A Call Out to All Social Studies Teachers

I know it is short notice, but the following information was sent to me by Karla Halcomb about a week ago.  I apologize for the lateness in getting it posted!


American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS is pleased to announce a new fellowship opportunity for elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers of social studies, history, and language arts for summer study in Moscow, Russia. With funding that has just been awarded from the US Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays), American Councils has fellowships of $4,000-$5,000 available for school teachers of all levels to support their participation in the summer 2007 Contemporary Russia program.


A five-week program focusing on area studies, Contemporary Russia offers courses about Russian economics, politics, and culture; all content-based classes will be taught in English by faculty of the Moscow School of Higher Economics, one of Russia’s most prestigious centers for the study of social sciences. Program participants will also receive six hours per week of Russian language instruction at the appropriate level.  (We will be able to accommodate participants of all proficiency levels, including those who have never studied Russian before.)


A full-time U.S. resident director will oversee the program, and serve as a liaison between university faculty, administrators, host families and participants. The program fee of $6,000 includes round-trip international travel from Washington, DC to Moscow; room and board two meals per day on the weekday and three meals per day on the weekends); tuition; weekly cultural excursions; Russian peer tutors; ten graduate semester-hours of academic credit thro ugh Bryn Mawr College; pre-departure orientation in Washington, DC.; international health insurance; and Russian visas.


Area-studies courses conducted in English:


Russian Politics Today: domestic and foreign policy, major political parties and actors, the war in Chechnya, Russia’s relations with the West.


Russian Economics in Transition: the transition from communism to the current economy, problems of corruption and organized crime.


Russian Contemporary Culture: pop culture and mass media, Russia ‘s cultural and social mores, historical background.


Program dates: June 26 – July 30, 2007, beginning with the pre-departure orientation in Washington, DC. Eligible applicants must have a passport (valid at least through the end of 2008) at the time of application.

Application Deadline: April 25, 2007.  An application can be downloaded from website below:


Outbound Programs

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS

1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 700

Washington, DC  20036

Telephone: (202) 833-7522

Email: outbound@americancouncils.org

Website: www.acrussiaabroad.org


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  1. Karla Halcomb- Star Member - TN Leadership Council said:

    If anyone is accepted to this program, please contact me through the LC. I have a very close friend in Russia – Moscow who would be a super guide. She has an education degree but works with Ernst-Young as a Senior Assistant. Good Luck! I wish I could go but finances are tight with lots of improvement on the slate this year.

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