Crees Faculty Research & Outreach Grants

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies invites applications for a new program supporting faculty research and outreach related to Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. These awards are offered to help faculty continue their research and outreach activities even as international travel remains difficult due to the pandemic. Larger awards support student research assistants, enhancing faculty research and outreach efforts and providing a professional experience to CREES students.

Awards of up to $750 are available to support domestic travel for professional meetings and outreach related to Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. These funds can also be used toward domestic or international virtual conference or workshop participation.  


To apply: Send an abstract of no more than 250 words explaining the purpose of your travel or virtual meeting, the nature of your participation, and how the trip will enrich your professional goals as well as help promote Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies at KU. Include a budget detailing your anticipated costs, and indicate what other funding sources you have or will apply for. Please provide documentation or a weblink if you will be attending a conference, meeting, or other event.  


Awards of up to $2,500 are available to fund the hiring of KU graduate or undergraduate student hourlies to assist you with research related to Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. 


To apply: Submit an abstract of no more than 500 words explaining how the graduate or undergraduate student will enhance your research project, what they will learn from working on it, and how the project will advance your professional goals and promote Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies at KU. Grant funds must be given in the form of student salary; rates should be set at $10/hour for undergraduate students and $15/hour for graduate students. Include a timeline and budget for the proposed project, a 2-page version of your CV, and, if available, provide a short biographical statement about your proposed student assistant and their qualifications.  


Eligibility: All KU faculty members, lecturers, and post-doctoral instructors are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to CREES-affiliated faculty completing travel and/or research in summer or fall 2021. 


Deadline: Applications will be accepted and awarded on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. Completed applications must be submitted electronically to  


Terms of Awards: Travelers must adhere to KU travel policies and coordinate their travel plans with the university’s Shared Services Center. All recipients must submit a 250-word report explaining how the award helped advance their professional goals and promoted Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies at KU. Final reports are due one month after travel and/or research is completed. 


Questions? Please contact