Visiting researcher

Press release — 13 June 2013


CEURUS starts new cooperation to support researchers from Belarus

In the framework of a recently concluded cooperation agreement with the Vilnius-based Eastern European Studies Centre, the Centre for EU-Russia Studies (CEURUS) is welcoming a young researcher from Belarus, Siargei Zabelau from Minsk.  Siargei has been selected for a month-long internship at CEURUS starting on June 17.

The internship is sponsored by the programme “Raising the Expertise of Grassroots Level Researchers in Belarus.” Coordinated by the Eastern European Studies Centre in Vilnius , this programme aims at contributing to the development of the Belarusian research community by strengthening the knowledge and expertise of young researchers. CEURUS is one of participatory parties of the project, hosting interns alongside with, for instance, the Finish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), the Polish Institute of International Affairs, and the VERA Centre for Russian and Border Studies at the University of Eastern Finland. The project is financed through the Nordic Council of Ministers’ NGO Support Programme.

Siargei has a degree in International Relations from the Belarusian State University and holds an MA degree in Political Science with specialization in Central and Eastern Europe from the Centre for East European Studies, University of Warsaw. In a master thesis, he focused on the relations between Belarus and the European Union in 2006-2010.

During his one-month stay, Sergei will do research on the topic “Comparative analysis of Belarus participation in the EU and post-Soviet integration initiatives” under supervision of Prof. Viacheslav Morozov and will work on an article to be published by the Eastern European Studies Center.

For more information, please contact Ryhor Nizhnikau, ryhor[at]