PhD students and young scholars from all over the world are provided with a unique opportunity to conduct research and individual study at EUSP which serves as a hub to many institutions and organizations in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Russian regions, and beyond. Research affiliates will get full access to the EUSP library, computer classes, and other premises, as well as have a research supervisor appointed when necessary. 


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From 5 to 8 weeks

From 9 to 12 weeks

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A longer stay is also possible. Please contact us at for details.


How to apply:

1. Fill in our online Application form

2. Attach (1) your CV, (2) letter of intent, (3) copy of your passport and (4) copy of your diploma 


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Financial support

You can apply for financial aid from the foundations recommended for IMARES and ENERPO  programs.

The following organizations also provide internships and grants for young scholars:

CEELBAS (Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies)

NCEEER (National Council for Eurasian and East European Research)National Council for Eurasian and East European Research)

Researchers from Finland may get a travel grant from the Academy of Finland.



Our Research Affiliates

 Iuliia Gataulina

Iuliia Gataulina is a doctoral student at Tampere University, Finland. At the moment, she works as part of the research project “Assembling Postcapitalist International Political Economy” hosted by the Politics department at Tampere University. The main research task of the thesis is to critically examine whether and how “neoliberalization” reshapes the contemporary Russian field of higher education. However, neoliberalization is a contested concept. The interest lies in, firstly, problematizing claims about neoliberalization of higher education in the context of postsocialist realities, authoritarian political system and state control. Secondly, the research pays attention to territorial differentiation within the Russian Federation, i.e. to differences in these dynamics between what might be referred to as the “center” and “periphery”. During the research visit, Iuliia participated in the discussions with researchers and students who work with the actor-network theory, which ontological underpinnings are similar to the assemblage theory that are implied in the PhD research. Moreover, the visit provided with an opportunity to collect additional ethnographic data in order to analyse the workings of Russian university governance from the angle of a non-state research university.


 Anna Diem

Anna Diem is a PhD candidate in History at the Graduate Institute Geneva. Her research looks at debates about progress from the fin-de-siècle into the interwar period. At the centre of her investigation is an international collective committed to the study and organization of global progress which published a wealth of periodicals and scientific studies and did political advocacy work. It connected various reform movements, fostering intellectual exchange across continents, and documenting progressive developments in different parts of the world. The collective’s chapter in pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg is a particularly interesting case. It brought together prominent personalities from the social, scientific, political, and cultural spheres, representing a wide spectrum of leftist inclinations.


 Kaisla Kaheinen

Kaisla Kaheinen is a PHD candidate at the University of Helsinki, where she graduated with her Master’s degree in Finno-Ugric linguistics in 2020. She specializes in Samoyed languages, spoken along the Yenisei river in Western Siberia and on the Arctic Coast. Her dissertation aims at a complete survey of Nganasan substrate lexicon, as well as determining the taxonomic position of Nganasan within the Samoyed branch. As a visiting research affiliate at EUSP she studied a collection of Nganasan vocabulary cards, gathered in the beginning of 20th century by ethnographer A. A. Popov and archived at the museum of anthropology and ethnography Kunstkamera in St. Petersburg.


 Karolina Sikora

Karolina Sikora holds a Master of Laws from the University of Wroclaw, Poland. Currently, she works as a researcher at the Arctic Centre, Finland, and conducts PhD studies at the Faculty of Law, University of Lapland. In her doctoral research, Karolina is looking at the right to the cultural heritage of the Russian ethnic minorities. She is combining an analysis of international law with an anthropological approach involving fieldwork research. During her research stay at EUSP, Karolina conducted fieldwork research in the Izhmesky district of the Komi Republic. The fieldwork included semi-structured interviews and participant observation. 


 Mehmet Akgul

Mehmet Akgul earned his Master’s degree in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Now he is a PhD candidate in History, at the University of Nottingham. While affiliated to EUSP, he is conducting researches in the libraries and archives in Saint-Petersburg and Moscow. His PhD project focuses on cross-imperial and inter-ethnic activities of the Armenian revolutionaries through the Russian-Ottoman borderlands in late 19th Century. It seeks to analyze the Russian Imperial authorities’ practices and responses to the activities of Armenian revolutionary parties as well as their motives and effectiveness.


 Yuan Gao

Yuan Gao is a visiting research affiliate at the European University at St. Petersburg. After graduating from Fudan University, Shanghai, China with a BA in Russian language and literature, she worked as a journalist reporting on Russian affairs and earned her first Master's degree in Journalism in Moscow. Subsequently, she joined Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan and gained an MA in Eurasian studies. While affiliated to EUSP, she conducts researches in the libraries and archives in Saint-Petersburg and applies to the graduate schools for her future study. Her research interest includes the Russian and the Qing Empires' rule in Central Asia, non-Russian subjects within the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, and the impact of the Silk Road on the material culture of the Eurasian region.


 Kamprad Alexander

Alexander Kamprad is a visiting research affiliate at the European University at St. Petersburg and a PhD candidate in Criminology at the Catholic University of Milan. He previously gained a Masters in International Criminology from the University of Hamburg. His PhD project focuses on patterns of organized violence, especially organized criminal and terrorist violence, and how they influence general levels of crime under conditions of limited statehood. The research covers periods of violence at different times in different countries and is empirically based on data-gathering methods from computational social sciences.



Natasha Wilson is a visiting research affiliate at the European University of St Petersburg and a PhD candidate at School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. She completed her Masters in History at Central European University, Budapest. Her PhD project focuses on the Young Socialists, an underground circle which formed at Moscow State University in the early-1970s whose members later became politically active in the democratic socialist informal movements of Perestroika. Her research seeks to reconstruct the development of socialist dissent within the universities and research institutions of late socialism and to examine the contribution of the Young Socialists' circle to the outcome of Perestroika.



Grégoire Hervouet-Zeiber is a visiting research affiliate at the European University at St. Petersburg and a PhD candidate in anthropology at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Before joining JHU, Grégoire earned a Masters in Sociology from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Political Science from the University of Quebec in Montreal. His doctoral project focuses on the way psychological trauma has emerged within clinical practice and psychiatric thought in Russia and taken life among different actors: state institutions, advocacy groups for veterans, patients, and psychiatric researchers. His research draws on various fields: medical sociology, anthropology, and the history of psychiatry and medicine.


 Katja Ruutu

Dr. Katja Ruutu is a visiting research affiliate at the European University at St. Petersburg and a research affiliate at the Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki. She gained a doctorate in political science at the University of Helsinki in 2006. Her doctoral dissertation, Constitutional Politics in Russia: a Conceptual History Study of Constitutional Rhetoric in the 20th Century, was published by Kikimora publications. She acted as a Senior Associate Member of the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre of St Antony's College in 2007-2008. Her recent research addresses the vocabulary transfers and temporal key conceptual changes in the concepts of the Russian state, society, and nation.