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Education Centre “Cosmopolitan” Summer Internships in Novosibirsk and Altai Mountains
Education Centre “Cosmopolitan,” Novosibirsk, Russia, is pleased to announce that they are accepting applications for their summer internship programs that will run in Novosibirsk and in the Altai Mountains area. Internships are offered at the children’s camps which run from mid-June until mid-July 2020. These internship positions are open to university students and graduates. No previous teaching experience, no previous knowledge of Russian is required. Internships at the children’s summer camps comprise of teaching foreign languages and creativity workshops, working as camp leaders, etc. By participating in this internship program, you will gain valuable skills and experiences for future professions while being immersed in the Russian culture and having intensive practice in the Russian language.

Funding

Funding Opportunity for U.S. and Russian Independent Professionals
Eurasia Foundation’s U.S.-Russia Social Expertise Program (SEE) invites applications from independent professionals in the U.S. and Russia seeking to establish collaboration with international partner(s) in joint pursuit of solutions to one or more of the following issues: Social Inclusion, Technology and Innovation for Social Good, Social Entrepreneurship, and Youth Engagement. Successful applicants will travel to their counterpart country for a period of up to 21 days. While abroad, participants will be exposed to new skills, methods, and professional networks. After travel, independent professionals will implement activities to convey or apply their new knowledge and expertise for the benefit of their colleagues and community. Applications are due on June 21, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

For additional information, please visit: https://www.usrussiasocialexpertise.org/apply-to-become-a-see-fellow/

Hungary Initiatives Foundation Budapest Fellowship Program Application
The Hungary Initiatives Foundation, a Washington D.C. based non-profit organization, in partnership with the Mathias Corvinus Collegium in Budapest, Hungary is presently accepting applications for the Budapest Fellowship Program, for the 2020/2021 academic year.

The Budapest Fellowship Program is a full-time, fully-funded transatlantic fellowship opportunity in Budapest, Hungary, for young American scholars and professionals, and it includes a Junior Fellowship aimed for senior graduate students and a Senior Fellowship, for postdoctoral researchers and early career professionals.

The program aims to cultivate the next generation of American policy professionals and equip them with a thorough understanding of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Hungary. The fellows will have an opportunity to conduct independent research on the topic fellows choose while gaining practical experience working at a Hungarian host institution that matches their professional interests.

The Fellowship, through the support of the Hungary Initiatives Foundation will cover all program expenses, including roundtrip airfare to Budapest, Hungary, housing, a monthly stipend as well as health insurance. The opportunity is open for US citizens with a research interest in Central and Eastern Europe and have outstanding research and academic credentials.

The application deadline is June 30, 2020.

American Councils for International Education Title VIII Research Scholar Program
Provides full support for research in policy-relevant fields in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe. Fellowships include round-trip international travel; housing and living stipends; visa support; overseas health, accident, and evacuation insurance; archive access; and logistical support. Open to U.S. graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty.

Individuals interested in applying should check the program website for more information and access to the online application. Please note that all American Councils Title VIII Fellowship Programs must take place between June 1, 2021 and August 31, 2022. The application deadline for Title VIII fellowships is October 1, 2020. All application materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

American Councils Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program
Provides full support for research and individualized language instruction in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe. Fellowships include round-trip international travel; housing and living stipends; visa support; overseas health, accident, and evacuation insurance; archive access; logistical support; and up to 10 academic hours per week of language instruction. Open to U.S. graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty.

Individuals interested in applying should check the program website for more information and access to the online application. Please note that all American Councils Title VIII Fellowship Programs must take place between June 1, 2021 and August 31, 2022. The application deadline for Title VIII fellowships is October 1, 2020. All application materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, 2021-2022 Fellowship: “Rethinking Premodern Jewish Legal Cultures”
The Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to open a call for applications for the first of two successive fellowship years devoted to Jews and the law. Jews have been closely associated with law since antiquity, developing a rich and complex legal tradition and participating variously in the legal cultures of the societies in which they have lived. Several leading universities are now home to centers for Jewish law, ancient to contemporary in focus, and the topic is drawing scholarly interest from well beyond the field of legal studies, including research in history, literature, philosophy, political theory, and gender studies, among others. The Katz Center is pleased to contribute to this growing and expansive topic over the course of two consecutive fellowship years devoted to exploring the connections between Jewish studies and legal thought, culture, and practice. During the first year of this cycle, the 2021-2022 academic year, the Center seeks to support scholars working on law as a dynamic feature of Jewish culture in premodern contexts, spanning from antiquity to the eighteenth century. The Katz Center invites applications that propose the study or framing of Jewish law or legal thinking within relevant historical contexts; that explore the relationship between law and other aspects of society or culture; that attend to questions of form, genre, and rhetoric; that investigate the institutions, practices, and actors that enact law; or that address related topics such as governance and/or crime. The vision for the year is of a fellowship community that advances an interdisciplinary and multi-dimensional approach to law and that bridges between Jewish law and other legal cultures.

With funding from the Israel Institute and in partnership with Penn’s Jewish Studies Program, the Katz Center is offering an additional opportunity for a teaching fellowship in 2021–2022 for Israeli scholars. The recipient will be a full participant in the Center’s fellowship program and will teach one undergraduate course per semester on an Israel-related subject. To be eligible for the Israel Institute/Katz Center fellowship applicants must be Israeli citizens with a PhD in a field or subject related to Israel and/or who is currently employed at an Israeli institution of higher learning or research center. Applicants to this fellowship are required to submit a sample syllabus along with a statement of past teaching experience and teaching style. Full information can be found at the link posted above. Applications are due October 12, 2020.

Conferences & Workshops

Call for Submissions: 2020 AWSS Graduate Research Prize
The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) Graduate Research Prize is awarded annually to fund promising graduate-level research in any field of Slavic/East European/Central Asian studies by a woman or on a topic in Women’s or Gender Studies related to Slavic Studies/East Europe/Central Asia by a scholar of any gender. Graduate students who are at any stage of master’s or doctoral level research are eligible. Only current graduate students are eligible for this prize.The grant can be used to support expenses related to completion of a thesis or dissertation, as well as travel, services, and/or materials. The award carries a cash prize of $1000.00. Nominations and self- nominations are welcome.

A completed application consists of 1) a 2-3 page proposal that explains the project, how the funds will be used, and why this funding is necessary for continued progress on the project; 2) a CV; 3) a detailed budget and timeline; and 4) two letters of recommendation. Please submit application materials in MS Word or PDF. Winning recipients should submit a report on their use of the funds to the Committee Chair by August of the year following the receipt of the award. Recipients must be members of AWSS; if award recipients are not current AWSS members, they must join AWSS as condition of the award.

Applications are due by September 1, 2020, and must be complete by that date to be considered for the award. Letters of recommendation should be forwarded to the AWSS Graduate Prize Committee Chair directly.

Please direct all questions and send all application materials by email attachment to the Committee Chair, Sharon Kowalsky, Associate Professor of History, Texas A&M-Commerce: Sharon.Kowalsky@tamuc.edu.

Summer/ language Opportunities

Disinformation and Democracy: A Webinar for Educators with Writer Nina Jankowicz, June 18, 2020 (6:00 PM CDT)
The Pulitzer Center and The University of Chicago’s Center for Eastern European and Russian/Eurasian Studies invite educators to a webinar with writer and analyst Nina Jankowicz to explore her reporting project about the influence of disinformation on the 2019 elections in Ukraine. Jankowicz’s presentation will highlight the parallels between the elections in Ukraine and the United States. Participants will also examine the counter-measures launched in Ukraine to fight disinformation and their broader impact on democratic discourse.

The webinar will be held on June 18, 2020 from 6-7 pm (CDT). To register, click here.

UChicago Summer Institute for Educators 2020, June 25-26, 2020
This two-day virtual conference for educators brings together award-winning journalists supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and digital educational resources created by Pulitzer Center and UChicago to explore how reporting on past public health crises throughout the world can offer valuable insights on the challenges presented by COVID-19. Featuring a combination of journalist-led presentations and interactive activities, the session will also introduce methods for integrating global news and journalism skills into diverse curricula to reinforce students’ critical thinking, creativity and communication skills. Participants will leave with the tools to incorporate new content into their classes, as well as connections to journalists working on pressing global issues. The session will also utilize breakout rooms to provide opportunities for participants to brainstorm, collaborate and network. The 2020 Summer Institute for Educators is co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies, Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, and Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and it is presented in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. It is made possible through generous support from the Title VI National Resource Center grants from the US Department of Education.

The event will take place Thursday, June 25 and Friday, June 26 from 10 am – 2 pm via Zoom. To register, click here.

Harvard University Virtual Summer Introductory Czech Course
Harvard University is offering an intensive Introductory Czech course this summer. The course will be taught interactively via Zoom from June 20 to August 8, 2020, and is open to both Harvard and other students. The course satisfies the FLAS contact hours requirement.

The 7-weeks (5 days per week) intensive course (8 credits) provides a comprehensive introduction to modern Czech language and culture for those who would like to speak Czech or use the language for reading and research. Designed for students without any previous knowledge of Czech, the course stresses all four major communicative skills (speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing). Students are introduced to Czech culture through readings, screenings, and class discussions. This course prepares students to continue in Czech at the intermediate level or for study and travel abroad in the Czech Republic. For more information, see link posted above.

Jagiellonian University Summer School of Polish Language and Culture (Online)
In July and August, there is offered two three-week programs, including a 60-hour language course, lectures on Polish history, grammar, culture and society, as well as a weekend cultural and integration program. The hours of classes have been adjusted to the participants’ time zones. The classes are conducted by specialists from the Jagiellonian University in teaching Polish as a foreign language, who have extensive experience in teaching foreigners, also using the online method. All levels of language proficiency are offered, along with small reading groups, and, after passing the final exams–a Jagiellonian University diploma with credit points/ECTS. Details of the programs can be found at the link posted above.

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 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

American Home in Vladimir, Russia Intensive Russian Program
Tailored intensive Russian language programs are available through American Home in Vladimir, Russia. Applications are accepted all year, with the possibility of selecting your own dates and lengths of the program. Cost includes room and board with a Russian family (two meals a day); well-educated native speakers trained to teach Russian to foreigners; intensive, one-on-one or small group lessons three hours a day, five days a week; lessons conducted on the trolley bus, in an open air market, and elsewhere in the community; and classroom lessons in the comfortable, well-equipped American Home where you will also meet Russians studying English.
For detailed cost information and application details, please see site linked above.
Aspirantum-Armenian School of Languages and Cultures is inviting students, scholars and researchers to apply and take part in Russian language summer school to be organized from July 5 until July 25, 2020 in Yerevan, Armenia.
Aspirantum is also organizing summer and winter schools of Persian, Armenian and Russian languages in Yerevan, Armenia.
The 21 days Russian language summer school 2020 offers participants to master skills in written and oral modern Russian, reading and interpreting Russian texts from different periods as well as rapidly deepening their knowledge in colloquial Russian.

To apply, click here.

Ukrainian Catholic University- School of Ukrainian Language Summer Program (Online)
The UCU program is the largest and most popular Ukrainian-as-a-foreign-language program in Ukraine, hosting about a hundred students from over twenty countries every summer. The program consists of daily language classes, individual tutoring, workshops or lectures and excursions. At the beginning of the summer UCU program, students visit the Carpathian Mountains for a unique two-week experience. Students then return to Lviv for four weeks to continue the UCU summer language and culture program. University ECTS credits can be received on completion of the course. The Summer Program consists of six weeks. Sessions are customizable to meet student criteria and requirements, where students may choose any number of days or weeks of study during the six weeks.