| Deadline: 1 December 2016

Alfa Fellowship Program 2017-2018

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished professional development programme placing accomplished young professionals in work assignments at leading organisations in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, and related areas in Russia. The programme accepts up to 18 American, British, and German citizens per year. It includes intensive Russian language training, seminar series, and extended professional experience.

The Alfa Fellowship Program aims to expand networks of American, British, German, and Russian professionals, develop greater intercultural understanding, and advance knowledge of Russia in the West.

Program Benefits

Drawing upon extensive contacts throughout industry, media, public, and nonprofit organisations in Russia, the Alfa Fellowship Program works together with the fellows to identify suitable work placements at leading institutions.

The Alfa Fellowship Program endeavours to secure positions that meet the interests of both the fellows and host institutions. Fellows’ progress is closely monitored by the Fund for International Fellowships and Cultural Dialogue in Moscow.

In addition to individualised professional assignments, the Alfa Fellowship Program includes:

  • Four-month Russian language tutoring programme in the U.S., UK, or Germany
  • Four-month Russian language course in Moscow
  • Orientation seminar in Washington, D.C., with accommodation and roundtrip travel
  • Housing in Moscow for the duration of the programme
  • Moscow seminar programme
  • Generous monthly stipend
  • Three regional excursions throughout Russia and one to a neighbouring country
  • Limited international health, accident, and liability insurance


Candidates for the Alfa Fellowship Program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • U.S., UK, or German citizen (Russian citizens are ineligible to apply, including individuals who are also citizens of the United States, United Kingdom or Germany)
  • 25–35 years old at the application deadline
  • Russian proficiency is preferred; qualified candidates with fluency in another second language may be considered
  • Graduate degree or equivalent training in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or a related field
  • At least two years of relevant work experience; candidates without a graduate degree must demonstrate extensive and equivalent professional experience in their field, approximately six years, in order to qualify for the Alfa Fellowship Program.

Application Deadline

1 December 2016 for the 2017-2018 programme year.

For more information, please visit: alfafellowship.org or email: alfa@culturalvistas.org.

Source: Cultural Vistas

Alfa Fellowship Program to Russia Information Session in Berlin

This session offers a chance to learn more about the programme and the application process, and have all your questions answered.

Date & time:

Thursday, 3 November 2016 | 18:00 – 19:30 CET


Allianz Forum, Clubraum E042
Pariser Platz 6
10117 Berlin
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Please register online (no later than 2 November 2016).