Carnegie Corporation of New York announced the recipients of three $1 million grants to strengthen the study of Russia at U.S. universities. Through a competitive process, a jury of independent experts selected the following institutions: Columbia University, Indiana University, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
The grants, announced at the September Board of Trustees meeting, follow a Carnegie Corporation-commissioned assessment by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) of the state of Russian studies at U.S. universities. The report, The State of Russian Studies in the United States, concluded that while in many respects Russia-related graduate training and research remain strong in the United States, the study of Russia at U.S. universities has atrophied in recent years because of neglect and reduced federal funding. The awarded grants aim to encourage the universities to build up Russia-relevant training, research, and outreach programs, and facilitate engagement with Russian academic communities and institutions.
The award will allow Harriman to build upon its existing collaborative programs and research projects, but will also help the institute promote Russia Studies among new faculty, students and departments across Columbia and the greater New York city academic community.
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