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.

Call for Applications: ASEEES Internship Grant Program

Thanks to the generous support of the US-Russia Foundation, ASEEES is pleased to announce the new Internship Grant Program. This program provides MA, PhD, and professional school students and recent graduates with grants that make it possible for them to accept unpaid or underpaid internships in areas directly related to Russian studies. The program promotes the entry of young scholars with considerable Russian studies expertise into sectors outside of traditional academia. These internships must be in the US and should be substantial in duration and responsibilities, lasting two months for summer internships and four months for internships during a semester in the regular academic year. The grant offers $2,000 a month, to be paid directly to the grantee during their internship. ASEEES is also working to secure funding for a similar program to support internships related to non-Russian aspects of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies.

Application Deadline: January 13, 2020


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. 

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.

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. 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. 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. The extended application deadline is December 16, 2019. All AFR fellowships must take place between June 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021.

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.

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.

The 26th Annual Association of Central Eurasian Students Conference
The Association of Central Eurasian Students at Indiana University is now requesting submissions for our annual conference to be held February 29, 2020. 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. Abstracts are to be submitted by November 22, 2019, via email to aces@indiana.edu.

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.
CFP: 20th Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop – Deadline: Dec. 20, 2019

The Twentieth Annual Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop will be held at the University of Pittsburgh on March 19-21, 2020. The program committee welcomes proposals for papers on Czech and Slovak topics, broadly defined, in all disciplines. In the past, the areas of interest have been: anthropology, architecture, art, economics, education, film, geography, history, Jewish studies, linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, politics, religion, society, sociology, and theater.

The Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop aims to bring together researches, scientists, faculty members and advanced graduate students to exchange their experiences, research results, and ideas. New work in progress is appropriate for our workshop format. Each speaker is typically allotted a 50-minute slot divided between a presentation and active discussion.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Pavol Demeš, an internationally recognized NGO leader who opened German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States office in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, in 2000 in order to oversee GMF’s activities in Central and Eastern Europe. Before joining GMF, Demeš was executive director of the Slovak Academic Information Agency – Service Center for the Third Sector, a Slovak NGO committed to enhancing civil society. Previously, he served his country as foreign policy advisor to the president of the Slovak Republic (1993-1997), minister of international relations (1991-1992), and director of the Department of Foreign Relations in the Ministry of Education (1990-1991).

The workshop is a collaboration of the University of Pittsburgh, the Czechoslovak Studies Association, and the Slovak Studies Association.

Some funding for Ph.D. candidates traveling from universities in the United States and Canada may be available. Faculty accepted to present at the workshop are encouraged to cover their airfare from their own travel and research budgets.

The deadline for submitting proposals is December 20, 2019.

Submissions should include:

· Name, institutional affiliation and contact details of each author (full mailing address, email address, daytime telephone)

· Curriculum Vitae

· Statement indicating in which years the applicant has previously submitted proposals to and/or participated in the Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop

· Presentation title

· Keywords

· An abstract of approximately 250 words, outlining the presentation

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to michalkova@pitt.edu or by mail to: Marcela Michálková, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, 1228 Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Avenue, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Any questions can be sent directly to Marcela Michálková at michalkova@pitt.edu.

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.


University of New Hampshire Russia Summer Study Abroad
Four or eight-week summer immersion program in Russia that takes you from Europe to the Pacific, from Moscow and St. Petersburg to Vladivostok. For program details and application instructions, click here. Application deadline is February 3, 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