Each Spring, REEEC invites submissions for the Yaro Skalnik Prize for the best undergraduate and graduate essays in Russian, East European, or Eurasian Studies at Illinois. Essays from all disciplines are eligible so long as they concern a relevant region. All recipients must be a current student at time of award. Each winner will receive a certificate and a cash prize.

Graduate Student Award: $250

Undergraduate Student Award: $150

Submission Deadline: April 24, 2024

Submission Guidelines

  • Students should submit a research paper written during the spring, summer, or fall semesters of 2023.
  • Papers should be between 10 and 30 pages in length for undergraduates; between 15 and 30 pages in length for graduates.
  • Cover page with: name, UIN, degree program and major, course, and instructor.
  • Papers can be nominated by a faculty member or submitted directly by a student.
  • Dissertation and thesis chapters are not eligible.

Submit Application Materials by E-mail to: John Randolph (Director, REEEC), at jwr@illinois.edu.  Please place “Skalnik Prize” in the subject heading.

REEEC will only accept emailed submissions.