External Opportunities

Various private, international, governmental, and non-governmental organizations have open vacancies for professionals with profound knowledge of Russia and Eurasia as well as regional languages. Fletcher students and alumni interested in pursuing jobs, internships, grants, scholarships, fellowships, professional training, language training, and further graduate studies related to Russia, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia are encouraged to research the following links:

  • The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) is the leading international organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about Central Asia, the Caucasus, Russia, and Eastern Europe. ASEEES regularly posts announcements about jobs, fellowships, grants, and internships specifically relevant to the broad scope of interests and expertise of its members.
  • The Stanford University Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies is a hub for the interdisciplinary study of a vast region stretching from the Berlin Wall to the Bering Strait. It provides a list of professional opportunities, including internships, jobs, and postdoctoral positions related to Russia and Eurasia.
  • With its headquarters in Washington, D.C. and programs in Eurasia, China, and the Middle East, Eurasia Foundation recruits individuals from all over the world and offers jobs and internships in Russia, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.
  • The Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge about Russia, Ukraine, and other countries in the region. It offers fellowships, research assistant positions, as well as scholarships in humanities and social sciences to scholars and specialists from government, media, and business.
  • For over 40 years, American Councils has operated study abroad programs in Russia for thousands of participants. Academic opportunities include language immersion, business internships, and the study of current events in Russian society.

Jobs and Internships

  • Freedom House is seeking a full-time Program Associate to join its team in Vilnius, Lithuania. This position will provide essential support for the implementation of a rapid response project in the Eastern Partnership region. The position requires work authorization in the EU and reports to the Vilnius-based Project Director. This is an immediately available, six-month long position; continuation of contract will be contingent upon receipt of additional funding. To learn more about this position or to apply, click here.
  • Freedom House is seeking a full time Project Assistant to join its team in Kyiv full-time. The PA will provide administrative and programmatic assistance necessary for the day-to-day coordination and administration of a field office in Ukraine, and a portfolio of activities focused on human rights, civic engagement, and freedom of expression. To learn more about the position or to apply click here.
  • Freedom House is hiring a temporary Program Associate to join the Europe and Eurasia team providing programmatic and administrative support to  current and new projects in the region. This is an excellent opportunity for a international development professional who seeks to build their program management, research, and analysis skills by working on complex projects in constantly changing environments. To learn more about the position or to apply click here.
  • The 2022 Summer Language Program is hiring students with proficiency in Russian. This is a paid 12-week program that runs from the end of May through mid-August each year. To learn more about to opportunity or to apply click here.
  • CIPE is seeking a full-time, non-exempt Washington D.C. based Program Associate. This position is responsible for providing programmatic and administrative support for CIPE programs in Georgia, Moldova, and Armenia. If you want to learn more about the position or apply, please click here.
  • Freedom House is hiring a Program Director for Europe and Eurasia Programs. The PD is responsible for leading program strategy and activity design and implementation, ensuring sound financial management, hiring and supervising local staff, organizing and managing Freedom House’s office in Ukraine, managing and expanding donor and program partner relationships, communications, monitoring and evaluation of program activities, and reporting. This position is based in Kyiv, Ukraine. To learn more about the position or to apply click here.
  • CIPE is seeking a Program Officer Level II, Europe and Eurasia covering Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, and the Russia. This position is responsible for the development and implementation of CIPE’s strategic focus on democratic governance through private sector collective action initiatives to improve business participation, economic freedom and opportunity across the region by developing regional and country strategies, communications strategies, project implementation, and support grants to local business organizations, think tanks, and chambers of commerce. This position involves frequent travel to the region. For more information about the position or to apply click here.
  • Verisk Maplecroft is hiring a Head of Europe and Central Asia which will blend analytical, line management and commercial responsibilities. The ideal candidate would have significant experience with data analysis and visualisations, the management of high-performing teams, and providing insight for some of the world’s biggest companies. To learn more about the position and apply click here.
  • E-Residency is hiring a Principal Business Analyst. You will be our key player in defining e-Residency’s strategy by geographical markets and business verticals. You will provide critical input to e-Residency’s strategy and help direct our marketing and business development efforts for maximum impact. To apply for the position, click here.
  • Freedom House is hiring a Senior Program Officer who will work in collaboration with other members of the regional team, field staff, and research and advocacy staff to ensure achievement of project objectives in a broad programmatic portfolio. To read more about the position and to apply click here.
  • Zoom is hiring a Head of Government Relations for Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) who will develop and execute public policy and government relations strategies to promote Zoom’s interests in Russia and the CIS.  They will develop relationships and work with key government officials, as well as with trade associations, think tanks, civil society groups, and other organizations to advance Zoom’s public policy objectives in the region. To learn more or apply click here.
  • The University of Washington and the Ellison Center and the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies are pleased to announce that the 2021 REECAS Northwest Conference will take place online on April 28-30, 2021. Conference organizers invite proposals for panels or individual papers from faculty, students, and independent scholars. Click to learn more about submitting proposals.
  • The National Endowment for Democracy is hiring for two positions. The Assistant Program Office will assist with the management, administration, development, and evaluation of grant programs in the South Caucasus. The Program Officer will work with the regional director and senior program staff to manage grants in the South Caucasus, including monitoring and assessment of projects and political analysis. Click here to learn more and to apply.
  • The Center for International Private Enterprise’s Europe and Eurasia team is searching for an intern to assist with research and analysis of country conditions, business sector preparedness, and government actions in terms of anti-corruption compliance in Central Asia. The person seeking the intern is a Fletcher Alum who is happy to hire a Fletcher student. Please click here to apply.
  • The Center for International Private Enterprise has an array of different internships regarding the Russia and Eurasia region. To learn more click here.
  • Title VIII Scholarships (Research and Summer) are available to applicants who are U.S. Citizens (the Title VIII Short-Term Grant is non-resident). The George F. Kennan and James H. BillingtonFellowships are not limited by citizenship. The Kennan Institute offers paid Research Assistant positions lasting two to nine months for undergraduate, graduate, and prospective graduate students. Research Assistants are part-time interns who work directly with a resident Kennan Institute scholar. To learn more about the fellowships and to apply click here.
  • CIPE is seeking a full-time, exempt Washington, D.C. based Program Officer for the Europe and Eurasia region covering Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, and the Western Balkans. This position is responsible for the development and implementation of CIPE’s strategic focus on democratic governance through private sector collective action initiatives to improve business participation, economic freedom and opportunity across the region by developing regional and country strategies, communications strategies, project implementation, and support grants to local business organizations, think tanks, and chambers of commerce. This position involves frequent travel to the region. To learn more about this position or to apply click here.
  • The Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished international initiative with the opportunity to complete a high-level professional development program in Russia. Fellows complete work placements at leading institutions, attend professional seminars, and receive intensive language training. The 2020-2021 fellowships application are now open. To learn more about the fellowship, click here. To apply to the fellowship, click here.
  • The Atlantic Council LGBTI in Foreign Policy Fellowship Program convenes and cultivates rising LGBTI professionals to be the next generation of foreign policy leaders. To read more about the program and it’s opportunities, please click here.
  • The International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) regularly recruits for staff and consultants for domestic and international opportunities. IREX also periodically advertises internship opportunities in Washington, D.C. and throughout Eurasia.
  • USA Jobs, an official U.S. government website, provides various vacancies in different U.S. government agencies that require language and professional knowledge of Russia and Eurasia Search by keyword (example: Russia) to find relevant job announcements.
  • American Councils for International Education is a leading non-governmental organization that implements various programs around the world through cultural exchange, language training, and professional development. The organization searches for professionals in different realms to reach it goals.
  • With funding from the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Study Abroad Grant, the U.S. Intern Abroad Armenia Scholarship offers U.S. undergraduate and graduate students exposure to the global workplace through eight-week internships in Armenia.
  • The Davis Center at Harvard University offers internships at the Research and Training Center of the Central Bank of Armenia (CBA) in Dilijan, Armenia. Research internships will involve research on a variety of economic questions, with a degree of flexibility to accommodate interns’ own research interests.  Undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students with excellent research and writing skills are eligible to apply.  The working language at the CBA is English; knowledge of Armenian or Russian is helpful, but not required.
  • AVİM offers trainee program opportunities all year round. Applicants from Turkey and other countries may apply for short and long term trainee programs. AVİM Trainee Program participants are expected to provide assistance in organizational matters such as supporting the AVİM staff in organizing different events, monitoring of the developments in the Eurasian region as well as to contribute to AVİM reports and other publications. AVİM Trainee Program participants are assigned specific topics relevant to their research interests during their trainee program. By the end of the trainee program period, participants are expected to submit a policy paper based on their studies.


Graduate Studies

  • Middlebury’s MSSR 2021 will be held online June 28 – August 4, 2021. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2021. The curriculum will be taught by leading scholars, practitioners and journalists from the United States, Europe and Russia. For more information, please contact Professor Anna Vassilieva avassili@middlebury.edu and Jarlath McGuckin jmcguckin@middlebury.edu or click here.The program is open to students enrolled in or accepted to a master’s or PhD program, particularly those interested in careers in government, international organizations and non-governmental organizations.
  • SRAS is a team of consultants and advisers dedicated to the educational opportunities offered in various locations. Learn more about the programs offered by SRAS here.
  • The International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development (ICSID) runs a visiting researchers program that enables researchers to spend a period of time conducting research at our office at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. Learn more about the program here.
  • The summer of 2020 will mark the ​fifth installment of MGIMO University’s highly successful Summer Program. From ​July 5th – July 28th 2020​, students will attend a completely revamped course at the modern Odintsovo Campus of MGIMO University. Learn more about the Program here.

Professional Training

  • CSIS’s five day Understanding the Russian Military Today professional development program explores the elements of Russian military power, including their composition and future prospects, social and historical foundations, doctrine, and current operations. Participants will build on classroom knowledge with hands-on analytical training and exercises. The course is led by defense and security experts from CSIS, other think tanks, and the academic community. To learn more about this opportunity and to apply click here.
  • The Boris Nemtsov Foundation is taking applicants for its fully funded, three week intensive training Summer School of Journalism program in July 2021. Young journalists, bloggers and researchers who are fluent in Russian and focus on Slavic studies can apply. Application deadline in April 10. To read more about the program, click here.
  • The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security offers a Russian Security Studies Certificate program, which allows students to pursue a three course (9 total credit hours) concentration in the politics and security of Russia and Eurasian. Knowledge gained can be applied for the working professional in intelligence, foreign affairs, and political analysis looking for advancement in public and private industry.
  • The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) is dedicated to the promotion of research and teaching on women and gender in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia and to the support of women scholars working in any field of Slavic and Eurasian Studies.
  • The Visegrad School of Political Studies  offers a new program entitled the Transatlantic – Russia Civic Workshops, which is designed to support and strengthen civil society, bridge the U.S.-Russia-Visegrad cooperation and promote collaborative projects between participating countries. The full-scholarship initiative covers participation fee (5 days of workshops), materials, certificate, lunches, coffee breaks, accommodation, and travel expenses.
  • Development and Social Change: Contemporary Issues in Central Asia is a four-week summer practicum program in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, that offers intellectually adventurous students the opportunity to explore a fascinating country at the crossroads of powerful historical, political, economic, and cultural forces. The program combines unique exposure to and interactions with key Government, Civil Society and International Development Partners in Kyrgyzstan with an overarching seminar-style course and cultural excursions.
  • The “New Generation” program provides participants a unique opportunity to become a part of the unique youth Russian program, implemented by Rossotrudnichestvo. This is an opportunity not only to visit and discover Russia, but also to establish professional contacts, build long-term partnerships with Russian governmental and non-governmental structures, youth and public organizations. Learn more here.
  • Meeting Russia is a three-day public diplomacy program held in Moscow. It focuses on Russia’s relations with the United States and the European Union as well as more generally addresses Russian foreign policy issues. This year, Meeting Russia will again be conducted in Moscow on September 23-27. Check if you fit the eligibility criteria and apply here.

Language Training