Alfa Fellowship Program

The Alfa Fellowship Program is 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. The program was started in April 2004 and is one of the Bank’s initiatives aimed at promoting and reinforcing social and cultural relations between Russia, the U.S., the U.K., and Germany. The program seeks qualified professionals in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, and related areas, attracting emerging leaders, many of whom are graduates from top universities in the U.S. and Europe. The program provides participants with the opportunity to live and work in Russia and to develop a genuine expertise through individualized professional assignments at leading companies and organizations in Moscow. As the program continues to expand, a new generation of American, British, and German leaders is being exposed to Russian professional life and society. We strongly believe that the Alfa Fellowship Program is assisting a new generation of specialists in adapting to the realities of Russia today. The program is coordinated by an Advisory Board headed by Petr Aven, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alfa-Banking Group.

The program begins with language training in the U.S., U.K., or Germany, followed by a language course in Moscow starting in mid-June. Throughout the summer, Alfa fellows attend a seminar program with key public and private sector officials to discuss current affairs in Russia. Examples of these are the Higher School of Economics; the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs; the Carnegie Moscow Center; radio station, Ekho Moskvy; Expert Magazine, Alfa Capital, Yandex, INDEM Foundation, among others. One of the most interesting components of the program are the visits to Russia’s regions and to neighboring countries. These trips give the fellows the opportunity to experience the uniqueness of Russia’s cultural, historical, political, and economic environments. Fellows also have the opportunity to meet with members of the Russian government, the State Duma, heads of regional administrations, editors-in-chief of leading media publications, cultural figures, executives from Alfa Group Consortium, and other Russian business leaders.

Following the informative summer, fellows work at prominent organizations in Russia, including private companies, media outlets, think tanks, and foundations.

The Alfa Fellowship Program is administered in the U.S., U.K., and Germany by Cultural Vistas, and in Moscow by the Fund for International Fellowships and Cultural Dialogue.

Related Links

25 June 2012 On June 15, the Alfa Fellowship Program from Great Britain took place at the recently opened office of the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States.

23 May 2012 Over 40 Alfa Fellowship Program Fellows, alumni, and friends gathered on the evening of May 16 for the sixth annual Alfa Fellowship Program Alumni Event.

12 May 2011 On May 12, 2011 — Over 40 Alfa Fellowship Program Fellows, alumni, and friends gathered on the evening of May 12 to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the Alfa Fellowship Program.

13 May 2010 Over 50 Alfa Fellowship Alumni celebrate the 6th Anniversary of the Program

14 May 2009 Russian Business Leaders Mikhail Fridman and Peter Aven Celebrate 5th Anniversary of Alfa Fellowship Program

07 May 2008 Russian Federation Minister of foreign affairs to the participants of Alfa Fellowship Program

07 May 2008 Alumni Event of the Alfa Fellowship Program

24 May 2007 The Best of the Best in the Alfa Fellowship Program

03 April 2007 The 4th Group of Alfa Fellows Meets with Alfa-Bank Chairman Mikhail Fridman

16 October 2006 Nine New Alfa Fellows arrive in Russia, meet with Alfa-Bank CEO Peter Smida

28 February 2006 New Group of Alfa Fellows Meets with Alfa Bank Chairman Mikhail Fridman

27 October 2005 Ten New Alfa Fellows arrive in Russia, meet with Duma Leader

13 April 2005 Beating the Blues, Keeping the Orange Faith

06.04.2005 Fourteen New Alfa Fellows to arrive in Russia

11 November 2004 Peter Aven Announces Arrival of first group of Alfa Fellows in Moscow