CFA: Open Research Laboratory at Illinois

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) and the Slavic Reference Service (SRS) at the University of Illinois are currently accepting applications to the Open Research Laboratory (ORL) program. This year’s ORL will take place January 16 – May 1, 2024.  

The ORL is a small, highly competitive program focused on providing support to researchers working on projects with upcoming deadlines that are best completed in the spring. Those with more flexible timelines are encouraged to apply to the Summer Research Lab (SRL), which supports a larger cohort of researchers over the summer. 

The ORL provides research support for graduate and post-graduate level research on Central and East Europe and the Independent States of the former Soviet Union, and provides support for both in-person and virtual associateships. 

ORL support includes:  Reference assistance from SRS for general and specialized queries throughout the spring and beyond;  Access to our Library’s digital and database collections for an extended period;   Use of the Library’s technological resources, including a free of charge duplication service for University of Illinois Library materials, limited to 20 pages per request and subject to copyright restrictions;   Invitations to participate in virtual scholarly programming (lectures, workshops, etc.);   The help of REEEC staff in answering logistical questions related to your visit.   Associates may apply for personalized bibliographic sessions with SRS.  

Funding:  US citizens are eligible for Title VIII funding as either an in-person or a virtual associate.   An in-person associate is eligible for a $1250 research stipend in support of their work, a housing grant of up to 5 nights of on-campus housing at the shared rate, and a travel grant of up to $850 of round-trip transportation costs to and from Urbana-Champaign. A virtual associate is eligible for a research stipend of $625 in support of their work.  

Priority Application Deadline: November 26, 2023
REEEC will continue to accept applications after the priority deadline, but these applications will be at a lower priority for funding. 

For more information and to apply, please visit: