Application Deadlines and Proposal Requirements
The deadline for grant funding has passed. REEEC will continue to receive applications for the Summer Research Lab after the grant deadline, but housing and travel fees will be at the applicant's own expense.
The following documents must be submitted by all applicants, for those applying for funding see Grant Application Requirements:
online application form (open for 2013)
- Research Proposal (uploaded into the online application form)
- Curriculum Vitae (uploaded into the online application form)
- Additionally, Graduate Students are required to supply their Advisor's letter of support. (This may be uploaded into the online application form. If your advisor would prefer to send their letter of support separately from the application form, they may e-mail their letter as an attachment to email@example.com. Please have the subject line include your last name and the phrase 'letter of support')
For questions regarding the application process, funding, and the SRL in general; please contact REEEC either by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: (217) 333-1244
Expenses and Fees
Payment of the registration fee is due upon notification of acceptance. Payment may be made by check or credit card: MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express.
The registration fee is non-refundable.
- Graduate Students — $35
- All other Scholars — $50
- Shared three-bedroom suite/night — $46
- Single three-bedroom suite/night — $92
Please read the following information carefully. All applicants are required to submit a one- to two-page research proposal. All scholars applying for funding or to participate in the SRS Research Practicum must submit a proposal clearly indicating the policy relevance of the proposed research and include a Statement of Importance to US Foreign Policy summarizing the work.
Research Proposal: This should answer the following three questions:
1. What research question or topic are you currently exploring?
2. What is the purpose of your current research? (e.g. complete monograph, finish dissertation, pre-field work research)
3. What do you hope to achieve by visiting SRL and using the services provided by SRS and the Library at Illinois?
If you are applying for funding you should also answer the following question:
- Please clearly articulate how your topic might be relevant to American foreign policy. In this case, relevance can include in-region experience in a critical or new development in thinking about a certain topic as well as the content of research.
Statement of Importance to US Foreign Policy: This should be an abstract of the policy described in your proposal which draws connection to your research and its relevance to US Foreign policy: length, 100 words or less; 425 characters, including spaces.
Funding for the Summer Research Lab and the Slavic Reference Service is provided by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Office of Outreach Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Independent States of the Former Soviet Union). The award stipulates that all recipients of funding provided through this grant be engaged in policy relevant research. According to the Federal Register (Vol. 69, No. 230, Dec. 1, 2004), Title VIII supports research that provides "knowledge related to current U.S. policy interests in the region, broadly defined. This includes, but is not limited to, such topics as resolution of ethnic, religious, and other conflicts; terrorism; transition economics; access to information; women's issues; human rights; and citizen participation in politics and civil society . . . . The Title VIII Program supports research topics that strengthen the fields of Eurasian and East European Studies, and that address U.S. policy interests in the region, broadly defined. Historical or cultural research that promotes understanding of current events in the region is acceptable only if an explicit connection is made to current policy relevant issues, broadly defined."
The goal of the Title VIII Program and by extension the SRL is to facilitate and fortify the fields of Eurasian and East European Studies. SRL grant applicants as asked to "think deeply and articulate the possible policy connections that can be made from their unique on-the-ground experiences, data, methods, and conclusions” ( August 2004 memorandum from the Title VIII Program committee). Applicants might consider, for example, how their projects could assist U.S. government policy makers in understanding the countries or peoples with which they work, how they pertain to international relations, or how their findings might contribute to policy makers’ knowledge of cultural heritage.
Although applications from all disciplines are welcome, graduate students and junior scholars working in anthropology, business, economics, education, law, political science, and sociology are especially encouraged to apply.
Funding for this program is provided in part by the Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Office of Outreach Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Independent States of the Former Soviet Union).