The Alfa Fellowship Program is a high-level professional development program placing up to 15 U.S. and U.K. citizens per year in work assignments at leading organizations in Russia in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, and related areas. Key goals of the Alfa Fellowship Program are expanding networks of American, British and Russian professionals, developing greater intercultural understanding, and advancing U.S.-Russian and U.K.-Russian relations.
In addition to individualized professional assignments, the Alfa Fellowship Program includes language training in the U.S./U.K. and in Russia, an orientation seminar in Washington, D.C., a Moscow seminar program, and regional excursions in Russia. Throughout the program, Fellows also participate in a regular series of topical seminars and meetings with key officials and business leaders to discuss current issues and developments in Russia.
The Fellowship covers travel, accommodation, health insurance, language instruction and a monthly stipend.
The Alfa Fellowship Program is funded by a grant from Alfa-Bank. The Alfa Fellowship Program is represented in the U.S. and U.K. by Cultural Vistas, and in Moscow by the Fund for International Fellowships and Cultural Dialogue.
The Alfa Fellowship Alumni Association was established in 2008. It contributes its support to the Alfa Fellowship Program and works to ensure program alumni remain connected with one another.