Programs for Professionals

The International Visitor Leadership Program brings mid- to senior-level individuals from Russia to the U.S. for two to four weeks, to meet with their counterparts and examine issues related to democratic and economic reform, as well as other topics of interest in the U.S.-Russian relationship. The IVL Program affords a unique opportunity for established or potential foreign leaders in government, politics, media, education, labor relations, the arts and other key fields to confer with their professional counterparts and to experience the U.S. first-hand.

Candidates can not “apply” or nominate themselves. Unlike most other programs, the U.S. Embassy nominates the visitors, who come to the United States from Russia to meet with their American counterparts in various cities around the country. Cultural and geographic diversity play a large role in these programs. The decision whether to accept and fund each person rests with the Department of State in Washington and the Public Affairs Section in Moscow.

IVL projects generally last three weeks and provide an in-depth look at a particular subject area. Participants travel in groups and visit Washington, D.C. and three or four other U.S. cities. Participants are typically in their 30s or 40s, and are mid-career professionals with a long career track ahead of them.

The following are among the topics that have been addressed in recent visits:

  • American Studies and the U.S. Political Process
  • HIV Prevention Strategies
  • The Role of Media, the Policy Community and NGOs from a Government Perspective
  • Journalism Education in the U.S.
  • Aviation Safety Programs and Procedures
  • Intellectual Property Rights and Technology Commercialization
  • The Role of Citizen’s Watchdog Groups
  • Terrorism Preparedness Programs
  • Using Public-Private Partnerships for Local Economic Development
  • International Adoption

The Open World Program, authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1999 as the Russian Leadership Program, brings young political and civic leaders from Russia to the United States for short-term stays. The program aims to forge better understanding between the two nations by giving emerging Russian leaders unique opportunities to observe and experience American political, business, and community life firsthand. Since the inception of Open World, over 4,500 participants have been hosted in more than 700 communities across the United States. Open World is now administered by the Center for Russian Leadership Development. The Center has its own board of trustees, an expanded, year-round program of exchanges, and a permanent home at the U.S. Library of Congress.

The Open World Program targets for participation public policy decision-makers, as well as those who influence the policy arena and public opinion. The most appropriate nominees are talented leaders who are relatively young but have already demonstrated leadership skills and a commitment to building democracy, free markets, and the rule of law in the Russian Federation.


U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia
Tel: +7 (495) 728-5000, x5806

The SABIT (Special American Business Internship Training) Program provides participants with substantive experience in the workings of the American market economy, so that they will return to their home countries with practical knowledge necessary to contribute to the economic transformation process. There are two types of internship training. The first is for individual, English-speaking Russian business executives and scientists who are placed with U.S. firms for a period of two to six months. The second is for groups focussed on a particular industry. In the group programs, participants from around the CIS travel together to meet with companies in one industry. Russian interpreters are provided. Interested persons with at least five years’ experience in their specialty should contact the SABIT Coordinator at the U.S. Embassy’s Foreign Commercial Service in Moscow.


SABIT Program, U.S Commercial Service
U.S. Embassy Moscow
Tel: +7 (495) 728-51-36
Program website:

The Professional Fellows Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS.

The professional Fellows Program affords promising young professionals from Russia the opportunity to gain practical experience in, and exposure to, United States policies related to innovation and entrepreneurship. The knowledge and interest of these young Eurasian professionals in American policies to the above-mentioned areas 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. In addition, Professional Fellows will also have the opportunity to invite their U.S. supervisors to their home region to develop a mutually beneficial short-term project on innovation/entrepreneurship.

To be eligible for the PFP, applicant must:

  • Be a citizen and current resident of Russia;
  • Be 25 to 35 years of age at the time of application;
  • Be proficient in English;
  • Have relevant experience in and commitment to a career in innovation/entrepreneurship in the public sector;
  • Be able to apply US experience towards innovation/entrepreneurship policy development in Russia.

Participants are selected through a competitive application process. Fellows will travel in two delegations (spring and fall) for a total of six weeks.

For more information on this program and how to apply, please contact:

Olga Ivanova

The Russian Business Leaders (RBL) is a program for young Russians engaged in business leadership positions to gain exposure to work in the US private sector. Selected finalists will participate in professionally-relevant, tailored four-week fellowships at a wide-variety of US businesses and non-profit organizations, university business departments, accelerators, and other related institutes and enterprises focused on building businesses. The program will conclude with a dynamic four-day closing program in Washington, D.C., that includes a leadership certificate program at Georgetown University.

RBL will provide participants with an array of modern business tools, concepts, and principles that will strengthen their leadership and technical abilities through interactive and personalized projects, as well as build enduring professional relationships between Americans and Russians who share an interest in driving economic development forward. RBL is designed to allow Russian business leaders to share their experience with American colleagues, learn more about the United States, and build ties that will benefit business and cultural relations between the US and Russia. Many finalists will also have the opportunity to live with an American family and invite an American colleague back to Russia to explore prospects for joint business projects.

Finalists are selected through an open, merit-based competition. RBL pays for flights and all living expenses while on the program.

To be eligible for the Russian business Leaders Program, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen and current resident of Russia. Applicants living outside Russia or on a long term program outside Russia will not be considered eligible to apply;
  • Be 22 to 27 years of age at any time of application;
  • Be a college graduate (equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree or higher);
  • Be proficient in English; and
  • Have two years of relevant experience in and commitment to a career in business. Relevant fields of business include entrepreneurship, innovation, social entrepreneurship, large corporations.
  • Have demonstrated business leadership skills and experience.

Please apply at

For more information about the RBL program, please contact