Grants for Russians

Information about the Fulbright Program competition for the 2025-26 academic year will be announced in February 2024.

The Fulbright Visiting Student Program is open to Russian university graduates and to graduate (kandidatskaya) students in the arts, engineering, natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. This program supports either year of research to that assist in completion of a “kandidat nauk” degree in Russia or two years of study to complete a U.S. Master’s degree.

Applicants must be Russian citizens permanently residing in the Russian Federation who have a university diploma (“specialist”) or a bachelor’s degree.

The list of major academic disciplines for Fulbright awards can be found at .

Application materials are available in February each year.

The annual deadline for submitting applications is May 15. For additional information please visit .

The FLTA program is open to current English teachers or students in their final year in an institution of higher education studying to be an English teacher.

This program allows Russian teachers of English (or students studying to be teachers) to gain teaching experience by teaching on U.S. university campuses up to 20 hours per week while taking two courses per semester. Fellows are also expected to interact with their host community in conversation groups and involved in extracurricular activities and community outreach projects. Upon completion of the program, the Fellows return home and teach English at the secondary and university level.

  • Application materials are available in February each year.
  • The annual deadline for submitting applications is June 1.
  • Additional information and application procedures can be found at .

The Fulbright Faculty Development Program (FFDP) is designed for faculty who are currently teaching at institutions of higher education in Russia.

The goal of the Fulbright Faculty Development Program (FFDP) is to introduce participants to best practices and theoretical approaches to curriculum development in the US and provide them with concrete strategies on how to develop curriculum for a new course, including an overview of academic and research resources. During the program, FFDP fellows research and develop course descriptions and syllabi and outline specific teaching strategies for their proposed courses.

The FFDP Program is currently being reviewed while changes to the design of the program are being considered. Competition dates for the FFDP Program are not available now and will be announced once program changes are finalized. For anyone who is interested in participating in the FFDP Program, please send an inquiry to and the Fulbright Program Office will send competition updates.

The Fulbright Senior Scholar Program is open to Russian scholars who have established themselves in their fields and wish to take advantage of the opportunity to further their professional development through research or lecturing activity in the United States. The candidate must have a kandidatskaya degree (as a minimum requirement), a proven record of research activities and publications, and well-developed English skills.

  • Application materials are available in February each year.
  • The annual deadline for submitting applications is July 15.
  • Additional information and application procedures can be found at:

The SIR Program brings visiting scholars and professionals from Russia and other countries to lecture at U.S. colleges and universities for one semester or one academic year. In addition to teaching courses, scholars give campus-wide and community lectures, help initiate international programs and contribute to curriculum development. The SIR Program is especially appropriate for small liberal arts colleges, minority-serving institutions, and community colleges, many of which do not often have the opportunity to host Fulbright Visiting Scholars. U.S. institutions interested in hosting a Russian Scholar-In-Resident must submit a proposal to the Council for International exchange of Scholars (CIES) in Washington, D.C., in which they invite a Russian scholar to teach one or more courses and to be in residence for a semester or an academic year. Institutions may suggest suitable candidates or have CIES recruit scholars from a particular region.