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Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum (SURF), Student Program Application Deadline May 29

Interested in Russia? Foreign Policy? Business? Want to go to Moscow?

Join The Stanford US Russia Forum!

The Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum (SURF) is a student-run program that connects top-notch American students with their Russian counterparts in an effort to build international dialogue.  Delegates for the program travel to Moscow for a five-day conference in the fall, work on a collaborative research project to produce a policy proposal in the winter, and present their work at a capstone conference at Stanford in the spring. Research this past year ran the gamut from venture capitalism in Russia to cybersecurity to new media uses by government officials and much more.

The program is open to both undergraduates and graduates from any university in the United States and seven partner universities across Russia.  Although background in Russian language or study does strengthen an application, we have no prerequisites for the program and we recruit delegates from all fields of study.

For more info check out or email at

Please follow the link to find the application for this year. Application due date is May 29.


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Funding: Human Rights Research Funding Proposals 2011-2012, UChicago, Deadline April 4

The University of Chicago Human Rights Program

Human Rights Research Funding Proposals 2011-2012

Deadline: Monday, April 4, 2011

The Human Rights Program announces the 2011-12 round of grants to support UChicago faculty and student research in Human Rights. The Human Rights Program seeks to support projects which will make a significant contribution to the field of human rights studies. Proposals are sought from faculty and graduate students from all the Divisions andprofessional schools.  Proposals should be for projects that can be carried out between Summer 2011 and Spring 2012.  As funds are available, a further round of proposals will be opened in Winter 2012.

Grants will be made in the following categories:

1)  Up to two fellowships of $5000 for research by a graduate student to support her or his thesis project. While priority will be given to PhD students, applications are invited from MA and professional students. Grants may be used to support travel or for other research expenses;

2) Up to two grants to faculty (including post-doctoral Lecturers with two year appointments) for support of small or medium size research symposia.  Grant proposals should be in the range of $3000 – $10,000 and have support from at least one other Department or Center;

3) One grant of up to $10,000 to support initiation of a major public conference involving a Human Rights theme to be presented in academic year 2011-12;

4) Insofar as funds allow, up to two grants of $5000 each – to faculty for support of interdisciplinary Human Rights research initiatives involving at least two Chicago faculty.

Proposals are due by email to the Human Rights Research Committee c/o Sarah Patton Moberg, Program Manager, at by 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 4, 2011.  Proposals should contain a statement of not more than 1000 words setting forth the purpose of the research and its relevance to Human Rights studies. Please include the C.V.s of the principal proponents of the research or conference initiative. Please include a tentative budget with a listing of support committed or requested from other sources.

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Call for MA Research Participation: “Identity construction within Polish- American student community in Chicago”

See a message bellow from one of our MA students:

Hi all,

I’m doing my MA in the Social Sciences at UChicago. For my MA project, I want to conduct a study that will look at identity construction within Polish-American student community in Chicago. A special focus will be put on the role of language in this process. I’m looking for people who define themselves as Polish-Americans and will be willing to participate both in individual and group interview (which can be both in Polish and English).

If you’re willing to participate in my study, please contact me by email or phone at 773-732-4619. Since I want to conduct one group interview with all participants, I’ve created a doodle document to find a time slot that suits everyone (it’s for the next 3 weeks). The group interview will last
approximately one hour.

In case you want to learn more about the project, I have attached the Informed_Consent_Form, which describes in detail what I will be asking about and what your rights are.
Kinga Kozminska

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Short-Term Research Fellowships, New York Public Library, Application Deadline April 1

NYPL is offering short-term fellowships for researchers who want to use the library’s collections.  Interested parties should go to:

Short-Term Research Fellowships

The New York Public Library is pleased to announce the availability of 20 fellowships to support visiting scholars conducting studies in the Library’s unique research and special collections betweenJune 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012. The Fellowship stipend is $2,500. Scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, or independent research are invited to apply. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S. Applications must be received by April 1, 2011, in order to be considered.

Please visit for detailed information about the research resources of The New York Public Library.

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Research and Travel Grants for Graduate Students for 2011-12, The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago, Deadline February 11

Research and Travel Grants for Graduate Students for 2011-12

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago is pleased to announce its second annual competition for graduate research and travel grants in Jewish Studies.

Eligibility: University of Chicago Ph.D. students in all Divisions and Schools are eligible to apply.

Scope: The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies awards grants to students to support their work in any area of Jewish Studies.  Eligible expenses include (1) research travel and materials, (2) advanced foreign language study (beyond the level offered at the University), and (3) conference travel and fees. Because funds are currently limited, priority will be given to proposals in the order listed.  Students may combine their awards with funding from other sources.

Application: Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm on Friday, February 11, 2011 to Christina Heisser (Tel: 773-702-7108), Walker 109, 1115 E. 58th St. Chicago, IL 60637. Applicants should submit both paper and electronic copies of the application. Paper copies may be mailed or dropped off; electronic copies should be e-mailed as Word attachments to

The application materials include:

1. CCJS Cover Sheet (see attached)

2. Project proposal (no longer than two pages)

3. Rough Budget covering the entire trip, including the total amount being requested

4. Current CV

5. E-mail from the student’s departmental Chair of Graduate Studies stating that the student is in good standing

Award: Grants will be awarded by March 18, 2010. The number of awards and the amount of each award will be based on the needs of the strongest applicants. Grant funds should be used by December 10, 2011.

Post-award report: All awardees must submit a one-page report by January 7, 2012.  The report will (1) detail the use of funds, (2) describe research progress during the grant period, and (3) explain the impact of the grant funds on that research.

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Summer Research Laboratory 2011, UIUC

Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia

Summer Research Lab: 13 June – 5 August 2011

The Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia (SRL) is open to all REEE scholars for eight weeks, from 13 June to 5 August. The SRL provides scholars:

  • access to the resources of the University of Illinois Slavic and East European Library
  • an opportunity to seek advice from the librarians of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS), and
  • specialized workshops for graduate students and junior scholars.

During the first four weeks of the Lab, the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center also organizes conferences, evening films, noontime speakers, and social events for Lab associates.

For graduate students, it provides an opportunity to conduct research prior to going abroad for dissertation research or as they are working on their dissertation.

SRL Programming Dates: 13 June to 30 June

For programming information, click on Lab Programs

Research-Only Dates: 1 July to 5 August

SRL fyer (opens in a new window)

Application Procedures

All applicants are required to submit an on-line application and clearly stated policy relevant proposal. Limited funding is available for international applicants; applicants seeking funding for a research workshop or research practicum must be U.S. citizens. Additional funding is available for permanent residents.

The SRL application can be found here.

Eligibility Criteria

Limited funding is available for international applicants; applicants seeking funding for a research workshop or research practicum must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. All applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Faculty or graduate students at a university or college.
  • Individuals with a PhD doing research on the region.
  • Credentialed independent scholars.
  • Individuals working in an area of government, NGO, or business related to the region.
  • Librarians specializing in the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian field.

A variety of other events and conferences are held in conjunction with the SRL:


This summer we will host two interdisciplinary research workshops for junior scholars.  Though the structure of the workshops is the choice of the individual workshop leader, participating scholars usually provide papers which are then critiqued by other participants.  The purpose of the workshops is to share interdisciplinary knowledge and sources on the regions, network with scholars of different fields, and hone current research.  In addition, participants receive an orientation to the SRS (Slavic Reference Service) and the Slavic and East European Library. Since the JSTW is an all-day event, participants are highly encouraged to apply for additional housing beyond the term of the workshop in order to conduct research in the UIUC Library.

Central Asian Sovereignty in the Face of Massive Economic Dislocation:Globalization, Labor Migration and Other Discontents

June 13-15, 2011

Moderator:  Russell Zanca, Ph.D., Northeastern Illinois University, Anthropology

When the U.S.S.R. disbanded, many western scholars reasoned that Central Asian countries would be well united and form a kind of economic development bloc that would enable the growth of prosperous states based on shared history, education, language, religion, and culture. Little of this reasoning has come to pass. Antagonism is strong, and prosperity seems more than limited for most citizens. One of the major globalizing elements in contemporary Central Asian society is labor migration to Russia, Europe, Asia and North America. While migration has proven beneficial for millions of people in myriad ways, it also has upset social relations and caused resentment between governments and citizens.

In bringing together young scholars who are cognizant of and interested in this main globalizing dynamic in Central Asia, participants will examine the question of why Central Asia has traveled down this road, and what innovations or mechanisms will need to arise or be put in place so that failing state models don’t characterize the Central Asian states in the future. Dr. Russell Zanca, Professor of Anthropology and Central Asia Specialist, Northeastern Illinois University, will be moderating the workshop.

Sources will include scholarship, institutional reports, and analytical journalism focusing on labor migration, weak and failed states, foreign aid/advice programs, international disputes, state resources management, attempts to strengthen alliances, and inter-ethnic conflict.

Space and Circulation in Russian and Eurasian Studies

June 13-15, 2011

Moderators: John Randolph, Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, History and Kelly O’Neill, Ph.D. Harvard University, History

This workshop will bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines who are interested in using the analysis of spatial relationships—and of the circulation of people, things and information across our geography—to discover and interpret important problems in Russian and Eurasian studies.  We will consider such topics as the potential meaning of recent literatures on space and mobility for our discipline; the variety of tools (such as Geographical Information Systems, or GIS) that scholars are using to analyze spaces and the relationships that cross them; and the question of how to frame and visualize research, in terms of space and circulation, to maximum effect. Dr. John Randolph, Associate Professor of History, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Dr. Kelly O’Neill, Assistant Professor of History, Harvard University, will be co-moderating this workshop.

The workshop will build from a short selection of readings and web-based materials, as a basis for common discussion.  It will then revolve around presentation of participants’ ongoing research projects, focusing on the role of space and systems of circulation within them.  The moderators, who are currently working on projects imagining what GIS can tell us about the making of the Early Russian Empire, will present examples from their work. Participants will have time to consult with GIS experts at the University of Illinois Scholarly Commons; to work in the University’s famed Slavic Collections; and to attend a number of concurrent workshops and symposia, as part of the University’s Summer Lab.

2011 Ralph and Ruth Fisher Forum: June 27-28, 2011

The 2011 Fisher Forum will be held in conjunction with the 2011 SRL.  This year’s Forum is entitled“Finding a Place in the Soviet Empire: Cultural Production and the Friendship of Nations,” a free and public conference, will take place June 27-28, 2011 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The symposium brings together leading scholars from Russia, Canada, the UK, and the US, with expertise in a variety of disciplines (including history, literature, cinema, linguistics, and anthropology), who will explore the problem of empire, subjectivity, and cultural production in the Soviet Union. The conference will focus on: the theoretical underpinnings of the concept of national cultures developed in the new socialist society of the 1920s and 30s, language planning, the subsequent creation of national cultural heroes, the relation between emerging models of Soviet subjectivity and national identity, the institutions and institutional practices that provided the framework for the production, translation, and transmission of national literatures and cultures, the Soviet vision of world literature, and its translation into Russian, the impact of the Second World War on the development of Soviet and national cultures and subjectivities, the tension between Soviet and national histories and memories, late and post-Soviet consequences of policies and practices that were initiated in the 20s and 30s, and the role of post-colonial theory and other critical models in analyzing Soviet cultural practices and policies. Papers should address broad questions from a theoretically sophisticated perspective, but should also focus on a specific set of literary/cultural formations and subjectivities. Comparative analysis is most welcome, as well as work that situates Yiddish in the broad context of the friendship of nations. The co-conveners are Gennady Estriakh, Professor of Jewish Studies at NYU and Harriet Muray from UIUC.

Individualized Research Practicum

Slavic Reference Service

The SRS librarians are phenomenally well-versed in the reference sources of the region.  SRL scholars who are graduate students are highly encouraged to apply for an Individualized Research Practicum.  SRS staff will develop a personalized, project-based program for each participant covering electronic tools and software, print and electronic bibliographic resources and databases, archival sources, vernacular-language search techniques, vernacular keyboard options, vernacular full-text resources, and as needed, online consultations with information specialists located in Eurasia and Eastern Europe.  The practicum is also a wonderful way to learn of research resources available in a REEE country before travelling to that country.

In order to maximize the worth of the practicum, applicants are encouraged to contact the SRS before attending.  Scholars are asked to share the extent of research already accomplished, an abstract of their project, whether they have travelled to the region, and any other relevant information.

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Seven Postdoc Research Assistantships, Ghent University (Faculty of Arts)

The Faculty of Arts at Ghent University has just advertized 7 postdoctoral research assistantships (“doctor-assistentschappen”), to start on 1 October 2011 (or as soon as possible thereafter). The posts will be awarded to the candidates most likely to contribute to the Faculty’s strong research profile, irrespective of discipline. The Department of Slavic and East European Studies wishes to draw attention to this opportunity, and ask potential candidates in the field to get in touch now, so as to receive detailed instructions on application details and procedures (the advertisement – in Dutch – can be found at

Please note that the application deadline is January 10, 2011. Candidates should not only hold the PhD by the application deadline but should already have published at least 4 articles that have appeared (or have been formally accepted for publication) in journals indexed by ISI (see, and click on Master Journal List), or be the author of a scholarly book with a publisher that appears on a Ghent University list (see

These postdoctoral research assistantships involve an appointment for a fixed term of three years, which may be extended by one year (provided appointment has commenced no later than 1 October 2011). The positions carry a limited teaching load (typically one course at MA level). At least 90% of the incumbent’s time should be devoted to activities (personal research and/or stimulating the research of junior team members) that lead to publication which can be valorized by the Faculty of Arts in terms of interuniversity and interfaculty funding mechanisms. Candidates will need to submit a (phased) publication plan with their application. Remuneration and social security coverage are at a competitive level (lecturer/junior professor), with a minimum gross starting salary of 44,000€.

Potential candidates can contact Dieter De Bruyn at

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