The 2018 Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia (SRL) will open on June 11 and continue through August 3rd. During this time, we encourage researchers to visit Urbana-Champaign, enjoy convenient housing on the Illinois campus, and use the unparalleled research collections and databases offered by our University Library. The skilled librarians of our Slavic Reference Service will be available for consultations, to make sure that you not only find everything Illinois has to offer, but also identify the most important sources elsewhere. Thus, whether you are beginning a new project or finishing an old one, a visit to the SRL provides a great opportunity to get important work done.
Established over four decades ago, the SRL has from its inception sought to make first-class research resources available to the broadest possible community of scholars. Our top-five research Library holds one of North America’s largest collections of contemporary and historical materials on the REEES region, in a broad range of languages and formats. For generations, scholars preparing for fieldwork have found a visit to SRL an invaluable way to exhaust US-based resources so as to make more efficient plans for their visits to libraries and archives abroad. In addition, each year we host a range of discussion groups, conferences, and training workshops during the first month of our Lab. These allow Lab participants to learn more about ongoing research in a variety of disciplines and create networks for their own professional development.
A pleasant college town in East Central Illinois, Urbana-Champaign offers a peaceful work environment for the summer. Its amenities include numerous restaurants, cafes, and breweries, a vibrant weekly farmer’s market, and excellent recreational facilities on campus. Bicyclers love to ride in the surrounding countryside, while hikers and kayakers have access to Kickapoo State Park, a riverine landscape that is about a 45 minute drive away. Chicago, one of the world’s great cities, is a little over two hours away by car, with daily trains and buses making the connection as well.
The deadline for funding as passed. However, applications are still being accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, please see https://reeec.illinois.edu/programming-and-events/summer-research-laboratory/srl-application/
For more information, please see https://reeec.illinois.edu/programming-and-events/summer-research-laboratory/