CREECA and its campus partners offer various fellowships, scholarships, and grants for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. On this page you will find information on funding opportunities for language study, research, and travel. In addition to these opportunities, we also encourage students to explore other UW-Madison resources, such as:
- The Office of Student Financial Aid
- Undergraduate Academic Awards
- Funding Opportunities at the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS)
- Funding Information for Students at the Graduate School
Be sure to check out our Jobs & Opportunities page as well. Here you can find information on current opportunities both on and off campus, as well as various career development resources.
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
CREECA offers Academic Year and Summer FLAS Fellowships to both undergraduate and graduate students seeking to gain expertise in a regional language and area studies. Students do not have to be enrolled in a REECAS program to be eligible, and CREECA encourages students from the professional schools to apply. Applications for Academic Year and Summer Fellowships are due in mid-February, and students are encouraged to discuss their plans with the CREECA FLAS coordinator before applying. More details and the application can be found here.
Academic Year FLAS Fellowships
For students enrolled in language and area or international studies coursework at UW-Madison. FLAS awards may be used in some cases for undergraduates participating in official IAP programs and in very limited cases for graduate students to conduct dissertation research. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Eligible languages: Czech (first-year only), Kazakh, Persian (in relation to Central Asia), Polish, Russian (fifth semester and above; first- through fourth-semester Russian for professional school students only), Serbo-Croatian (second-year only), Turkish (in Balkans or Central Asia).
Undergraduates: Covers $10,000 towards tuition and a stipend of $5,000.
Graduates: Covers full tuition and a stipend of $15,000.
Summer FLAS Fellowships
For intensive summer language study either at U.S. institutions or abroad. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Eligible Languages: same as Academic Year FLAS plus languages offered through: Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI); Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI); Slavic, East European & Near Eastern Summer Language Institute at the University of Pittsburgh; the Indiana University Summer Language Workshop; and other intensive summer language programs.
Undergraduates: Covers $5,000 towards tuition and a stipend of $2,500.
Graduates: Covers $5,000 towards tuition and a stipend of $2,500.
Additional Undergraduate Funding
The Alice D. Mortenson Undergraduate Research Award in Russian History
For undergraduates studying Russian history. Successful applicants receive $3,000 for research, writing, and/or intensive language study in Russia. More information can be found at Scholarships@UW-Madison.
Provide up to $20,000 for U.S. undergraduate students to pursue their studies abroad in countries and regions deemed important to U.S. national security. Recipients must commit to one year of government service in a U.S. federal agency following graduation. Applications are due in early December. More information can be found on the International Fellowship Office’s website.
Fulbright US Student Program (FUSP)
For recent B.S./B.A. graduates (including graduating seniors), master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists. Provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. Applications are typically due in September. More information can be found on the International Fellowship Office’s website.
Russian Flagship Center Scholarships
For students enrolled in the Russian Flagship Program. Deadline is April 1. See the Russian Flagship website for more details.
Sophomore Research Fellowships
to support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW–Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff. Students receive $2,500 and faculty/staff research advisors receive $500 to help offset research costs. Applications are due in late February. Visit the Undergraduate Academic Awards website for more details.
Additional Graduate Funding
Provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students who are studying or conducting research on countries and regions deemed important to U.S. national security. Recipients must commit to one year of government service in a U.S. federal agency following graduation. Applications are due in early December. More information can be found on the International Fellowship Office’s website.
CREECA Graduate Student Research Travel Awards
CREECA in the past has been able to award travel grants of up to $4,000 to students conducting research related to Russia, Eastern/Central Europe, and/or Eurasia/Central Asia. Applications are typically due in mid-February.
Fulbright US Student Program (FUSP)
For recent B.S./B.A. graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists. Provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. Applications are typically due in September. More information can be found on the International Fellowship Office’s website.
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad
To support doctoral students conducting research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months. The application is typically due in May. More information can be found on the International Fellowship Office’s Website.
Title VIII Fellowships
For U.S. citizens to study Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, or Uzbek at UW-Madison’s Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI). Applications due February 1.
Funding Opportunities for Faculty
Conference Travel Awards for UW-Madison Faculty and Staff
CREECA provides travel grants of up to $500 for University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty and academic staff to attend conferences in order to present their work related to Russian, Eastern and Central European, and/or Central Eurasian studies. Awards of up to $500 are available for domestic or international travel. Please note that all international travel must be approved by the US Department of Education at least 30 days before the trip and must comply with the Fly America Act. Reimbursement can be made only for expenses related to the approved conference and which are allowable under the Wisconsin state guidelines for reimbursement.
To apply, please provide a description of the conference presentation and an outline of how the funds will be spent. Project descriptions may be from one paragraph to one page in length. Applicants should list other forms of support already obtained or requested. All UW-Madison faculty and academic staff—regardless of home department–are eligible to apply for conference travel funds as long as their conference presentation is related to the regions of CREECA. Faculty and staff may not receive more than one award in any given calendar year.
CREECA considers applications on a rolling basis, throughout the year. Requests for funding should be made well in advance of the conference, and at least 45 days before the proposed conference. Applications will be reviewed monthly, on the 15th of each month. (When the 15th falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, applications will be reviewed on the first Monday after the 15th.)
Please send requests for support via e-mail to email@example.com. Be sure to put “CREECA Faculty Conference Travel” in the subject line of your message.
Employment Opportunities at CREECA
Despite its modest size, in recent years CREECA has been able to offer employment opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. At CREECA, students gain valuable experience in areas such as academic administration, project management, communication, and website design. Positions are generally funded by external grants and as such are not offered on a regular basis.
Hourly Positions for Undergraduates
Positions are posted on the Student Job Center website when they become available.
Graduate Project Assistantships
Assistants are eligible for tuition remission, a monthly stipend, and health insurance. Open positions are advertised on the CREECA website when they become available.
External Fellowships and Awards
Council of the American Overseas Research Centers Fellowships
Critical Language Scholarship
Fulbright Scholar Program
Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies
Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace
Kennan Institute Fellowships
SSRC (Social Science Research Council)
U.S. Institute of Peace Grants and Fellowships