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Request for Proposals: The Eurasian Migration System – A Sponsored Summer Workshop for Researchers

Posted: 3/13/2018 (Conference)

Request for Proposals

The Eurasian Migration System is one of the most active global migration networks, including registered and unregistered labor migrants, recognized and unrecognized displaced populations, and victims of trafficking. On June 11-15, 2018, the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be hosting a Sponsored Summer Workshop for Researchers interested in the many questions surrounding this region in motion. We encourage early career and experienced scholars to apply to join us for this Workshop, made possible by funding from the Department of State’s Program for the Study of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII).

At the workshop, researchers will have an opportunity to share work in progress, build networks, pinpoint potential partners for collaboration in the region, and gain knowledge of available data (state statistics and surveys) and legislation on migration related issues. Ethical and reporting issues related to migration research, generally and in Eurasia specifically, will serve as a core topical focus.

The Workshop will open with two days of collective discussion, led by Professor Cynthia Buckley (Department of Sociology, University of Illinois) and featuring noted consultants from the US and region. Participants will also have the opportunity to join hands-on instructional sessions using the latest digital applications and databases for the study of migration in Eurasia. Alongside this collective work, researchers will also receive housing for a stay of up to ten additional days, allowing for extensive independent research time with Illinois’s rich collection of library and electronic resources. The staff of Illinois’s famous Slavic Reference Service will also be available to provide bibliographical and reference support.

To offset the costs of attending our workshop, participants will receive:

  • Stipends for travel to Illinois
  • Grants for dormitory housing on the Illinois campus, for up to 12 days
  • Generous research stipends of up to $1000

Application Procedures

All applicants must be U.S. citizens. To apply for the workshop, please contact Prof. Cynthia Buckley ( to express your interest. Then please use the 2018 SRL Application and check the box “The Eurasian Migration System: A Sponsored Workshop for Researchers” on the application form. You will not need to pay a registration fee.

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Location: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign