The Pushkin Grant for Advanced Language Training in Russian
Purpose: The Pushkin Grant, named for Russian poet and writer Alexander Pushkin, supports undergraduates who continue their study of the Russian language during the summer break. The grant is designed to fund the entire cost of intensive coursework in Russian undertaken in Russia. This funding gives undergraduates an opportunity to gain advanced-level proficiency in Russian, especially those students whose schedules might not otherwise accommodate upper-level language coursework.
Deadline: February 25, 2013
Maximum Award: $8000. Funds are typically paid as a one-time sum.
Number of Awards: One. The grant will be awarded to the applicant of highest merit as demonstrated through his/her application and proposed budget.
Eligibility: Applicants must currently be enrolled as undergraduates at the University of Notre Dame and scheduled to return for the next academic year. Students graduating at the end of the current academic year may not apply. Applicants must have completed at least four semesters of coursework in Russian—through Notre Dame—prior to the program start date. The proposed program should be eight weeks in length (or more) and must be undertaken in Russia.
All Undergraduate Grants now use the Common Application Form found online at https://urapply.nd.edu/. Please familiarize yourself with our full guidelines before logging into the application.
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All applicants must use the Common Application Form at https://urapply.nd.edu. We recommend that you collect all necessary materials before logging into the application. You will receive instruction on how to upload materials once you have logged in.
A complete application consists of the following distinct parts:
• a two- to three-page program description
• a detailed budget statement
• a current curriculum vitae or résumé
• a letter of recommendation
The program description should include information about the proposed program, the institution that houses the program, and the academic activity involved. Include or attach any available syllabi and/or course descriptions. Applicants should also clearly outline their reasons for undertaking additional coursework in Russian and should describe the overall relationship between language study, their current curriculum, and their future professional goals.
The budget statement should detail the program’s cost in U.S. dollars (USD) along with any additional expenses necessary for completing the program. Include the sources used to determine all costs and any exchange rates used in calculation.
The letter of recommendation should be from a faculty member in the Department of Russian Language & Literature at Notre Dame who is familiar with the student’s academic performance. Ideally he/she also would be familiar with the proposed program.
Complete applications, including all letters of recommendation, should be submitted to the Common Application Form no later than 11:59pm on the deadline day. Letters of recommendation may be submitted to the Student Coordinator of the Nanovic Institute directly, if desired.
Failure to submit all required materials promptly may result in the application being excluded from consideration. Complete applications will be jointly considered by the institute’s associate director and faculty from the Department of Russian Language & Literature. Decisions will be announced in writing within four weeks of the submission deadline. Please note that application materials will not be returned.
Terms & Conditions: The Pushkin Grant recipient is required to obtain the proper permission for international travel from the Office of International Studies prior to payment of awarded funds. The grant recipient is also required to submit a complete Health Questionnaire and to attend all required orientations. Once awarded, the funding must be used to complete the language study as proposed in the application (to the best of the recipient’s ability). Programs must be completed by the beginning of the next academic year.
The Pushkin Grant is intended to cover the entire cost of a language-study program, and therefore the grant’s recipient may not accept additional funding from any other sources, whether on-campus or off-campus. The recipient must return any paid funds if he/she cancels the scheduled participation and must repay any nonrefundable expenses incurred by the Nanovic Institute (i.e. airfare directly paid) if cancellation is not due to illness or another justifying circumstance.
After completing the proposed language study, the Pushkin Grant recipient must provide the Nanovic Institute with a 500-1000 word report about the experience, as well as at least one digital photograph of herself/himself on location. The report and photograph must be emailed to the Student Coordinator of the Nanovic Institute by the deadline communicated at the time of award. Unless permission is expressly denied, the Nanovic Institute will share this report and photograph with its supporters.