РFP Program (Professional Fellows Program)

РFP Program (Professional Fellows Program)Imagine how you will improve your professional development and competitiveness if you work in the United States and learn about existing measures to support innovation and entrepreneurship. If you are a professional engaged in the commercial sector and associated with activities to support innovation or entrepreneurship, this program is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in the daily work of an American company, learn about the success factors of supporting an innovative business, establish new business contacts and share this experience with your compatriots. 

The Professional Fellows Program is merit-based and it affords promising young professionals from Russia the opportunity to gain practical experience in, and exposure to, United States policies and offices related to innovation and entrepreneurship. The fellows will be part of a larger cohort of the Professional Fellows Program, joining fellows from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine working on different PFP topics. The knowledge and interest of our Russia innovation fellows will be expanded through short-term fellowships in a variety of American organizations and state bodies across the United States that address innovation/entrepreneurship policy issues. All finalists are assigned individual placements based on their application, goals, professional background and sphere of interest.

Program Goals

  1. Strengthen understanding of the U.S. policies related to innovation and/or entrepreneurship
  2. Create partnerships between innovation focused institutions in the U.S. and Russia.

 Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for PFP, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen and resident of Russia. Applicants living outside of Russia or on a long-term program will not be considered eligible to apply.
  • Be an emerging leader in government, civil society, or the private sector who has demonstrated expertise pertaining to the respective theme under which they are applying.
  • Be currently employed with at least two years of relevant professional experience at the time of application.
  • Be a professional fit for the PFP theme Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Be between 25 and 35 years old at the start of the program
  • Be self-directed and able to work effectively in a cross-cultural setting.
  • Be able to identify an objective/project of their own selection that the applicant would like to implement in their home workplace or community.
  • Have demonstrated proficiency in both written and oral English.
  • Have demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills.

Individuals in the following circumstances are NOT eligible to apply to participate as Fellows in the Professional Fellows Program:

  • Citizens and permanent residents of the United States
  • Individuals currently participating in academic, training, research programs, or who are currently working in the United States
  • Individuals who have already been recipients of and participated in LEAP/LFP/PFP
  • Individuals currently residing or working outside their country of citizenship
  • Individuals who have participated in an exchange visitor program sponsored or funded by the U.S. government (e.g., Public Affairs Sections at U.S. embassies or other U.S. government agency) and who have not fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement by the time of the application
  • Individuals who have applied for U.S. permanent residency in the past three years
  • Persons arrested for, charged with, or convicted of a crime as further detailed by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Additional info about the program can be found on the PFP website.

Application deadline is January 31, 2023.

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