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Student-Initiated Projects

Under this program, U-M students may design and pursue short-term (approximately 1 week) experiential learning projects focusing on cultural, economic, social, and political issues of importance to the U.S.-Russia relationship. 

The Ford School and CREES are looking for a range of creative (but feasible) proposals that focus on practical professional development related to Russia and the broader region. Examples include:

  • Volunteering with organizations focused on Russian/Eastern European/Central Asian cultural exchange with the U.S.;
  • Participating in domestic or international training sessions for future American diplomats, businesspeople or economists working on Russia and the surrounding region;
  • Participating in international affairs/policy simulations related to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO);
  • Curating an art exhibit related to the region.

Proposed activities for this first round of funding must take place between August and September 2020. You may apply as an individual or a group of up to four students. 

  • Awards for projects that include approved domestic travel will range from $1,500 (for 1 student) to $6,000 (several students).
  • For projects conducted remotely, awards will range from $750 (for 1 student) to $3,000 (several students).
  • At this time, international travel is not permitted.

Please note: this funding opportunity is open to returning undergraduate and graduate students at the Ford School and CREES. Awards may not be used to fund internship opportunities. 

For full details on how to apply, please see our brochure. CREES and the Ford School will only accept applications via M-Compass: APPLY NOW

To discuss ideas for projects or if you have any additional questions, please contact:

Deadline: Proposals for projects taking place between August and September 2020 are due by Monday, June 8, 2020 (at 11:59pm).