Friday, January 29, 2016

Summer Research Laboratory, University of Illinois

Invitation for applications from the  Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:
The Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia is open to all scholars with research interests in the Russian, East European and Eurasian region for eight weeks during the summer months from June 13 until August 6. The SRL provides scholars access to the resources of the University of Illinois Slavic collection within a flexible time frame where scholars have the opportunity to seek advice and research support from the librarians of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS). 

The deadline for grant funding is April 15 and is fast approaching! REEEC will continue to receive applications for the Summer Research Lab after the grant deadline, but housing and travel funds will not be guaranteed.

For further information and to apply, please use this link:

For graduate students, the SRL provides an opportunity to conduct research prior to going abroad and extra experience to refine research skills.  Students will also have the opportunity of seeking guidance from specialized librarians skilled in navigating resources pertaining to and originating from Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.

The SRS is an extensive service that provides access to a wide range of materials that center on and come from: Russia, the Former Soviet Union, Czech and Slovak Republics, Former Yugoslavia, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania. The International & Area Studies Library, where the Slavic reference collections are housed, contains work stations for readers, research technologies, a collection of authoritative reference works, and provides unlimited access to one of the largest collections for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies in North America.

In addition, the SRS provides access to
  • Yugoslavia: Peoples, States, and Society (microfilm collection) consists of 109 reels, which includes a unique set of short monographs, pamphlets, and other materials on the Balkan Wars, World War I and the South Slavs, interwar Yugoslavia, and World War II; 
  • Russian-Ottoman Relations, 1600-1914. Part 1: The Origins, 1600-1800 (microfilm collection) contains approximately 193 titles on Russian-Ottoman relations: diplomatic treaties, travel reports, decrees, eye-witness accounts of military campaigns, and policy deliberations;
  • Yugoslav civil wars 1991-1999 (microfilm collection): from the holdings of the British Library.  This collection consists 20 reels of printed material, transcripts and ephemera from the British Library; 
  • Yugoslav statistics 1834-1919 microfilm collection contains well over 300 annuals, serials, censuses and other publications from Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia published between 1834 and 1919. Moreover, 12 institutions in the former Yugoslavia, Austria, the United States and Britain have contributed to this unique collection;
  • Unlimited access to some of the most complete holdings of journals in the U.S; and
  • Russo-Turkish War 1877-1878 microfilm collection consists of 120 reels and includes military and civilian documents from the Russian State Military History Archive.