Call for Applications: the 2019-20 Alfa Fellowship Program in Russia

Aug 28, 2018 • Views -

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Sponsored by Cultural Vistas

The Alfa Fellowship Program is currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 program year. Since 2004, this program has provided over 170 emerging leaders from the U.S., U.K., and Germany with the opportunity to gain professional experience in business, media, law, policy, and related areas through an 11-month, fully-funded fellowship in Moscow. The program is funded by Alfa-Bank and administered by Cultural Vistas.

Alfa Fellowship Program Highlights

  • High-level professional experience in Russia in private companies, law firms, media outlets, think tanks, and foundations
  • Three trips within Russia and one trip to a neighboring country, Moscow seminar and lectures at the Higher School of Economics — in addition to first-hand professional experience in Moscow, fellows explore regions outside the capital and gain an in-depth look at contemporary Russia through trips, meetings, and lectures
  • Program benefits include $2500 monthly stipend, housing, all program-related travel costs including round-trip travel to Russia, and insurance coverage
  • Private Russian language tutoring prior to departure for Russia and group language classes upon arrival in Moscow according to each fellow’s level
  • Inclusion in the Alfa Fellowship Alumni Association and Cultural Vistas Alumni Network upon successful completion of program

Alfa Fellowship Program


  • U.S., U.K., or German citizen
  • 25-35 years old at time of application
  • Graduate degree in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, international relations, or a related field
  • At least 2 years cumulative professional experience with graduate degree; approximately 5 – 6 years without
  • Russian language skills preferred, but not required. If an applicant does not speak Russian, proficiency in another second language is required.
  • Demonstrated professional interest in Russia
  • Evidence of leadership potential

Application Deadline

Apply by November 15, 2018

For further information and to access the online application, please visit our website:

Required Documents

Completed online application including:

  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Russian writing sample
  • Most recent university transcript
  • 2 letters of recommendation. Recommenders should be recent supervisors or professional mentors who have worked closely with the applicant.

OJSC Alfa-Bank is incorporated, focused and based in Russia, and is not affiliated with U.S.-based Alfa Insurance.

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