Call for Applications: The Summer Research Laboratory at Illinois

For over forty years, the Summer Research Laboratory at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has provided scholars from around the world
with the opportunity to work in our Library’s famous collections in Russian,
East European, and Eurasian Studies.

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding the Summer Research
Laboratory again this year, from June
10 to August 2, 2019. The SRL is open to all scholars with research
interests in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. Graduate students,
academics, independent scholars, librarians, and government employees are
encouraged to apply.

About the Program

With hundreds of thousands of volumes in Russian, East European, and
Eurasian languages, alongside extensive microfilm collections of rare and
archival materials, the University Library at Illinois ranks among the best
research collections in the world. The SRL provides scholars with the
opportunity to work extensively with these resources, at any stage of their
work. Many important books and articles have been written in our collections
over the years.
Graduate students find a trip to Illinois an excellent way to plan their
research and begin work on their dissertations.

The SRL offers scholars the following opportunities:

* Full access to our Library and its physical and electronic collections.
* One on one research consultations with the experienced bibliographers of
our Slavic Reference Service.
* Access to scholarly programming and discussion groups on our campus
throughout their stay, to help them meet other scholars and learn about new
research in progress.

Funding Information

Scholars participating in the Summer Research Laboratory may apply for:

* up to 12 days of dormitory housing on campus;
* travel grants of up to $500 in support of their trip to Urbana-Champaign.
* research stipends

The SRL is supported by the US Department of State’s Title VIII Program for
the Study of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet
Union, which exists to support policy-relevant research on the region.

SRL applicants are also encouraged to consider studying an area language at
Indiana University’s Summer Language Workshop, located in nearby
Bloomington, IN, immediately before or after their participation in the SRL.
Those interested in overseas language study are particularly encouraged to
pair SRL participation with an application for an IU Title VIII Portable
Fellowship.
More information on Indiana’s Title VIII funding opportunities, languages,
and the application can be found at the Summer Language Workshop website.

Workshops & Programming

Each year, during the SRL, we host research workshops and training sessions
that may be of interest to visitors:
please see here for details. This summer, we are hosting the following
workshops (please click on the links for more information):

* New Fields for Old: The Revitalization of Political, Diplomatic and
Military History and its Implications for Research in Libraries and Archives
* US – Russia Relations – Future

Applications are now open, with the deadline for grant funding being
February 11, 2019. REEEC will continue to accept applications for the SRL
after the deadline, but they will be at a lower priority for funding.

For further information, please see:
https://reeec.illinois.edu/programming-and-events/summer-research-laboratory
/

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http://www.visitchampaigncounty.org/

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