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Carmel Institute of Russian Culture & History; Susan Carmel Lerhman, Founder.

Our Mission

The Carmel Institute builds lasting connections between Russian and American youth through musical and theater performances, Russian and Soviet film screenings, conferences, student exchanges and trips, and art exhibits. The Institute offers grants to Russian and American students to study in each others' countries.

Call for Applications Rossotrunischestvo Funding to Study in Russia 2018-2019

The Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History invites applications for the first round of a two-tier selection process for full tuition grants for language courses, B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at participating Russian universities in the 2018-2019 academic year and the summer of 2018.

Applications will be judged based on the student's application form, curriculum vitae (CV), academic record (unofficial transcripts are fine), and a personal statement of the applicant's goals for studying in Russia (no more than 250 words in a separate file with the applicant's name at the top). Please send the application form, CV, transcript(s), and personal statement in Adobe Acrobat format with your last name as the first word in every file name.

These awards are open to any U.S. citizen (citizens of other countries should contact their local embassy). Applications will be judged based on the student's application form, curriculum vitae (CV), academic record (unofficial transcripts are fine) and a personal statement of the applicant's goals for studying in Russia (no more than 250 words in a separate file with the applicant's name at the top). Please complete the application form, CV, transcript(s), and personal statement in Adobe Acrobat format with your last name as the first word in every file name.

For more information about this program and participating universities, please see https://russia.study/en.

Applications, CV, transcript(s) and the personal statement are due in a single email by 5 pm on January 5, 2018.

Please send application materials to carmelinstitute@american.edu and fedyashi@american.edu.

Next Event: Salyut-7 U.S. Premiere of new Russian film

Salyut-7 Film poster

With SPECIAL GUEST Director Klim Shipenko for a Q-and-A after the screening!

Released in October of 2017, Klim Shipenko's space thriller is based on real life events in June of 1985. After contact with the Salyut-7 space station is mysteriously lost, cosmonauts Vladimir Dzhanibekov and Viktor Savinykh risk their lives to pull off the first-ever docking with a spinning craft and bring the empty and frozen space station back to life.

Please come join us for a buffet dinner, the film screening with a question-and-answer session with our SPECIAL GUEST, Director Klim Shipenko to follow, and further discussion of the film over desserts.

Guests must show government-issued photo identification at the gate and all names on the guest list must match the identification of guests to enter. You MUST have your guest's name at the time of your ticket order - you will not be able to change the reservation once it is complete. Tickets are NOT transferable; if all tickets are claimed, we offer any tickets that become available to our wait list.

Business dress is required for this event and complimentary valet parking will be provided.

Transportation
The Institute-provided transportation pick-up times and places are below. Please be at the pickup location at least 5 minutes before the time posted to be sure you will not miss the bus pickup, as traffic conditions will impact the bus schedules. The bus will have a sign in the window with the pickup university and Tunlaw Theater destination.

American University - the bus will pick up at the main bus stop, behind Letts Hall at 5:15pm
George Washington University - the bus will pick up at 23rd and I St, on the metro station side at 5:15pm.
Georgetown University - the bus will pick up at 37th and O St, NW between 5:15pm and 5:30pm.
UMD, BC - the bus will pick up at 1000 Hilltop Circle, behind Retriever Activity Center at 4:15pm.
UMD, College Park - the bus will pick up at the Stamp Student Union, Union Lane between 5pm and 5:15pm.

RSVPs are required before noon on Monday, December 4. Invitations may only be used once; to request an invitation, please email us at carmelinstitute@american.edu and include your university affiliation and status (undergraduate, graduate, staff, faculty) or your professional affiliation in your request.

Spring 2018 Events

  • The Fall of the House of the Romanovs
    Film Screening
    28 February 2018
    Russian Embassy
  • Gypsies are Found Near Heaven
    Film Screening
    11 April 2018
    Russian Embassy

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