Graduate Student Resources

ASEEES Graduate Student Representative:

A graduate student representative is elected every two years and holds office for two years. The 2024-2025 ASEEES Graduate Student Representative is Brian Yang (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

Mentoring and Career Development programming: 

Mentoring Program: 

The ASEEES Mentoring Program is for members who are graduate students at any stage of their careers or post-graduates within five years of receipt of their terminal graduate degree (including PhD, MLS, MA, and JD). Mentees will be matched with mid-career or senior scholars, as well as professionals from outside the academy. For a full program description or to learn how to apply, click here

Exploring Career Diversity Service: 

The ASEEES Exploring Career Diversity service matches professionals with SEEES MA/PhDs employed beyond the professoriate (senior contacts), with graduate students and recent MA/PhDs who are interested in broadening their career horizons (junior contacts). The program provides the opportunity for a one-time informational interview or conversation with professionals in non-academic fields. The junior contact must be an ASEEES member to participate in this service. For more information or to sign up, please click here

Other Resources:

The ASEEES Careers Page lists resources for those exploring various career opportunities. The Association regularly posts job announcements, fellowships, grants, and internships specifically relevant to the broad scope of interests and expertise of our members in the announcements (member login required).

The ASEEES Workshops & Webinars lists past and upcoming webinars and workshops that help members engage in professional development by providing information on research methodologies and sources, teaching methods and resources, publishing, funding, and careers in and outside academia.

Funding Opportunities:

Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Fellowship Program: 

Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowships provide a maximum stipend of $25,000 for doctoral students at US and Canadian universities, who are citizens or permanent residents of the US, to conduct dissertation research in Russia. The Program is open to students in any discipline whose dissertation topics are within 19th-early 21st century Russian historical studies. For full details about this application cycle, please click here.

Dissertation Research Grant Program: 

Thanks to the generosity of donors and members, ASEEES offers research grants with a stipend of maximum $6,000, for the purposes of conducting doctoral dissertation research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia in any aspect of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies in any discipline. These awards may be held concurrently with other partial funding sources, but are intended to support students whose projects have not yet been fully supported. For full details about this application cycle, please click here

Summer Dissertation Writing Grant Program: 

ASEEES offers a limited number of grants, with a maximum stipend of $6,000, for the purposes of summer dissertation writing on any aspect of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies in any discipline. The writing grant program is directed at PhD students at US universities who do not qualify for the ASEEES Dissertation Research Grant because they do not intend to conduct research in the region. For full details about this application cycle, please click here

Internship Grant Program: 

This program provides MA, PhD, and professional school students and recent graduates (i.e. those who have graduated no more than two years prior to the competition deadline) with grants that make it possible for them to accept unpaid or underpaid internships in areas directly related to Russian studies. These internships must be in the US and should be substantial in duration and responsibilities (at least 25 work hours per week), lasting two months for summer internships and four months for internships during a semester in the regular academic year. The grant offers $2,000 a month, to be paid directly to the grantee (intern) during their internship.

Other Funding Opportunities: 

Funding opportunities external to the Association can can be found on our Funding Opportunities Page.  


Graduate Student Travel Grants: 

Kathryn W. Davis Travel Grants: ASEEES subsidizes travel costs for graduate students presenting papers at the ASEEES Annual Convention. Applications are judged on intellectual merit of the paper topic with a broader view to disciplinary and regional balances. We are especially committed to subsidizing those graduate students who are attending the convention for the first time or who have no local institutional resources for travel support. Students may only receive ONE Davis Graduate Student Travel Grant over the course of their graduate studies. We anticipate that we will be able to fund, on a competitive basis, 30 or more awards of up to $500 each.

Catharine Nepomnyashchy Travel Grants: Two (2) additional grants of $500 each will be awarded to students presenting their papers on literature. 

For more information on this application cycle, please click here

Diversity and Inclusion Travel Grant: ASEEES offers the ASEEES Diversity and Inclusion Convention Travel Grant to subsidize travel to the ASEEES Annual Convention. For more information on this applicatoin cycle, please click here.


ACLS Resource: “Before the First Day of Graduate School”

In conversation with 78 other scholarly societies, ASEEES recently contributed to the creation of the American Council of Learned Societies’ (ACLS) new guide to supporting graduate students at the earliest stages of their careers. To read the guide, please click here.