Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Scholarships and Funding

IERES offers a variety of fellowships and grants to support GW students as they prepare for careers engaging Europe, Russia, and Eurasia. Please find a list of these opportunities and application instructions below.

Opportunities for Graduate Students

Summer Language Scholarships. IERES offers a limited number of scholarships to support EES students and Doctoral Student Fellows who wish to enroll in an intensive summer program for the study of a European or Eurasian language that will directly help them in their career engaging with the region. Students currently enrolled in the EES MA Program, as well as current IERES Doctoral Student Fellows, are eligible so long as they will not have formally graduated before the end of the language program for which support is requested. Awards are contingent on the student being admitted to a reputable summer intensive (immersion) language program, as determined by IERES. To apply, students should send a one-page cover letter describing their need for the language program, a CV (resume), a budget, and a list of two references whom IERES might contact to discuss the student's need and qualifications for the language program (one should be a language instructor and the other someone familiar with the student's course of study at GW) to with the subject heading "Summer Language Scholarship." Successful applications should name the specific program(s) to which the student is applying and describe how this (these) particular program(s) will be useful.

Hoffman Dissertation Fellowships. This fellowship provides a stipend of $10,000 for one semester. It is intended to free an outstanding Ph.D. candidate from all work and/or teaching obligations for that semester so as to enable him/her to focus on finishing the dissertation. The award may be used for dissertation write-up, field research, or research conducted while studying at GW. Students accepting this fellowship will not be allowed to accept other employment during the fellowship semester. GW doctoral students in any discipline are eligible to apply, even if they have received a Hoffman Dissertation Fellowship previously, subject to the following conditions: the prospectus must be approved by the time the fellowship begins and the student must be working on a topic with a primary focus on Europe or Eurasia. To apply, students must send a two-page dissertation summary, a one-page cover letter describing a writing or research plan for the time on the fellowship, a CV, and a letter of recommendation from the student's primary dissertation adviser to with "Hoffman Dissertation Fellowship" in the subject line. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly by the faculty member. These awards are funded by a gift from A. Michael Hoffman.

Petrach Grants for Field Research in Ukraine. IERES will award grants for EES graduate students to conduct field research in Ukraine. To apply, students should submit a two-page proposal detailing the planned research and the desired outcome along with a proposed budget, a CV (resume), and a letter of reference from a professor, with the subject heading "Petrach Grants." Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. These grants are funded by the William and Helen Petrach Endowment.

For other funding opportunities, students should visit the George Washington University's Office of Graduate Student Fellowships and Assistantships.

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Professor Harris Mylonas reviews Kostis Kornetis' Children of the Dictatorship: Student Resistance, Cultural Politics and the "Long 1960s" in Greece in the American Historical Review.

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Professor Henry Hale co-authors piece on Russians' opinion of Ukraine in the Washington Post's blog The Monkey Cage.

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Professor Marlene Laruelle authors article "Russia as a 'Divided Nation'" in the journal Problems of Post-Communism (also available on

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Professor Marlene Laruelle publishes a paper on the mythmaking of Novorossiya (available on

Professor Robert Orttung and two undergraduate IERES students - Elizabeth Nelson and Anthony Livshen - write an article in the Washington Post on how Russia Today operates across different language platforms on Youtube to spread Kremlin messages about Ukraine. 

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Professor Robert Orttung, together with students from GWU and the University of Chicago, publish an article on Russian television and the Internet.

Professor Marlene Laruelle writes an article on youth patriotic clubs in Russia (available on

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Professor Cory Welt was quoted by the Voice of America on the implications of Ukraine’s Minsk II cease-fire agreement.

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