Melikian Center Undergraduate Fellowship

With the support of the Melikian Advisory Board, the Melikian Center is pleased to announce the 5th year of its undergraduate fellow's program for Spring 2024.

Students must currently enrolled ASU undergraduates in any major, with a demonstrated interest in the politics, economy, history, religion, language, or culture of any of the countries of Eurasia and Eastern Europe.

The expectations for fellows are:

  • Students enroll for credit in one or more classes focused on the region during Spring 2024 or in CLI, or a study abroad program in the region, during Summer 2024.

  • They have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • They commit to attending at least three Melikian Center public events from the Spring 2024 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:

  • Managing the Predatory State: Corruption and Protest in Kazakhstan

  • Redefining "Home": Politics as Motivation for Educational Change in Turkish Diaspora Cultural Centers

  • Diplomacy for the Middle Class: The Case for American Global Leadership

  • How Hungary and Poland's Leaders Used the Pandemic to Increase Their Power

  • They present at the Research Pieces: Undergraduate Fellows Edition event in April 2024

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 other 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 REES certificate, or sophomores or juniors who declare the intention to complete the REES certificate.

Applicants should submit the following to apply for the Melikian Center Undergraduate Fellowship:

  • 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 2024 or language they will take in Summer 2024;
  • The name of at least one ASU faculty member who has agreed to provide a recommendation.

Please note that previous recipients of the Undergraduate Fellowship are not eligible to apply.

Please contact James Edmonds at jmedmond@asu.edu with any questions and to submit an application for Spring 2024.  Deadline for application:  December 1, 2023

To learn more about previous fellows’ projects, see here.


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