Student Funding Opportunities

Every year the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies is honored to award funding to our graduate and undergraduate students. Information about the awards, and all other major funding opportunities available to graduate and undergraduate Ellison Center students is posted here. Please contact our office with any questions about our funding opportunities by email at reecas@uw.edu

Major Ellison Center Graduate Fellowships

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) (Academic Year)

Eligibility:
  • FLAS Fellowships are administered by each of the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies Centers and are awarded competitively through an annual competition.Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to students enrolled in  less commonly taught languages and/or professional schools programs as well those with government service career plans.FLAS Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies. The Ellison Center administers fellowships for the following languages with the approval of the U.S. Department of Education:Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, Kazakh, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, Slovenian, Tajik, Uyghur (Uighur) and Uzbek.
Deadline:
  • Applications are due January 29, 2015 by 5 PM PST. Decisions will be made by April 16.
Awards:
  • Tuition and stipend in the range of $12,000-$14,000.
Application
Materials:

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) (Summer)

Eligibility:

 

  • FLAS Fellowships are administered by each of the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies Centers and are awarded competitively through an annual competition.Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to students enrolled in  less commonly taught languages and/or professional schools programs as well those with government service career plans. FLAS Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies. The Ellison Center administers fellowships for the following languages with the approval of the U.S. Department of Education:Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, Kazakh, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, Slovenian, Tajik, Uyghur (Uighur) and Uzbek.
Deadline:
  • Applications are due January 29, 2015 by 5 PM PST. Decisions will be made by April 16.
Awards:
  •  $7500
Application
Materials:


Titus Ellison Fellowship (Academic Year)  

Eligibility:
  • For incoming graduate students in the Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies MA Program, including international students. Applicants to the JSIS REECAS MA Program  are considered automatically and do not need to apply separately for the Titus Ellison Fellowship.
Deadline:
  • NA
Awards:
  • Tuition and stipend of $12,000.

Jackson-Culp Fellowship ( Graduate Academic Year)

Currently in mid-cycle. No applications will be accepted for 2016-17.

Eligibility:
  • For incoming graduate students in the Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies MA Program, including international students. Applicants to the JSIS REECAS MA Program  are considered automatically and do not need to apply separately for the Jackson-Culp Fellowship.
Deadline:
  • NA
Awards:
  • Tuition and stipend of $15,000. Renewable.

 

Summer and Travel Fellowships

Gross Russia Scholarship (Undergraduate Summer)

Eligibility:
  • Exceptional undergraduate students, including international students, interested in studying in Russia. Priority will be given to undergraduates to travel to Russia to study the Russian language, but funds may also support undergraduate students to travel to Russia to study the country’s history, literature or culture. Upon completion of study a report on the experience will be expected.  Undergraduate applicants to the Summer FLAS will be considered automatically. If you are not eligible for a FLAS, you may apply for the Gross Undergraduate Fellowship through the Jackson School Fellowship Application System.
Deadline:
  • January 29, 2016.
Awards:
  • One award of up to $1000 will be offered toward airfare or lodging.
Application Materials:
  • A written proposal, in essay format, of approximately two single-spaced pages detailing your academic plan and how the fellowship fits in with your education and/or career plans
  • Official or unofficial transcripts from all colleges or universities attended (in electronic format; no hard copies accepted)
  • Letters of recommendation; 1 general and 1 language recommendation.
  • Apply through the FLAS and Other JSIS Fellowships portal.

The Gross Fellowship shares a common application with the FLAS Fellowship. 

H. Stewart Parker Endowed Fellowship (Graduate Summer) 

Eligibility:
  • Summer FLAS applicants of Slavic languages will be considered automatically.  If you are not eligible for a FLAS, you may apply for the H. Stewart Parker Fellowship through the Jackson School Fellowship Application System.
Deadline:
  • January 29, 2016.
Awards:
  • Summer Graduate: $3000.
Application
Materials:
  • A written proposal, in essay format, of approximately two single-spaced pages detailing your academic plan and how the fellowship fits in with your education and/or career plans
  • Official or unofficial transcripts from all colleges or universities attended (in electronic format; no hard copies accepted)
  • Relevant test scores (GRE or other, as relevant to your student status). PhD candidates who weren’t required to submit test scores for their programs are exempt and should note that on their application.
  • Letters of recommendation: 2 general and 1 language recommendation.
  • Apply through the FLAS and Other JSIS Fellowships portal.

The Parker Fellowship shares a common application with the FLAS Fellowship. 

Boba Summer Research Fellowship (Graduate and Undergraduate Summer)

Eligibility:
  • The Ellison Center offers the Boba Summer Research Fellowship for exceptional REECAS students to travel to Eastern Europe or Central Asia. This fellowship is available to graduate students in the JSIS REECAS program and to European Studies undergraduate majors in the REECAS track. Priority will be given to those conducting research or holding internships in the region, but participation in advanced language training in an accredited language program will also be considered.  Upon completion of study, Boba fellows must submit a short report on their summer experience.
Deadline:
  • January 29, 2016.
Awards:
  • This fellowship is for $1000.
Application
Materials:
  • A two-page essay, double-spaced, 12-point font (Courier, Arial or Times New Roman), with one-inch margins on all sides, in which you explain your summer plans and how these funds will assist you.
  • One faculty letter of support.
  • An unofficial copy of your transcript.
  • Apply through the FLAS and Other JSIS Fellowships portal.

Please Note: This award cannot be combined with a summer FLAS or other major UW summer travel funding. Students may combine the Boba Fellowship with other non-UW summer funding only with approval from the Ellison Center.

Ilse D. Cirtautas Fellowship in Central Asian Studies (Graduate & Undergraduate)

Eligibility:
  • The Cirtautas Fellowship is available for undergraduate or graduate students from any UW program who are studying Central Asia or who have lived in Central Asia.
Deadline:
  • January 29, 2016.
Awards:
  • $1,000 for travel to Central Asia or to attend a conference such as ASEEES to present on the region.
Application
Materials:
  • Statement of Purpose explaining how the funds will be used and how it will support academic pursuits.
  • One faculty letter of support.
  • An unofficial copy of your transcript.
  • Apply through the FLAS and Other JSIS Fellowships portal.

Please Note: This award cannot be combined with a summer FLAS or other major UW summer travel funding. Students may combine the Cirtautas Fellowship with other non-UW summer funding only with approval from the Ellison Center.

 

External REECAS Fellowships

Bicknell Fund

Eligibility:
  • The Bicknell Fund, established by Professor Emeritus Daniel C. Waugh and administered by the History Department, provides travel aid for undergraduate students who intend to study the languages and cultures of Russia, Eastern Europe, or Central Asia. Preference is given to students who are enrolled in formal language study programs, but under rare circumstances students with other travel plans may be considered.
Deadline:
Awards:
Application
Materials:
  • Upon return, the student will be required to provide documentation on their course of study, i.e. a certificate of completion from the language program, as well as a short description (1-3 pages) of their experience. Students wishing to apply for grants to be disbursed during summer or autumn quarter 2015 or winter or spring quarter 2016 must submit their application to the History Department Undergraduate Advising Office (Smith 318) in April 2015. Please note that this scholarship is administered by the History Department. For more information and specific deadlines, please visit the History Department’s website.

Polish Studies Scholarship

Eligibility:
  • The UW Polish Studies Scholarship is awarded to UW students interested in studying in Poland. Scholarships are offered by the UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee and are made possible through the generosity of supporters and friends of UW Polish Studies. Priority will be given to students traveling to Poland to study the Polish language, but support may be also provided to students who would like to pursue other aspects of Polish studies.
Deadline:
Awards:
Application
Materials:


 

Other opportunities for funding:
There are also  Other Campus Fellowships for language study.
The Association for Diversity in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ADSEEES) is a good resource for funding

 

 

 

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The Ellison Center promotes in-depth interdisciplinary study of all major postcommunist subregions – Eastern and Central Europe, the Baltic region, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and Russia – in order to understand the legacies of the imperial and communist past as well as to analyze the emerging institutions and identities that will shape Eurasia’s future.