Post-Secondary Curriculum Development



The University of Michigan Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES) invites applications from U.S.-based faculty at two- and four-year colleges and universities in the Midwest and at historically and predominantly black colleges and universities for grants to support curriculum development related to countries of the former Soviet Union and/or Eastern Europe, including projects on EU enlargement. These grants are supported by funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

Grant recipients may do library research, examine instructional materials, screen films, and consult with University of Michigan faculty. Program participants must identify a specific curriculum development project to be pursued during their visit in Ann Arbor. A final report on this project is due on November 1, 2014. These reports become part of CREES resource materials for the benefit of other instructors and should be in a form that is useful for teaching purposes (e.g., a detailed course syllabus, guide to problems and resources on a particular topic, or annotated bibliography).

Grants will cover travel to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; meals and lodging near campus for three to five nights; and a $150 allowance for books and photocopying. Awards must be used between May 20 and August 14, 2014.

Faculty members from two- and four-year colleges or universities in the Midwest and at historically and predominantly black colleges and universities are eligible to apply.

Application requirements:

  • A completed application form
  • A curriculum project development proposal, not to exceed 500 words, which includes: 
    • a description of the teaching materials to be developed, including expected content, goals, and objectives; 
    • a description of the form of the final report (e.g., course syllabus, annotated bibliography, etc.);
    • the estimated number of students to be impacted by the new teaching materials
  • Curriculum Vitae

Deadline: March 17, 2014

Awards will be announced by letter no later than May 1, 2014.

For further information, please contact or 734.764.0351.

Curriculum Materials

The following are among the syllabi, bibliographies, and other curriculum materials prepared by participants in CREES's Post-Secondary Curriculum Development Program. We are grateful to faculty awardees who have agreed to share their work.

Central Asia and the Caucasus

Eastern Europe



Human Rights




Post-Communist Topics


Russia and Eastern Europe

Soviet Union