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. The deadline for applications is April 10, 2014. 

Hoffman Dissertation Fellowships. IERES is offering a Hoffman Dissertation Fellowship for the Spring 2014 semester. 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. The deadline for Spring 2014 funding is January 15, 2014. 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 Marlene Laruelle publishes article on recent presidential elections in Uzbekistan on

Professor Marlene Laruelle authors article on US sanctions on Alexander Dugin in Foreign Affairs.

Professor Harris Mylonas publishes article on events in Greece in 2013 in the European Journal of Political Research.

Professors Marlene Laruelle draws attention to Kazakhstan's attitude toward the Eurasian Union and Sebastien Peyrouse analyzes Kyrgyzstan's prospects for accession therein in the most recent edition of the Russian Analytical Digest.

Professor Robert Orttung quoted in an article in Vice News about online tactics used by EU, NATO, and Russia.

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. 

Professor Eliot Sorel to lead panel on mental health in Bucharest from June 24 to June 27 as part of an international congress integrating primary care, mental care, and public health.

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

Professor Marlene Laruelle publishes article entitled "The Ukrainian Crisis and its Impact on Transforming Russian Nationalism Landscape" in Ukraine and Russia: People, Politics, Propaganda and Perspectives.

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

Professor Cory Welt was interviewed by Imedi, a Georgian television station, on the role of Georgian officials in Ukraine’s government.

Professor Robert Orttung is interviewed by the National Public Radio in an audio clip entitled "'Frozen Conflict' in Ukraine Opens Door for Corruption."

Professor Robert Orttung co-authors article for Foreign Policy website about how Russia uses frozen conflicts to destabilize its reform-minded neighbors.

Professor Cory Welt was quoted by Deutsche Welle on the possibility of U.S. arms provision to Ukraine. His comments on the same subject for PONARS Eurasia were published in the Washington Post’s blog The Monkey Cage.

Professor Harris Mylonas discusses the Greek financial crisis in a Voice of America article.

Professor Robert Orttung co-authors op-eds in the Washington Post about Putin's approval ratings and in the Moscow Times about Russian propaganda.

Professor Peter Rollberg, IERES director, was quoted in the New York Times' review of Andrey Zvyagintsev's new film "Leviathan." He was also interviewed in an original IERES video about his thoughts on the work.

Professor Harris Mylonas was interviewed by Bulgarian newspaper Presa about Greek elections, and he and Akis Georgakellos wrote a report on the elections as well as an analysis of the new government's attempts to re-negotiate Greece's bailout terms. These pieces are part of the Washington Post's blog The Monkey Cage, and the latter has been mentioned by other Washington Post articles and the German-language Blogumschau news forum.

Professor Marlene Laruelle published a paper in the Russian Analytical Digest on Central Asian nations' reactions to the crisis in Ukraine.

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, a visiting scholar at the Institute from 2002-2003, was recently elected president of Croatia.

Professor Henry Hale was interviewed about his new book Patronal Politics on the Scholars' Circle radio show.

Professor Harris Mylonas was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about the political situation in Greece.

Professor Peter Rollberg, IERES director, was quoted in the New York Times' review of Andrey Zvyagintsev's new film "Leviathan."

Professor Henry Hale was interviewed by CNN on Putin's popular support.

Professor Peter Rollberg was interviewed by BuzzFeedNews about Johnson's Russia List, which is published through IERES. The article was reprinted by the Ukrainian service

Professor Robert Orttung co-authors article on increasing media censorship in Russia.

Professor Marlene Laruelle writes article on Russia's policy-drivers in the Arctic.

Professor Eliot Sorel analyzes recent presidential elections in Romania.

Professor Marlene Laruelle's paper on Russia's policy towards Central Asia published in EUCAM.

Associate Director Cory Welt analyzes the current Georgian political climate in Foreign Policy.

Professor Hope Harrison authors an article in The Washington Post about five myths surrounding the Berlin Wall and another article in The Wilson Quarterly about German perspectives on the fall of the Wall. Read the articles here and here. In addition, a German-language article of hers devoted to the fall of the Wall recently appeared in the Berlin Tagesspiegel, and she was recently filmed in a video created by the US Embassy in Germany where she explains the building and fall of the Berlin Wall.

Assistant Director Robert Orttung authors an op-ed in The Moscow Times about Ukraine's recent elections.

Assistant Director Robert Orttung authors an op-ed in The Moscow Times on the Kremlin's international propaganda practices.

Recent Mumbai water conference covered by the Times of India.

Participants in a recent conference Central Asia Program speakers quoted by Al Jazeera on Uyghur affairs.

Professor Marlene Laruelle authors an op-ed in The Moscow Times on Russian nationalism and Eastern Ukraine.

Associate Director Cory Welt was interviewed on Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, Russia, and U.S. policy. Read the transcripts here and here.

Professor Marlene Laruelle writes a policy memo for PONARS on the Kremlin's views on Russia's European identity.

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