Frequently Asked Questions

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Due to the nature of the program and the goals of the Symposium, applications from American and West European institutions will be prioritized. However, anyone is welcome to apply.

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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. 

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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. 

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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
Email: avassili@middlebury.edu
Phone: (831) 647-3546

Jarlath McGuckin, Deputy Director
Email: jmcguckin@middlebury.edu
Phone: (831) 264-5206