The deadline for applications is March 1, 2020.

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 nongovernmental organizations. Candidates 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 as well. Applicants must have advanced proficiency in the Russian language.

Successful applicants will receive full tuition, as well as full support for housing, and transportation. The seven-week symposium takes place in the summer at the Middlebury Institute’s campus in Monterey, California.

Applications should include the following:

  • Cover sheet*
  • C.V.
  • 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 (email letters of recommendation directly to Professor Vassilieva.
  • Official transcripts, one from each post-secondary institution attended

All applications must be in English, and should be submitted to In addition to the above application materials, selected candidates will participate in an interview with GIRS Director Anna Vassilieva. Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance by March 15, 2020.

*Each application consists of different pieces of information (statement of purpose, recommendation letters, and transcripts that should be emailed directly to Professor Vassilieva) all of which are mailed at different times. The cover sheet should have a list of all the documents that are being sent to us. This way we can be assured of receiving a full application package and follow up on pieces that may be delayed or lost in the mail.