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The SARS Home and Abroad Program Scholarship, The School of Russian and Asian Studies, Applications Deadline May 13

The SRAS Home and Abroad Program
a scholarship program for future translators, academics, and adventurers!

This Program is Available in:
Recently restored church in downtown Irkutsk.Irkutsk State Linguistic University
Far Eastern National University is located in Vladivostok, a major military and naval baseVladivostok State University of Economics and Service

The SRAS Home and Abroad Program offers $10,000 to students who want to build translation, writing, research, and language skills at home and abroad. The scholarship may be applied to any SRAS program held in Irkutsk or Vladivostok lasting a full academic year. A rigorous internship component will be included with the program.

The Internship
Students begin their internship from home. Under the guidance of SRAS staff, students will translate texts ranging in subject matter from business to politics to culture. These projects will widen students’ Russian vocabularies while helping them develop a marketable skill in a much-needed profession. Students will continue translating once in Russia and will also take on tasks that will encourage them to get out, explore, and be active. Students will write restaurant and cultural event reviews for the SRAS website, as well as update our online city guide and our student university guide. Students additionally will research and write three three-page articles and complete one major translation project (usually a political platform) during the course of their program. Most of the student’s work will be published online on and/or our partners’ sites, creating a solid profess! io! ! ! nal portfolio.

The Program
Eligible programs for this scholarship include full-year sessions ofRussian as a Second Language (RSL)The Russian Far East (RFE), and Siberian Studies (SS). If the student selects RFE or SS, the internship listed for the second semester will be with SRAS but will include additional tasks related to Siberia or the Russian Far East.

The Student
Applicants will have advanced Russian skills and strong writing and research skills. The student will be well-organized, motivated, have his/her own laptop, and be able check email once per day. Most translation projects will be expected to be completed 72 hours after they are assigned. The student will be able to work independently and creatively. The student will be adventurous and eager to explore their chosen Russian city independently.

Program Dates
Applications Due: May 13, 2010!
Internship from Home Begins: June 1
Program Abroad Begins: September 5

The Application
Students will apply according to SRAS’s regular application procedure, indicating which city and program they are interested in and listing “Home and Abroad Program” as an additional program of choice. In addition, students must submit two academic papers longer than 10 pages. Students will submit additionally one paragraph explaining why they want to participate in this program as well as a letter of recommendation from a former (current) employer and a former (current) professor. All of these additional materials should be emailed to Josh Wilson, SRAS Assistant Director, at All questions about the Home and Abroad program may be addressed to Josh Wilson.

Start Your Application!

The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) represents universities and educational programs across Russia and Eurasia. Through our partnerships with these organizations, we offer a wide range of educational and travel programs designed to meet the needs of foreign students. We also offer services to assist students in performing and publishing research abroad and at home. These services range from interviews with local personalities to an academic journal designed for students. See our site for more information. Contact us (via a reply email) with any questions.


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Scholarship Awards, Russian Culture Now, Deadline March 14

Scholarship Awards from Russian Culture Now
Do you know a middle or high school student who is involved in the fine arts? Or a college or graduate student studying Russian culture? Russian Culture Now, a new non-profit organization, is awarding ten $500 scholarships to deserving students. The deadline to apply is March 14. Apply today!

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Summer Language Institute, University of Pittsburgh, Application Deadline March 18

The 2011 Russian and East European Summer Language Institute at the University of Pittsburgh will offer the following intensive language courses:

Russian Language Programs (first through fourth year):

Eight Week Session in Pittsburgh, June 6-July 29;

Pitt/Moscow 5+5 Program, June 6-August 12.

Central & East European Languages, Six Week Programs in Pittsburgh, June 6-July 15:

Beginning Intensive Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak, Turkish, and Ukrainian;

Intermediate Intensive Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Polish, and Slovak;

Advanced Intensive Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and Slovak.

Central & East European Study Abroad Programs:

Pitt/Bulgaria 6+4 Program;

Pitt/Montenegro 6+4 Program;

Pitt/Poland 6+4 Program;

Pitt/Slovakia 6+4 Program;

4 Week Programs in Bulgaria, Montenegro, Poland, and Slovakia;

Advanced Mastery Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian 6 Week Program in Belgrade, Sarajevo and Zagreb (for advanced and heritage speakers of B/C/S).

Tuition for the Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Mastery B/C/S courses will be waived for graduate students specializing in any field of East European Studies due to grants from ACLS.

All courses are equivalent to one academic year of college-level language instruction. Instructional staff who are chosen for their experience, enthusiasm, and commitment to language teaching ensure the high academic quality of Pitt’s SLI program.

Daily contact with instructors, both in class and out, and the use of native speakers in most sections create an environment conducive to effective language acquisition. All programs include extracurricular activities such as film viewing, singing, cooking classes and cultural lectures. The study abroad programs include excursions and cultural programming in the targeted countries.

All applicants may apply for the various scholarships that the SLI has available. Over 90 percent of applicants receive partial or full funding from sources including SLI tuition scholarships and FLAS fellowships.

Undergraduate students are now eligible to apply for FLAS fellowships for summer language study at the intermediate level or above. Further information and applications are available at

Application deadline for scholarships and all study abroad programs is March 18, 2011.

For more information, contact Christine Metil, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, 1417 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Phone: 412-624-5906, email:

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HIAS Scholarships, HIAS Chicago, Deadline February 25


Информация о Стипендиях ХИАСа Чикаго на 2011 год

Совет Директоров ХИАСа Чикаго  принимает заявления на участие в конкурсе стипендий ХИАСа Чикаго на 2011 год. Регистрация заявлений заканчивается 25 февраля 2011 года.

Стипендии предназначены для студентов следующих категорий:

Стипендии ХИАСа Чикаго, предназначенные для выпускников High School в размере 4000 долларов каждая. Претенденты должны начать своё образование в колледже, университете или технической школе по полной программе.

Стипендии BENTON / BERNSTEIN ХИАСа Чикаго в размере 4000 долларов каждая. Претенденты должны учиться или быть принятыми в учебное заведение по одной из программ в области медицины, образования, социальной работы, юриспруденции.

Стипендии ХИАСа Чикаго для Профессиональной Переквалификации в размере 4000 долларов каждая. Претенденты должны учиться или быть принятыми в аккредитованное учебное заведение: колледж, университет или институт.

Подающие на стипендию должны соответствовать следующим критериям:

  • претендент должен быть евреем-иммигрантом, который иммигрировал в США при поддержке ХИАСа Чикаго, и/или
  • подавал документы на постоянное место жительства (грин-кард) или на гражданство с помощью ХИАСа Чикаго в период между 1 января 2011 года и настоящим временем;
  • проживать в США и посещать школу в период не менее, чем:

Для претендентов на стипендию, предназначенную для выпускников High

School – 2 года.

Для претендентов на стипендию BENTON /BERNSTEIN – 1год.

Для претендентов на стипендию, предназначенную для профессиональной

переквалификации – 1год.

  • продемонстрировать отличные академические успехи, помощь общине, необходимость в финансовой поддержке и хорошо продуманный план дальнейшего обучения.

В связи с ограниченными фондами, стипендиаты – победители прошлых лет не могут участвовать в конкурсе.

Заинтересованных в подаче заявлений студентов просим обращаться в ХИАС Чикаго по телефону (312) 357-4666 по 25 февраля 2011 года. В этот же период форму заявления на участие в конкурсе стипендий ХИАСа Чикаго можно найти на странице Интернета (введите в поисковое окно «HIAS Chicago Scholarships»).

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Scholarship for a Summer Expedition to Rostov, American Friends of Russian Folklore, Deadline March 1

American Friends of Russian Folklore is now accepting applications for a scholarship to join next summer’s folklore expedition to the Don Cossack town of Belaya Kalitva, Rostov province, Russia. The location is famous as the site of the battle between the Russian and Polovtsy recorded in the twelfth-century epic “The Tale of Igor’s Campaign” (Слово о полку Игореве). Dates of the expedition are July 20-31, 2011. The scholarship is open to any US citizen, 18 or over, with an interest in Russian folklore. Russian-language skills are helpful but not required. Deadline for applications is March 1. Details, application form, and information about other upcoming expeditions is available at:

Please address questions to:

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Scholarships at The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, Application Deadline April 15

Scholarships at The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania

General conditions:

Number of scholarships: 85 scholarships for under- and post-graduate studies in Romania, by means of selection of application files organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) and the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports (MECTS), in keeping with Romanian current legislation.

Who can qualify : citizens ofnon EU countries (irrespective of their country of residence). Priority is given to citizens from non EU states with which Romania does not have cultural cooperation agreements. Mention should be made that the citizens of the Republic of Moldova benefit from other scholarship programmes.

The scholarships are granted for three levels of study:

  • for the first cycle (licenta): This scheme is dedicated to graduates of high schools or of equivalent pre-university systems, as well as to candidates who require the equivalation of partial studies and the continuation of their studies in Romania. The complete cycle of university studies lasts for 3 to 6 years, according to the specific requirements of the chosen faculty, and ends with a final examination (licenta);
  • for the 2nd cycle (master): This scheme is dedicated to graduates of university/post graduate studies; it lasts for 1,5 to 2 years and ends with a dissertation;
  • for the 3rd cycle (doctorate) this scheme is dedicated to the graduates of university/postgraduate studies (i.e. master); it lasts for 3-4 years, in keeping with the specific requirements of the chosen faculty, and end with a doctor’s thesis.

Priority fields: priority will be given to the candidates applying for: political and administrative sciences, education studies, Romanian culture and civilization, journalism, technical studies, oil and gas, agricultural studies, veterinary medicine, architecture, art. Requests for other fields will also be taken into account.

Languge of Study: In order to promote Romanian language and culture, the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports has decided that the beneficiaries of the scholarships should study only in the Romanian language. The candidates who do not know Romanian are offered one supplementary preparatory year to study the language.

The scholarship consists of :

  • free-of-charge tuition
  • free-of-charge accommodation (depending on availability, accommodation will be offered free-of-charge in students hostels, in keeping with the higher education regulations)
  • financial support – a monthly amount representing :
  • the equivalent in Romanian currency of 65 EURO per month, for the under-graduate students (1st cycle)
  • the equivalent in Romanian currency of 75 EURO per month, for post-graduate students (master degrees and specialization) 2nd cycle
  • the equivalent in Romanian currency of 85 EURO per month, for post graduate students (doctor’s degree) 3rd cycle

These scholarships do not cover international and local transport. The candidates must be prepared to support personally any other additional expenses.

Calendar of financial support :

The monthly amount mentioned above is granted to the students of the 1st (licenta) and 2nd (master) cycle throughout the whole academic year, the winter and spring vacation included, but not during the summer vacation.

For full-time students of the 3rd cycle (doctorate), the monthly amount is granted throughout the whole calendar year.

Important for all scholarship holders (under- and post-graduate): The scholarships will be suspended if the student in any education cycle repeats a year due to poor results. It may be resumed in the following academic year, after the student has successfully graduated the repeated year. The students who repeat an academic year must pay the full study fees. The number of scholarship years will not be bigger than the respective education cycle.


To get all necessary information about the scholarships (conditions, necessary documents, enrolment calendar) and to submit their application files, the candidates should apply directly to :

  • the Romanian diplomatic missions accredited to the candidate’s country of origin or of residence or to
  • the diplomatic mission of candidate’s state of origin accredited to Bucharest

Application files submitted directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) or to the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports (MECTS), as well as application files received after the announced deadline will not be taken into consideration.

If the application files contain documents in other foreign languages than English or French, they must be accompanied by authorized translations in one of the following languages: Romanian, English or French. Generally, Romanian universities may require that all enrolment documents should be accompanied by authorized copies and authorized translations in Romanian.

It is of utmost importance to fill in correctly all forms.

Enrolment Calendar

The deadline for submitting the application files is established by each diplomatic mission. The candidate should enquire at the diplomatic mission about the enrolment calendar, starting 15 November 2010.

All application files should be sent by the Romanian diplomatic missions through the diplomatic courier in such a way that they can be registered at MAE UDC by 15 April 2011.

Foreign diplomatic missions accredited to Bucharest must send the application files with a Verbal Note to MAE UDC by 15 April 2011, at the latest.

Incomplete files are not taken into consideration and will not be submitted to the MAE selection board.

Rejected application files are not returned.

List of documents necessary for the application file

  • Cover letter issued by the diplomatic mission of the country of origin accredited to Bucharest or of the Romanian Embassy in the respective country
  • A dully filled in MAE application form (Annex 1.1 – Romanian language / 1.2 – English / 1.3 – French) for a scholarship to study in Romania.
  • MECTS application form (Annex 2) for the Letter of Acceptance to study in Romania. In case the applicant’s file is selected by the MAE and the MECTS selection boards, MECTS issues and sends to the applicant the Letter of Acceptance to study in the Romanian system of education, based on this application form dully filled in. The Letter of Acceptance is necessary for the registration at the university and for the application for the long stay visa.
  • authorized copies of the study documents (baccalaureate and university diplomas if necessary) and their authorized translation in Romanian, French and English if necessary
  • authorized copies and authorized translation of the diploma supplement transcript for the studies done so far
  • authorized copy and authorized translation of birth certificate
  • authorized copy of passport
  • Medical certificate attesting that applicant is not affected by any transmissible disease or by illnesses incompatible with the future profession.
  • The candidate’s CV.
  • 4 recent passport-type photos.

The file will be submitted to the diplomatic mission in two copies:

The first file will contain the authorized copies and authorized translations of the requested documents.

The second file will contain the simple copies of the documents contained in the first file.

Applications Evaluation and Selections

MAE checks the documents in the files and submits the valid candidatures to the MAE Selection Board. The files selected by this Board will be sent to the MECTS Selection Board. The selection criteria are: the candidates’ competence (former scholar performances, mentioned in his/her study papers) and the chosen priority field of study.

Announcement of results

The selection results will be announced on 15 June 2011 to the diplomatic missions that submitted the application files.

Compulsory Steps after Acceptance

  • MECTS will issue a Letter of Acceptance to Study in Romania for the successful candidates. This letter will mention also the supplementary preparatory year compulsory for learning the Romanian language (if applicable).

In case the candidate does not specify two options in the application form and the chosen university cannot offer a place, MECTS may make another offer of university (same faculty), according to the availabilities of the Romanian higher education institutions. If the letter of acceptance to study in Romania contains another equivalent offer, the candidate is free to reject it.

The candidate will receive the original Letter of Acceptance to study in Romania from the diplomatic mission that submitted the file to MAE/UDC, approximately between 15 and 30 June 2011.

Until 15 August 2011, the diplomatic missions that received the selection results have to send to UDC (by fax or e-mail):

  • the confirmation of each candidate’s decision to use the scholarship granted by the Romanian state through MAE for which he/she has applied;
  • where applicable, the copy of the diploma or of the authorized translation  of the diploma or of the certificate attesting that the applicant has graduated high school or an equivalent institution, issued after the submission of the application file.
  • The successful candidates must come personally to register at the Romanian Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports MECTS,  Department of International Students (General Berthelot Street No. 28 – 30), until 1 October 2010.

They will have to present a file with:

  • all original documents contained in the application file
  • Letter of Acceptance to study (original and copy).
  • Passport (original and copy) containing a valid study long stay SD visa

The scholarship holders will receive a Minister’s Matriculation Order to be presented upon registration at the university that accepted them, together with the above-mentioned documents.

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Melikian Scholars Award and Milikian Scholarships are now availabe for CLI, Arizona State University, Deadline March 1

Arizona State University is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for undergraduates studying Tatar, Armenian, Uzbek, Tajik, or advanced levels of Russian.

The “Melikian Scholars” program offers full tuition waivers and academic fee waivers for undergraduates attending 8-week classes at the Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute, and awards of up to $3,000 for undergraduates participating in the Institute’s study-abroad programs. See for details.

The Critical Languages Institute offers instruction in Albanian, Armenian, BCS, Hebrew, Macedonian, Persian (Tajik, Farsi), Polish, Russian, Tatar, Uzbek, and Yiddish.

Most courses are offered as 8-week sessions in Arizona with an optional 3-week session abroad.

Some courses are offered as 8-week sessions overseas. See for details.

Courses run June – August, with the exact date depending on the course.

Graduate funding is available for selected languages through the
Department of State’s Title VIII program. See for details.

The Melikian Scholars Awards are made possible by the generous support of Gregory and Emma Melikian.

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Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. We focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. national security, broadly defined, and underrepresented in study abroad.

Boren Scholarships Deadline: February 10, 2011
Each campus sets an earlier campus deadline.
Boren Fellowships Deadline: February 1, 2011

Click here to apply

For the University of Chicago Applicants:

The College campus application deadline for the Boren Scholarship is 5:00pm on Tuesday, January 18th. Applicants can submit their completed applications to the advising desk on the second floor of Harper. Questions may be addressed to David Comp, Senior Adviser for International Initiatives in The College, at

Boren Scholarships offer unique opportunities for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad in world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Learn More

Boren Fellowships enable U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. The Boren Fellowship supports students studying languages, cultures, and world regions other than Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Learn More

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Russian Foundation of Chicago Schoolarship for Undergraduate and Graduate students, Deadline December 1

Russian Foundation of Chicago announced it’s first annual scholarship for undegraduate and graduate students in the Chicago area who are Russian speakers, study Russian language or culture, or study in Russia. Please visit RFC’s website for more information. Application form can be downloaded here. The deadline to submit the application is December 1.

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