The decision-making body of the University Network for Russian and Eastern European Studies (ExpREES) is the Executive Board, which has representatives from all twelve universities of the network as well as an ExpREES student representative. In the spring, the Executive Board makes the decision on the funding of the courses for the coming academic year. The decision is based on the course proposals received from teachers of the university network as well as the wishes of our students. In our curriculum there are approximately 70 ExpREES courses offered annually around Finland (and/or online). ExpREES funds approximately 25 of them. Another important decision concerns the selection of new ExpREES students later in the spring.
The day-to-day administration and decision-making of the courses is the responsibility of the the Head of ExpREES (University lecturer in Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Aleksanteri Institute) and ExpREES Coordinator.
An important part of ExpREES activities are the ExpREES Ambassadors, who act as ambassadors for ExpREES in their respective universities and provide valuable student feedback which can be used in the development of ExpREES.
REES network/ExpREES has an executive board which represents the 12 universities of the network and a student representative.
Jalmari Sarla firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of the Institute Markku Kangaspuro, Chair of the Executive Board
University Lecturer in Russian and Eurasian Studies, Head of ExpREES, Sirke Mäkinen, Referendary of the Executive Board
ExpREES Coordinator Hanna Peltonen, Secretary of the Executive Board
It is important that ExpREES is visible and accessible at all its member universities. For this purpose, since 2007 we have invited students to take part in the marketing and development of the ExpREES. ExpREES ambassadors make up an important part of ExpREES activities. ExpREES ambassadors
ExpREES ambassadors 2023-2024:
ExpREES ambassador is a position of trust. It comes with some opportunities and responsibilities - and a lot of fun! It provides an opportunity to learn about how ExpREES looks like from the side of administration/management and to get experience in nationwide network cooperation. You may also mention it as a merit in your CV!
At the end of the spring semester many of ExpREES ambassadors graduate, which means that the list above is not necessarily up-to-date. New student ambassadors are usually recruited in the ExpREES summer school in August, but you can also contact our coordinator directly, if you are interested in working as an ExpREES ambassador.
- The next call, for the academic year 2024-2025, will be launched in January 2024-
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - EXPREES COURSE FUNDING 2023–2024
The Programme in Expertise in Russian and Eastern European Studies (ExpREES) offers Master’s level courses in different fields of Humanities and Social Sciences with the focus on Eurasia and Eastern Europe. The courses are given in the universities of the REES network. We hereby open the call for applications for
course funding in the academic year 2023–2024. You may apply for funding for a course which is part of the curriculum of a degree programme in any of the REES network universities. Funding will be allocated to the given degree programme, not to the teacher responsible for the course. In order to apply for funding for your course proposal, please fill in the e- form at https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/119938/lomakkeet.html and submit it by 14 February 2023, at the latest.
In the academic year 2023–2024, the REES network may fund courses tailor-made for the purposes of the ExpREES with up to 50,000 euros in total. Funding may also be allocated to teaching fees of summer schools organized in English.
Target group and form and content of teaching
The ExpREES enrolls students from all 12 member universities of the REES network. In order to facilitate the participation in the courses funded by the ExpREES for as many ExpREES students as possible, we will give preference in the allocation of funding to courses that provide an opportunity for distance learning (hybrid or online). In the application form we would ask you to specify how the course may be taken by using the distance learning option.
We encourage to organise courses with a multi-disciplinary approach as well as courses organized around one theme but addressing different regions/countries of Eurasia or Eastern Europe. In particular, we encourage applicants to propose courses that focus on Ukraine, Central Asia, South Caucasus or Eastern Central Europe or South-Western Europe, in addition to Russia. A comparative approach is also welcome. We encourage cooperation in course planning between different universities of the network. Universities may apply for funding for courses which have been planned in cooperation and will be offered in the teaching programmes of the given universities. A university will act as a coordinator and apply for funding for the co-hosted course.
The courses to be funded should fulfill the following criteria
• The course must be offered free of charge and it should be part of the curriculum and teaching programme 2023-2024 of a degree programme of any one (or more) member university of the REES network. Funding will be allocated to a degree programme/department/faculty hosting the course, not to a teacher responsible for the course. If the host university takes part in the funding of the course, this will be regarded as an advantage when making decisions on the allocation of the ExpREES funding.
The extent and level of the course
A joint application by the university – please contact a member of the REES board
When planning to apply for ExpREES course funding, we would recommend to contact a member or deputy member of the Board of the REES network at your university, please see https://www.helsinki.fi/en/aleksanteri-institute/education/master-level/exprees/exprees-decision-making#section-84187. The course funding proposals of one university may be gathered together and submitted as a joint funding application. From the members of Board you may learn about a potential joint
application of the given university. When gathering and submitting a joint application, you will avoid proposing overlapping topics. In addition, discussing the topics among the researchers specializing in REES may also support the research interests of each host university.
The sum applied for the courses of the joint application may be defined as a total sum in the e-form. However, the applicant must differentiate the costs of each course in an attachment (regarding the differentiation, please see the budget section in the e-form). If you submit a joint application, please tick the correct box in the appropriate section of the e-form. Individual and joint applications will be processed on equal criteria.
Please note before submitting the course proposal and after receiving a positive funding decision
Announcing the decision
The funding decision will be made by the Board of the REES network. The applicants will receive the funding decision by 21 March 2023.
Universities of the Finnish REES network