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CEELBAS receives major AHRC funding award for new 'Centre for Doctoral Training'

16 October 2013

CEELBAS-AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training

We are delighted to announce that a CEELBAS consortium has been awarded a substantial grant from the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop one of seven new national 'Centres for Doctoral Training' (CDTs).

The CEELBAS CDT is a partnership of UCL, the University of Cambridge, the University of Manchester and the University of Oxford designed to pool the resources of four major universities and to promote outstanding postgraduate research and top quality training in Russian, Slavonic and East European languages and culture.

CEELBAS will be awarding a number of full Postgraduate Research Studentships each year, with the first cohort to start their research in October 2014. In addition, the Centre will run a specialist postgraduate training programme with the support of external partners that include the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the British Library, Pushkin House and openDemocracy. This will include support for internships, advanced language training and international research collaboration.

The vision of this exciting new project to is to create a national hub for advanced research and training in Russian, Slavonic and East European languages and culture. This will help to train a generation of scholars whose in-depth cultural and linguistic expertise will meet a major strategic need and enable the UK to respond to both European and global developments. The partnership is built on the success of the broader and still very much on-going multi-disciplinary collaboration of the ten universities which came together to form CEELBAS in 2006.

This award forms part of the AHRC's substantial commitment to investing in the next generation of arts and humanities researchers. Full details of the application schedule and guidelines for the first round of CEELBAS Postgraduate Research Studentships (for those wishing to commence research in October 2014) will be published on the CEELBAS website in the near future. For all enquiries, please e-mail ceelbas@ssees.ucl.ac.uk.