Tuesday, April 26, 2022

CFA: Professional Workshop in Public Scholarship, ASU


Deadline: May 30, 2022

ASU’s Melikian Center, in collaboration with ASU’s Narrative Storytelling Initiative, invites up to 10 participants to ASU’s Tempe campus for a three-day, in-person workshop on issues in public scholarship. Applications are invited from early-career scholars and practitioners (including advanced PhD and master’s students and recent graduates) with an interest in taking knowledge public. The workshop will explore different genres of writing, speaking, and publishing to effectively translate in-depth regional knowledge of Russia, Eurasia and East Europe to engage public and policy audiences.


The workshop will be led by ASU faculty affiliated with the Melikian Center including Keith Brown, Melikian Center Director; Candace Rondeaux, New America Fellow and Professor of Practice at the School of Politics and Global Studies; and Steven Beschloss, the director of the Narrative Storytelling Initiative and Professor of Practice at ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism.


Through their selection to participate in this public scholarship program, participants will have the opportunity to

• develop their own writing projects for public audiences;

• receive briefing and training on working with high schools to introduce region-focused material;

• sample, discuss, and develop possible content ideas for online public programming;

• acquire the skills to develop their own projects of public scholarship and community engagement.


The workshop will emphasize hands-on and case-based learning, drawing especially from ASU faculty experience writing for public audiences; preparing and delivering high school materials on Indigenous Russia; and curating online cultural events, including the “Creative Horizons” series.


We anticipate the workshop will be a direct benefit to participants in helping them recognize and communicate how their skill-sets, earned through graduate study, equip them for a wide range of career pathways. In addition, we hope that engagement with peers in the program, and with materials and approaches underway at ASU, will enhance efforts to support policy-makers and broader, diverse US audiences alike in understanding and responding to the challenges arising out of past and present grievances, antagonisms, and disinformation within Eurasia and East Europe.


Participants are expected to bring at least one idea for taking knowledge public to the workshop; to commit to attending all sessions during the three-day workshop; and to provide an update on outcomes within 3 months of the workshop. Applications are especially encouraged from advanced master’s and pre-doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars from public universities, and especially those from underserved populations, who are interested in contributing directly to public debates beyond the academy, drawing on and translating their own expertise. Non-US citizens are eligible to apply.Travel (within North America), meals, and accommodation will be covered, and participants will receive an honorarium of $250.


Please see attached for more information. 


To apply, please submit

• a cover letter, describing the focus of your research and teaching, and your interest and experience in taking knowledge public;

• a 200-word summary/abstract of a potential article or story idea, podcast or K-12 lesson plan;

• and a short CV/resume (up to one page).


Please submit these documents as a single PDF file named YourLastName_Melikian Public Scholars Program 2022 by email to melikiancenter@asu.edu, with the file name in the subject line.


Applications received by midnight mountain time on Monday May 30 will receive full consideration; offers will be made by the end of June.


For any questions about this initiative, please contact keith_brown@asu.edu.

CFA: Two MA fellowships for displaced Ukrainian students, NYU

Deadline: ASAP

The department of Russian and Slavic Studies at NYU is pleased to announce two full fellowships for Master’s degree study in our interdisciplinary MA program starting in Sept. 2022. Ukrainian students displaced by the war are our top priority. If you know of any of them who might take advantage of this opportunity, we'd be grateful if you pass to them the following information:

1. About the academic program: Here is general information about the curriculum: https://as.nyu.edu/content/nyu-as/as/departments/russianslavic/graduate/ma-in-russian-and-slavic-studies.html. Instruction is in English. We are very sorry to say that we have no Ukrainian content as of now (we are working on it). Students can take graduate classes not only in our department, but also in other departments (for example History and International Relations) on topics related to Russian and Slavic. Students generally take 3-4 classes per semester. Classes are small and advising is intensive. We have an excellent record of placing our MA graduates in North American PhD programs.
2. About the application process: Here is the application website for NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science: https://apply.gsas.nyu.edu/apply. Application fees will be waived for students affected by the war. We also understand that it will be difficult for displaced students to send in materials like transcripts, recommendation letters, TOEFL scores; we can be flexible on those points.
3. About finances: For the 2022-23 academic year, the fellowship will provide all tuition and include a living stipend of around $31,000 (the stipend amount will probably go up a little bit the following year). For students affected by the war, we can also cover air fare from Europe and provide two weeks of free dormitory residence August 1-15. We will do our best to provide further financial aid as needed and to help students settle and adjust.
4. About employment within NYU: After one semester of taking classes, students may also apply to work as teaching Assistants in NYU's Core classes (a competitive process). TAs earn up to $5000 per semester.

If you have more questions about the MA program and the fellowships, please, write to rossen.djagalov@nyu.edu.

CFA: Emergency Fellowships for Graduate Students from Ukraine, University of Pennsylvania

Deadline: ASAP


The University of Pennsylvania invites current graduate students from Ukrainian institutions of higher education to apply for a one-year Visiting Graduate Student Fellowship. Fellowships will provide tuition-free access to University of Pennsylvania courses and programs (granting non-degree course credit, where applicable), a living stipend, health insurance, and support for visa application. Students will be administratively hosted by the Russian and East European Studies Department. The program welcomes students with disciplinary focuses in anthropology, art history, demography, film studies, history, international business studies, international relations, energy policy, Jewish studies, comparative literature and literary theory, literary and cultural history, medieval studies, political science, and sociology (if your field is not listed, please inquire). A limited number of fellowships is available.

Please direct your application by email to program director Kevin M. F. Platt (kmfplatt@sas.upenn.edu). Please also inquire with Dr. Platt to obtain more information.

The application material should include, if possible:

  • CV
  • Copy of your passport (i.e., copy of the page that displays your personal details and photo).
  • Transcript (with your university's logo): You should submit an official transcript signed by the appropriate authority at your university.
  • Personal Statement: a short (up to two pages) personal statement explaining your educational aspirations and interests, your current situation and needs.
  • At least one and preferably two letters of support from mentors or supervisors.
  • Please also complete the form below

It is understood that you might not be able to solicit all of the above material. Incomplete applications will be accepted. We encourage submission of applications as soon as possible and will begin their consideration after May 20. Applications submitted after that date will be accepted but may be too late for consideration for a fellowship, depending on levels of interest. 

Personal information

1.    Last name: 

2.    First name:


3.    Passport number:


4.    Gender:


5.     Citizenship:


6.    Country of birth:


7.    Date of birth:


Contact information

1.    Personal email:

2.    Mobile Phone 


Academic information

1.    Full name of your current university:

2.    Current degree program:


3.    Start date of current position:


4.    Current year in your current program:


5.    Expected completion date of your current program:


Job: Visiting Assistant Professor, Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of Pittsburgh

Deadline: ASAP

Visiting Assistant Professor, Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of Pittsburgh

Applications must be submitted through https://cfopitt.taleo.net/careersection/pitt_faculty_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=22003389. Questions may be directed to Monika Losagio, Administrative Officer, at losagio@pitt.edu
The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor with a specialization in one or more of the cinematic traditions of the Russian Federation, Eastern and Central Europe, and Eurasia from their inception to 1991 and with additional expertise in such areas as ethnicity, race, and migration studies and gender, sexuality, and women’s studies. The dates of appointment are September 1, 2022, through April 30, 2023, pending budgetary approval. A Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment. Native or near-native (or ACTFL Superior-level) proficiency in English is required; native or near-native (or ACTFL Superior-level) proficiency in Russian is desirable, but not a prerequisite. In addition to undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, the position may require teaching the Russian language, and general-education literature, culture, and cinema courses in English.

Candidates should submit a letter of application, CV, representative student teaching evaluations, representative syllabi, samples of scholarly writing (the length of one or two journal articles), and the names and contact information of three persons able to provide confidential professional letters of recommendation, via the link above. Please also provide a brief description of how your research, teaching, and service demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Announcement: American Councils 2022 Programming

Due to the Russian invasion in Ukraine, American Councils has decided to cancel its Fall 2022 semester in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The health and safety of our participants is American Councils’ top priority, and at this time, the security situation in Russia leaves us no alternative but to cancel program activity at these sites.  


We are still accepting applications for our Fall 2022 Russian Language and Area Studies Program in Almaty, Kazakhstan and Chisinau, Moldova. 


Applications can be found here and are open until 30 April 2022. Financial aid is available for both sites.  


Please note that while Chisinau, Moldova is not an option to choose from on our website as of now, Chisinau applicants can choose either “Moscow” or “Saint Petersburg” as their desired host city and will automatically become candidates for RLASP Chisinau.  


The on-site programs in Kazakhstan and Moldova provide the same level of instruction, host family housing, academic credit, cultural programming, and logistical support as the programs we had planned in Russia. In both locations, American Councils has been running intensive Russian language programs with native Russian-speaking faculty for many years. With extensive support from additional American Councils staff, a full-time Resident Director provide ongoing assistance to participants at both locations.  


If applicants are interested in online programming, applications can be submitted here.   


We hope you may share the opportunity to continue intensive Russian language study with American Councils in either Almaty or Chisinau. More information can be found at the following link: https://www.studyabroad.americancouncils.org/rlasp 


Please do not hesitate to contact Max Shelton with any questions at mshelton@americancouncils.org 

Job: Instructor in Intensive Summer Russian Program, Georgia Tech

Deadline: ASAP

Georgia Tech is seeking an instructor for a broadly focused, one-month (June 22-July 23) intensive language course at the fourth-year level in an on-campus summer program to be held in Atlanta, Georgia.  Competitive salary and living and travel stipend. Please send a brief letter of interest and CV at earliest convenience to Stuart Goldberg at sgoldberg@gatech.edu.

Announcement: Ukraine Benefit Piano Concert Hosted by Sonatina

Benefit concert to support Ukraine — a concert by over fifty (mostly amateur) pianists of all generations and from all over the U.S., playing works by ten composers born in Ukraine. 

This prerecorded livestreamed piano concert will benefit the Global Giving Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund offering humanitarian relief to Ukrainians in need. When you make a donation, you are invited to enjoy hours of beautiful Ukrainian music during the piano concert on April 23, 2022 from 4:00 pm EDT. The concert will also be available on an archived page after April 25.

Please take a look here for details about the event (including the stream link) and the fundraising effort held in conjunction with it (GlobalGiving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund):