Deadline Reminder: American Councils and ACTR Summer Russian Language Teacher Professional Development Program and Fellowship

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This is a friendly deadline reminder for the 2023 Summer Russian Language Teacher Professional Development Program and Fellowship Opportunity at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU) in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Applications are due March 1, 2023 for this program, which is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are or intend to become teachers of Russian language. Please note that this fully-funded opportunity is also open to graduate students pursuing careers in Russian language pedagogy.

Fifteen (15) U. S. teachers will be accepted and funded for participation in the 2023 program, which will consist of small group work, individual tutorials, and seminars based on a curriculum which emphasizes four-skill communication in contemporary Russian, clarity and confidence of teacher self-expression, advanced grammar in context, and an expanded understanding of the diverse peoples and cultures that make up the Russian-speaking world today. 

The ACTR Board has recommended a priority in 2023 for in-service K-12 teachers and university-level instructors or teaching fellows holding a teaching appointment for AY 2023-24. Applications from teachers serving historically under-represented US populations are particularly encouraged.   

Participants will reside with local, Russian-speaking professional families and participate in cultural activities and excursions. American Councils shares academic leadership of the program with KazNU; on-site organizational and emergency support includes a full-time US resident director and dedicated local staff for the duration of the program. 

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive academic credit from Bryn Mawr College. More detailed information about the program can be found at:  

Please submit your applications here by March 1, 2023 and do not hesitate to contact us at with any questions.