Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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.

Program Goals
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 Fall 2017 is open from February 13 - April 7, 2017!
Successful applicants for the fall 2017 program will travel to the United States on a professional fellowship from October 10 - November 17, 2017. 
To apply for the program you will need to create a username and password to access the application, the online applications can be found at:https://ais.americancouncils.org/pfp  Please note that you will have to authenticate your username and password before you can log in.  You will receive an email with a link that must be clicked. Check your spam if it does not go to your inbox.
Once you create your username and login, and authenticate them, you will be able to access the application.  Please choose PFP 2017 Application: Citizens of Russia (Fall)from the list of available applications.
Good luck!