and art of the Soviet period in Ukraine;
– Crimes of totalitarian regimes in Ukraine in culture and memory;
– Ukraine in the early 20th century;
– Ukrainian literature in exile;
– Ukrainian culture (within the period of the second half of the 20th century to the beginning of the 21st century);
– Ukrainian architecture and urban planning (within the period of the 20th century to the beginning of the 21st century).
– Possible topics of the projects are not limited to this list. Applicants may propose projects on other topics but they will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Eligible formats of the projects:
– Translations of non-fiction texts from Ukrainian into foreign languages;
– Publications of original texts on Ukrainian issues in foreign languages;
– Public discussions and lectures (including video lectures and online conferences);
– Conferences and round tables;
– Creation of online content (publications, videos, graphics) on academic and educational resources;
– Creation and/or promotion of an Internet platform for networking and information exchange in academia;
– Publishing reviews of publications on Ukrainian issues.

The submission must be submitted by 12 July 2020 (23:59 GMT+3).

The budget of the project is a maximum of 10 000 EUR (or 300 000 UAH, including all mandatory taxes and fees that must be paid per the current legislation of Ukraine and international law).

We accept projects from the cultural, educational, and research centres and institutions in Europe and North America. However, the Ukrainian Institute welcomes the cooperation between Ukrainian institutions and foreign ones, but only the foreign institution can apply for the Programme.  This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the sequestration of Ukraine’s state budget, the Ukrainian Institute is announcing the program later than planned, but we hope that we will still be able to support of short-term projects or those that are in the final stage of implementation.

Importantly, the project must be implemented and completed by 30 November. Our financial year ends on 31 December, so we’re taking the last month of the year to finalize reporting and process any outstanding payments. This year’s budget is not transferable to 2021. So, to secure all payments we are asking all applicants to complete the project by the end of November.

To learn more about the Programme follow the link.

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The Ukrainian Institute is a state institution that represents Ukrainian culture and promotes Ukraine internationally. Established in 2017 by the Government of Ukraine, the Institute is affiliated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

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