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 founded in 2004 and is one of the Bank’s preeminent initiatives aimed at fostering a community of emerging leaders with first-hand experience in the business, public policy, and cultural environments of Russia and the region. Since it was founded, over 150 Americans, Britons, and Germans have been able to work, live, and travel in Russia through this unique professional opportunity.
The program seeks qualified early- and mid-career professionals and provides them with the opportunity to develop a genuine expertise through individualized professional assignments at leading companies and organizations in Moscow.
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 also attend a seminar program at the Higher School of Economics and participate in business meetings with high-level private and public sector officials. Following the informative summer program, fellows work at leading institutions in Russia, including private companies, media outlets, think tanks, and foundations.
Another interesting component of the program is the trips to Russia’s regions and neighboring countries. These trips offer fellows unique insight into the cultural, historical, political, and economic aspects of the country and the region.
The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend, accommodation, insurance, all program-related travel costs, language training in Russia, and private tutoring in the U.S., U.K., or Germany.
After returning from Russia, alumni of the program continue to pursue careers in private companies, international organizations, and government agencies in their home countries and abroad. This allows them to participate in the decision-making processes on issues related to economic, legal, and political relations with Russia as experts who have extensive practical experience in the country.
The Alfa Fellowship Program is coordinated by an Advisory Board headed by Petr Aven, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alfa-Banking Group. It 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.
For more information, please visit the Alfa Fellowship Program’s website: http://www.alfafellowship.org/