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EAC / Study in the US / Financial Aid / Program Announcements / September 2001

EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL
EXCHANGE PROGRAMS WITH RUSSIA

ACADEMIC YEAR 2002/2003

As part of its overall program of bilateral cooperation, the Embassy of the United States of America in the Russian Federation is pleased to announce the following educational and cultural exchange programs with Russia for academic year 2002/2003. Unless otherwise specified, these programs are carried out under the auspices of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

Academic Programs are designed for scholars interested in research and lecturing opportunities as well as for university and high school students. Professional Development Programs offer opportunities for graduate-level (often non-degree) study as well as internships in related fields of employment. Recruitment for the majority of the programs, run by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, is based upon open competition. With the exception of specific programs, such as the Department of Agriculture's Cochran Fellowship, fluency in English is required for application.

Information regarding particular exchanges is available from the specific organizations cited in each category. Additionally, general information concerning these exchanges and studying in the U.S. (how to apply, which tests to take, university addresses, and scholarship information) is available from the following organizations:

Educational Exchanges Office,
U.S. Embassy, Moscow,
Tel: (095) 728-5365,
Fax: (095) 728-5203,
E-mail: pamoscow@pd.state.gov
Moscow Educational Information Center,
Ul. Nikoloyamskaya 1, 3rd Floor,
Tel: (095) 777-65-33,
Fax: (095) 777-65-34,
E-mail: eic@useic.ru

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

THE FULBRIGHT SENIOR SCHOLAR PROGRAM is an internationally recognized program existing in over 140 countries, the goal of which is to promote greater understanding between the United States and other nations through academic exchange.

The Fulbright Senior Scholar Program is open to Russian scholars who have established themselves in their fields and wish to take advantage of the opportunity to further their professional development through research or lecturing activity in the United States. The candidate must have a kandidatskaya degree (as a minimum requirement), a proven record of research activities and publications, and well-developed English skills. Applicants must be Russian citizens permanently residing in the Russian Federation.

Grantees are chosen in a competitive process which includes submission of an application and project proposal, peer review of the proposal, interviews in English, and final selection by a bi-national commission of Russian and American scholars and professionals. Applicants may submit project proposals for grants from 3 to 8 months in the following disciplines: American history; American literature; anthropology / archaeology; art history; arts management; architecture and urban planning; American studies; distance learning; business administration; economics; education; environmental studies; geography; history (non-U.S.); communications/ journalism; language / literature; linguistics; law; library science; medical sciences (infectious diseases, substance abuse); music; philosophy; political science; psychology; public administration; religious studies; sociology/ social work; TEFL / applied linguistics; performing arts (theater / dance); history and philosophy of science; film/photography.
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS PROGRAM: OCTOBER 19, 2001.

THE FULBRIGHT GRADUATE STUDENT PROGRAM is open to Russian university graduates and to graduate (kandidatskaya) students in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The program will support study in a master's degree program at a U.S. university during one academic year or research at U.S. universities and archives to gather materials for completing a kandidatskaya dissertation.

Applicants must be Russian citizens permanently residing in the Russian Federation who have a university diplom or a bakalavr degree. Applicants should be no older than 30 years of age.

Applicants may submit project proposals for grants in the following disciplines: American history; American literature; American Studies; anthropology / archaeology; architecture /urban planning; art history; arts management; dance; distance learning; film/photography; fine arts; folklore; geography; history (non-U.S.); history and philosophy of science; linguistics; literature; music; musicology; philosophy; political science; psychology; religious studies; sociology/ social work; TEFL, theater.
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS PROGRAM: OCTOBER 12, 2001.

Scholars wishing to obtain more information about either of these programs or institutions of higher education interested in hosting a visiting American scholar under the Exchange of Senior Scholars may contact:

The Office of the Fulbright Representative in Moscow,
Fulbright Program,
Library of Foreign Literature,
ul. Nikoloyamskaya, 1,
Moscow 109189,
tel. (095) 956-32-61; 234-08-13
fax (095) 232-31-34
e-mail: fulbright@fulbright.amc.ru

THE JUNIOR FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (funded by the Freedom Support Act) is open to Russian educators with demonstrated potential as instructors who are currently teaching at a university or similar institute of higher education (VUZ) and who are interested in acquiring new skills and knowledge in teaching methodologies and curriculum development. The grantees are placed in an American university for a full academic year plus an internship (11 months total) in a program under the mentorship of an American faculty member in the appropriate field.

Applicants to the program must be Russian citizens permanently residing in the Russian Federation; must currently be teaching in an institution of higher education and have between two and eight years teaching experience in their field plus well-developed English language skills. Preference will be given to applicants under 40 years of age.

Grantees are chosen in a competitive process which includes submission of an application and project proposal, peer review of the proposal, interviews in English, a TOEFL test, and final selection by a bi-national commission of Russian and American scholars and professionals. Applicants may submit project proposals in the following fields: American studies; architecture and urban planning (priority given to applied aspects); arts management; business administration; cultural anthropology; economics; educational administration; environmental studies (emphasis on environmental policy); history (emphasis on 20th century and American history); public policy; law; library /archival science; linguistics; literature (emphasis on American literature); philosophy; political science; psychology; public administration; sociology; journalism.
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS PROGRAM: DECEMBER 7, 2001.

Contact:

American Councils for Int'l Education: ACTR /ACCELS
Tel: (095) 230-45-70, 956-78-08
Fax: (095) 230-22-23
E-mail: jfdp@actr.ru, academic@actr.ru

THE REGIONAL SCHOLAR EXCHANGE PROGRAM and FREEDOM SUPPORT ACT FELLOWSHIPS IN CONTEMPORARY ISSUES PROGRAM are merit-based open competitions which provide opportunities to citizens of Russia and other countries of the NIS to conduct research in the United States for four or six months. Participants in these programs must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in written and spoken English and be between age 25 and 55 (Freedom Support Act Fellowships in Contemporary Issues) and between age 24 and 60 (The Regional Scholar Exchange Program). All participants are affiliated with U.S. host institutions.

THE REGIONAL SCHOLAR EXCHANGE PROGRAM selects university faculty and scholars at the early stages of their careers and advanced graduate students pursuing dissertation research to consult with their colleagues and conduct research at U.S. institutions. All fellows are matched with host advisors who guide their research.

Candidates must demonstrate a long-term commitment to the advancement of higher education in the social sciences and humanities in their home countries and be working toward or already possess a kandidatskaya degree at the time of their application. Fellows are required to conduct research, write analytical studies, and deliver lectures. The U.S. program can be four or six months.

24 academic disciplines are available for the 2002/2003 program, including American studies, city planning and urban studies, civic education, management and marketing, political science, sociology, and women's studies.
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS PROGRAM: NOVEMBER 15, 2001.

Contact:

IREX
Tel: (095) 234-01-44, 956-05-78 (09-78)
Fax: (095) 956-09-77
E-mail: irexmos@irex.ru

Kennan Institute
Tel: (095) 203-96-76
Tel/Fax: (095) 232-34-96 (34-97)
E-mail: kennan@iph.ras.ru, kennan@online.ru

THE CONTEMPORARY ISSUES PROGRAM selects policy makers; government officials at the national, regional, and local levels; staff of non-governmental associations; lawyers; journalists; bankers and managers; political consultants; public opinion pollsters; judges; and academics for research fellowships at U.S. host institutions. Candidates must be professionally engaged in areas devoted to the building of democracy, free markets and a civil society. Fellows must hold an academic degree equivalent to a U.S. Masters of Arts or Masters of Science degree, have at least three years' professional experience in the proposed field of research, and possess good leadership and communications skills.

All fellows are required to conduct research, write analytical studies, and make presentations. The U.S. program is four months. Research on a broad range of topics should fall into one of the following categories: sustainable growth and economic development in Russia; human rights and the rule of law; democratization; political; military; security and public policy issues; strengthening civil society; Internet; the communications revolution; and intellectual property rights.
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS PROGRAM: NOVEMBER 23, 2001.

Contact:

IREX
Tel: (095) 234-01-44, 956-09-78
Fax: (095) 956-09-77
E-mail: ci@irex.ru

THE GALINA STAROVOITOVA FELLOWSHIP ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION is awarded to prominent scholars and policy-makers from the Russian Federation who seek to advance human rights and conflict resolution.

The fellowship, awarded through a competition administered jointly by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Kennan Institute, is part of the Department of State's public diplomacy effort to foster mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries through international educational and training programs. The Washington, D.C.-based Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will host Starovoitova Fellows.
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS PROGRAM: JANUARY 1, 2002.

Contact:

Contact:
Kennan Institute
Tel: (095) 203-96
Tel/Fax: (095) 232-34-96 (34-97)
E-mail: kennan@iph.ras.ru, kennan@online.ru

THE RUSSIAN-U.S. YOUNG LEADERSHIP FELLOWS FOR PUBLIC SERVICE PROGRAM is an academic exchange program under the Freedom Support Act for outstanding Russian and American college graduates who demonstrate leadership skills and an interest in public service.

The Program will provide one year of intensive academic and professional training to young American and Russian leaders in fields relevant to the democratic transition of the Russian society and the US -Russian historical, political and economic context. Russian students will select a concentration in either community affairs, governmental affairs, or corporate affairs and American students will focus on Russian studies.

Russian and U.S. fellows will be placed at the academic institutions of the United States and Russia. The program includes one year on non-degree graduate-level academic study at qualified universities and colleges, a community service component, and a four-to-twelve week professional development internship.
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS PROGRAM IS NOVEMBER 30,2001.

Contact:

IREX
Tel: (095) 234-0144, 956-0578
Fax: (095) 956-09-77
E-mail: youngleaders@irex.ru

THE FREEDOM SUPPORT ACT UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE PROGRAM provides tuition and living expenses for Russian undergraduate students in their first, second or third year of study to attend an American university or community college for one year. Fields of study include: agriculture, American Studies, Business, Computer Science (first year students only), Economics, Education (second and third year students only), environmental Management, International Relations (second and third year students only), Journalism/Communication, Political Science, and Sociology.

Academic programs are complemented by community service activities, a practical internship and an end-of-year workshop. Applicants are selected through an open competition after meeting age and English proficiency requirements.
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS PROGRAM IS NOVEMBER 2, 2001.

THE FREEDOM SUPPORT ACT SECONDARY SCHOOL EXCHANGE PROGRAM (FLEX Program) brings Russian high school students to the United States to live with American host families, attend high school and experience community life for an academic year. Participants will be chosen for the 2002-2003 school year. All students currently enrolled in the ninth or tenth grade who were born between 1 January 1986 and 15 July 1987 are eligible to apply. Students with disabilities are eligible to apply if they were born between 1 January 1984 and 15 July 1987 and study in the ninth, tenth and eleventh grades.

Recruitment is through an open competition organized by the American Councils for International Education (ACTR/ ACCELS) in conjunction with the Russian Ministry of Education. Successful applicants will have a good command of the English language, a good academic record, and the personal skills, qualities, attitude and motivation to enable them to succeed as exchange students.
FIRST ROUND RECRUITMENT FOR THIS PROGRAM WILL TAKE PLACE FROM SEPTEMBER TO OCTOBER 2001.

Contact:

American Councils for Int'l Education: ACTR /ACCELS
Tel: (095) 230-45-90
Fax: (095) 956-7803
E-mail: fsaugrad@actr.ru

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

THE UNITED STATES-RUSSIA AWARDS FOR TEACHERS OF ENGLISH AND AMERICAN STUDIES is a Russia-wide competition for teachers at the secondary school level. The program is jointly organized by the U.S. Embassy and the Russian Ministry of Education in cooperation with the American Councils for International Education: ACTR / ACCELS.

Teachers who are currently teaching English or American Studies at a secondary school in the Russian Federation and who have at least five years of teaching experience are eligible to apply. Finalists spend six to eight weeks in the U.S. at a summer professional enrichment seminar. Semi-finalists receive books and computer or office equipment for their schools.
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 15, 2001.

Contact:

American Councils for Int'l Education: ACTR/ACCELS
Tel: (095) 956-78-15, 230-44-88
Fax: (095) 230-22-23
E-mail: actruch@actr.ru

THE FREEDOM SUPPORT ACT - The Freedom Support Act - funded Partners in Education Program (PIE) supports democratic reform efforts in Russia by assisting with the development of civic education and social studies curriculum modules.

Secondary school social studies educators and administrators, as well as instructors at pedagogical institutes from select regions in Russia, will be chosen through an open, merit-based competition to participate in six-week community-based training and internship programs at U.S. secondary schools. Participants will be provided with home stays, and each educator or administrator will be paired with a faculty mentor at the host institution.

Recruitment in Russia will be limited to educators and administrators from the following regions:
• Tomskaya Oblast
• Krasnodarskiy Kray and Adygeya Republic
• Amurskaya Oblast and Jewish Autonomous Oblast
• Novgorodskaya Oblast and Pskovskaya Oblast.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS DECEMBER 14, 2001

Non-English-speaking school directors from Russia will be eligible to participate in a three-week specially designed PiE program that reflects a growing interest in learning about community-based school administration.

In the 2002-03 academic year, twelve secondary school directors/administrators will be selected to participate in the program from five target regions:
• Altayskiy Kray and Altay Rebublic
• Vologda Oblast
• Tambov Oblast
• Primorskiy Kray
• Republic of Tatarstan

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS NOVEMBER 30, 2001
DEALINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS FEBRUARY 1, 2002.

Contact:

American Councils for Int'l Education: ACTR /ACCELS
Tel: (095) 956-78-15, 956-7806
Fax: (095) 247-2343
E-mail: pie@actr.ru

EDMUND S. MUSKIE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM AND THE FREEDOM SUPPORT ACT GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM provide financial assistance to qualified individuals for one and two year degree and non-degree graduate-level programs in the United States. The fellowships are offered in the fields of business administration, economics, education, environmental management, international affairs, journalism/mass communication, law, library and information science, public administration, public policy, and public health. Candidates may apply for only one field of study in either the Edmund S. Muskie Fellowship Program or the FSA Graduate Fellowship Program.

Candidates must be under 40 years of age and have an undergraduate degree. Selection is conducted through an open competition and is determined on the basis of academic excellence, English language proficiency, and professional aptitude. Applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and may be required to take the GMAT (test to enter business school) or GRE (general graduate school examination) if applying for degree programs. An interview in English is the final stage of the selection process.
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS PROGRAM IS OCTOBER 26, 2001.

EDMUND S. MUSKIE Ph.D FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM. Program selects outstanding citizens from the Russian Federation to receive scholarships for doctoral level study and professional development in the United States in the fields of business administration, economics, public administration and public policy. Applications for the first round of competition will only be accepted for the fields of business administration and economics. The program begins in the fall semester of the year of award and follows the normal Ph.D. cycle of the institution.

Applicants must be under 49 years of age at the time of application; be the recipients of a master's degree from a recognized U.S. institution, or its foreign equivalent; be proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application; be able to demonstrate professional aptitude and leadership potential in their field of specialization; be able to begin the academic exchange program in the United States in the fall of 2002; and be committed to conducting dissertation research on a topic directly related to Russia and/or the region.
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS PROGRAM IS OCTOBER 26, 2001.

Contact:

American Councils for Int'l Education: ACTR /ACCELS
Tel: (095) 230-45-88
Tel/Fax: (095) 956-78-03
E-mail: actrmuskie@actr.ru

HUBERT H. HUMPHREY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM brings accomplished mid-level professionals to the United States for a year of academic and professional work. Appropriate candidates are mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have the required experience/skills, commitment to public service, and potential for advancement in their professions. Fellowships are granted competitively to public and private sector candidates with a commitment to public service in the fields of communications/journalism, natural resources and environmental management, public policy analysis and public administration, economic development, agricultural development/agricultural economics, finance and banking, human resource management/personnel, law and human rights, urban and architectural planning, technology policy and management, educational planning, and public health policy and management. An additional drug abuse component in the field of public health policy and management emphasizes drug abuse education, treatment, and prevention.

Applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). An interview in English is the first stage of the selection process.
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS PROGRAM IS NOVEMBER 2, 2001.

Contact:

Educational Exchanges Office, U.S. Embassy, Moscow
Tel: (095) 728-53-65, 728-5242
Fax: (095) 728-52-03
E-mail: pamoscow@pd.state.gov

THE SABIT (Special American Business Internship Training) PROGRAM provides participants with substantive experience in the workings of the American market economy, so that they will return to their home countries with practical knowledge necessary to contribute to the economic transformation process. There are two types of internship training. The first is for individual, English-speaking Russian business executives and scientists who are placed with U.S. firms for a period of two to six months. The second is for groups focussed on a particular industry. In the group programs, participants from around the CIS travel together to meet with companies in one industry. Russian interpreters are provided. Interested persons with at least five years' experience in their specialty should contact the SABIT Coordinator at the U.S. Embassy's Foreign Commercial Service in Moscow.

Contact:

SABIT Program, U.S Commercial Service,
23 / 38 Bolshaya Molchanovka St.
Tel: (095) 737-50-18
Tel./ fax: (095) 737-50-19
E-mail: irena.staniak@mail.doc.gov

THE COCHRAN FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM of the United States Department of Agriculture sends specialists from Russia to the U.S. for training in agricultural and agribusiness issues. The objectives of the program are to develop agricultural systems, which will satisfy food requirements in Russia, and to strengthen and enhance trade linkages with the United States. The program consists of short-term training for two to four weeks designed to address the specific interests of the participants. Selection is based on an application and an interview. There is no age limit or language requirement. Interested persons should contact the U.S. Embassy's Foreign Agricultural Service.

Contact:

Foreign Agricultural Service,
U.S. Embassy, Moscow
Tel: (095) 956-41-03
Fax: (095) 255-99-51

THE SALZBURG SEMINARS, initiated in the 1940's as an intellectual counterpart to the Marshall Plan, consist of seven- to twelve-day intensive seminars for international experts in select fields. Participants both contribute to the expertise of the group and learn from interaction with other participants and the faculty members of each session. All activities are conducted in English. Previous topics included "Economies in Transition," "European Integration," "Perspectives on Federalism," "Towards a G-3 World," "American Law and Legal Institutions," and "Literature as a Political Force."

Contact:

Foreign Agricultural Service,
U.S. Embassy, Moscow
Tel: (095) 956-41-03
Fax: (095) 255-99-51

SUMMER INSTITUTES AND SEMINARS

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department sponsors Summer Institutes for Secondary School Educators and Summer Institutes for Foreign University Educators in the fields of American Studies and Civic Education. The Institutes are small and the selection process is highly competitive. Each Summer Institute consists of four weeks of academic courses plus two seeks of travel designed to introduce participants to the people and culture of the United States.

Contact:

Educational Exchanges Office, U.S. Embassy, Moscow
Tel: (095) 728-5365
Fax: (095) 728-5203
E-mail: pamoscow@pd.state.gov

PROGRAMS IN THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES

A limited number of United States government programs exist in the arts and humanities. Selection is highly competitive. Participants should be up and coming artists, performers, or writers. Programs in museum management are dependent upon a cooperative relationship with an American museum.

The Iowa Writers' Workshop of the University of Iowa in Iowa City has played host to many of America's most important contemporary writers. Each year the Workshop requests nominations from U.S. embassies for young, English-speaking writers for a program that includes a three-month residency in Iowa City and the opportunity to travel within the United States.

American Dance Festival Choreographers Competition, part of the summer American Dance Festival at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, requests nominations from U.S. embassies for young choreographers. A minimum level of English proficiency is required for participation in the program.

International Partnership among Museums is a program offered by the American Association of Museums for museum administrators and curators who wish to strengthen ties to American museums and galleries.

Contact:

Cultural Affairs Office, U.S. Embassy, Moscow
Tel: (095) 728-5242
Fax: (095) 728-5203
E-mail: pamoscow@pd.state.gov
or at Educational Information Centers at your region.
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