Since 1992, U.S. government-funded exchange programs have brought more than 75,000 Russian citizens to the United States for education, exchange and training activities. These programs give participants an opportunity to obtain knowledge and develop skills in their fields of expertise and to establish valuable contacts with U.S. colleagues.
The U.S. Embassy in Moscow and Consulates in Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok are committed to supporting alumni by introducing them to resources based upon their exchange experience and facilitating further connections among alumni of U.S. government programs across Russia and the world.
Alumni Project Support Program
The Alumni Project Support Program provides funding up to $3,000 to implement innovative alumni projects that address various themes and foster greater contacts between alumni of various U.S. government programs. Proposals may focus on any theme including, but not limited to, innovations in various fields, women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship, disabilities issues and youth outreach. Projects should be interesting, original, creative, dynamic and focus on sharing innovative practice and experience gained during participation in the program. Activities may include anything from professional development and mentoring events, web-chats, seminars, interactive training, etc. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis but must be submitted via our Russian alumni website: www.alumnirussia.online
Alumni Community and Resources
U.S. government-sponsored exchange program participants and alumni living in Russia have a number of opportunities to be involved in post-exchange activities and receive access to specialized resources. These opportunities include events such as conferences, lectures, round-tables, 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 web-chats with VIPs and access to databases with $33 billion worth of grant opportunities.
International Exchange Alumni website: https://alumni.state.gov/.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, alumni.state.gov offers alumni from U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs a place to:
- Network with alumni from various programs
- Find grant and funding opportunities worth more than $33 billion
- 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 local alumni associations
The emphasis in the 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 https://alumni.state.gov/
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. Winning teams will be awarded up to $50,000 in support of projects.
For more information and details on competition dates and program guidelines, please visit the AEIF home page.
For questions regarding alumni activities and opportunities in Russia, please contact us AlumniRussia@state.gov.