Internal Funding

Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies Faculty Small Grants Program (Rolling)

REEES small grants are open on a rolling basis to all Pitt faculty working on topics related to our region. To ensure a balanced distribution of funds throughout the year, the total pool of available funding is divided in two, with one half of the funds made available for successful applications submitted during the first half of the University’s fiscal year (July – December), and the other half available for applications submitted during the second half of the fiscal year (January – June). Applicants submitting proposals after all of the funds earmarked for a given 6-month period have been spent will be offered the opportunity to resubmit during the next 6-month period. Funding for successful proposals submitted in July – December must be spent by the end of the subsequent June. Funding for successful proposals submitted in January – June must be spent by the beginning of the subsequent December.

Applications Submitted & Awarded between: Funds Must be Spent by:
July 1 – December 31 June 15
January 1 – June 30 December 15


For more information on eligibility requirements and further details about the application process, please see the full call for proposalsFor any additional information, please contact Gina Peirce.


REEES Course Development and Language Module Development Grants Program (Rolling)
REEES offers faculty small grants on a rolling basis for course development or language module development. Proposals are sought to enhance teaching on the cultures, languages, politics, economies and societies of Central/Eastern Europe/Eurasia, Russia and the former USSR.

  • Course Development Grant awards can be used to create a new course or add significant coverage of the REEES world region to an existing course. REEES encourages the development of courses that are innovative in content or form; that draw on materials from more than one discipline; and that challenge students to think about developments in the region from a broader comparative perspective. Courses that can be taken to fulfill the A&S foreign culture requirement (international/region/comparative/non-Western) are especially welcome, as are those that are designed to introduce freshmen and sophomores to the study of the REEES region, and those that include a focus on Central Eurasia. New or enhanced courses supported by this grant program should be incorporated into the given academic department’s regular offerings as soon as possible.
  • Language Module Development Grant proposals are sought to develop add-on original language modules or trailers for existing non-language area studies courses. Such modules will require students to use materials in a language of the REEES region to enhance their study of the politics, cultures, economies and societies of Central/Eastern Europe/Eurasia, Russia and the former USSR, thus increasing their foreign language proficiency related to the subject area of the course. Students who choose to register for the original language module should receive an additional academic credit beyond the standard number of credits given for that course. At his/her discretion, the instructor may also offer students an option to register only for the one-credit language module, without registering for the associated area studies course. In the application, the instructor should specify the level of proficiency in the target language that will be required for students to register for the original language module.

Instructors are encouraged to consider non-traditional modes of delivery for original language modules, such as the posting of reading and writing assignments on a course website.  Although the instructor should plan to be available for individual consultations with students enrolled in the module, original language modules will not necessarily involve formal classroom instruction.  Applications should explain how the instructor will monitor and evaluate the progress of students enrolled in the module.

Eligibility and Scope of Awards
REEES faculty from all A&S departments and professional schools are eligible to apply. Funds may be requested to support a variety of activities. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Acquisition of special instructional materials (e.g., databases, monographs, periodicals, films or electronic media).
  • Bibliographic searches.
  • Payments to students for assistance with any aspect of course development. Note, however, that no payment may be given for any student work unless and until that arrangement has been approved by REEES, due to the possible complexities involved in paying students.

Grants may not be used for the purchase of equipment, for travel to meetings or conferences, or to support research unrelated to course or language module development. The source of these funds is REEES’s Title VI National Resource Center award from the U.S. Department of Education, and all course development spending must comply with Title VI budgetary regulations. Funds awarded for course development grant activities must be spent by July 1 of the year in which the award is made.

Application/Selection Process
Applicants should submit the following materials to REEES:

  • A short (5-page, double-spaced maximum) plan of course or language module development activities.
  • An itemized budget, with a short justification.
  • A current curriculum vitae if the applicant is not previously affiliated with REEES.
  • A cover letter indicating the semester(s) in which the grant is to be used and listing other sources of funding being sought by the applicant (if any).
  • A letter of agreement from the chairperson of the applicant’s department if the applicant is to be released from teaching responsibilities during any portion of the course development activities.

For further information, please contact Gina Peirce.


Call for Applications: Pitt Mobility Program with the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (Spring - Summer 2020)
The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) has opened a call to facilitate research abroad for Pitt faculty and advanced graduate students at the University of Ljubljana. To receive full consideration for funding in Spring - Summer 2020, please submit applications by December 2, 2019. While REEES accepts projects in any disciplinary field, proposals focusing on Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Eurasia are preferred.

Selection Process
Incoming applications will be assessed by a standing committee of up to two REEES-affiliated faculty members and up to two REEES staff representatives. Applicants will receive a decision within two weeks of submitting their proposals. REEES can provide up to $1,500 in funding for travel. Accommodation costs and per diems are covered by the University of Ljubljana. Proposals may receive partial funding.

Given the diversity of potential applicants and project types, there are a variety of considerations which could be taken into account when assessing applications. Thus, rather than following a strict rubric, review committee members will be asked to look for one or more of the following criteria when making their assessments:

  • To what degree does the project promote the professional development of the applicant in terms of his/her academic research and/or pedagogy?
  • What is the contribution of this activity to the applicant’s academic discipline?
  • What is the contribution of this activity to the field of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies?
  • Will this activity promote knowledge about the REEES region on Pitt’s campus?
  • Will this activity raise the profile of REEES and/or Pitt in the broader academic or professional community?
  • Will this activity develop or strengthen institutional partnerships supporting research and/or teaching on the REEES region?

Application Format
To receive full consideration, applicants should submit the following materials:

    Please provide the following information about your project:

    a. Research or Collaboration Objective: Please describe briefly your research topic or the project on which you seek to work with collaborators at the University of Ljubljana, and the anticipated outcomes of your project.

    b. Research or Collaboration Venue and Dates: Explain when and where you intend to undertake your project. Please include:

    Information regarding the department where you would like to conduct your research or collaboration;
    The specific materials, sources, libraries, interviews, and consultations with University of Ljubljana colleagues upon which you will draw for your research, or any collaborative projects you plan to develop.

  2. CV
    Faculty applicants must ensure that they have updated their UCIS faculty profile and uploaded a current CV at Advanced graduate students should enclose a CV.
    Please attach a support letter from a University of Ljubljana department or collaborating faculty member

Zsuzsánna Magdó | Associate Director | Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies | 412-648-7423 |