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MSSR Students

The Monterey Summer Symposium is leading the way to revive the dialogue and level the playing field to overcome challenges facing US-Russia relations today. This seven-week program recruits a cohort of select MSSR Fellows, who represent the brightest, young scholars of Russian affairs from the world’s top universities and programs. During the Symposium, MSSR Fellows have unparalleled access to the top Russian experts, including diplomats, journalists, thought leaders, and scientists, to address cross-cutting issues, with the goal of fostering cultural understanding and improving prospects for US-Russia cooperation. Through the robust and diverse formats of engagement with visiting experts and a rigorous and multilayered curriculum, the MSSR symbolizes a new form of enlightened diplomacy that serves as a catalyst of fresh thinking to repair US-Russia relations.

MSSR experts conduct over 50% of lectures and classwork in Russian language. MSSR equips its Fellows with new tools, research methods and literature, deepening the discourse, promoting empathy as methodology and enriching the spirit of pragmatic cooperation. Lectures and teaching modules address a wide-range of topics including Big Data, emerging military technologies, myths of Russian culture, Russian international behavior, Russian strategic interests and understanding Russia through the arts. Together, Fellows and experts formulate innovative solutions and build a network to continue collaboration and research after the completion of the program.

We are grateful to Carnegie Corporation of New York for its support and are proud to carry this initiative forward.

MSSR 2017 Testimonial Video

Participants of the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia share their experiences, impressions, and lessons learned

How to Apply for MSSR 2018

Applications for MSSR 2018 are now closed. In November 2018, MSSR 2019 applications will be available.

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. Applicants must have an advanced proficiency in the Russian language.

Successful applicants will receive full tuition, as well as full support for housing, transportation, and a partial stipend for food. The seven-week symposium takes place at the Middlebury Institute’s campus in Monterey, California, from June 25 to August 10, 2018.

Applications must be received before February 23, 2018 and should include the following:

  • Cover sheet
  • C.V. (maximum two pages)
  • 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
  • Official transcripts, one from each post-secondary institution attended

Send application materials to avassili@miis.edu. All applications must be submitted in English. Successful applicants will be notified by March 1, 2018.