11 Fellowships in Russia For Professionals, Researchers, and Teachers

Aug 04, 2020 • Views 594

If you’ve ever wanted to move to Russia, these fellowships would give you that chance! There are opportunities for professionals, recent graduates, and researchers in the fields of dance, history, and more. There are also programs for learning Russian and teaching English. If one of these sounds like a great fit for you, make sure to bookmark it to your ProFellow account!

Alfa Fellowship Program

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. Fellows complete work placements at leading institutions, attend professional seminars, and receive intensive language training. Fellows receive a monthly stipend, language training, program-related travel costs, housing and insurance. Russian proficiency is preferred; qualified candidates with fluency in another second language may be considered.

CBA Fellowship for the Study of Russia and Ballet

The Fellowship for the Study of Russia and Ballet is an opportunity for scholars working on projects at the intersection of Russia and ballet. The program provides fellows with a stipend of $750/week, access to studio and office space, an apartment in some cases and time away from daily life to focus on their specified project – a book, a ballet, a film, a digital lecture series or other work of their imagining related in some way to ballet. Artists and scholars are invited to apply. Scholars must hold a PhD, but expertise in ballet is not required. Fellowships are available from 1-9 months in length. Note: This fellowship will not be available for the 2020 – 2021 academic year.

Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship

The Stephen F. Cohen–Robert C. Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship (CTDRF) Program for Russian Historical Studies supports the next generation of US scholars to conduct their doctoral dissertation research in Russia. The program will provide up to six annual fellowships, with a maximum stipend of $22,000, for doctoral students at US universities, who are citizens or permanent residents of the US, to conduct dissertation research in Russia. The Program is open to students in any discipline whose dissertation topics are within 19th – early 21st century Russian historical studies.

Critical Language Scholarship Program for Intensive Summer Language Institutes

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for 7-10 weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master ’s and Ph.D. students. Countries may include: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, or others where the target languages are spoken. Apply in November for a fellowship the following summer.

Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA)

The Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) is a feature of the U.S. Student Fulbright Program, which provides an opportunity for some Fulbright U.S. Student grantees to receive 3-6 months of intensive language study as an enhancement to their Fulbright grants. They must be approved by local Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or U.S. Embassies in the host countries. CLEA is offered to students once they have been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student grant which requires that they use one of the eligible languages for their Fulbright project and beyond. Eligible countries include China (mainland China program only), Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, and Russia.

SEE Independent Professionals Project Initiative

The Eurasia Foundation’s US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) “Independent Professionals Project Initiative” is open to individuals from the U.S. and Russia who are interested in implementing bilateral projects focused on (1) Community Engagement and Volunteerism (2) Social inclusion of people with disabilities (3) Social entrepreneurship (4) Youth Engagement and Mentorship. Competitively selected candidates travel to an organization in the host country for 14 to 21 days to conduct activities related to their proposed project and will implement follow-up activities after returning to their home country. Independent professionals are strongly encouraged to have at least a working proficiency with both the English and Russian languages.

The Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum (SURF)

The Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum is a platform for students to address the most pressing issues and opportunities between the United States and Russia. They are seeking members for research working groups in a range of areas, including nuclear arms control, entrepreneurship, space exploration, climate and environment, counterterrorism, healthcare, the Arctic, energy geopolitics, international security, and many more. The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students from any university as well as recent graduates and young professionals who have an interest in U.S.-Russia relations. The program will cover most conference costs, including housing, most meals, and local transportation.

Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training (CRLT) Program

Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII), the CRLT Program serves graduate students and scholars who, in addition to support for research in the independent states of the former Soviet Union, require supplemental language instruction. Applicants must conduct research and language study for 3-9 months in the field. Participants must have at least an intermediate level of language proficiency. Fellowships range from $5K-$25K.

Title VIII Research Scholar Program

The program offers support for graduate students, faculty, Ph.D. candidates, post-doctorate, and independent scholars to conduct policy-relevant research for 3-9 months in Central Asia, Russia, the South Caucasus, Ukraine, Southeast Europe and Moldova. The total value of Title VIII Research Scholar fellowships ranges from $5K to $25K each. Typical awards include: international roundtrip airfare from the scholar’s home city to his/her host city overseas, academic affiliation at a leading local university, visa(s), opportunity for housing with a local host family and a living stipend. Scholars in the social sciences and humanities are eligible.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETA)

The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs place recent college graduates and young professionals from the U.S. in classrooms abroad for up to 1 year to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETA’s help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. The age and academic level of the students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level. Applicants for English Teaching Assistant Programs can apply to only one country. Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program for Study/Research

A U.S. Student Fulbright Grant allows for individually designed study/research projects that will take place during one academic year (9-12 months) in a country outside the U.S. Applicants design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. The study/research awards are available in approximately 140 countries. For recent BA/BS graduates, graduate and doctoral students, and young professionals including artists, musicians, writers, journalists, and those in law, business, and other professional fields. Undergraduate and graduate students must apply through their institution; professionals and former students can apply through their alma mater or At Large.

 

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