New Penn-EUSP Dual M.A. in Russian and East European Studies

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Dear Colleagues,

Below please find an announcement of a new Penn-EUSP Dual M.A. Program in Russian and East European Studies, which welcomes applications from students in various disciplines, including Medieval Studies. A number of fellowships are available on a competitive basis and the program begins in September 2021:

The University of Pennsylvania and the European University at St. Petersburg have opened admissions for a dual-degree M.A. program in Russian and East European Studies, which will welcome its first cohort of students this coming fall.

Students in the Penn-EUSP Dual-Degree M.A. in REES spend one year at Penn, followed by a summer and a year at EUSP, engage in archival or field research leading to a thesis, and undertake intensive language study. In distinction from many area studies programs, in our program each student will pursue a specified academic discipline of concentration represented among our faculty (anthropology, art history, demography, film studies, history, international business studies, international relations, Jewish studies, literary and cultural history, medieval studies, political science, sociology, etc.). At the program’s conclusion, students receive coordinated M.A. degrees from both Penn and EUSP. Graduates of the program will be well prepared to pursue either further study at the Ph.D. level or to go on to careers in government service, think tanks and business in the United States, their home countries or internationally.

Applications for this program are due on March 22. Note as well that fellowships will be available for a number of applicants on a competitive basis, thanks to a generous gift from Polymetal International, Plc. A seed grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York made the launch of this program at Penn possible.

You and your students can learn more about the Penn-EUSP Dual-Degree M.A. in REES at our websites: and  Any questions that arise can be directed to Prof. Kevin M. F. Platt at Penn ( and Dr. Gevorg Avetikyan at EUSP ( (Please include both in any correspondence).

Best regards,
Julia Verkholantsev
University of Pennsylvania