Friday, May 27, 2016

Fellowship: Kennan Institute: George F. Kennan Fellowship

DEADLINE: September 1, 2016

The Kennan Institute seeks fellowship applicants from diverse, policy-oriented sectors such as media, business, local government, law, civil society, and academia to examine important political, social, economic, cultural, and historical issues in Russia, Ukraine, and the region. Among the aims of the new fellowships are to build bridges between traditional academia and the policy world, as well as to maintain and increase collaboration among researchers from Russia, Ukraine, and the U.S. The fellowships are funded by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.
George F. Kennan Fellows will be based at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. for three-month residencies. Fellows will receive access to the Library of Congress, National Archives, and policy research centers in Washington, D.C., as well as the opportunity to meet with key experts and officials at the State Department, USAID, Department of Defense, and Congress. While conducting research, the George F. Kennan Fellows are expected to actively participate in discussions with the policy and academic communities, including speaking engagements at the Wilson Center as well as potentially outside of Washington D.C., and attending meetings, conferences, and other activities organized by the Kennan Institute and Wilson Center. Upon completion of the fellowships, the grantees become alumni, for whom Kennan will continue to offer opportunities for collaboration and engagement.
U.S., Russian, and Ukrainian citizens are eligible to apply.
Research Team Option:
Please note applicants have an option to apply for the fellowship as individuals or as part of a team. If applying as a team of two (or three) applicants, the applicants must be citizens of at least two different countries. The goal of such joint fellowships is to promote collaborative research projects among U.S., Russian, and Ukrainian experts. George F. Kennan Fellowship Teams will:

  • Produce joint paper(s) for policy-relevant publications.
  • Present work at D.C., Russia, and/or Ukraine events.
  • Conduct meetings and engage with policymakers in D.C.

Competitions for the fellowships will be held twice yearly with the following application deadlines: March 1 and September 1. Applicants must submit a completed application
The George F. Kennan Fellowship offers a monthly stipend of $3,200, research facilities, and computer access. Fellows are required to be in residence at the Kennan Institute, Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. for the duration of the grant. Awardees are expected to begin their three-month appointments within six months of accepting the fellowship.

See more at:

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Prize: George Blazyca Prize in Eastern European Studies

DEADLINE: July 1, 2016

The George Blazyca Prize is offered annually by the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies for scholarly work of high quality in East European studies. This is taken to include those countries of Eastern Europe that were formerly under communist rule that were not part of the Soviet Union. Items eligible for nomination are singly or jointly authored monographs, or two or more related journal articles or book chapters. The authors of nominated works must at the time of nomination be members or associate members of the Association.
For the 2016-17 cycle, the Blazyca Prize scheme is accepting nominations for books published in 2015. The deadline for nominations is 1 July 2016. The judges for the 2016/17 award are Anne White and Kataryna Wolczuk. The winners will be announced early in 2017 and the prize (if awarded) will be presented at the annual dinner of the 2017 conference.
The regulations are proposed as follows: 

  1. The prize, of one hundred and fifty pounds, is offered annually for scholarly work of high quality in East European studies. This is taken to include those countries of Eastern Europe that were formerly under communist rule that were not part of the Soviet Union 
  1. A nomination may take the form of a singly or jointly authored monograph, or two or more related journal articles or chapters.  Edited collections of essays are not eligible for the scheme.
  1. Works nominated for consideration must be of a scholarly character, must be in English, and must have been published - as defined by the date of imprint or, if a periodical, the cover date – according to point 9 below.  
  1. The authors of nominated work must at the time of nomination be members or associate members of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies. It is the responsibility of the nominator to check the BASEES membership status of potential nominees and ensure that membership is in place prior to nomination. Nominations of non-members will not be considered.
  1. Awards will be made by a jury whose membership will be approved by the Executive Committee of the Association.  
  1. The jury may divide the Prize equally between not more than two nominated works in any year; or they may make no award in any year in which no work of sufficient merit presents itself.  
  1. Works may be nominated for consideration by the authors, or by publishers, librarians or other scholars.  
  1. Two copies of the nominated work(s) should also be sent to the Secretary of the Association. The Secretary’s name and contact details may be found on the BASEES Committee page. 
  1. The deadline for submission of nominations shall be 1 July each year in respect of publications whose imprint date is the previous calendar year. The prize is awarded (if a recommendation is made to do so) at the Association's annual conference in the spring of the calendar year following the deadline for submission of nominations. 
  1. Nominations should be made on the standard form for this purpose, which is available as a download from this page, and submitted to the Secretary of the Association, or via electronic submission below. 

The George Blazyca Prize is offered annually by the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies for scholarly work of high quality in East European studies. This is taken to include those countries of Eastern Europe that were formerly under communist rule that were not part of the Soviet Union. Items eligible for nomination are singly or jointly authored books, or two or more related journal articles or book chapters. The authors of nominated works must at the time of nomination be members or associate members of the Association. 
For more information, check out:

Job: Assistant Director for Partnerships and Programming at Pitt's REES


The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies is seeking an Assistant Director for Partnerships and Programming.  This person will participate in the planning, development, and administration of international programming, major grants, and partnerships focused on the social sciences and professional fields such as law, business, public policy, the health sciences, and engineering.  

The Assistant Director will also work with Pitt’s Study Abroad Office to develop new area-related programming, collaborate with other unit’s within Pitt’s University Center of International Studies to develop cross-regional initiatives, develop a speaker series and other public events related to the above-listed fields, and is the Center’s primary liaison with social science departments, professional schools and the public, private, and NGO sectors in Pittsburgh and the region.  This position is full-time.

Master's Degree required.

2-3 years of related experience required. 

Other education/experience essential: PhD preferred; knowledge of REES region (including research, teaching, and study abroad programs); high competence level in REES region languages

For more information and access to the application portal, use the following link: 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Funding: Graduate School Fellowship for New Americans

DEADLINE: November 1, 2016

Students from the University of Michigan are encouraged to apply for the 2017 Class of Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships.

The Fellowships are open to immigrants and the children of immigrants who are 30 or younger and are entering or are in their first two years of graduate school as of the November 1, 2016 deadline.  

Fellows receive up to $90,000 over two years in support of their education: $40,000 in tuition support and $50,000 in stipend support.  More importantly, they join a lifelong community of New Americans who are making significant contributions to society. 

The Fellowship is looking for individuals who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture, or their academic field. 

For full eligibility requirements, to register for a web information session or to apply, go to:

Questions regarding the Fellowships can be directed to Craig Harwood at

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Job: Tenure Track Assistant Professorship in Russian History and Politics

DEADLINE: August 1, 2016

The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Russian History and Politics to be filled by 1 January 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The tenure track is offered in the field of Russian history and politics. In assessing research qualifications, emphasis will be placed on whether the applicant has conducted research and published in the field of contemporary Russian/Soviet history, preferably with a research focus on foreign politics, regional security politics and/or East European perspectives.

It is particularly important that the applicant have a solid command of Russian and is thus able to conduct contextually well-grounded analyses. Moreover, the research should document originality and innovative academic approaches.

The successful applicant should be able to teach courses and lessons in Danish or English on the general history of Eastern Europe, Russian history, contemporary Russian and East European politics and society, methods and theories of history and political science, and to supervise B.A.- and MA-level students within these fields. The applicant is expected to provide a statement of his/her academic and pedagogical approaches to university teaching.

Applicants with further qualifications and competencies relevant to other of the Department’s programs will be preferred.

The position also involves outreach activities as well as a certain number of administrative duties.

The tenure-track assistant professor is expected to be able to take part in all the activities of the Department, including examinations and administration, and also to secure funding for and manage research projects, provide pedagogical supervision, and participate in academic assessments.

A tenure-track assistant professorship is a six-year, fixed-term academic position involving both research and teaching. The successful candidate will be obliged to complete a teacher-training course designed especially for assistant professors.

Approximately six months before the end of the six-year period as assistant professor, a committee set up by the Dean will assess whether the assistant professor can be considered for promotion to a tenured position as associate professor.

Read more about the tenure-track program at the UCPH at this homepage:

Qualification requirements

Applicants must have a PhD degree or its equivalent within the area advertised. Furthermore, it will be considered an advantage if applicants can demonstrate teaching experience at university level.

The duties of the position are evenly distributed on tasks related to teaching and tasks related to research (including relevant administration and knowledge-sharing). Documented competences in both of these main fields of activity, as well as the ability to reflect on them, will be weighted in the assessment process (see further below).

Furthermore, emphasis will be placed on the following academic and personal qualifications:

·       Research qualifications, which will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, the degree of originality, and academic output, e.g. number of publications published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals or in comparable high-ranking series published with internationally recognized publishing houses.
·       The applicant’s scientific record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness, and accuracy
·       Teaching qualifications. See also our Educational Charter at
·       Experience and qualifications with regard to dissemination of research, knowledge-sharing and engagement with the wider public, the media and the world of politics
·       Documentation of possible administrative qualifications

Tenure-track assistant professors must hold an academic record demonstrating internationally competitive research, and/or have internationally recognized potential to make a future impact.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research. Teaching qualifications are not mandatory, but documented teaching qualifications and teaching experience will be taken into account. Applicants’ outreach qualifications, including the ability to attract external funding, will also be considered.

Within a reasonable period of time (max. 2 years), non-Danish-speaking appointees are expected to acquire proficiency in Danish sufficient to teach in Danish as well as interact with colleagues and students.

For further details about the qualification requirements for assistant professorships, please refer to the job structure for academic staff:

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Ingolf Thuesen, e-mail:


Applications must be submitted online in Adobe PDF or Word format. ZIP-files cannot be uploaded.

Please note that each field in the application form must contain a single file of max. 20Mb.

Please click on the “Apply online” icon at the bottom of the page.

The application must be written in English and must include the following enclosures:

·       Application letter/cover letter
·       Curriculum vitae (with the applicant’s email address, telephone number and list of referees (maximum five names)
·       Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
·       Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *.
·       Research plan, including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years that includes an account of involvement in organising research, establishment of research seminars, symposia and congresses, etc.
·       Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination (organisation of classes, materials, courses and other forms of teaching).
·       Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of five publications for assessment, of which at least two must have been published within the five years immediately preceding the deadline for applications. At least two of these publications must have been published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals or in comparable high-ranking series published with internationally recognized publishing houses. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed from 1 to 5.

Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavours, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The Faculty may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors stipulating the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.

Only material in English, German, French, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and (a lesser proportion of material in) Russian will be assessed.

All material will be shredded at the end of the appointment procedure.

Appointment procedure

After the application deadline, the Dean selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee.  All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Dean subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Applicants are ultimately offered the opportunity of commenting on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalized.

Applicants will be continuously informed about the progress of the procedure by email.

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR and Personnel Officer Mette Christensen,

Salary and conditions of employment

The post will be filled according to the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Additional bonuses may be negotiated on an individual basis.  Compensation packages comprising a relocation bonus for international scholars and a special tax scheme are offered to researchers recruited abroad. As for the latter, see

As a tenure-track assistant professor at the Faculty of Humanities you are offered a Start-up Package. See more at

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on what it is like working in Denmark before you apply for a position at the UCPH. See: and

Monday, May 23, 2016

Conference: Language and Culture in Post-Maidan Ukraine: Transformations at Work

WHEN: October 27, 2016

  • First Online Conference of the Nationalities, Culture and Language Policies Cluster
  • Research Initiative on Democratic Reforms in Ukraine (RIDRU) project

This conference aims to bring together researchers in the field of Ukrainian linguistic, social, cultural, and literary transformations since the 2014 Maidan Revolution. You are cordially invited to participate in this online polylogue, share your ideas and views on the current issues in Ukraine, and potentially influence the decision making of the political leadership of the country.

For more details, please visit:

RIDRU is supported by the Kule Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Alberta, Canada, and various international partners and explores three dimensions of the ongoing democratic reform of the government of Ukraine: good governance and the rule of law, post-secondary education reform and nationalities, culture and language policies (see details at: )

Friday, May 20, 2016

Graduate Student Program: Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Arkhangelsk, Russia

Deadline: June 15, 2016

Northern (Arctic) Federal University, (Arkhangelsk, the www. Narfu. Ru), is offering a wide range of educational programs for foreign citizens at the level of graduate and post-graduate studies.  These programs include: 

The University provides fellows/ foreign citizens support with: 
  • Visa Support 
  • free training in NArFU
  • a monthly stipend (when applying for a duration of more than 1 month program)

Scholarship programs are available to fund studies at the Northern (Arctic) Federal University. 

For more information, look online or contact the school by email ( or phone  +7 (8182)-21-61-96