Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia: June 22-August 6, 2020

UPDATE: Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the deadline for the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia has been extended to April 1st. 

Deadline for applications: March 15, 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 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. 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: and Dr. Kelly McGee, GIRS Deputy Director: In addition to the above application materials, selected candidates may participate in a Skype interview with Professor Vassilieva and Dr. McGee. Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance by March 25, 2020.

*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.