Russia-related Student Organizations

Russian Cultural Club The Russian Cultural Club is Yale’s official undergraduate cultural organization for Russian-speaking international students, immigrant and heritage Russian-speakers, and students of Russian and Eastern European cultures alike. In addition to organizing weekly Eastern European dinners in Pierson College, the club coordinates with the Slavic Department, the Russian Studies Project, and other undergraduate and graduate student organizations to organize culture celebrations, screen films, invite guest speakers, and create a space on campus for discussion and the celebration of cultural traditions shared by Russian-speakers. Please contact Russian Cultural Club president David Kurkovskiy (david DOT kurkovskiy AT yale DOT edu) to be placed on the ungraduate mailing list or to suggest any potential ideas or partnerships.

YANIS  YANIS is a Yale graduate and professional school student-led organization that serves the Yale-affiliated Russian-speaking community at large. YANIS works together with the undergraduate Russian Culture Club to put on a semesterly picnic in East Rock Park. In addition, YANIS maintains a pan-list open to all Yale affiliates advertising events primarily for Russian speakers. The current president of YANIS is Ben Rudstein and the official YANIS Facebook page can be found here:

Yale Russian Chorus  The Yale Russian Chorus (YRC) is a tenor-bass a cappella choral ensemble specializing in sacred and secular Slavic choral music. Chorus members are Yale University students from a variety of academic disciplines. Founded in 1953 by Denis Mickiewicz, a Yale student at the time, the YRC is recognized as one of the world’s premier performance ensembles of Slavic music today. More information about the YRC can be found on their website:

Grants and Programs for Russian Studies

In addition to fellowships offered by the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies and other departments here at Yale (, various national and international programs offer undergraduate and graduate student support for Russia-related travel, research, and study. These include FLAS funding, the Fox Fellowship, and numerous summer fellowships for summer-time research or study.

Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum

The Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum (SURF) is dedicated to bringing students at leading Russian and American universities together for research in public policy, business, economics and many other disciplines. Each year twenty American and twenty Russian students are selected for the program, which begins with a fall conference in Moscow followed by eight months of work on collaborative research projects and a capstone conference in the spring at Stanford University. Currently in its seventh year, nearly 300 undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students from Russia and the U.S. have participated in the program. To learn more about SURF, visit their website at the following link:

Terra Scientia

Terra Scientia (Территория смыслов) is an annually-held summer event in the Vladimir Oblast’ of the Russian Federation, offering a number of themed international fora for students and professionals, held in both the Russian and English languages. International sessions last about a week, and center on different themes and professional categories, including but not limited to Information Technology, Interethnic Relations, NGO’s and Social Projects, and Media and Journalism. More information can be found on their site: For more information about student fora held in the Russian Federation, see the (Russian-language) site for the Russian Youth (Росмолодёжь) organization:

Gilman Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. For more information about Gilman opportunities in Russia and other countries, please see their website:

Critical Language Scholarship Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. For more information about the annually-held summer Russian language study programs hosted by CLS, please refer to their site: