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MSSR 2017 Group Photo
MSSR 2017 Fellows with Dmitri Trenin, Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center

The Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (MSSR) is a seven-week-long summer program that brings together leading Russian and American experts and top American graduate students to explore bilateral relations, Russian foreign and security policy, culture, and economics.

Apply Now for MSSR 2018!

The symposium offers the next generation of specialists in Russian-area studies an opportunity to participate in an intensive, comprehensive program led by foremost experts from the Russian Federation, Europe, and the United States.

Fellows who complete the program acquire a more comprehensive and nuanced understanding of contemporary Russia and are positioned to pursue careers in foreign policy, diplomacy, and the private sector. They strengthen their language skills in the context of their academic interests through intensive instruction in both English and Russian. 

The curriculum consists of daily lectures and seminars by leading experts from Russia, Europe, and the U.S. The intimate setting allows fellows to learn from the best minds in the field and discuss and explore the vicissitudes of Russian history and politics and ways to alleviate the current crisis in bilateral relations. Over half of the curriculum is taught in Russian.

MSSR 2018 includes teaching modules on Russia and Northeast Asia, cyber security, the history of bilateral relations, U.S.-Russian arms control negotiations, Russian iconography, the Russian military, and more, taught by Ambassador Jack Matlock, Dr. Dmitri Trenin, Matthew Rojansky, and others

Visit the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia’s blog site for more information on the 2017 program, including experts’ bios, fellows’ bios, and podcasts.

How to Apply for MSSR 2018

The Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (MSSR) 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 advanced proficiency in Russian language. 

Successful applicants receive full tuition, as well as a full support for housing and transportation. 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.

MSSR 2017 Testimonial Video

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