In the spirit of scholarly advancement and collaboration, the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois (REEEC) invites applications from junior scholars to attend the Summer Research Lab (SRL) with support from the Fisher Fellow Award. The award is generously funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Title VIII Program.

The Fisher Fellow Award is presented in honor of Dr. Ralph Fisher, the founder of the SRL, REEEC and a champion for building the Slavic collection at the University of Illinois Library. Thanks to Fisher’s vision, the University Library and Slavic Reference Service (SRS) provide a consummate collection and outstanding research support service to scholars around the world.

The recipient of the 2024 Fisher Fellow Award will participate in the SRL at the University of Illinois. The fellowship provides a $1500 stipend to support participation in the SRL. While in attendance at the SRL, the Fisher Fellow will receive bibliographic training sessions at SRS. The selected Fisher Fellow will be expected to produce a white paper at a later date based on their findings while in residence at Illinois.

Application Requirements:

  • Graduate Student at dissertation stage or post-doctorate scholar (<5 years following PhD).
  • Available to participate in the SRL in Summer 2024.
  • Both US citizen and international scholars are eligible to apply.

To Apply:

Submit an application for the Summer Research Lab on the REEEC website by March 1, 2024 and indicate your interest in the Fisher Fellow Award.

Past Recipients:

Griffin Creech, PhD Candidate in History at University of Pennsylvania

Hannah Parker, PhD, Book Reviews Editor, University of East Anglia

Albert Cavallaro, PhD Candidate in History at University of Michigan

Andrey Shlyakhter, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow at Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University

Kristina Poznan, PhD, Editorial Associate at Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade (

Colleen Lucey, Assistant Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at the University of Arizona

Julia Leikin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in History at University of Exeter.

Ingrid Nordgaard, PhD Candidate in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University.

Anastasiya Boika, PhD Candidate in History at Queen’s University.

Sean McDaniel, PhD Candidate in History at Michigan State University.

Pey-Yi Chu, Assistant Professor of History at Pomona College in Claremont, California.

Yuliya Uryadova, Instructor in Middle Eastern and Central Asian History at the University of Arkansas.