Pictures from previous MSSR

MSSR 2022 Update

We inform you with deep regret that the current spike and future unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic makes it impossible for us to guarantee the in-person format of the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia 2022. Therefore, we inform the applicants for the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia this year that the Symposium will be held online from July 6 to July 29, with the possibility of additional online teaching modules. The deadline for applications, March 7, and the date for informing applicants of the fellowship awards, March 21, remain the same. 

The Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (MSSR) brings together graduate students and professionals for a summer of study at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California*MSSR fellows are selected from the finest Russian Studies programs in the world; diplomats and young specialists in the field of Eurasian studies who can demonstrate commitment to the field are also encouraged to apply. Leading experts from the United States, Russia, China, and Europe provide instruction with the goal of improving understanding of Russia, honing analytical skills, and networking.  

The Symposium offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes international relations, diplomacy, nuclear nonproliferation, and the arts.  Among this year’s MSSR offerings are modules on the nexus of literature and politics, cybersecurity, investigative journalism, and the history of empires. Modules taught by Russian experts are conducted in the Russian language. Together, fellows and experts explore alternative strategies for conducting a more pragmatic and constructive Russia-related discourse.  

We will be conducting the sixth Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia in summer 2022. One of the Symposium’s most rewarding outcomes is the creation of a personal and professional network among fellows and experts. The value of these ongoing relationships is difficult to overstate. 

The Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York. There is no tuition fee for the Symposium.

*Due to safety precautions connected to the COVID-19 pandemic, MSSR 2020 and 2021 were held online. 

2017 Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia