Applications call for Alfa Fellowship Program 2021/2022. Basically, the Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished international initiative that each year offers up to 18 accomplished young Americans, Britons, and Germans the opportunity to complete a high-level professional development program in Russia. Over the course of the program, fellows complete work placements at leading institutions; attend professional seminars and receive intensive language training.
Basically, the Alfa Fellowship Program has a goal to expand networks of American, British, German, and Russian professionals, develop greater intercultural understanding, and advance knowledge of Russian affairs in the West. The program is funded by Alfa-Bank and is administered in the U.S., U.K., and Germany by Cultural Vistas and in Moscow by the Fund for International Fellowships and Cultural Dialogue.
Funding and Benefits
The fellowship provides a monthly stipend, accommodation, insurance, all program-related travel costs, language training in Russia, and private tutoring in the U.S., U.K., or Germany. Moreover, the Alfa Fellowship Program includes the following benefits:
- Round-trip transportation to New York City or London and accommodation (if needed) for selection interviews.
- Orientation seminar in Washington, D.C., including speakers, activities, travel, and accommodation.
- Program-related transportation between U.S./U.K./Germany and Russia as well as pre-departure and Russia-based language training.
- Moscow Seminar Program, including briefings, assignment planning, and excursions.
- A generous monthly stipend during the program in Russia.
- All program-related travel within Russia.
- Accommodation in Moscow.
- Limited international health, accident, and liability insurance during the program in Russia.
- Fellows have a demonstrated interest in Russian and European and Eurasian affairs, exceptional academic and professional credentials, proven personal initiative, and clear goals and expectations for their professional assignments.
- Also, fellows are between the ages of 25 and 35 with professional experience in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, arts/cultural management or related fields.
- Fellows possess leadership potential and are active in the community or public service.
- Furthermore, while Russian language skills vary, most fellows have studied Russian for at least two years at the postsecondary level.
- U.S., U.K., or German citizens between the ages of 25 and 35 (Russian citizens are ineligible to apply; including individuals who are also citizens of the United States, United Kingdom, or Germany).
- Bachelor’s degree and 2-3 years of relevant professional experience in arts/culture management, business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or a related field.