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Fellowship Opportunities in the KU Slavic Department

Fellowship Opportunities

Several fellowships are offered by the University of Kansas on a competitive basis. Candidates interested in competing for the fellowships should contact the Department about a year prior to the intended date of enrollment. Generally, the candidate's dossier must be filed with the Department by mid-January to be considered for a fellowship nomination for the following fall semester. A synopsis of funding resources available to students at the University of Kansas can be found at the website of the Office of Graduate Studies.

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship. This is a portable fellowship, meaning that you can take the funding with you to the university of your choice. Students beginning their graduate study are eligible. Deadline is usually in early December.

Self Fellowship. Self fellowships provide four years of fellowship and tuition support to highly talented students who are entering KU to pursue doctoral degrees.

Graduate School list of funding opportunities

Council of Higher Education for Citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada who are of Czech, Slovak, or Ruthenian descent (the nationalities of the area comprising the first Czechoslovak Republic, 1918 - 45). Students must be full-time (enrolled for the entire upcoming academic year) undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a bachelor's or advanced degree and enrolled in a course of study at an accredited academic institution.

Additional resources for students of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Russian and East European Studies is found on the REES Grants and Fellowships page.

For more information on funding for graduate and post-graduate research, check the Grant Development Office page of the Hall Center for the Humanities at KU.

In Memoriam

Reed Rankin ✝ 12/29/2019

The faculty and students in the Department Slavic Languages and Literatures are deeply saddened that one our undergraduate majors, Reed Rankin, passed away last week (12/29) in Fredonia, Kansas. Reed was a beloved student in the department and is fondly remembered by his peers and professors. He began studying Russian as a Freshman and stayed with a challenging but rewarding language for three and a half years, tackling introductory, intermediate, advanced levels, and even continuing his studies into his senior year with Russian for the Professions. We know that he was planning further study in Moscow in the next academic year, prior to matriculation at KU School of Law.

A thoughtful student, Reed often contributed insight and posed challenging questions in class. ​​ Reed’s dedication to the study of Russian language, culture, and history was tremendous and fueled by infectious curiosity. He showed great acumen in translating from Russian into English, always finding English-language equivalents for Russian cultural concepts through skillful use of one-liners from American films. We also treasured his ability to speak in fluid Russian about rural, farm life in Kansas, and the effects that natural phenomena, like floods, on a farming community. He was a pleasure to know and teach, and will be remembered for his kind and polite demeanor. Our thoughts are with Reed’s family at this time


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