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The University of Michigan’s Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES) is one of the nation’s foremost institutes for interdisciplinary research and training on this broad world area. We seek to build endowments that help support internships, faculty and student travel, visiting lecturers, and special courses on the region.

Gifts to CREES help to ensure the center’s ongoing excellence and guarantee that U-M students will have an opportunity to study the cultures, histories, languages, and peoples of Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus and contribute to scholarship on the region. Learn more about our regional strengths.

CREES Endowment Including Carl R. Proffer Initiative

The CREES Endowment was established in 1987 with a challenge grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The endowment supports faculty and student travel grants, visiting lecturers, conferences, special courses, and other regionally-specific projects, including the Carl R. Proffer Initiative. (Add “Proffer Initiative” to the Comment field to designate your gift for this initiative.)

Copernicus Endowment for Polish Studies

The Nicolaus Copernicus Endowment was established at the University of Michigan in 1973, and it supports the activities of the Copernicus Center for Polish Studies. The endowment provides support for Polish programming and fellowships for students. Income from the endowment supports the Annual Copernicus Lectures and other public programming dedicated to advancing a deeper understanding of Poland, its people, and its culture.

Czech Studies Fund

The Czech Studies Fund supports lectures, conferences, film screenings, and other activities featuring Czech culture and society. Funds may also be used to make student travel awards and support the teaching of courses on Czech culture and history. For more information on Czech studies at CREES, click here.

Southeast European Studies (SEES) Endowment Fund

The SEES Endowment Fund supports Southeast European studies at the University of Michigan. Gifts will support Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language instruction; programming initiatives such as lectures, conferences, symposia, and film series; student fellowships; and projects that ensure the continued advancement of a deeper understanding of the people, culture, and politics of the region. For more information about Southeast European Studies at the University of Michigan, click here

For more information on the various ways you can support CREES, please contact Marysia Ostafin at 734.647.2237 or