Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Russia


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10 Fulbright Study/Research Grants

Grant Period:

9 months

Grantees must be able to begin their grants by September 1, 2015. Grantees are required to attend an in-country orientation held in Moscow in September/October 2015, and an in-country, mid-year enrichment seminar in January 2016.


Pre-Departure Orientation:

All grantees are required to participate in a pre-departure orientation via webinar in June or July as a condition of their grants.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral


Candidate Profile:

Candidates at all degree levels will be considered; however, preference is given to those individuals who are already enrolled in graduate programs with research projects on topics primarily focused on the Russian regions. Candidates who have recently obtained a bachelor’s degree and plan to pursue graduate work in the future will also be considered. Applications are welcome in the humanities, social sciences, pure and applied sciences, and the creative and performing arts. Candidates who will base themselves in the Russian regions (i.e. outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg) are preferred as there are very few grants available for placement in Moscow and St. Petersburg.


Ineligibility:

Candidates with dual U.S.-Russian nationality are ineligible for consideration.


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Strongly Recommended

Level: Novice to Advanced
Minimum 1 year of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant

Additional Information: Proficiency in Russian commensurate with the purposes of the Fulbright Program and sufficient to carry out the proposed course of study or research is expected by the beginning of the grant. Short-listed candidates will be given a 30-minute telephone/Skype interview in Russian in early- to mid-February 2015.


Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA):

Read more complete details on the Critical Language Enhancement Award program.

Language: Russian
Prior Language Study: A minimum of one year of prior Russian study is required for study/research grantees.
Dates and Timing: The Critical Language Enhancement Award for study/research grantees is a minimum of three and a maximum of six months in duration, concurrent with the Fulbright grant.

NB:  The Fulbright Office in Moscow will play a direct role in arranging a suitable placement for all Fulbright and Critical Language Enhancement Award recipients in Russia. An intensive language study schedule will be defined after an initial test of Russian language skill and its evaluation at the host university. All CLEA recipients will need to do their intensive language study at the same universities that will be hosting them for their Fulbright grants. CLEA  recipients are responsible for informing Russian hosts of their specific needs for the language course (group or individual tutoring or a combination of classes; aspects of the language to concentrate on; how many hours a week and how many months of tutoring, etc.). Study/research grantees are expected to complete 10 hours per week of private tutoring or 20 hours per week of classroom study.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes
Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Affiliation:

Although candidates are encouraged to explore placement possibilities and affiliations and to submit letters of support, a confirmed placement or affiliation is not required before applying to the program. Priority will be given to those applicants proposing study/research in Russia's regions, i.e., outside Moscow and St. Petersburg. Grantees must affiliate with a single academic institution for the duration of their Fulbright tenure; the Fulbright Program Office in Russia determines academic affiliations for all successful candidates, whether with or without prior arrangements. The Fulbright Program considers it essential to place grantees in a diversity of locations throughout Russia. A very limited number of grantees will be placed in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Affiliations are not possible in the Northern Caucasus region, and applications for projects in that region will not be considered. Before finalizing affiliation plans, applicants should consult with the Fulbright Office in Moscow. Please note that many Russian universities will require that grantees, especially those conducting research, consult with a local academic adviser; affiliation fees are becoming more prevalent.


Affiliation Fees/Tuition:

Many Russian universities will charge grantees tuition or a mandatory fee in order to host them as a researcher or for the purpose of affiliation. If affiliation requires course enrollment, the courses should be directly related to the grantee's research project. Grantees who are charged affiliation fees/tuition must consult with the Fulbright Program Office in Russia prior to signing the contract and payment in order to be reimbursed. Grantees who are not imposed a fee by their host university and would like to take courses must do so at their own expense.


Dependents:

Dependent support is available.


25 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships

Grant Period:

9 months

Grants will begin in mid-September through to June. Grantees may also be invited to work at English language summer camps sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Russia in summer 2016. In addition, all grantees are required to attend an in-country training workshop to be held in Moscow during the very last week of September 2015 and an in-country, mid-year enrichment seminar in January 2016.


Pre-Departure Orientation:

All grantees are required to participate in a pre-departure orientation via webinar in June or July as a condition of their grants.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's


Candidate Profile:

Well-rounded, articulate, graduating seniors or recent university graduates with the initiative to teach conversational English in universities will be considered. Undergraduate degrees in humanities, social sciences, and sciences and those with the interest and ability to talk about American history, government, and civics are preferred. Successful candidates will not just be teaching English, but explaining their country to Russians who have little contextual understanding of America. No previous teaching experience is required. Applicants must be native English-speakers.


Ineligibility:

Candidates with dual U.S.-Russian nationality are ineligible for consideration.


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Strongly Recommended

Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Minimum 2 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant

Additional Information: Although all class teaching is in English, Russian language skills are required, with a minimum working knowledge of Russian equal to two years of college-level study. Short-listed candidates will be given a 30-minute telephone/Skype interview in Russian in early- to mid-February 2015.


Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA):

Read more complete details on the Critical Language Enhancement Award program.

Language: Russian
Prior Language Study: A minimum of two years of prior Russian study is required for ETAs.
Dates and Timing: The Critical Language Enhancement Award for ETAs is a minimum of three and a maximum of six months in duration, concurrent with the Fulbright grant.

NB: The Fulbright Office in Moscow will play a direct role in arranging a suitable placement for all Fulbright and Critical Language Enhancement Award recipients in Russia. An intensive language study schedule will be defined after an initial test of Russian language skill and its evaluation at the host university. All CLEA recipients will need to do their intensive language study at the same universities that will be hosting them for their Fulbright grants. CLEA recipients are responsible for informing Russian hosts of their specific needs for the language course (group or individual tutoring or a combination of classes; aspects of the language to concentrate on, how many hours a week and how many months of tutoring, etc.). ETAs are expected to complete 10 hours of private tutoring or classroom study per week.


Placement Type:

Grantees will be placed by the Fulbright Program Office in Moscow, and placement will be at universities in cities other than Moscow and St. Petersburg. Positions combine 18 hours per week of classroom teaching and up to 6 hours per week of advising/working with Russian teachers of English. 


Supplementary Project:

An additional 6 hours per week will be reserved for an independent study/research project or a minimum of 10 hours of intensive language study for those with a Critical Language Enhancement Award. Applicants should submit detailed descriptions of their study or career interests and also include well-thought-out and feasible projects. These projects should not conflict with assigned teaching and advising responsibilities.


Dependents:

ETAs cannot be accompanied by dependents.


I am a....

Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.

Artist

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

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U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.