UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


UCL Mellon Programme

The UCL Mellon Programme is a collaboration between UCL and the Andrew W Mellon Foundation of New York. The aims of the programme are:

  • To develop and disseminate interdisciplinary modes of research across the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and beyond
  • To provide a first-rate career start for recently qualified post-doctoral researchers.

New Horizons in Russia and Eastern Europe: A New Vision Through Language-Based Area Studies (2012-2018)

This six-year programme based at SSEES intends to promote understanding of fast-changing developments in the post-Soviet space, but also to work towards  a fundamental re-conceptualisation of Language-Based Area Studies in order to facilitate new modes of interdisciplinary and transnational research.

How it works

Each year, one new post-doctoral research fellow is appointed to the UCL Mellon programme for a two-year term, within one of the following themes:

  • Area Studies Old and New (2012 - 2014)
  • Communities, Globalisation and Cultural Exchange (2013 - 2015)
  • Reconfiguring Spatial and Temporal Configurations (2014 - 2016)
  • Internationalisation and the concept of the national (2015 - 2017)
  • Political Changes and Challenges (2016–2018)

The Mellon Fellows

  • Dr Lora Koycheva - Area Studies Old and New (September 2012 - August 2014)
  • Dr Joanna Szostek - Communities, Globalisation and Cultural Exchange (September 2013 - August 2015)
  • Dr Michal Murawski - Reconfiguring Spatial and Temporal Configurations (September 2014-2016)
  • Dr Ivan Rajković - Internationalisation and the Concept of the National (September 2015-August 2017)
  • Dr Rory Archer -Political Changes and Challenges (September 2016-August 2018)

Background, Past Activities & Fellows

The UCL Mellon Programme was the brainchild of Professor Michael Worton – former UCL Vice-Provost (Academic & International) - and has been running since 2001.