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Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

Graduate Opportunities

Graduate students pursuing Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies have numerous opportunities for learning, funding and attending meaningful events and symposia.  

Fellowships

At any given time, there are up to a dozen Ph.D. dissertations underway in Russian, East European and Eurasian studies across the campus on topics as varied as anthropological studies of migration in Central Asia, the architectural history of Russian Constructivism, the art history of Soviet Conceptualism, and the history of the Second World War in Belarus, to name just a few. Each year the program awards a fellowship to an incoming graduate student working on the area in any department; it is in addition to the fellowships that  the departments themselves award.

REEES Graduate Fellowship

REEES awards its own fellowship to an incoming graduate student in any department. The fellowship covers the entire period of study — either four or five years — depending on the student's academic department.

The Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Fellowship

The Stephen F. Cohen–Robert C. Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship (CTDRF) Program for Russian Historical Studies supports the next generation of U.S. scholars to conduct their doctoral dissertation research in Russia. The CTDRF Program is sponsored by the KAT Charitable Foundation. 

Beginning in the academic year 2016-2017, the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship Program will provide up to six annual fellowships, with a maximum stipend of $22,000, for doctoral students at US universities, who are citizens or permanent residents of the US, to conduct dissertation research in Russia. The Program is open to students in any discipline whose dissertation topics are within 19th - early 21st century Russian historical studies.

Beginning in the academic year 2016-2017, the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship Program will provide up to six annual fellowships, with a maximum stipend of $22,000, for doctoral students at US universities, who are citizens or permanent residents of the US, to conduct dissertation research in Russia. The Program is open to students in any discipline whose dissertation topics are within 19th - early 21st century Russian historical studies.

Fellowship Research Scope

The research topic must be in 19th - early 21st century Russian historical studies; in cases of equally qualified applications, some preference may be given to research on the Soviet era.

The research topic can be in cultural, economic, intellectual, political, or social historical studies.

The geographic focus of the research must be predominantly within the current boundaries of the Russian Federation NOTE: This does not exclude research related to other former Soviet Republics or territories of the 19th c. Russian Empire, but the research topic must still be predominantly a historical study of Russia. 

The research must be conducted primarily in the Russian Federation, but the fellowship may be used to conduct research for a briefer period in secondary site(s) in one other former Soviet republic or territory once forming part of the Russian empire (NOTE: The fellowship does not support research in North America). 

The duration of research travel must be at least nine (9) months.

Eligibility

Applicant must:

  • A doctoral student at a U.S. university
  • Have a dissertation research topic that falls within the fellowship research scope (see above), but may be in any discipline
  • Have language proficiency to conduct research in Russia
  • Have successfully achieved PhD candidacy (ABD status) by the start of the proposed research travel
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the US
  • Be a student member of ASEEES at the time of the application submission
  • Be able to receive and maintain a visa to the Russian Federation (and any other site of research that requires a visa). NOTE: Applicant MUST be able to obtain a visa through an affiliation with a Russian research institution (ASEEES may be able to provide some assistance in establishing institutional affiliation)
  • Plan to start the research travel within the same calendar year following the receipt of the fellowship (Ex: Upon notification of the fellowship in the spring of 2017, the recipient must start his/her research travel no later than December 31, 2017)
Fellowship Amount

The fellowship amount will be a maximum of $22,000, which can be spent on expenses incurred while conducting research in Russia, including living expenses, research expenses, international airfare, visa expenses, and evacuation and health insurance. 
Note: The fellowship does not support tuition payments to the applicant’s U.S, home institution.

Selection Criteria

The fellowship will be awarded on the basis of:

  • Applicant's scholarly qualifications
  • Scholarly significance of the project and its capacity to advance Russian historical studies
  • Feasibility of the research proposal
Application Requirements
  • Completed Online Application form [available in early September]
  • Research Proposal (Max. 2000 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Graduate Transcript
  • Two (2) Letters of Reference
  • Language Proficiency Reference Form
Application Deadline

December 11, 2016 
Notification will be sent out in April 2016.