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"Through the Alfa Fellowship, I have had the opportunity to work directly in several all-Russian professional environments in which I am able to observe, evaluate, and participate at a professional level independent of such a U.S. perspective."

Nathan Clausen
Alfa Fellow

Alfa Fellowship Program

Fifteen years after the fall of the Soviet Union, Cold War-era policies and concepts continue to affect U.S. relations with Russia. There are still too few experts in the United States with direct experience in the modern business, government, public policy and cultural environment of the New Russia. The Alfa Fellowship Program is designed to address this problem by providing a new and exciting opportunity for professionals from the U.S. to live and work in Russia and to enable them to develop a genuine professional expertise in the New Russia. The Alfa Fellowship Program is a high-level professional exchange placing qualified American citizens in extended work assignments at leading Russian organizations in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, and government.

The year-long program begins in March 2006 and includes seven-months of language training (three-month tutor program in the U.S. and four-month intensive course in Moscow). Candidates already fluent in Russian will not participate in the U.S.-based language training and will travel with the rest of the group to Russia in June 2006. Fellows receive travel, housing, monthly stipends, and insurance.

The application deadline is December 15, 2005.

For more information about the program, including approved program fields, eligibility requirements, and application instructions, please click here.


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