Graduate Study

Graduate Program in Slavic Studies at UIC

Currently Accepting Applications for the M.A. and Ph.D. Programs,
Fall Term 2019

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Slavic & Baltic Languages & Literatures is currently accepting applications for graduate studies toward a Ph.D. or M.A.  in the fields of Polish and Russian literature and culture. Currently in a period of dynamic growth and expansion, UIC’s Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages & Literatures offers entering graduate students an excellent environment in which to pursue innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship within the field of Slavic studies.  Course offerings by faculty specializing in the fields of Polish, Russian, Lithuanian and Jewish literatures and cultures approach literature and the arts above all as spaces of encounter –– highlighting the productive interaction among diverse cultural and linguistic traditions that characterizes the region.

A generous contribution of the Stefan & Lucy Hejna Fund in 2009 solidified the University’s commitment to developing the field of Polish Studies, with the creation of two permanent named chairs –  in Polish Language & Literature and in the History of Poland.  With the creation of The Edward and Marianna Thaden Chair in Russian and East European Intellectual History, the Slavic studies community also welcomed an additional member in the Fall of 2013.

Department faculty specialize in Modernist and Contemporary Literatures and their Cultural Contexts, Verbal and Visual Avant-gardes, Twentieth-century Philosophical Approaches to Literature, and Jewish Literature and Culture of Eastern Europe.  Supporting developing post-national perspectives, we encourage scholarship that seeks to expand and transform the premises of Slavic studies, as well as the theoretical approaches used to treat cultural production of the region, in literature, film, performance, and the arts.

The PhD and M.A. programs in Polish and Russian also benefit from the University of Illinois’ strong commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship. The Department promotes approaches to the study of Slavic and East European cultures that explore the productive interaction between disparate or conflicting discourses:  literature and science; literature and philosophy; literature and the visual arts; national, post-national and post-colonial perspectives; gender studies, film studies, and  translation studies.  Students earning a graduate degree in Russian or Polish literature may complement their courses by enrolling in an Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies, Central and Eastern European Studies, or Violence Studies.

The financial resources made available by the creation of the Stefan & Lucy Hejna Fund in Polish Language and Literature at UIC ensure graduate students access to support for doctoral research and travel; and provide an exceptional opportunity for vibrant and ongoing exchange with leading scholars in the field of Polish Studies and Central and East European Studies, through the organization at UIC of two international conferences annually, and of events highlighting developments in contemporary Polish culture and scholarship.

Financial support is available on a competitive basis to applicants to the Ph.D. program.  To be considered for teaching scholarships, applications must be received by March, 2019. For admissions and application requirements please visit:

Required Application materials include:

  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement (500 words minimum, in English). The statement should summarize the applicant’s long-term research and professional goals
  • Academic Writing Sample (10-page minimum)
  • GRE Scores (recommended), TOEFL or IELTS scores (if applicable)

Please feel free to contact the Department directly with any additional questions.  Email inquiries should be directed to: Department Head, Prof. Michal Pawel Markowski, at:

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