Engaging Eurasia Teacher Fellowship

A fellowship for high school and community college educators devoted to the people, histories, and cultures of Eurasia. 

The Engaging Eurasia Teacher Fellowship provides select high school and community college educators the opportunity to spend one academic year undertaking an in-depth study of the people, histories, cultures and current events of Eurasia. Fellows participate in monthly webinars with experts in Eurasian studies as well as an in-person workshop at one of the partnering universities, develop curricula for classroom application, and benefit from being a part of a diverse learning community. The fellowship theme changes annually; the theme for the 2022-2023 program year is Everyday Life in the Soviet Union. Previous themes include conflict in Post-Soviet Eurasia and the art and culture of Eurasia.

2022–2023 Fellowship Details

This year’s fellowship theme, Everyday Life in the Soviet Union, will allow participants to take a deep dive into the lived experience of Soviet citizens. This year-long study will take a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the lives of ordinary Soviet people and how their experiences and beliefs changed over the course of the USSR’s 70 year history. Fellows will consider novels, poetry, art, film and other media that both shaped the worldview and cultural identity of the Soviet people and also exported that worldview globally. They will also be asked to challenge their own assumptions and commonly held beliefs about Soviet life and culture and evaluate how they meet reality.

Over the 9-month fellowship, fellows will participate in 8 content webinars, hearing from scholars with expertise on the fellowship topic. Each fellow will complete a final project–either curriculum development or a literature review on a question that develops during the course of the fellowship.

How to Apply

The application for the 2022-2023 fellowship has passed. Applications for the 2023-2024 program will be announced in spring 2023.

Program Sponsors

This fellowship is a collaboration between the Davis Center, the Center for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies at the Ohio State University, the Center for Russia and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It is funded through a Title VI/National Resource Center Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.


Related Insights

Educators gathered on the Harvard campus to synthesize lessons from the yearlong Engaging Eurasia Teacher Fellowship.