Slavic and Eurasian Studies

McWilliams Scholarship for Russian Studies

Funded by the McWilliams Excellence Endowment Fund for Russian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.

Application deadline: March 1

The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies is offering competitive scholarships ranging from $500-1,500 to be used for the study of Russian language and culture, professional development or research related to Russia or the former Soviet Union in any field. Travel may take place during summer or the academic year.  These funds must be used to cover travel, housing, tuition or other related costs while abroad, or for domestic travel relevant to Russia or the former Soviet Union. Funds may be used for:

  • Studying Russian language abroad (summer programs must be at least 5 weeks) 
  • Conducting research in Russia/the former Soviet Union (with an explanation of your research project, objectives, sources, etc)
  • Professional development activities (internship, presenting at a conference, job interview, etc)

Eligibility requirements:

  • undergraduate or graduate status in any discipline at UT-Austin and in good academic standing;
  • may NOT be combined with other significant grant/scholarship funds (ie. can not also be a FLAS or Fulbright-Hays grant recipient);
  • must agree to write a short article to be published in area newsletters and online describing their experience in Russia/former Soviet Union;
  • must attend the CREEES Awards Ceremony in early May to accept the award.

Application materials:

  1. The application form available for download HERE.
  2. A one-page essay (500 words or less) which should have your full name, EID and "McWilliams Scholarship Essay" at the top of the page. The essay should outline your objectives for studying Russian, professional development or research in country, and how your travel will further your academic and/or career goals.
  3. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member or supervisor that speaks to your interest in Russia/the former Soviet Union and/or your language proficiency. Recommendation writers should submit letters directly to with "McWilliams Scholarship Letter for Applicant Name" in the subject line.

Save your application files as a PDF and name them "LastName-Application.pdf" and "LastName-Essay.pdf", then upload the application files using the UTBox widget below.


All application materials must be received by the application deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered!

For more information, contact Agnes Sekowski (BUR 440),, (512) 232-9123