MSSR Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Q Who is eligible to apply for MSSR?
Graduate students or rising experts in Russian / Eurasian Studies, International Politics, Political Science, with advanced Russian language skills are eligible to apply.
Q I do not have advanced Russian language skills—am I still eligible to apply?
The working languages of the Monterey Symposium are Russian and English. The experts from Russia at MSSR lecture and discuss content in Russian. MSSR does not accept applications of candidates who do not have advanced Russian language skills.
Q Are fellows required to attend the Monterey Symposium in its entirety?
Yes, we require a commitment from the accepted candidates that they would be attending the full symposium. A few days will be granted as “library” days in consultation with the administrators of the Monterey Symposium.
Q What does a typical daily schedule at the Symposium entail?
A typical day includes a rigorous full-day academic curriculum with additional preparatory content such as readings and assignments to be completed outside of instruction hours on fellows’ own time. Additional assignments are entirely at the discretion of visiting experts conducting the modules.
If you have additional questions, please contact
Anna Vassilieva, Director
Phone: (831) 647-3546
Altynay Junusova, Senior Operations Manager