MSSR 2021 will be held online June 28 - August 4, 2021.
The deadline to apply is March 1, 2021. Applicants will be notified on March 15, 2021.

For more information, please contact Professor Anna Vassilieva avassili@middlebury.edu and Jarlath McGuckin jmcguckin@middlebury.edu.

The program is open to students enrolled in or accepted to a master’s or PhD program, particularly those interested in careers in government, international organizations and non-governmental organizations. Applicants with a master’s degree who plan to obtain a PhD and are currently employed in the field of international relations and Russian/Eurasian affairs, with a proven record of commitment to the field, are welcome to apply. 

There is no tuition fee for the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia.

Applicants must have advanced proficiency in Russian.


Applications should include the following:

  • Cover sheet*
  • CV
  • Statement of purpose (maximum 600 words)
  • Abstract of current research (maximum 200 words)
  • Details of Russian language proficiency (maximum 200 words)
  • Two letters of recommendation (please email directly to Professor Anna Vassilieva and Jarlath McGuckin).
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended

All applications must be in English and should be submitted electronically to Professor Anna Vassilieva, GIRS director: avassili@middlebury.edu and Jarlath McGuckin, GIRS special projects manager: jmcguckin@middlebury.edu. In addition to the above application materials, selected candidates will participate in an online video interview with Professor Vassilieva.

*Please note that the cover sheet should list all documents submitted for consideration. This ensures that we are receiving a full application package and can follow up on pieces that may not have been delivered.