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Russia Alumni Central

Since 1992 U.S. Government-funded exchange programs have brought more than 75,000 Russian citizens to the United States for training. These programs give participants an opportunity to obtain knowledge and develop skills in their fields of expertise and establish valuable contacts with U.S. colleagues. Click here to see a list of currently existing exchange programs.

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow and Consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok are committed to supporting alumni by introducing them to resources based upon their exchange experience and facilitating the connection of alumni of USG programs across Russia.

Alumni Opportunities

U.S. government-sponsored exchange program participants and alumni living in Russia have a number of opportunities to be involved in post-exchange activities, as well as receive access to specialized resources. These opportunities include events such as conferences, lectures, roundtables, discussions, cultural events, training sessions and other opportunities involving alumni-run initiatives. Resources for alumni include exclusive access to 20,000 online magazines and newspapers, professional development resources, exclusive video webchats with VIPs and access to databases with $33 billion worth of grant opportunities.

Activities Supported Through the Mission

  • Russia Connects Program: A series of alumni events throughout different Russian cities designed to bring USG alumni from different programs, generations and backgrounds together. During 2012-2013 program cycle this events took place in Yaroslavl, Omsk, Orenburg, Izhevsk, Ulyanovsk, Krasnoyarsk, Barnaul, Voronezh and Krasnodar. In 2013-2014 alumni from the following cities had been offered a unique opportunity to reconnect and meet with alumni from various programs: Murmansk, Veliky Novgorod, Tyumen, Rostov-on-Don, Magnitogorsk and Irkutsk. We are looking forward to meet alumni in other cities of Russia.
  • PFP Alumni Accelerator Programs: This program brings together alumni of the Professional Fellows Program in order to strengthen their network of professional colleagues, and create a new generation of Russian leaders. Seven alumni-designed workshops will take place throughout Russia in 2014. The project themes vary from innovative technologies for creating disabilities- friendly environment to business training on infrastructure support for entrepreneurs and creating startups, from a hands-on  48-hour hackathon focused on creating new products and presenting it to investors to a  dialogue between academic community and non-profits to define possible partnership areas for development of social entrepreneurship practices.
  • Alumni Projects Support Program: The program provides support up to $3,000 to implement alumni innovative projects that address various themes and foster greater contacts between alumni of various programs.  Proposals may focus on any theme including, but not limited to innovations in various fields, women empowerment, entrepreneurship, disabilities issues and youth outreach. Projects should be original, creative, dynamic, and interesting and focus on sharing innovative practice and experience gained during participation in the program.  Activities can include anything from professional development events, web-chats, seminars, interactive training, etc. 

Online Global Alumni Community and Resources

  • International Exchange Alumni: The official website for more than 1,000,000 alumni of exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Interactive, dynamic, and password-protected, offers alumni from U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs a place to:

    • Network with alumni from various programs
    • Find grant and funding opportunities
    • Access more than 20,000 free periodicals, newspapers, and more
    • Find the latest research in your field, plus job and career resources
    • Participate in web chats discussions with experts
    • Share your experience with a global audience
    • Read alumni success stories, perspectives, and ideas
    • Stay involved through a local alumni associations

The emphasis in International Exchange Alumni website is on user-created content, so members are encouraged to post events, job announcements, news, photos, and grant opportunities directly to State Alumni. To access the global community, please click on the link

  • Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund: The competition provides small grants to teams of past and current participants of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to carry out public service projects that utilize skills and knowledge they have gained through their exchange experiences.
  • The fourth annual Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) competition was launched on April 1st! This year’s competition invited teams of exchange alumni to propose projects to address global issues under project categories including Empowering Women, Outreach to Underserved Communities, Entrepreneurship and Youth Employment, Expanded Access to Education, Environmental Protection, Government Transparency, Freedom of Expression, Conflict Resolution, Citizen Security, and Promoting Civil Society. Winning teams will be awarded up to $25,000 in support of their projects.

Past Successful Projects:

  • “Open School for Responsible Bloggers” (Saint Petersburg/Moscow)
  • “Way to Work” (Omsk)
  • “Legal School for Young Entrepreneurs” (Saint Petersburg)
  • “Jobs for Youth with Disabilities” (Smolensk/Pskov)
  • “MOOC Awareness Campaign” (across Russia)


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