Assistant Professor of the Practice in Russian Language-Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
The Department of German, Russian, and East European Studies invites applications for an Assistant Professor of the Practice in Russian Language to join our expanding interdisciplinary department. This is a full-time, renewable, non-tenure track position with an initial term of three years. Our ideal candidate will be skilled in Communicative Language Teaching practices. The successful candidate will serve as the Russian language program coordinator, will conduct Russian language instruction at all levels, and will coordinate study abroad and other immersion opportunities.
For full consideration, applications must be received by November 1, 2019. See full posting here.

Lectureship in Russian Studies-Davidson College,
Davidson, NC
The Russian Studies Department at Davidson College, a highly-selective liberal arts college located 20 miles north of Charlotte, NC, invites applications for a renewable, non-tenure track lectureship in Russian language, beginning July 1, 2020. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the expectation, upon satisfactory review, of multi-year contracts moving forward. We seek a colleague dedicated to reshaping our language curriculum, mentoring students, and collaborating across campus to expand interest in Russian among a diverse group of students.
The deadline for receipt of applications is November 1, 2019. For more information, please see the full posting.


American Councils Overseas Professional and Intercultural Training Program (OPIT)

English-language internships are available in a wide range of fields, including business, humanities, social sciences, innovation, and STEM disciplines throughout the Balkans, the Baltics, and Eurasia. Open to undergraduates, graduate students, and working professionals. Program term consists of an eight week summer term.

Application deadline is February 15, 2020. For more information, click here.


American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) Collaborative Heritage Management in Armenia Grant (CHM)
ARISC invites proposals from collaborative teams in support of the preservation and conservation of the Republic of Armenia’s archaeological and historical heritage. This ARISC program, generously funded by private donors, seeks to foster joint work between American and Armenian scholars and institutions dedicated to the proper curation and p reservation of heritage materials such as artifacts, sites, and manuscripts. Successful applications will demonstrate substantive collaborations that not only contribute to heritage conservation but also demonstrate efforts to build capacity and enhance local knowledge of current techniques and approaches to heritage management. These grants require active participation of both American and Armenian principal investigators in all aspects of the collaborative project. Grants will typically not exceed $4000.

Applications are due January 31, 2020. For the full call, click here.

ARISC Small Grants
ARISC announces the availability of small grants in support of research in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia) for graduate and undergraduate students of the South Caucasus. Awards will be made for up to $300 each. Projects in all fields in the social sciences, humanities, and related sciences are eligible. Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential of the research to strengthen scholarship on the South Caucasus. The purpose of the grant is to help offset research costs for student scholars in the South Caucasus. Grantees are expected to give an ARISC-sponsored presentation on a subject related to their research upon completion of their project. The grantee will acknowledge ARISC in any publication or presentation that emerges from the research carried out during the grant.

Applications are due January 17, 2020. For the full call, click here.

ARISC Graduate/Postdoctoral Fellowship
ARISC announces the availability of graduate/postdoctoral fellowships in support of research in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia). Awards will be made for a maximum of $1500 each. Projects in all fields in the social sciences, humanities, and related sciences are eligible. Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential of the research to strengthen scholarship on the South Caucasus. The purpose of the fellowship is to help cover travel and/or living expenses in the South Caucasus. During their stay in the South Caucasus, the fellow is expected to give an ARISC-sponsored presentation on a subject related to their research. The fellow will acknowledge ARISC in any publication that emerges from the research carried out during the fellowship.

For the full call, eligibility requirements, and application materials, click here. Applications are due Friday, December 20, 2019.

ARISC Research Fellowship
ARISC announces the availability of fellowships in support of research and mentoring activities in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia). The goals of the fellowship are 1) to support research in and the study of the South Caucasus; 2) to select, recognize and financially support individuals who demonstrate high potential to contribute to research in this region; 3) to support a mentoring relationship that will both develop the academic skills of the mentee and strengthen ties between the US and host country. Research awards will be made for $2,500 to $6,500, for a maximum of 3 months each to help cover transportation, room, board, incidental expenses, and other expenses needed to support scholar’s research in the South Caucasus.

For the full call, eligibility requirements, and application materials, click here. The application deadline is December 20, 2019.

American Councils fully-funded Academic Fellowships in Russia
The total value of each fellowship ranges from $10,000-$45,000. Typical awards include: international airfare, academic affiliation with a leading local university or educational institution, visa(s) arranged by American Councils, housing and living stipends, health insurance, ongoing logistical support from American Councils, and 24-hour emergency assistance.

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


Alfa Fellowship Program-Cultural Vistas
The Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished international initiative that each year offers up to 18 accomplished young Americans, Britons, and Germans the opportunity to complete a high-level professional development program in Russia. Over the course of the program, fellows complete work placements at leading institutions, attend professional seminars, and receive intensive language training. The fellowship provides a monthly stipend, accommodation, insurance, all program-related travel costs, language training in Russia, and private tutoring in the U.S., U.K., or Germany.

The deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 program year is November 15, 2019. To read more about the fellowship and to apply, click here.

American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) is pleased to announce 2020-2021 fellowship programs for students and scholars based in the U.S. and Canada:

ARIT/National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Fellowships for Research in Turkey cover all fields of the humanities, including prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature, and linguistics as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history. The fellowships support applicants who have completed their academic training. The terms may range from four months to a full year. Stipend per month is $4,200. Application materials and three letters of recommendation must be submitted by November, 1, 2019.

ARIT Fellowships for Research in Turkey are offered for research in ancient, medieval, or modern times, in any field of the humanities and social sciences. Post-doctoral and advanced doctoral fellowships (PhD candidate) may be held for various terms, from one month up to one academic year. Stipends range from $2,500 to $15,500. Applications must be submitted by November 1, 2019.

Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center (Moscow)
Fellowship for doctoral candidates and post-doctoral candidates in the field of history and culture of the Jews in Russia, with affiliations in research and educational centers outside Russia for work in Moscow’s archives and libraries.The fellowship is for 1 to 3 months of research and provides 100,000 rubles (about $1,500) per month for doctoral candidates and 150,000 rubles (about $2,200) per month for post-doctoral candidates, in addition to travel and visa support. Deadline fro submission: November 10, 2019.

Grant “Research in the Field of History and Culture of the Jews in Russia (Russia before Peter the Great,” Russian Empire, USSR, and the former Soviet Union). The grant is for 1 to 3 years of research, and provides from 200,000 rubles to 1.5 million rubles per year. The grant is open to both Russian and foreign researchers engaging in individual or group projects. Deadline for submission: November 10, 2019.

IPRH Faculty and Graduate Student Fellowships “The Global and Its Worlds”
IPRH welcomes applications from all disciplines and departments with an interest in humanities and humanities-inflected research. IPRH is especially interested in fostering interdisciplinary work, both within the humanistic disciplines, and between the humanities and the arts. All Fellows are expected to maintain residence on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus during the award year, and to participate in IPRH activities, including the yearlong Fellows Seminar. Complete fellowship application guidelines for 2020–21 can be found on the IPRH website (Faculty / Graduate Students). Applications must be submitted through an online application portal. For the full request for applications, please click here.

Conferences & Workshops

2020 Midwest Slavic Conference Science (&) Fiction(s)
The 2020 Midwest Slavic Conference Science (&) Fiction(s) will be held at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio on April 3-5, 2020. The conference committee invites proposals for papers on all topics related to the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian world, particularly those that explore science and the history of science, science fiction in film, cartoons, art, music, and literary works, information science and disinformation. In a world where truth is often stranger than fiction—and harder to find—science fiction can be revelatory. As society grapples to answer questions about climate change, ecological justice, and environmental disasters, does the function and ethical responsibility of science fiction change? What is the relationship between science, fiction, and the arts? How do they illuminate, reinforce, and change each other?

Please send a one-paragraph abstract and a brief C>V. in a single PDF format file to csees@osu.edu by Monday, January 13. For more information, please see the conference website.

12th Annual Meeting of the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society (UIUC, February 28-29, 2020)
Submissions are now open for the 12th Annual Meeting of the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society (ILLS12), which will be held from February 29-29, 2020 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ILLS is an annual graduate student-run conference aimed primarily at providing graduate and advanced undergraduate students a friendly venue in which to present and discuss research on any topic related to language and linguistics.

ILLS is a general linguistics conference open to any and all submissions relating to language and linguistics. The conference theme for ILLS12 is “Language Across the Life Span.” Submissions related to this theme are especially encouraged, though submissions are not limited to this theme. We primarily encourage submissions from graduate and undergraduate students. We hold that an interdisciplinary approach to language from a multitude of avenues is fundamental to the advancement of language research and the subsequent understanding of our world, cultures, and societies. Our plenary speakers this year include:

Laura Colantoni (University of Toronto), Michele Diaz (Penn State), Norma Mendoza-Denton (UCLA), Silvina Montrul (UIUC)

Additionally, the Sociolinguistics Symposium (SOSY) will again be held in conjunction with ILLS this year. SOSY will take place on Thursday, February 27, 2020. If you are interested in SOSY, you can find more information and the call for papers at https://publish.illinois.edu/sociolinguisticssymposium/Please note, you are welcome to submit abstracts to both SOSY and ILLS; however, the same abstract will not be accepted for both events.

Abstracts are to be submitted by November 20, 2019. For more information, and to submit an abstract, click here.

The 26th Annual Association of Central Eurasian Students Conference (Indiana University Bloomington, February 29, 2020)
The Association of Central Eurasian Students at Indiana University is now requesting submissions for our annual conference. We are accepting abstracts for approximately 20-minute paper presentations on topics related to Central Eurasia. There are no regional or temporal restrictions on topics, and papers from all  disciplinary backgrounds are welcome. Submissions can include but are not limited to topics on the Afghan, Balto-Finnic, Hungarian, Mongolic, Persian, Tibetan, Tungusic, and Turkic peoples, languages, cultures, and states.

Submissions are due by November 22, 2019 via email to aces@indiana.edu. For more information on the application process, see the full call for papers here.

The 12th Annual Romanian Studies Conference (Indiana University Bloomington, April 10-12, 2020)
The Romanian Studies Organization at Indiana University is pleased to announce the 12th Annual Romanian Studies Conference, taking place April 10-12, 2020, on the Bloomington campus. We welcome proposals from graduate students and recent PhDs on any topic related to Romania, Moldova, or the Romanian diaspora, in any discipline or methodology. Past panels have included: “Landscapes of Heritage in Romania,” “Politicizing Ethnicity: Individual and Collective Identities,” “Agency and Authenticity under Socialism,” “The Pain of Transition: Continuities and Changes between Regimes,” and “Civil Society, Corruption, and Resistance in (Post) Communist Romania.” We particularly welcome interdisciplinary approaches but we regularly accept papers from historians, political scientists, economists, sociologists, anthropologists, folklorists, linguists, literary critics, and musicologists.


Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words, along with your contact information and a brief biography, in a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf document to Leah Valtin-Erwin at romso@indiana.edu by December 31, 2019. We will send notifications of acceptance by January 30, 2020. Please direct any inquiries to Leah Valtin-Erwin.

Summer/ language Opportunities

Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim world (SILMW)
SILMW is a program offered the Less Commonly Taught Languages Program at the University of Illinois. SILMW provides a unique opportunity to explore the languages and cultures of the Muslim World while interacting with experts on the region. The institute is held annually at the UIUC campus during the Summer semester. University students earn between 4 and 10 credit hours for taking one or two intensive language courses over the period of 4-8 weeks. SILMW offers intensive courses in Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and Wolof.

Register online before April 27, 2020. For more information, click here.

The University of Pittsburgh’s Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute
The University of Pittsburgh’s Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute offers a focus on critical and less commonly taught languages through proficiency-based instruction through courses in Arabic, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Turkish, and Ukrainian. Whether students choose to study on Pitt’s campus or on one of the SLI’s many study abroad programs, they can expect to cover approximately one academic year’s worth of course work during a single summer.

For priority funding consideration, complete your application by March 1, 2020. For full information, click here.

American Councils Balkan Language Initiative (BLI)

Intensive language instruction opportunities available for fall, spring, academic year, or summer terms for the following languages and locations: Albanian in Tirana, Albania; Bosnian in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina; Bulgarian in Sofia, Bulgaria; Macedonian in Skopje, Macedonia; Serbian in Belgrade, Serbia; Serbian in Podgorica, Montenegro.
For more information on the various programs, click here.
Application deadlines are as follows:
Summer programs: February 15
Fall & academic year: March 15
Spring semester: October 15


American Councils Eurasian Regional Language Program (ERLP)
ERLP provides high-quality language instruction, specially designed cultural programs, and expert logistical support to participants studying the languages of Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Russia, Ukraine, and Moldova.
The following languages and locations are currently offered: Yerevan, Armenia (Armenian); Baku, Azerbaijan (Azerbaijani, Turkish); Tbilisi, Georgia (Chechen, Georgian); Almaty, Kazakhstan (Kazakh); Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyz); Chisinau, Moldova (Romanian); locations throughout Russia (Bashkir, Buryat, Tatar, Yakut); Dushanbe, Tajikistan (Pashto, Persian (Dari, Farsi, Tajiki), Uzbek); and Kiev, Ukraine (Ukrainian).
For more detailed information, click here.
Application deadlines are as follows:
Summer programs: February 15
Fall & academic year: March 15
Spring semester: October 15


University of Wisconsin-Madison Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute 
The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) is an eight-week summer intensive language program for undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and professionals. CESSI currently offers courses in the following Central Asian languages: Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur/Uighur, and Uzbek. Languages are offered at the beginning and intermediate level, although advanced level courses may be offered with sufficient student interest. Additional languages such as Kyrgyz or Azeri may also be offered with sufficient interest. Language courses are supplemented by a rich program of cultural events, excursions, and a weekly academic lecture series.
Priority deadline: February 1, 2020
Title VIII deadline: February 1, 2020
FLAS deadline: February 11, 2020
For more detailed information on the program, click here.


ARIT Summer Fellowships for Advanced Turkish Language in Istanbul offers intensive advanced study of Turkish at Bogazici University during the summer 2020. Participants must have two years of Turkish language study or the equivalent. The fellowships cover round-trip airfare to Istanbul, application and tuition fees, and a maintenance stipend. The application deadline will be in early February, 2020.


Aspirantum- Armenian School of Languages and Cultures
Intensive Summer and Winter Language Courses in Yerevan, Armenia. Learn Persian, Russian, Armenian Languages.

To see the details of each language school, the deadlines as well as the prices please follow the links below for each language.

Persian language winter school 2019

Armenian language winter school 2019

Russian language winter school 2019

Scholarship opportunities are available here: https://aspirantum.com/scholarships

More information is available here: https://aspirantum.com