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.


  • The George F. Kennan Fellowships were established in 2015 with the goal of supporting experts from 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. Among the aims of the new fellowships are to build bridges between traditional academia and the policy world, as well as to maintain and increase collaboration among researchers from Russia, Ukraine, the U.S., and beyond. The fellowships are funded by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Application deadline: March 1, 2020.

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.
  • 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 OSCE Secretariat is looking for qualified candidates to carry out internships for 2-6 month periods in both administrative and programmatic areas. Application deadline: March 16, 2020 at 11:59pm Central European Time (CET/CEST).
  • The NATO Defense College is seeking students with specific knowledge on NATO-Russia/China relations and Cyber/AI/big data/military technology, NATO-EU relations to work with its experts as part of a summer internship.  To apply for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter to Fletcher CORE. Application deadline: March 6, 2020. 


  • 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. 
  • 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

  • Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia  will be held from June 22-August 6, 2020. 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. Applicants must have advanced proficiency in Russian. Deadline for applications: March 15, 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 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

  • 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