REEEC Opportunities

REEEC Opportunities

  • Call for Applications: Stanford US-Russia Forum

    The Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum (SURF) is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 program and we welcome your peers and students from Urbana-Champaign to apply!

    This November, participants will attend a week-long conference in Russia. Our conference last fall included speakers like US Ambassador Jon Hunstman Jr. and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, tours of Skoltech and Boeing, and even a visit to the Tyumen Region in Siberia. Following the fall conference, participants form working groups and collaborate on research for publication over the academic year. The program concludes with a capstone conference in April 2020 where research findings are presented and our ideas are shared with academics, policy-makers, governmental and non-governmental agencies, and other interested parties. The capstone conference concluded last week and meetings included Secretary William J. Perry, California Governor Jerry Brown, American Ambassadors to Russia, NASA, the Kennan Institute, the Heritage Foundation, Congress, Penn-Biden Center and more.




    The Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum is a platform for students to address the most pressing issues and opportunities between the United States and Russia. We are seeking members for research working groups in the areas of nuclear affairs, entrepreneurship, space exploration, climate and environment, counterterrorism, healthcare, the Arctic, energy geopolitics, security, and more.

    We welcome applications from graduate and undergraduate students in all academic disciplines and majors, regardless of prior exposure to Russia. Recent graduates and young professionals will also be considered. Our program will cover most expenses, including housing and local transportation. Participants are responsible for expenses including flight and visa costs. There is no registration or participation fee for our program.

    The early decision deadline is on Friday, May 3, 2019, at 11:59 PM PT and our application will fully close by Friday, June 7, 2019, at 11:59 PM PT. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Additional information can be found on our website and on our 2018 journal

  • Fulbright Information Sessions for Undergraduate Students and Recent Alumni

    Are you looking for an exciting way to spend a year abroad starting in the Fall of 2020? If so, it’s time to think seriously about submitting an application for a Fulbright Scholarship!  Join us for an informational session and on-campus workshops to learn more.


    Informational Sessions:


    Fulbright Information Session

    Tuesday, April 16th, 3:30-5:00 pm

    180 Bevier Hall

    Hosted by the National and International Scholarship Program with recent Fulbright grantee speakers


    Can’t make the on-campus session? Please plan to attend an informational webinar (open to all, but particularly useful for Illinois alumni and students abroad):

    Tuesday, April 23rd, 12:00-1:00 p.m. CST

    Link to attend the webinar on Tuesday, April 23rd

    Wednesday, May 1st, 8:30-9:30 a.m. CST

    Link to attend the webinar on Wednesday, May 1st:

    On-Campus Workshops:

    Fulbright Personal Statement Workshop

    Friday, April 26th, 3:30-5:00pm

    514 Illini Union Bookstore

    Hosted by the National and International Scholarships Program and the Writer’s Workshop

    English Teaching Assistant Application Workshop

    Thursday, May 2nd, 11:00 am -12:00 pm

    514 Illini Union Bookstore

    Hosted by the National and International Scholarships Program

    Designing a Fulbright Research Proposal Workshop

    Thursday, May 2nd, 4:00-5:00 pm

    514 Illini Union Bookstore

    Hosted by the National and International Scholarships Program

    Sessions are targeted to juniors, seniors, and recent alumni who wish to apply for the Fulbright Priority Deadline of June 17, 2019.

  • Call for Applications: U.S. Russia Experts Program Fellowship

    IREX is pleased to announce a call for applications for the U.S. Russia Experts Program.  The program supports and develops the talents, skills and proficiencies of U.S. graduate students interested in Russia, and U.S .-Russian relations.  The fellowship program is designed to deepen expertise and knowledge, strengthen U.S.-Russian connections and linkages, and improve U.S.-Russian understanding.    

    Program Guidelines and Eligibility

    Fellowships for up to $2,500 will be awarded to fund professional development activities related to U.S.-Russian relations – specifically, summer internships in the U.S. and short-term travel, research and/or internships in Russia.  The fellowship is open to U.S.-based current and recent graduates of master’s and professional development programs in the fields of Russian-area studies, business, law, public policy and the social sciences. U.S. and Russian citizens may apply.    

    The fellowship application deadline is May 6, 2019. The online application is available here. Please circulate the attached program flyer and feel to reach out if you or your students have any questions.    

    Please note: fellowship activities must begin by June 15, 2019 in order to be eligible for the program.

  • Call for Proposals: Local Roots of Global Peace: International Student Conference on Global Development and Security Studies, June 21-22, 2019, Eurasia International University, Yerevan

    Call for Proposals

    local roots conference

    English is the working language of the conference, with limited translation in Armenian and Russian.

    The emergence of a multipolar world politics is promising for many. The “rise of the rest” is expanding the agency of developing countries, potentially leading to more inclusive systems of global governance. Optimists claim that increased multipolarity will create more open economies and political systems and a deeper and more integrated liberal rules-based order. The more circumspect worry that the power competition between the West and the rest, heightened in recent years, will increase divisions in conflict regions, creating fresh openings for proxy wars. Whether in the Middle East, South Caucasus, or the Western Balkans in the EU’s backyard, unsettled regional security orders have shown a propensity to become global security threats. Multipolarity in world politics has caused ongoing conflicts to become protracted and intractable, and this poses a major challenge to the international community. Global conflict management systems are under stress, outcomes from liberal peacebuilding and authoritarian conflict management strategies have been mixed at best and meaningful discourse and debate on the quality and nature of future peace is still in its infancy.

    While states, large and small, remain central to strategic global security, people power and social movements around the world will increasingly shape the contours and the content of a multipolar world order. The prospects of the liberal principles of human rights, free markets, and open political systems in this context are highly contingent on the ability and the willingness of the people to support them. Armenia’s Velvet Revolution in 2018, realized through the strategic deployment of nonviolent civil disobedience and people power, was a reaffirmation of the kind of social change that can emerge from the bottom-up, rather than dictated by distant centers of global power.

    The purpose of this conference is to understand the shifting impact of world (dis)order on human security. What are the challenges for human security within a multipolar world order? What is the role of people power in keeping states open and peaceful and economies trading with ease? What is the longer history of this transformation? How have art, literature, music, religion, and historiography played a role in shaping perceptions over time? What are the prospects for stronger and deeper diplomacy in conflict regions? How do we address the global flows of refugees and migrants? Women’s empowerment is central in people power movements. How do women apply their agency and voice towards a more prosperous and peaceful world? How significant is gender in shaping political power?  How has religion played a role in shaping perspectives and relationships, local and global? In a context of shifting structures of world power, what is the future for human security? How well are the structures of a multipolar world order equipped to address such crises as climate change, ethnic cleansing, or human trafficking?  

    Professional Development Seminars

    The conference will also include professional workshops on effective communication, research methods, writing for broader audiences, effective integration of “writing-to-learn”  strategies in college teaching, approaches to experiential learning, and practitioner panels on global security. Registration in the workshops is required to secure participation..

    Paper abstracts are invited on the topics and themes listed below: 

    • Global security studies, old and new
    • Armed conflicts, active or frozen
    • The history and impact of small state agencies in world politics
    • People power in world politics, past and present
    • Diaspora as a transnational political actor
    • Contemporary authoritarianism and hybrid regimes
    • Human rights in a multipolar world order
    • The role of religion in global security
    • Women’s agency and rights, past and present
    • Genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and international law
    • Climate change and environmental degradation
    • Peace processes and peacebuilding practices
    • Terrorism, regional and global
    • Corruption (local, national, and global) as a security threat
    • The nexus of networked crime and armed conflict
    • Poverty and human security
    • Energy security
    • Media, propaganda, and art in war and peace

    Area focus is open but papers on post-Communist Eurasia and the Middle East are particularly welcome.

    Application and Deadlines

    Abstract submission deadline is April 5th, to be submitted electronically to Ian MacLeod (Stonehill College) at or Mariam Jilavyan (Eurasia International University) at

    Successful abstracts will:

    • include clearly articulated research goals and a research question;
    • identify the relevant scholarship on the topic;
    • specify the research methods used in the research project.

    The world limit for abstracts is 300. Abstracts must be submitted in English.  

    Abstracts should be accompanied by a brief bio with the current institutional affiliation of the applicant and full contact information.  Decisions will be announced by April 15th. If accepted, full papers must be submitted by June 10th. Registration deadline for all attendees is June 5th, at .

    Eligibility Upper level undergraduate and graduate students as well as junior scholars working on issues listed above are invited to submit proposals. Students from the South Caucasus, Iran, Russia, and Turkey are particularly encouraged to apply. (For accepted presenters from Azerbaijan who are unable to attend the conference, on-line/skype delivery of their presentations will be arranged.) Papers nominated by panel chairs and discussants will be published in the peer-reviewed Global Development and Security Studies journal and will be available via electronic access through Stonehill College and Eurasia Partnership Foundation.

    For all other inquires please contact Mariam Jilavyan at

  • Position Notice: Associate Director, European Union Center, University of Illinois

    Associate Director, European Union Center

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


    The Associate Director will execute the programmatic activities, manage staff, oversee the graduate program, manage budgets, and provide strategic guidance for developing core areas of the European Union Center (EUC) in a professionally efficient and effective manner.

    The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit



    • Provide administrative management of the European Union Center office including representing Director in his/her absence
    • Supervise and manage staff of the Center (hiring, training, delegating, and annual review of staff).
    • Oversee and lead center staff execution of extensive outreach programs to K-12 educators and students, business, media, and other constituents. Including, setting a vision and strategy for EUC outreach and how it fits with the rest of the Center’s vision and academic programs; determining in consultation with the Director the types of grants the EUC will pursue including grants that fund outreach initiatives; and, building institutional partnerships to deliver outreach programs.
    • Develop and strengthen relations with other European Centers in the U.S., and internationally.
    • Represent the Center in interactions with individual and institutional partners both within the UI and external to the University.
    • Manage grant execution to comply with University and funding agency guidelines, deadlines, and regulations.
    • Identify and evaluate potential external funding opportunities and prepare grant proposals in collaboration with Director.
    • Manage the Center’s grant budgets and accounts in collaboration with the Director, ensuring sound financial management in compliance with University, State, and funding agency guidelines.
    • Develop strong partnerships with affiliate faculty in order to ensure successful grant execution and reporting. [Works closely with faculty to ensure that funding is spent according to the grant stipulations, meets with faculty to learn about their current work and ways for them to partner with the EUC on grants and outreach programs.]
    • Direct the M.A. in European Union Studies (MAEUS) program, the Graduate Minor, and the 5-year BALAS/MAEUS track, including supervising personnel involved in the administration of the degree, marketing and admission, in-program advising, placement, and alumni relations.
    • Makes strategic decisions about the direction and content of the academic programs, including development and /or redesign of courses offered by the center.
    • Serve as Director of Graduate Programs and conduct annual student progress reviews.
    • Be a point of escalation for students and handle difficult and challenging student situations and issues.
    • Collaborate with the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) and the Graduate College on all academic matters.
    • Teach and provide instruction for courses that support the MAEUS and the EUC’s academic mission, if needed.
    • Develop seminars, workshops, and conferences that support scholarly research on the European Union and transatlantic relations.




    • Master’s degree in an area relevant to international studies and programs;
    • International experience;
    • Management experience in a combination of the following: administration, fiscal, personnel, and general organizational responsibilities within a complex organization with a time-sensitive workload;
    • Project coordination;
    • Proven organizational talents
    • Ability to work harmoniously with faculty, staff, and students from a wide variety of disciplines, and with representatives from national and international institutions;
    • Sensitivity to the functioning of an interdisciplinary program within the context of a complex university;
    • Ability to work with faculty and government agencies, both in the United States and overseas;
    • Ability to assume responsibility and to work independently with minimum guidance;
    • Initiative and creativity in program development;
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
    • Strong computing skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and desktop publishing software, or similar


    • PhD in an area relevant to international studies and programs;
    • International experience in Europe;
    • Grant writing and management skills;
    • Working knowledge of one or more European languages other than English.



    This is a full-time position. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.



    To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at and upload your cover letter and resume by April 11, 2019. Online application will require names and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

    For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Kim Rice at