Carnegie Corporation of New York has selected UW-Madison, Columbia University, and Indiana University to each receive a $1 million grant. Designed to strengthen the study of Russia at U.S. universities, the grants follow an ASEEES report that concluded that there is a need for increased social science research on Russia and collaboration between Russian scholars and U.S. based scholars studying Russia. The three recipients were selected through a competitive process. Through this competitive grant program, Carnegie Corporation aims to encourage these universities to build up Russia-relevant training, research, and outreach programs and to facilitate engagement with Russian academic communities and institutions.
Additionally, the U.S. Department of State has granted the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) funding from the Title VIII Program for summer 2017. The grant will provide 10 fellowships of $7,500 each for graduate students, scholars, and professionals who are U.S. citizens studying a Central Eurasian language at CESSI. The funding is designed to increase the number of U.S. graduate students who have competency in Central Eurasian languages such as Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek. The grant will also foster relationships that will help these emerging scholars use their linguistic knowledge for academic and government research on Central Eurasia.