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Summer Field Work in Siberia

posted Mar 7, 2012, 8:27 AM by Dr. Cynthia Annett

Funded Fieldwork Opportunities in Southern Siberia—Summer 2012

Application form is on our class website on this page

The American Geographical Society (AGS) of New York is pleased to announce the availability of eight fully funded fellowships for geographical and archaeological fieldwork in the Republic of Tyva (Tuva), southern Siberia, during June 2012. A major international research program is being undertaken by the Russian Geographical Society (RGS) in connection with construction of a railway between Tyva’s capitol city, Kyzyl, and the Kuragino transport node in Krasnoyarsk Territory. Tyva is a mountainous region of varied and beautiful landscapes and diverse cultures. RGS is funding many international fellowships, and they have generously set aside eight of them for candidates nominated by AGS.

At the request of RGS, AGS seeks eight undergraduate and graduate students affiliated with U.S. colleges and universities to participate in the program, which runs from June 1 through June 27, 2012. Faculty and other professionals through the age of 30 can also be accommodated. Participants should have professional interest in geography, history, archaeology, ecology, ethnography, material culture studies, or a related field. The Kyzyl-Kuragino Expedition is large, international, and ambitious, and will involve more than 100 participants from Russia, USA, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Romania, Latvia, Moldova, Belarus, and Kazakhstan.

Awards will be made on a competitive basis, and will include transportation between the United States, Moscow, and Kyzyl, as well as meals and other living expenses in the camp. All other participants will be responsible for the cost of transportation between their homes and Moscow, as stated in the documents cited below, but RGS has made a special accommodation with AGS to cover airfare to and from the United States for these eight fellowships only.

The work will be physically demanding, and participants will be required to provide evidence of good health.

Complete information about the Kyzyl-Kuragino Expeditions can be obtained at these web sites:

Interested parties should submit completed applications as soon as possible, but no later than March 13, 2012. Send completed applications to