Call for Applications – Summer Research Lab 2016

The Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia is open to all history scholars with research interests in the Russian, East European and Eurasian region for eight weeks during the summer months from June 13 until August 6. The SRL provides scholars access to the resources of the University of Illinois Slavic collection within a flexible time frame where scholars have the opportunity to seek advice and research support from the librarians of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS).

The deadline for grant funding is April 15 and is fast approaching! REEEC will continue to receive applications for the Summer Research Lab after the grant deadline, but housing and travel funds will not be guaranteed.

For further information and to apply, please use this link:

For graduate students, the SRL provides an opportunity to conduct research prior to going abroad and extra experience to refine research skills.  Students will also have the opportunity of seeking guidance from specialized librarians skilled in navigating resources pertaining to and originating from Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.

The SRS is an extensive service that provides access to a wide range of materials that center on and come from: Russia, the Former Soviet Union, Czech and Slovak Republics, Former Yugoslavia, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania. The International & Area Studies Library, where the Slavic reference collections are housed, contains work stations for readers, research technologies, a collection of authoritative reference works, and provides unlimited access to one of the largest collections for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies in North America.

The Slavic Reference Service provides access to several historical resources which include

  • Full text access to the digital version of Turkestanskii Sbornikwhich provides extensive coverage for researching former Russian/Soviet Central Asia from 1867-1917;
  • Soviet Communist Party archival materials from GARF, RTsKhIDNI, and TsKhSD (454 microfilm reels of finding aids);
  • Holodomor: famine in Ukraine, 1932-1933: from the Central State Archive of Public Organizations, Kiev (microfilm collection).  This archival collection contains 158 microfilm reels and includes resolutions, directives and official telegrams from central and local officials, information reports, letters, etc
  • Perhaps the most complete collection of Russian Imperial provincial newspapers (gubernskie vedomosti) in North America;
  • Unlimited access to some of the most complete holdings of Russian, East European, and Eurasian journals in the U.S;
  • One of the U.S.’s most extensive print, microfilm, and microfiche collections, including the only fully-cataloged copy of the National Library of Finland’s massive “Russian History and Culture” series;
  •  Full text access to Izvestiia Digital Archive (1917 – 2010);
  • Access to Polish independent publications (microfiche collection)
  • Access to Newspapers from the Russian Revolutionary Era (~454 microfilm reels);
  • Yugoslavia: Peoples, States, and Society (microfilm collection) consists of 109 reels, which include a unique set of short monographs, pamphlets, and other materials on the Balkan Wars, World War I and the South Slavs, interwar Yugoslavia, and World War II;
  • Access to Anti-Soviet newspapers , 1918-1922 (~493 newspapers) ; and Eighteenth Century Russian Publications on microfilm (~906 microfilm reels).

Call for papers

Deadline: April 15, 2016

Posted: February 16, 2016