Apply for Fully-funded Diversity Workshop in Washington, D.C.! Deadline - Sept. 5

August 10th, 2019

Call for Applications: Diversity Initiative in Russian and Slavic Studies

Application Deadline: September 5, 2019


The Department of Russian and Slavic Studies invites applications from current UA undergraduates majoring or minoring in Russian to participate in a fully-funded workshop in Washington, D.C. October 22-25, 2019


Titled "Building a More Inclusive Future: Promoting Diversity in Russian and Slavic Studies," the workshop will include meetings with representatives from one of the leading think tanks on Russian foreign policy, the Kennan Institute. In addition to networking opportunities, participants will also have the chance to tour places of interest, including the Library of Congress, the National Mall, and Georgetown University. Most importantly, the workshop will offer participants a chance to meet with peers from Howard University and University of Puerto Rico who are studying Russian. By bringing together undergraduates of color from Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) this workshop will help students and administrators develop a lasting peer support network. 


Funded through a generous grant from the U.S. - Russia Foundation, the workshop will offer up to four UA students the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to take part in the events. This opportunity offers students a chance to enhance their resumes as they network with other scholars of Russian and Slavic Studies and make connections with leading specialists in the field.


Successful applicants are also eligible to apply for a fully-funded trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg to take place two weeks in late May and early June 2020.


We will consider applications from all UA students majoring or minoring in Russian, and we strongly encourage students of color to apply


Interested applicants should submit:

1. Undergraduate transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable)

2. A statement of intent, 1-2 pages answering the following:

       a. Why diversity matters to you personally

       b. Why you wish to participate in this workshop and how you would benefit from it

       c. What are some of the ways you think diversity could be promoted, either in Russian and Slavic Studies or in our community more broadly.


Application deadline in September 5, 2019.


Email your application materials to:

Dr. Colleen Lucey