Understanding Modern Russia Research Grant

The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies is sponsoring grants with stipends of up to $6,000 for the purposes of conducting graduate research related to the rule of law, governance, economy, business, and society in Russia. These grants are intended to provide opportunities for young scholars to make connections with Russian peers and senior specialists, promoting long-term professional relations, and to foster the next generation of Russia experts.

This program is no longer active as of 2022.

Graduate students in MA programs and professional schools are strongly encouraged to apply. PhD students at the predissertation level may apply for pre-dissertation research.

The grants may be held concurrently with other partial funding sources. The grant recipient cannot concurrently hold the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation research Fellowship, Fulbright-Hays DDRA, SSRC IDRF, and other similarly fully-funded dissertation research fellowships.

  • Applicants must be M.A., Ph.D., and professional school students enrolled at a US university
  • Applicants may be of any citizenship
  • Applicants who are Ph.D. students should be at the predissertation level (those who are Ph.D. candidates [ABD] should instead apply for the ASEEES Dissertation Research Grant and/or the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship)
  • Applicant must have language proficiency necessary to conduct proposed research
  • Applicant must be a member of ASEEES at the time of application
  • Applicant must plan to start the research travel by no later the January 31, 2023 
  • Considering that research in Russia will not be possible until further notice, applicant may conduct research in another country in Eastern Europe or Eurasia or remotely.

The grant amount is maximum $6,000, which must be spent on expenses outside the US conducting research in Russia. NOTE: The fellowship does not support tuition and fee payments to the applicant’s US home institution.

Applications must be submitted by April 1 (Notifications will be made by May 1)

Complete the online application, which includes:

  • A two-page, single-spaced, maximum 1000-word (exluding footnotes, bibliography) description of the research scope, analytical framework, methodology, budget, and timeline;
  • A CV no longer than two pages;
  • Graduate transcript(s) (unofficial copy allowed);
  • Two letters of professional reference due April 8 (one must be from the main thesis advisor)

All files are reviewed by an independent panel that values clarity of argument to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Please contact aseees.grants@pitt.edu with any further questions.