The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) and the Slavic Reference Service (SRS) at the University of Illinois are happy to announce a new call for applications to the Open Research Laboratory (ORL) program. The ORL provides research support for graduate and post-graduate level research on Central and East Europe and the Independent States of the former Soviet Union. We will provide support forĀ both in-person and virtual associateships for scholars to conduct short-term research concerning all aspects of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. The ORL is funded in part by the US Department of State through its Title VIII Program, which aims to strengthen US expertise and policy-relevant knowledge about the REEES region.

Applicants must propose a viable research project, demonstrate a clear commitment to the field, and indicate how they will benefit from ORL participation and the resources of the SRS and University of Illinois Library collections. Researchers conducting policy-relevant research projects will be prioritized for Title VIII grant support.


  • Specialists including advanced graduate students, faculty, independent scholars, and professionals in government and non-governmental organizations as well as library science are encouraged to apply.
  • While international candidates may apply, only U.S. Citizens are eligible for funding.

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