Friday, October 17, 2014

Language Program: Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute

Deadline: January 30, 2015

The Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute is accepting applications for its 2015 summer language programs in the U.S. and abroad.

CLI offers intensive courses in Russian and in East European, Mediterranean, and Central Asian languages, either in the U.S., overseas, or if integrated “combination” courses that include both U.S. and overseas components.

Students selected for CLI pay a flat fee of $960 for up to 13 semester credits, plus study-abroad fees if they opt to join an overseas program.

Scholarships are available for undergraduate students, graduate students, and non-students. ROTC Project GO funding is available for selected languages.

Funding and priority admission deadline is January 30, 2015.

2 months intensive study at ASU with optional 1 month study in country, providing 8–13 academic credits.
  -   Albanian                           (ASU + Tirana)
  -   Armenian                         (ASU + Yerevan)
  -   Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian(ASU + Sarajevo)
  -   Modern Hebrew               (ASU only)
  -   Macedonian                      (ASU only)
  -   Persian                              (ASU + Samarqand)
  -   Polish                               (ASU + Poznan)
  -   Russian                             (ASU + Kazan, Bishkek, or St. Petersburg)
  -   Turkish                             (ASU + Izmir)
  -   Uzbek                               (ASU + Samarqand)

Sessions in ASU include daily co-curricular programming, grant mentoring and career planning opportunities.

Sessions abroad feature academically challenging study, extensive co-curricular programming integrated into academic coursework and conducted in 1-on1 or small-group format by local language coaches.

2-month intensive programs providing 8–10 academic credits
  -  Armenian (Yerevan)         3rd-year and up
  -  Russian (Kazan, Bishkek) 2nd–4th-year
  -  Russian (St. Petersburg)   5th–6th-year
  -  Tatar (Kazan)                    1st–2nd-year

Programs feature homestays, extensive co-curricular programming, integrated into academic coursework and conducted in 1-on1 or small-group format by local language coaches, and internships at the 5th-year level and up.

Job: Summer Research Assistantships for Graduate Students, Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies

Deadline: January 1, 2015

Call for Applications: 2015 Summer Research Assistantships for Graduate Students, Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum


Apply at:
Applications due January 12015
The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies is pleased to invite applications for the Summer Graduate Research Assistant Program, designed for students who have been accepted to or are currently enrolled in a master’s degree program or in their first year of a PhD program at a North American college or university and who have legal permission to work in the United States. Students who have completed more than one year of doctoral work will not be considered. The Mandel Center welcomes applications from students in all relevant academic disciplines, including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, psychology, sociology, geography, and others.

The Summer Graduate Research Assistant Program acquaints promising MA-level and first-year PhD students with Holocaust studies by encouraging participation in the broad range of scholarly and publicly available educational programs offered by the Museum during the summer months.

Research assistant projects may include but are not limited to: (1) facilitating projects related to the International Tracing Service digital collection at the Museum; (2) supporting the research, annotation, contextualization, and editing required for advancing the Museum’s Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933–1945 and the archival source series Documenting Life and Destruction, including topical volumes; and (3) supporting the Mandel Center’s Holocaust in the Soviet Union initiative.

In addition, assistants are expected to participate in a weekly training seminar led by Museum staff, which introduces them to key subjects, essential tools, and useful methods and approaches, as well as career opportunities in Holocaust research. Assistants are expected to familiarize themselves with relevant topics through assigned readings and to actively engage with Mandel Center staff.

Assistants are required to be in residence at the Museum for 12 consecutive weeks, arriving on June 2 and departing on August 21, 2015. The Mandel Center will provide a stipend of $3,000 per month as well as an allowance to offset the cost of direct, economy-class travel to and from Washington, DC. Local awardees will not receive a travel allowance.

Applications and supporting materials must be received by January 1, 2015. Decisions will be announced in late February 2015. For complete competition guidelines and eligibility requirements, please visit

Please direct inquiries to Jo-Ellyn Decker, program manager, Visiting Scholar Programs, The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, at 202.314.7829

This program is supported by the Albert Abramson Family Foundation.

Scholarship: CREES Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

Deadline: November 12, 2014

The U.S. Department of State would like to remind you that the deadline for submitting applications for the 2015 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is fast approaching! We are now a little under a month away from the deadline:November 12th, 2014 at 8pm EST. 

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The thirteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Please note that participants in the CLS Program are not required to have any experience studying critical languages for most of the thirteen languages. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website:

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

There is no service requirement for CLS Alumni after the program. However, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.

Please note that CLS is an intensive group-based language program.

The application is available online at:
Applications will be due November 12, 2014 by 8:00 pm EST.

Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website:
We have hosted 2 webinars so far and their recordings can be found here:
There’s one final webinar coming up on Friday, October 17th 2014 at 3pm EST and its focus is on application tips! Please RSVP to Sarah Bartfeld at  
The link to access the webinar (on Friday, October 17th) is here:
For news, updates and more information about the CLS Program, check out the CLS website or our Facebook page for updates!

CLS Facebook page:

For questions, please contact us at: 

Teaching Program: CREES American Councils (ACTR) Russian Summer Fulbright-Hays

Deadline: February 15, 2015

American Councils for International Education (ACTR) is now accepting applications for the 2015 Summer Russian Language Teachers Program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad, the program provides current and pre-service Russian instructors the unique opportunity to study Russian culture, language, and pedagogy at the Russian State Pedagogical (Herzen) University in downtown St. Petersburg, Russia for six weeks, from June 25 to August 9, 2015. The program begins with a mandatory pre-departure orientation in Washington, DC on June 24.

The newly designed Fulbright-Hays Summer Teachers Program features:
•             Intensive language classes conducted by leading Russian faculty in small groups geared toward individual proficiency levels and designed to strengthen essential speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension skills.
•             A specially designed course to help participants develop a comprehensive portfolio of assignments, lesson plans, and exercises based on authentic materials gathered in Russia. Participants will introduce the newly developed portfolios into their classrooms upon returning to the U.S. and report on teaching outcomes.
•             Seminars on contemporary Russian society, Russian Orthodoxy, Russian musical culture, and literary St. Petersburg.
•             Weekly cultural excursions and an extended trip outside St. Petersburg to maximize participants’ exposure to key historical sights and provide additional opportunities to gather authentic teaching materials.
•             Housing and meals with Russian host families and weekly meetings with Russian peer tutors to maximize linguistic and cultural immersion.
•             Ongoing logistical support, guidance, and emergency assistance from a full-time resident director.

Fulbright-Hays fellowships will cover the cost of tuition, cultural programs, international airfare, visas, housing, living stipends, and insurance; approximately 12 fellowships will be awarded. Finalists will be responsible for an administrative fee for the program, which will be finalized in November.

To be eligible for Fulbright-Hays funding, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are:
•             Elementary or secondary school teachers;
•             Faculty members at higher education institutions;
•             Graduate students or upperclassmen at colleges or universities studying to teach Russian; or
•             Administrators at state departments of education, higher education institutions, or school districts who plan, conduct, or supervise programs for students at all levels.

Priority in funding awards will go to K-12 teachers, individuals who have not spent an extended period of time in Russia in the last three years, U.S. teachers who support fledgling Russian programs or are preparing to launch new programs, graduate students with a strong commitment to teaching, and non-native speakers of Russian.

Program applications are due February 15, 2015.

For more information or to begin an application, please visit our website at:

Please also feel free to contact the American Councils Outbound Department directly with any questions at 202-833-7522.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

CFP: ASN 2015 World Convention

Deadline: October 29, 2014

CFP: ASN 2015 World Convention

Call for Papers
20th Annual World Convention of the
Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)
International Affairs Building,
Columbia University, NY
Sponsored by the Harriman Institute

23-25 April 2015
***Proposal deadline: 29 October 2014***
[Please note that the deadline is earlier than in previous years]
Contact information:
proposals must be submitted to: and

Over 140 PANELS in nine sections:
  • Nationalism Studies
  • Migration & Diasporas
  • Balkans
  • Russia
  • Ukraine & Belarus
  • Central Europe (including Baltics & Moldova)
  • Eurasia (including Central Asia & China)
  • Caucasus (North and South)
  • Turkey, Greece & Cyprus
THEMATIC Panels on
  • Ukraine, Russia & the World
  • Self-Determination & Secession
  • History & Politics of Memory
  • Gender & Identity
  • Transitional Justice
  • Screening of NEW DOCUMENTARIES
AWARDS for Best Doctoral Student Papers,
ASN Harriman Joseph Rothschild Book Prize
ASN Award for Best Documentary

The Nationalities Papers Opening Reception
The ASN Convention, the most attended international and inter-disciplinary scholarly gathering of its kind, welcomes proposals on a wide range of topics related to nationalism, ethnicity, ethnic conflict and national identity in several regional sections on Balkans, Central Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia, the Caucasus, and Turkey/Greece/Cyprus, as well as thematic and cross-regional sections on Nationalism and Migration/Diasporas. Disciplines represented include political science, history, anthropology, sociology, international studies, security studies, geopolitics, area studies, economics, geography, sociolinguistics, literature, psychology, and related fields.
The Convention is also inviting paper, panel, roundtable, or special presentation proposals related to:
  • “Ukraine, Russia & the World,” on the events/international crisis unleashed by “Maidan,” the fall of a regime, the war in Donbas, economic sanctions, NATO etc.
  • “Self-Determination and the State,” given new salience by the referendums in Scotland and Catalonia, the effects of Crimea/Donbas, and the rise of ISIS;
  • "History, Politics and Memory,” on the construction and contestation of the memory of historical events in sites, symbols, discourse and research;
  • “Gender & Identity,” on the salience of gender in discourse, representation, practices and mobilization;
  • “Transitional Justice & Minority Rights,” encompassing human rights, minority rights, war crimes, genocide, international tribunals, and related issues;
Prospective applicants can get a sense of the large thematic scope of ASN Convention papers by looking at the 2014 Final Program, which can be accessed at
Popular topics have also included ethnic violence, language politics, religion and politics, EU integration, nation-bulding, the politics of energy, and post-conflict reconstruction.
Papers presented at the Convention will be made available for $10 on a CD to Convention attendees, but will neither be posted on the ASN website, nor be sold to Convention non-attendees.
Nationalities Papers, the ASN flagship journal, will present the consistently popular roundtable “How To Get Your Article Published,” which features the editors of some of the leading journals in the field. Nationalities Papers will also sponsor the opening reception.
For several years, the ASN Convention has acknowledged excellence in graduate studies research by offering Awards for Best Doctoral Student Papers. The ASN 2014 Doctoral Student Awards were given to:
  • Enis Erdem Aydin (History, Bogazici U, Turkey) Turkey, Greece & Cyprus
  • Christofer Berglund (Political Science, Uppsala U, Sweden), Caucasus-Russia
  • Aliza Rebecca Luft (Political Science, U Wisconsin Madison, US), Nationalism
  • Anca Mandru (History, U of Illinois Urbana, US), Central Europe
  • Sevan Pearson (History, U Lausanne, Switzerland), Balkans
  • Eric Schluessel (History, Harvard U, US), Eurasia

Doctoral student applicants whose proposals are accepted for the 2015 Convention, who will not have defended their dissertation by 1 November 2014, and whose papers are delivered by the deadline, will automatically be considered for the awards. Each award comes with a certificate and a cash prize.

The ASN Convention inaugurated in 2010 an annual ASN Harriman Book Prize—the Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies. The award comes with a certificate and a cash prize. For information on how to have a book considered for the ASN 2015 Convention Book Prize, please contact Dmitry Gorenburg at, or go to

At the 2014 ASN Convention, the prize was awarded to David Frick for Kith, Kin & Neighbors (Cornell University Press, 2013). An honorable mention was given to Harris Mylonas for The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

The Convention is also inviting submissions for documentaries made within the past few years and available in DVD format (either NTSC or PAL). The documentaries selected will be screened during regular panel slots and, in several cases, will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. At the 2014 Convention, the Award for Best Documentary went to Ukraine Is Not A Brothel (Australia, 2013). Special mentions were given to In the Wake of Stalin (France, 2013) and Watchers of the Sky (US, 2013). The full 2013 film lineup can be accessed at

Proposal Information
The ASN 2015 Convention invites proposals for individual papers or panels. A panel includes a chair, three or four presentations based on written papers, and a discussant.
The Convention is also welcoming offers to serve as discussant on a panel to be created by the Program Committee from individual paper proposals. The application to be considered as discussant can be self-standing, or accompanied by an individual paper proposal.
In order to send proposals to the Convention, the three mandatory items indicated below (contact information, abstract, biographical statement) must be included in a single Word document (PDF documents will not be accepted) attached to a single email message.
Each applicant – single or multiple authors in individual proposals, every member of a panel proposal – must also fill out a Fact Sheet online that can be accessed at

IMPORTANT: Applicants can only send one paper proposal -- whether as an individual proposal -- or as a paper part of a panel proposal. The Program will not consider more than one paper proposal from the same applicant. At the Convention, each panelist can only appear on a maximum of TWO panels, only one of which can be in the capacity of a paper presenter. For example, a panelist can chair a panel and present a paper on another, or chair a panel and be discussant or another, and so forth. This rule applies to co-authored papers, thus a co-authored paper presentation counts as one appearance.
Individual paper proposals must include four items:
  1. Contact information: the name, email, postal address and academic affiliation of the applicant.
  2. A 300- to 500-word abstract (shorter abstracts will not be considered) that includes the title of the paper.
  3. A 100-word biographical statement, in narrative form (a text with the length of one paragraph). Standard CVs will be rejected.
Individual proposals featuring more than one author (joint proposal) must include the contact information and biographical statement of all authors and specify who among the co-authors intend to attend the Convention. Only joint presenters attending the Convention will have their names in the official program.
*A Fact Sheet, to be filled out online (see above). In the case of co-authors, only those intending to attend the Convention must send a Fact Sheet. The Word document proposal must indicate that the Fact Sheet has been filled out online.
Panel proposals must include four items:
  1. Contact information (see above) of all proposed panelists.
  2. The title of the panel and a 200- to 300-word abstract of each paper.
  3. A 100-word biographical statement (see above) for each proposed panelist. Statements in standard CV format will be rejected. The rules on joint proposals are the same as with individual proposals (see above).
  4. A Fact Sheet, to be filled out online (see above), for each panelist attached to the proposal. The Word document proposal must indicate that all panelists have filled out their Fact Sheet online.
Proposals can also be sent for roundtables and book panels. Roundtables include a chair, four presenters, but no discussant, since the presentations, unlike regular panels, are not based on written papers. Roundtable proposals include the same four items as a panel proposal, except that the 200- to 300-word abstracts are presentation abstracts, rather than paper abstracts.
The Convention is also inviting proposals for Book Panels, based on books published between January 2014 and February 2015. The proposal must include the Chair, three discussants, as well as the author. A Book Panel proposal must include the same four items as a panel proposal, except that the abstract is limited to a 200- to 300-word abstract of the book. The discussants need not submit an abstract.
Proposals for documentaries must include four items:
  1. Contact information (see above)
  2. A 300- to 500-word abstract of the documentary
  3. A 100-word biographical statement (see above). CVs will be rejected.
  4. A Fact Sheet filled out online (see above).
Two copies of the documentary on DVD (in NTSC or PAL format) will also need to be sent to the Convention, unless there is an agreement to provide a streaming link. These and other matters will be discussed upon receipt of the film proposals.
Proposals for a roundtable following the screening of a film are most welcome. In these cases, the requirements of a panel proposal apply, in addition to the 300- to 500-word abstract of the film.
Proposals to serve as a discussant must include four items:
  1. Contact information (see above)
  2. A 100-word statement about your areas of expertise
  3. A 100-word biographical statement (see above). CVs will be rejected.
  4. A Fact Sheet filled out online (see above)
Proposals for applicants already included in an individual paper or panel proposal need only include the 100-word statement on areas of expertise.

IMPORTANT: All proposals must be sent in a single email message, with an attached proposal in a Word document (PDFs will not be accepted) containing contact information, an abstract, a biographical statement, as well as a confirmation that the Fact Sheet has been filled out online (or multiple Fact Sheets, in the case of co-authors and/or panel proposals). Proposals including contact information, the abstract and the bio statement in separate attachments, or over several email messages, will not be considered. The proposals must be sent to AND
The receipt of all proposals will be promptly acknowledged electronically, with some delay during deadline week, due to the high volume of proposals.

IMPORTANT: Participants are responsible for covering all travel and accommodation costs. Unfortunately, ASN has no funding available for panelists.
An international Program Committee will be entrusted with the selection of proposals. Applicants will be notified by January 2014 at the latest. Information regarding registration costs and other logistical questions will be communicated afterwards.

The full list of panels from last year’s convention can be accessed at

The programs from past conventions, going back to 2001, are also online at
Several dozen publishers and companies have had exhibits and/or advertised in the Convention Program in past years. Due to considerations of space, advertisers and exhibitors are encouraged to place their order early. For information, please contact ASN Executive Director Ryan Kreider (

The ASN Facebook page will post regular updates on the ASN 2013 Convention.

Deadline for proposals: 29 October 2014 (to be sent to both AND

Fellowship: International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

Deadline: November 4, 2014

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $20,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.
The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences—regardless of citizenship—enrolled in PhD programs in the United States. Applicants to the 2015 IDRF competition must complete all PhD requirements except on-site research by the time the fellowship begins or by December 2015, whichever comes first.
The program invites proposals for dissertation research conducted, in whole or in part, outside the United States, on non-US topics. It will consider applications for dissertation research grounded in a single site, informed by broader cross-regional and interdisciplinary perspectives, as well as applications for multi-sited, comparative, and transregional research. Proposals that identify the United States as a case for comparative inquiry are welcome; however, proposals that focus predominantly or exclusively on the United States are not eligible. 
Applicants from select disciplines within the humanities (Art History, Architectural History, Classics, Drama/Theater, Film Studies, Literature, Musicology, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Theory, and Religion) are welcome to request three or more months of funding for international on-site dissertation research in combination with site-specific research in the United States, for a total of nine to twelve months of funding. All other applicants (for instance, those in Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology, among others) must request nine to twelve months of on-site, site-specific dissertation research with a minimum of six months of research outside of the United States. Research within the United States must be site-specific (e.g., at a particular archive) and cannot be at the applicant’s home institution unless that institution has necessary site-specific research holdings. Please note that the IDRF program supports research only and may not be used for dissertation write-up.
Applicants who have completed significant funded dissertation research in one country by the start of their proposed IDRF research may be ineligible to apply to the IDRF to extend research time in the same country. Eligibility will be at the discretion of the IDRF program, depending on completed research time and funding. The IDRF program expects fellows to remain at their research site(s) for the full nine- to twelve-month funding period. The IDRF program will not support study at foreign universities, conference participation, or dissertation write-up. The program does not accept applications from PhD programs in law, business, medicine, nursing, or journalism, nor does it accept applications in doctoral programs that do not lead to a PhD. For more information on the 2015 IDRF competition, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.

Selection Criteria

The IDRF competition promotes a range of approaches and research designs beyond single-site or single-country research, including comparative work at the national and regional levels and explicit comparison of cases across time frames. The program is open to proposals informed by a range of methodologies in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, including research in archives and manuscript collections, fieldwork and surveys, and quantitative data collection.
Applicants are expected to write in clear, intelligible prose for a selection committee that is multidisciplinary and cross-regional. Proposals should display a thorough knowledge of the major concepts, theories, and methods in the applicant's discipline and in other related fields, as well as a bibliography relevant to the research. Applicants should specify why an extended period of on-site research is critical for successful completion of the proposed doctoral dissertation. The research design of proposals should be realistic in scope, clearly formulated, and responsive to theoretical and methodological concerns. Applicants should provide evidence of having attained an appropriate level of training to undertake the proposed research, including evidence of a degree of language fluency sufficient to complete the project. For more information on the 2015 IDRF competition, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.

CFP: Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies Jury Award

Deadline: December 30, 2014

 Each issue of Vestnik: The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies awards the best original student research published in that issue.

Vestnik, the Journal of Russian and Asian Studies, welcomes papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates. Research on any subject is accepted - politics, literature, art, history, linguistics, etc.

Submissions should not be more than 25 pages, should be in double-spaced, 12-point TNR type with one-inch margins, and in MS Word or a capital program. The sponsor will accept MLA, ALA, and Chicago formats. Submissions should be accompanied with a statement from the author saying where he/she is currently enrolled as a student (or was at the time the paper was written), class (freshman, sophomore, graduate student, etc., if applicable), their future plans (educational and professional), and the author's agreement to Vestnik's policies and procedures. Submissions should be in English.

 The recipient will be sent an official letter of congratulations along with a $200 check. 

Web Site:
Program URL: