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 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

  • The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is accepting applications for its Joseph S. Nye Internship program. Candidates may apply for research, external relations or development internships. Each internship is for six months. Learn more about available internships here. Applications for the Spring 2020 intern class are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • 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.
  • The Internship Program at the EastWest Institute provides talented students and recent graduates with a three-month (or longer) unpaid training opportunity designed to encourage professional and personal development. The Russia and United States program is seeking an intern to assist with the planning and organization of U.S.-Russia working group activities, in addition to various other programmatic tasks.
  • The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world,  seeks a Grant Assistant on its Europe/Eurasia team. The Grants Assistant assists grants staff with reviewing, processing, and tracking grant agreements, amendments, payments, and other financial documentation, and preparing routine correspondence and reports.  The Grants Assistant provides an essential role in ensuring smooth grant operations, timely processing, quality control, and accurate recordkeeping.  This is an administrative position.
  • 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.


  • The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) is sponsoring grants with stipends of up to $6,000 for the purposes of conducting graduate research related to the rule of law, governance, economy, business, and civil society in Russia. These grants are intended to provide opportunities for young scholars to make connections with Russian peers and senior specialists, promoting long-term professional relations, and to foster the next generation of Russia experts. Application deadline: April 1, 2020. 
  • Kennan Institute Title VIII Research Scholarships lasting three to nine months are available to academic participants in the early stages of their career (before tenure) or scholars whose careers have been interrupted or delayed. For non-academics, an equivalent degree of professional achievement is expected. Eligibility is limited to the postdoctoral level for academic participants, although doctoral candidates in the process of completing a dissertation may apply (the dissertation must be successfully defended before taking residence at the Kennan Institute). Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Research proposals examining the countries of Eurasia are eligible. Those proposals related to regional Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, Belarus, the Caucasus, and contemporary issues are particularly welcome. The Title VIII Research Scholar grant offers a stipend of $3,500 per month, research facilities, computer support, and some research assistance. Grant recipients are required to be in residence at the Institute in Washington, D.C. for the duration of their fellowship. Application deadline: January 31, 2020. 
  • Scholars who conduct research in the social sciences or humanities focusing on Russia and the other countries of Eurasia, and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area should consider applying for the Kennan Institute Title VIII Summer Research Fellowship. Policy-relevant research is preferred. The summer research fellowship must be used for two consecutive months between May-September, and applicants are required to hold an MA degree or higher.  The Summer Research Scholarships will provide a stipend of $7,000 for 2 months, research facilities, computer support, and some research assistance.  Travel and accommodation expenses are not directly covered by this fellowship. All applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Grant recipients are required to be in residence at the Institute in Washington, D.C. for the duration of their fellowship. Application deadline: January 31, 2020.
  • 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.
  • The Harriman Institute of Columbia University announces a competition for grants of up to $16,000 for Ph.D. candidates in the social sciences who are conducting research on Russia. These grants are designed to improve research and training of Ph.D. students whose dissertations include a focus on Russia. Research grants may support training, data collection, dissertation research, or projects unrelated to the dissertation. Projects that involve some form of collaboration with scholars based in Russia will receive special attention, although this is not a condition of receiving the grant. Application deadline: January 5, 2020. 

Graduate Studies

  • The Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES) at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto is pleased to announce that it will host its annual Graduate Student Conference on 28 and 29 February 2020. Current MA and PhD students are encouraged to submit a proposal. Proposals may originate in any discipline. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their work. Learn more hereProposal deadline: January 10, 2020. 
  • The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) offers a summer program on The Cuba-Russia Connection: Studies in Cultural Diplomacy experiencing Havana, Cuba and Saint Petersburg, Russia. Application deadline: March 1, 2020. 
  • 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 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

  • 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.
  • Meeting Russia is a three-day public diplomacy program held in Moscow for young leaders from the United States, Europe, and Russia. Through meetings with senior Russian officials, top experts and exchanges with their peers, participants have ample opportunity to address critical issues related to Russia’s role in world affairs and to connect with a diverse professional community.
  • 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.
  • American Councils for International Education offers a five-week summer program, which is designed to provide insights into Russia today. Through readings and intensive coursework in the form of lectures, seminars, and discussions–conducted with the faculty of Moscow International University–participants gain a fuller understanding of the complex factors that have shaped Russia’s evolution since the Gorbachev regime and the final days of the USSR. Application Deadline: February 15, 2020. 
  • “Red Horizon: Force and Diplomacy in Eurasia” is an intensive three-day workshop and global crisis exercise hosted by the Negotiation Task Force of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University from December 13 to 15, 2019. Red Horizon offers an opportunity for participants with backgrounds in government, academia, military, and the private and non-profit sectors to develop advanced negotiation, decision-making, and leadership skills in a highly immersive environment.

Language Training