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2014 Symington Award Call for Applications

Call for Applications: 2014 James Symington Award for the study of Russian language, culture, and international relations

The Initiative for Russian Culture 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 $10,000 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-August 2015.  

The award is open to all students in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Applications will be judged based on the student's academic record (unofficial transcripts are fine) and an essay proposing one or more ways in which the United States and Russia can overcome barriers to cultural and/or political understanding. The award recipient will have the opportunity to read from the essay at the annual gala dinner hosted by the American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation on November 19, 2014, where the award will be presented. 

Applications, transcripts, and essays are due by 5 pm on October 13, 2014. Please send application materials to irc@american.edu and cc: fedyashi@american.edu and elohr@american.edu. For further details on the application requirements, see the application information page


AU Study Abroad Programs in Russia

Moscow State

American University offers several opportunities to study abroad in Russia. The American Councils program offers three programs in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Vladimir. The Bard Smolny Program offers several options for study in St. Petersburg. For more information, please follow the links below and contact AU Abroad.

American Councils: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir

Russia: Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program

Bard Smolny Program: St. Petersburg

Russia: Advanced Russian Language and Russian-language Academic Program