Russia Program's Global Academy

An innovative one-stop shop that offers short-term fellowships, along with conference and publishing support for Russian scholars in exile.

Russia Program’s Global Academy
Ongoing crackdown on dissent in Russia threaten to plunge the Russian social sciences and humanities into a new era of isolation and wipe out over three decades of internationalization and transnational exchange. We have the duty not only to support our Russian colleagues and institutions in exile, but also to help build the capacity for younger generations of Russian students to be taught in a pluralistic environment, and to prepare for the time when Russia will reopen, in one form or another.

To answer these challenges, the Russia's Program Global Academy helps the Russian academic diaspora to self-organize and maintain a degree of solidarity and cohesion. We aim at preserving Russian scholarly communities and fields by emphasizing digital professional communities and offering flexible solutions in a transition period of translation.
A DC consortium of three universities (GWU, Georgetown, and American University), the Academy delivers short-term non-residential fellowships to Russian scholars in exile, provides support for conference travel, and assists in editing and publishing scholarly work.
Up to a 6-month fellowship for scholars working on Russian history or contemporary Russia in specialities including political science, sociology, political economy, law, international relations, anthropology, and cultural studies. Awards will total up to $5,000 (USD).
Conference grants might cover fees for membership and registration, travel costs such as airfare or visa fees, and accommodation. For applicants unable to open a bank account in their host country, we can arrange to pay for hotel and plane ticket costs directly.
Applications are accepted on the rolling basis.
Publishing support will cover fees for professional editing once a paper has been provisionally accepted.
Fellowship eligibility
  • Having had a teaching and/or academic research position in Russia or having been enrolled in a PhD program in a Russian university until 2021 and having left since
  • Working on today’s Russia in political science, sociology, political economy, law, international relations, anthropology, Cultural Studies, or on Russian and Soviet history
  • Each fellow will be asked to write a short text on how they use the fellowship, and offer some deliverables in the form of a short publication or a presentation for an online seminar.
  • The fellowship amount varies based on the fellow's relocation place, from $ 1,000 to $ 5,000 per month.
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