Program Year

Application Deadline:

The deadline to apply for the 2020-2021 program year was on November 15, 2019. For details regarding the application process, please visit the Cultural Vistas website: culturalvistas.org/alfa

Please check back in summer 2020 for updated information regarding the application process and timeline for the 2021-2022 program year. You are welcome to submit an application request by clicking on the Apply Now button on the right at any time in order to receive a password once the application opens in summer 2020.

Selection Interviews 2020:

Interviews for candidates based in the U.S. take place in late January in NYC, and interviews for candidates based in Europe take place in mid-February in London.

Please note: if selected to interview, you will be required to attend the interview in person on the day it is scheduled in order to be considered for the fellowship.

If you are offered and choose to accept the fellowship, the program begins in March and consists of the following:

U.S./U.K./Germany-Based Language Training
March – June

  • Customized one-on-one Russian language lessons with a qualified tutor in the fellow’s geographical area. This training does not require fellows to relocate and is meant to be completed in conjunction with finishing an academic degree or working.

Washington, D.C., Orientation Seminar
Late April or early May (3 days)

  • Program information and logistics
  • Intercultural training and preparation
  • Current events and contemporary political and economic topics

Russia-Based Language Training
Mid-June – September

  • Small-group classes at a Russian language school in Moscow

Moscow Seminar Program and Lectures at the Higher School of Economics
July – September

  • Politics and economics in Russia, including recent developments
  • Russian foreign policy
  • Law and public policy
  • Social and cultural affairs of Russia and Eurasia
  • U.S.-Russian, U.K.-Russian, and German-Russian relations
  • Cultural events and excursions in Moscow and surrounding regions

Regional Trips
July, September, December, April

  • Opportunity to visit three other cities in Russia (July, September, April) and another country in the region (December)
  • Meetings with local officials, businesses, and other organizations
  • Excursions to sites of historical and cultural significance

Professional Assignment
October – April

  • Professional experience at a leading organization in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or a related field

Final Evaluation/Exit Interview
April

  • Final review, including an exit interview, individual research and findings, and evaluation of the Alfa Fellowship Program