Institute on Russia's Award for Excellence in Russian Studies

The USF Institute on Russia has a principal goal of enhancing students' knowledge about Russia. That is why the Institute involves students in all of its activities and events and encourages them to take a broad range of courses related to Russia.

To that end the Institute has created a special award of $500 for a student who has an outstanding record in those courses together with significant engagement with things Russian. The USF Institute on Russia offers multiple awatds annually.

Here are the guidelines for the award:

  • At least 3 semesters of Russian Language or the equivalent
  • 4 courses at the 3000 or 4000 level related to Russia and/or Eastern Europe in either History, SIGS, or World Languages
  • 3.5 GPA or better in all courses
  • 1 paragraph on what you learned in your courses related to Russia plus one paragraph on what you will do with the money and/or future plans.

Graduate students will be considered for a separate award. Those applying should demonstrate commitment to Russian studies through relevant coursework and activities.

Contact Information:

To apply, email the above materials in one document to Victor Peppard at

Deadline to apply: 

May 31, 2021