Melikian Center Undergraduate Fellowship – Call for Applications for Spring 2021 (This application cycle is now closed.)
The Melikian Center offers one-semester research fellowships in the Spring for students interested in extending their studies on Russia, Eurasia, and East Europe. The program offers the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on a research project; meet and collaborate with other ASU students; attend special events with visitors to the Center. Fellows have the chance to develop expertise and receive a $1,000 scholarship. The main goal is to give students a taste of research and to increase their competitiveness for a range of external fellowship opportunities.
The expectations for fellows are:
- They enroll for credit in one or more classes focused on the region during Spring 2021 or in CLI, or a study abroad program in the region, during Summer 2021.
- They have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- They commit to attending (virtually) at least three Melikian Center public events from the Spring 2021 schedule of events.
- They provide a total of 70 hours of research assistance to a Melikian faculty affiliate (successful applicants will be provided with a list of project descriptions and choose two affiliates they would be interested in working with) or an equivalent commitment of time to a Melikian Center research initiative or conference. Past projects have included have included:
- Russia's Role in Syrian Post-War Reconstruction
- Gerasimov's Ghosts: Russia and Modern Proxy Warfare
- Citizen-diplomacy in greater Phoenix: a community oral history
- They present at the Research Pieces: Undergraduate Fellows Edition event in April 2021.
Successful applicants will:
- Receive a scholarship of $1,000
- Work directly with faculty members working on the region of Russia, Eurasia and East Europe
- Gain experience in research design and/or event planning and administration
- Meet with scholars, diplomats, and/or others visitors (virtually or in person)
Preference will be given to:
- Students who have completed, or are currently enrolled in and will complete, at least one full year (8-10 credits) in any of the region’s languages.
- Students writing an honors thesis or taking a senior capstone seminar focused on the region.
- Seniors completing the REEES certificate; or sophomores or juniors who declare intention to complete the REEES certificate.
Applicants should submit a 1-page letter expressing their interest; 1-page resume; list of courses taken focused on the region (Including language) including semester taken and grade awarded; the name(s) of course(s) focused on the region they will take during Spring 2021 or language they will take in Summer 2021; and the name of at least one ASU faculty member who has agreed to provide a recommendation.
Please note: Previous recipients of the Undergraduate Fellowship are not eligible to apply.
Please contact Irina Levin at email@example.com with any questions and to submit an application for Spring 2021.
To learn more about previous fellows’ projects, see here.