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The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign would greatly appreciate it if you could please circulate the announcement below about the Open Research Lab at Illinois (Jan. 22 – May 10, 2019) on the AIB listserv. The application deadline is Dec. 10, 2018. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!



Stephanie Chung Porter

Outreach and Programming Coordinator

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

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Call for Applications: The Open Research Laboratory at Illinois


The University of Illinois is pleased to announce a call for applications to the Open Research Laboratory (ORL). An expansion of Illinois’ renowned Summer Research Laboratory, the ORL program is aimed at scholars who wish to visit Urbana-Champaign any time between January 22 and May 10, 2019, in order to work in our Library's famous collections in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. The ORL is open to researchers from all fields at all stages of their work, from initial conception to final revision. It is a great opportunity to prepare for summer research, follow-up on summer research, or fit in research during the spring semester.


The deadline for applications is December 10, 2018.


Scholars participating in the Open Research Laboratory may apply for:


* up to 5 days of housing on campus;

* travel grants of up to $500 for their trip to Urbana-Champaign;

* research stipends


ORL Associates are also welcome to attend all campus programming and public talks at the Center during their stay. We are happy to introduce associates to local students and scholars, as well as to make arrangements for them to present their work in progress for discussion.


The ORL is supported by the U.S. State Department Title VIII Program for the Study of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union, which exists to support policy-relevant research on the region. ORL applicants are also encouraged to consider studying an area language at Indiana University’s Summer Language Workshop, located in nearby Bloomington, IN, after their participation in the ORL. Those interested in overseas language study are particularly encouraged to pair ORL participation with an application for an IU Title VIII Portable Fellowship. More information on Indiana’s Title VIII funding opportunities, languages, and the application can be found at the Summer Language Workshop website.


For more information and to apply, please see


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