The Pushkin Grant (Russian)


The Pushkin Grant for Advanced Language Training in Russian, 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.


February 22, 2019 for the 2018-19 academic year.

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.


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.

How to Apply

Please familiarize yourself with our full guidelines listed below before logging into the application.  You will not be able to save and return to your application.

The Nanovic Institute is now using Formsite for all undergraduate grant applications.  

Applications are now closed for the 2017-18 academic year.

Please contact Chris Stump, Student Coordinator, at for questions or issues.

Application Guidelines

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 completed application consists of the following distinct parts:

Student Portion (due by 11:59 p.m. on the deadline day)

• a two- to three-page program description (11 point sans serif font, 1.5 line spacing, no kerning, one-inch margins)
• a detailed budget statement using the Nanovic Budget Template
• a current curriculum vitae or résumé

Faculty Portion (due no later than two days past the grant deadline day)
• 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 must use the Nanovic Budget Template  and detail the program’s cost in US 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. Grant funds may not be used to purchase materials or toward payment on a rental car. Budgets must also list other funding obtained, or being sought. Upon return, students who are awarded funding will be expected to produce scans of all lodging and flight receipts as part of the reporting process. Students are encouraged to meet with the student coordinator to receive important feedback on the budget prior to submission.

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 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 Notre Dame International 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. Nanovic-sponsored travel may not interfere with class attendance or completion of final exams as scheduled.

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 documented illness or another justifying circumstance.

After completing the proposed language study, the Pushkin Grant recipient must provide the Nanovic Institute with reporting materials according to guidelines supplied in the grant packet.