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Carmel Institute Offering $10,000 Award to Study in Moscow

Grant to study Russian language, culture, and international relations.

By Patty Housman

St.Basil's in Moscow

The Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History invites applications for the James Symington Award for the study of Russian language, culture, and international relations. 

This award honors the career of James Symington, former Congressman (D-MO) and active proponent of better US-Russian relations. The award provides for tuition and travel expenses to attend the interdisciplinary summer program in Russian language, culture, and international relations at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University), June through August 2017.

The award recipient will be officially presented with the award at the annual gala dinner hosted by the American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation on December 6, 2016, at the Cosmos Club in downtown DC.

How to Apply

The award is open to AU students only. 

Applications will be judged based on the student's academic record (unofficial transcripts are fine) and two short essays of no more than 150 words each.

Please complete the application form and send your essays as an Adobe Acrobat file with your last name in both file names.

Applications and transcripts are due by 5 pm on November 8, 2016. Please send application materials to and