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The Michael J. Harum Memorial Award for Students of Slavic Languages

Church in the old town of Warszawa, Poland

The Michael J. Harum Memorial Award for Students of Slavic Languages was established with generous contributions from Michael's family, the Institute for European Studies (IES), and many others who loved and respected this extraordinary man.

The purpose of the award is to support Cornell undergraduates while they continue their language studies in Russia or another country where a Slavic language is spoken.

Preference for the Harum Award will be given to:

  • Students who enroll via Cornell Abroad in a semester-long study (fall or spring) at a credit-worthy institution in Russia or another Slavic-language country
  • Students who enroll independently a summer or winter program of similar quality
  • Students who engage in an independent research project in a country where a Slavic language is spoken (e.g. research towards a senior thesis or other major project)


  • 4-5 page project proposal (double-spaced)
  • Budget
  • Travel itinerary
  • Bibliography
  • 2 letters of recommendation*
  • If awarded fellowship, all students must register their trip with Cornell International Travel Registry
  • Cornell International Travel Registry system also incorporates the International Travel Advisory and Response Team (ITART) petition for travel to elevated-risk destinations. If your proposal includes travel to an elevated risk country, you are strongly encouraged to have a back-up plan for your project in the event that your ITART application is denied, or if the country to which you are travelling should become an elevated risk country subsequent to receiving your travel grant.

*The online application form requires applicants to provide names and email addresses of (2) faculty and/or staff recommenders. Once the application has been submitted, the online system automatically generates a notification email to the recommenders, letting them know a student application has been received that lists them as a recommender. From there, each recommender is instructed how to login and upload a recommendation letter.

Winners receive $1,500 in funding, distributed through their bursar account.

All programs must be approved by the Program Manager of IES, Pamela Hampton, and/or the Chair of the Russian Language Program.

General questions regarding study abroad should be addressed to Cornell Abroad at

Questions about Russian and other Slavic language courses should be addressed to the Russian Language Program

Applications open on December 1, 2019

Deadline to apply is March 6, 2020

Click here to apply

For additional information or advising, contact Pamela Hampton, Program Manager of IES.