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.
  • 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.
  • 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.  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.

Jobs and Internships

  • Eurasia Foundation is accepting applications for a Program Associate (PA). The PA will be a member of EF’s Innovative Training Solutions team responsible for providing programmatic oversight, guidance and backstopping support for programs. Reporting to the Program Manager, the PA will directly contribute to the successful implementation of EF’s online civil society capacity building programs. To learn more or apply, click here.
  • Freedom House is hiring a Program Director to oversee and ensure impactful implementation of a diverse portfolio of projects to support civil society and human rights activists in Ukraine to promote democracy and the protection of human rights in Ukraine through supporting, convening and mobilizing human rights defenders, broader civil society and other stakeholders to be the agents of change in Ukraine needed for successful long-term reform. To learn more about the position/apply, click here.
  • Eurasia Group is seeking an experienced and motivated analyst of Southern European politics and political economy. The ideal candidate should have a broad understanding of Europe and the main policy and regulatory themes of the European Union. To learn more about the position/apply, click here.
  • The American Bar Association, Rule of Law Initiative is hiring a Program Officer, Europe & Eurasia. This position monitors international technical assistance programs and provides advanced administrative and financial support to Program Manager and field-based staff. Creates and edits reports to and for funders. To learn more about the position/apply, click here.
  • The Center for European Policy Analysis seeks a Program Assistant for their Democratic Resilience program. The PA will provide day-to-day research, administrative, financial, and other support to the program. To learn more about the position/apply, click here.
  • The Council on Foreign Relations is hiring a Research Assistant to work under the direction of the distinguished fellow whose work focuses on Russia. To learn more/apply click here.
  • The Kennan Institutes George F. Kennan Fellowship focuses on diverse, policy-oriented sectors such as media, business, local government, law, civil society, and academia to examine important political, social, economic, cultural, and historical issues in Russia, Ukraine, and the region. To learn more/apply, click here.
  • The Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished international initiative that each year offers up to 18 accomplished Americans, Britons, and Germans the opportunity to complete a high-level professional development program in Russia. Fellows will complete work placements at leading institutions, attend professional seminars, and receive intensive language training. To learn more and apply (December 1 deadline), please click here.


  • The Kenan Institutes application for the Title VIII Short-Term Grant for scholars whose research in the social sciences or humanities focuses on Russia, Ukraine, and the countries of Eurasia, and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area is open until Sep. 30, 2021. Click here for me details.
  • The BEAR (Between the EU and Russia: Domains of Diversity and Contestation) network’s key objective is to promote a better understanding of how the EU and Russia influence and inspire minority politics, integration efforts, and societal contestation on the EU’s eastern borders. The BEAR offers various grant opportunities.

Graduate Studies

  • 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.

Professional Training and Conferences

  • 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 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.
  • EUSA Seventeenth Biennial Conference, set to take place from May 19-21 in Miami, FL is currently accepting  proposals that contribute to the debate about whether, and if so where and how, the EU, its member states as well as the actors surrounding it, are reconnecting and recovering from Covid-19. The deadline to submit the proposals is October 4, 2021. While  papers are welcome, full panel proposals will be given priority in the selection process.

Language Training