For information about applying to MSSR 2021, please contact Professor Anna Vassilieva avassili@miis.edu and Dr. Theodora Kelly McGee tmcgee@middlebury.edu.

The program is open to students enrolled in or accepted to a master’s or Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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. 

Applicants must have advanced proficiency in Russian.

Successful applicants will receive full support for tuition, housing and transportation. The Symposium takes place at the Middlebury Institute’s campus in Monterey, California.


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 Dr. Kelly McGee).
  • 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@miis.edu and Dr. Kelly McGee, GIRS deputy director: tmcgee@middlebury.edu. In addition to the above application materials, selected candidates will participate in an online video interview with Professor Vassilieva and Dr. McGee.

*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.