Now Accepting Applications for CESSI 2017

CREECA and the CESSI Consortium are pleased to announce the seventh annual Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) to be held at UW-Madison June 19-August 11, 2017. Information and application materials are now available on the CESSI Website:

New for 2017: CESSI will be offering 10 Title VIII Fellowships to graduate students and professionals who are U.S. citizens. Fellowships will cover tuition and fees, as well as provide a stipend of $2,500 to cover living expenses for the summer.

Please note that the deadline to apply to CESSI has been moved up to accommodate the Title VIII application. If you would like to be considered for a Title VIII Fellowship, UW-Madison FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowship, or the fee remission (scholarship), please submit your application for admission by February 1, 2017. Applicants wishing to be considered for a UW-Madison FLAS Fellowship must complete a separate FLAS Application by February 13, 2017. (Students from FLAS-granting institutions should apply for funding from their home campus before applying to UW-Madison for a FLAS). CESSI will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis until April 3, 2017. However, financial support is not guaranteed for applications submitted after February 1.

In summer 2017, intensive courses in beginning and intermediate Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek will be offered. Scheduling of all courses is contingent upon enrollment. Students should apply to CESSI as early as possible to help ensure that their desired class will be offered.

CESSI 2017 will also feature a weekly lecture series (in English) on various topics of interest to people in the field of Central Eurasian studies and a rich program of cultural events and field trips related to the countries of Central Eurasia.

For additional information about CESSI 2017, please contact Kelly Iacobazzi, CESSI Program Coordinator,, 608-265-6298.

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