Engaging Eurasia: A Fellowship for High School and Community College Educators

Are you an educator who is interested in deepening your understanding of the history, culture, and current events of Russia and Eurasia? Consider applying for the Engaging Eurasia Teacher Fellowship. The 2022–2023 fellowship will be devoted to the theme “Everyday Life in the Soviet Union.”

Summary: This year’s fellowship theme, Everyday Life in the Soviet Union, will allow participants to take a deep dive into the lived experience of Soviet Citizens. This year-long study will take a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the lives of ordinary Soviet citizens, and how their experiences and beliefs changed over the course of the USSR’s 70 year history. Fellows will consider novels, poetry, art, film, and other media that both shaped the worldview and cultural identity of the Soviet people and also exported that worldview globally. They will also be asked to challenge their own assumptions and commonly held beliefs about Soviet life and culture, and evaluate how they meet reality. Over the 9-month fellowship, fellows will participate in 8 content webinars, hearing from scholars with expertise on the fellowship topic. Each fellow is expected to complete a final project–either curriculum development or a literature review on a question that develops during the course of the fellowship.

The application deadline for the 2022–2023 EETF fellowship is May 13, 2022. The fellowship application can be found here.

Eligibility and Benefits: 

  • Open to both part-time and full-time educators at the high school and community college level
  • Educators from throughout the United States are encouraged to apply
  • Learn from and chat with experts in Russian and Eurasian studies via monthly program webinars
  • Be part of an online learning community with fellow educators
  • Develop curriculum or do additional research on a topic of interest for eventual classroom application
  • Participate in an in-person workshop with scholars and fellows in spring 2023

This fellowship is a collaboration between the Harvard University Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Center for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the Ohio State University, the Center for Russia, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It is funded through a Title VI/National Resource Center Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.