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REEI Undergraduate Student Funding

Both incoming and continuing undergraduate students affiliated with the Russian and East European Institute may receive funding in a number of ways.

Prospective Students

Daniel Armstrong Memorial Scholarship

The Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University in Bloomington is pleased to announce the Daniel Armstrong Memorial Scholarship for incoming freshmen. One Armstrong Scholarship of at least $1,500 will be awarded to an incoming freshman committed to pursue study of Russian or an East European language throughout his or her undergraduate career, and who has a record of academic excellence. The scholarship recipient must be a full-time student at Indiana University in Bloomington during the 2019–2020 academic year and maintain a good academic standing, including enrollment in formal instruction in Russian or an East European language through the funded year. Eligible languages taught in IU's Department of Slavic and East European Languages & Cultures include Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Romanian, Serbian and Croatian. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years, though the amount of the award may change in subsequent years.  This award may be combined with most other IU scholarships to cover the costs of attendance at IU in Bloomington. It may not be combined with the Wells Scholarship.

Selection Criteria: Candidates will be considered on the basis of outstanding academic and personal achievement. Students should have a GPA of 3.2 or above on a 4-point scale and have a record of academic and extracurricular accomplishment. Preference will be given to applicants who plan their studies with the intent of spending at least one full semester (junior or senior year) of study abroad in a program approved by IU Office of Overseas Study in the foreign language of study.

Application Procedure: Please submit a cover letter providing name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if available), and IU student ID number; a personal statement that addresses plans for academic work at Indiana University and the specific way that the study of Russian or an East European language will figure in the applicant's undergraduate education and career plans; a resume detailing extracurricular activities, awards, and honors; and one letter of recommendation. For applicants who have had the opportunity to study a foreign language in high school or have otherwise had some connection to the Russian and East European region, a letter from a high school foreign language teacher or adult leader of an internationally-focused extracurricular activity would be most appropriate. The letter should focus on both the student's academic strengths and demonstrated interest in and commitment to study of this world region. We will also accept the IU Selective Scholarship Application in place of a direct application to us, but we encourage you to send us an e-mail identifying yourself as an Armstrong Scholarship candidate to guarantee consideration.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2019. Applications received after that date will be waitlisted.

After you have completed your IU freshman admissions application (, mail, fax, or e-mail completed Armstrong Scholarship applications to:

Russian and East European Institute
Global and International Studies Building
355 N. Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105
fax: 812-855-6411

For more information about the Daniel Armstrong Memorial Scholarship at Indiana University, e-mail us at, or call us at 812-855-7309.

Current Students

Daniel Armstrong Memorial Research Paper Award

This competition is dedicated to the memory of IU Slavic Department alumnus, teacher, scholar, and administrator, Professor Daniel Armstrong (1942-1979). Awards are presented to students for papers written for a class in Russian, East European or Central Eurasian studies taken during the previous academic year. The award is given in three categories: graduate student paper, Master of Arts essay, and undergraduate paper. Winners receive a modest monetary prize and certificate of recognition.

The papers are read during the summer by a panel of REEI faculty. The identity of the students submitting the papers will not be shared with the jury. Papers are submitted directly by students who may submit only one entry per year. Papers must be submitted by the third Friday after the Spring semester final exams week.

Awards are presented to the authors of the winning papers in September at the annual REEI Fall Reception for faculty and students. (Only winners will be notified.)

How to submit:
Submit clean copies without comments electronically to If unable to submit electronically, submit one hard copy, also clean and free of comments. The author’s name should be omitted from all pages. Include a single cover sheet with the following information:

  • author’s name & student ID number
  • paper title
  • course information (number/title, instructor, semester)

Past Armstrong Award winners can be viewed here.

Papers must be submitted no later than May 25, 2019 to the REEI Administrative Secretary at:
Indiana University/Russian and East European Institute
Attn: Daniel Armstrong Paper Competition
Global and International Studies Building
355 N. Jordan Ave.
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105

Papers awarded the Eva Kagan-Kans Memorial Award (Office for Women’s Affairs) are ineligible.

National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren Scholarships

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. You are eligible for a David L. Boren Scholarship if you are an undergraduate who is:

  • A citizen of the United States at the time you submit your application
  • A high school graduate, or have earned a GED, and are matriculated in an undergraduate degree program in a U.S. post-secondary institution, including universities, colleges and community colleges accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Applying to engage in a study abroad experience in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand that meets home institution standards.
  • Planning to use the scholarship for study abroad, and the study abroad program ends before you graduate. Boren Scholarships are not for study in the United States.

Undergraduates should contact the Office of Overseas Study for the internal IUB application, the deadline, and other information:

Office of Overseas Study
Leo R. Dowling International Center
111 South Jordan Avenue
phone: 812-855-9304

Information is also available at the Boren website:

Hutton Honors College International Experiences Program

The Hutton Honors College provides many ways for students to enlarge their horizons, but central to the concept of gaining broader moral and cultural perspectives is foreign study. Edward L. Hutton International Experiences Program Grants help students to experience the ways of other peoples and the sights and tastes of other cultures.

International experiences can be shaped in many ways:

  • a study abroad program for a summer, semester or year, with travel outside the borders of the host city
  • an international research, creative, or vocational project or internship
  • a service project in a foreign country
  • student teaching outside the United States

For more information visit the Edward L. Hutton International Experiences Program (HIEP) website.

REEI Summer Russian Scholarship

The REEI Summer Russian Scholarship provides a minimum of $3000 and is awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who meet all of the following criteria:

  1. current enrollment in a full-time undergraduate degree program
  2. current enrollment in a course of Russian language study at an institute of higher education
  3. enrollment in an 8-week course of study in Russian at the IU Summer Language Workshop in 2019
  4. child of parents/guardians who have not received an education degree beyond a high school diploma or GED.

The application is available online here.

Deadline for applications: March 31, 2019

Title VI Foreign Langauge Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are awarded to universities in order to promote the training of students who intend to make their careers in college or university teaching, government service, or other employment where knowledge of foreign languages and cultures is a prerequisite for success.

Each fellowship covers the academic year (summer FLAS fellowships are also available, see page 8). Both graduate and undergraduate students may apply. For undergraduate students, the FLAS fellowship provides a stipend of up to $5000 per academic year as well as a tuition award of up to $10,000 (the exact figures may vary depending on other sources of financial aid that the awardee is receiving).

Only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible for FLAS fellowships.  Holders of FLAS fellowships must undertake full-time study during the period of the award and be enrolled in formal instruction in the language of the award.

FLAS applications are available online at; the deadline for receipt of all materials is February 1.

Frequently Asked Questions about FLAS »

External Sources of Funding

American Council of Learned Societies - various grants and fellowships

The American Council of Learned Societies is a private non-profit federation of sixty-eight national scholarly organizations. The mission of the ACLS, as set forth in its Constitution, is "the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences and the maintenance and strengthening of relations among the national societies devoted to such studies."

ACLS offers fellowships and grants in over one dozen programs, for research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Particularly relevant to students associated with REEI is the ACLS East European Studies Program.

The Kosciuszko Foundation Grants and Scholarships

The Kosciuszko Foundation is dedicated to promoting educational and cultural exchanges between the United States and Poland and to increasing American understanding of Polish culture and history. Descriptions of and application procedures for grants and scholarships for undergraduate students may be found at the The Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship Programs website.

American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC) Scholarships

The American Council for Polish Culture, Inc. is a national non-profit, charitable, cultural and educational organization that serves as a network and body of national leadership among affiliated Polish-American cultural organizations throughout the United States. The ACPC offers various scholarships for students interested in Poland and Polish, including:

  • Pulaski Scholarship: $5,000 for graduate students of Polish descent enrolled at an accredited university in the United States, who have completed at least one year of studies at the graduate level.
  • Skalny Scholarship for Polish Studies: $1,000 for students pursuing some Polish studies (major may be in other fields) at universities in the United States, who have completed at least two years of college or university work at an accredited institution.
  • ACPC Summer Study Scholarship: $1,500 for American students of Polish descent to participate in a SUMMER STUDY program at any one of Poland's fine universities that offer such programs.
  • Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia scholarship: For students accepted to or already enrolled at a college or university, either of Polish descent or pursuing courses in Polish or Slavic language, history or culture.

Educational Fellowships

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. Through its Educational Programs, the Foundation provides funding for some 1,200 students to study abroad each year. Grants are also awarded to university teachers to teach in developing countries and for exchanges of business and professional people.
For more information about these fellowships, visit the Rotary International Foundation website.

The Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. The first American Scholars were elected in 1904. For more information, visit the The Rhodes Scholarship website.

The Marshall Scholarship

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. At least forty Scholars are selected each year to study either at graduate or occasionally undergraduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. Each scholarship is held for two years. For more information, visit the Marshall Scholarship website.