The Innovation Fellows are a part of the Professional Fellows Program (PFP) with a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. Only citizens of Russia and Belarus are currently eligible to apply for the Innovation cohort of the Professional Fellows Program. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. For Russia and Belarus, PFP is administered by American Councils for International Education:ACTR/ACCELS.
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 in 2016. 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.
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.
The Application for PFP Spring 2019 is Now Open until November 5, 2018.
The spring program will take place in April - May, 2019. Exact dates TBD.