Graduate Student Essay Competition 2021-2022

The blog of the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia is pleased to announce our third annual Graduate Student Essay Competition. Enter for a chance to get published on the blog and win cash prizes.

We invite 750-1200 word submissions from full- or part-time M.A. and Ph.D. students from any accredited academic institution in the United States, on any topic and sub-discipline within Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, broadly defined.

Cultural criticism; public-facing treatments of scholarly work; political analysis; book, film, or event reviews; and more are welcome.

All submissions must be in English and observe the blog’s submission guidelines and full competition rules.

Essays are due no later than Monday, 18 April 2022 at 11:59 PM EST, and must be submitted via this Google form.

Seven winners will be selected based on the originality, clarity, and argumentation of their essays, as well as general fit with the blog’s tone and interests as reflected in the submission guidelines linked above. This year, we will select three Grand Prize winners representing the disciplines of history, cultural studies, and the social sciences, each of whom will receive a $500 prize. Four additional Judges’ Choice submissions will receive $200 each. All winners will have their essays published in the Jordan Center Blog.

Competition results will be announced by Summer 2022.

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Please note that for legal and administrative reasons relating to differences in international contest rules, we are unfortunately unable to provide monetary awards to those located outside the US. Regrettably, we must therefore restrict competition for monetary prizes to graduate students currently located within the US. Those outside the US, including US citizens and visa holders, are ineligible for this year’s contest. We are hoping the situation will change in the future; in the meantime, we welcome submissions from anyone interested in being published on the blog, regardless of citizenship, national origin, or location. As always, thank you for your interest in the Jordan Center Blog!