Engaging Eurasia Teacher Fellowship

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Program Description
Conflict has been a de facto part of U.S.-Russia relations since the close of World War II. However, the U.S. is not the only nation who has clashed with Russia in recent history. Conflict has plagued Russia and her neighbors since the collapse of the USSR, resulting in a very tense post-Soviet space.

Is there something unique about the conflicts haunting the former Soviet countries? What cultural and historical understandings can provide context to these political and military crises? How has the baggage of the Cold War shaped the current crisis in U.S.-Russia relations? How has the shared Soviet past impacted post-Soviet relations between Russia, Georgia, and Ukraine? The goal of the Engaging Eurasia Teacher Fellowship is to help educators explore the answers to these questions, and more, and to bring that understanding back to their classrooms and their students.

The year-long, competitive fellowship is open to both part-time and full-time educators at the high school and community college level who are interested in deepening their understanding of the history and current events of the post-Soviet space. Fellows will do this through in-person and online sessions with expert faculty and scholars. In addition to content regarding regional and international conflicts and disputes, the fellowship will provide an overview of mediation theory and strategies and participants will participate in a conflict negotiation simulation focused on the region.

Sponsored by:
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
Center for Slavic and East European Studies, The Ohio State University
Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, University of Wisconsin
Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, University of Pittsburgh

This fellowship is funded in part by a Title VI National Resource Center Grant from the U.S. Department of Education


Fellowship Overview and Resource Development
Ten fellows from throughout the US will be chosen to participate in the program, which will run for an academic year (September 2020 - June 2021). Fellows will be expected to read and view required program materials (novels, articles, films and documentaries), attend in-person workshop(s), participate in program webinars and develop a curricular resource that will bring content from the fellowship program into their classrooms.

Programming for the fellowship year will include:

  • 6 webinars throughout the 2020-2021 AY through which fellows will:
  1. Engage with experts on Russian and Eurasian studies to discuss conflicts within Eurasia
  2. Work together to discuss classroom applications of the content
  • 1-2 in-person workshop(s) at Harvard University
  • Two check-in sessions where fellows will have the opportunity to get feedback on the development of their pedagogical resource from program staff.



  February 1, 2020

  Application available

  May 15, 2020

  Application deadline

  Early June, 2020

  Finalists notified

Spring 2021 TBD

Opening program workshop
(in-person at Harvard)


Applications to the 2020-2021 Engaging Eurasia Teacher Fellowship are available now. The application deadline is May 15, 2020. Finalists will be notified in early June, 2020.