CREECA Receives State Department Funding to Support CESSI

CREECA has received a Title VIII grant from the U.S. Department of State for the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI). Thanks to continued Title VIII funding, at least 10 eligible students will receive fellowships to study languages such as Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek at the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) in summer 2020.

CESSI will run from June 15-August 7, 2020 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Title VIII fellowship competition will open concurrently with the CESSI application, in early fall 2019. Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens who are graduate students (including graduating seniors entering graduate school) and advanced researchers.

Title VIII–known formally as The Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union–is managed by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Title VIII maintains U.S. expertise in the regions and brings policy-relevant research and regional expertise to the service of the U.S. Government. CREECA is delighted to collaborate with the Department of State in developing American expertise in the critical languages of Central Asia.

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