InteRussia fellowship programme: call for applications is now open

InteRussia fellowship programme: call for applications is now open

18 February 2024


MGIMO University in partnership with the Gorchakov Fund are launching a call for applications for the InteRussia programme of short-term scientific and research fellowships for rising professionals in international relations, political science and area studies.

InteRussia is an opportunity for aspiring experts in history, theory and practice of international relations, political science and area studies to get fully immersed into Russian academia, visit policy-making institutions, participate in expert sessions hosted by universities, think tanks and non-governmental organisations. The unique feature of the programme is that the selected participants will be able to work in close contact with and under the academic guidance of leading Russian IR scholars from MGIMO University.

The mission of the programme is to build a horizontal network of rising scholars from around the globe to foster fruitful academic dialogue on emerging IR perspectives in an increasingly multipolar world.

The fellowship activities will be organised in English and hosted at MGIMO University (Moscow, Russia) from March 18 to April 28.

The theme of the 2024 spring fellowship is “The Changing International Security Landscape”.

Deadline for applications is February 18, 12:00 pm Moscow time (UTC +3). The results of the competition will be communicated to all candidates by email.

The fellowship is to result in an original individual research project of 15,000-25,000 characters (incl. spaces) based on the submitted research proposal (in English).

Who can apply?

To participate in the competition, applicants will have to meet the following requirements:

  1. non-Russian citizenship;
  2. age 25-39;
  3. permanent residence outside of Russia;
  4. professional knowledge of English (CEFR C1 and higher);
  5. submission of a research proposal;
  6. absence of any employment/previous enrollment in academic programmes/other ties with MGIMO University;
  7. a Ph.D. degree or at least 3 years of working experience in academic institutions / think tanks or Ph.D. studies in progress.

Selection of the applicants for the fellowship will be based on results of the competition.
The competition criteria include:

  1. a research proposal;
  2. academic publications;
  3. letters of recommendation (x 2-3);
  4. other research conducted by the applicant (conferences, grants awarded, academic internships, expert publications, opinion pieces/comments in the media, etc.);
  5. online interview.

How to apply?

  1. sign up using the English version of the Gorchakov Fund’s website;
  2. click on the My Projects tab and select Create an application;
  3. select the programme in IR and fill in the application form.

Terms of participation:

The organisers will cover the following costs:

  • travel expenses to/from Moscow;
  • single accommodation;
  • visa support;
  • medical insurance;
  • a scholarship of RUB 45,000 for the entire duration of the six-week fellowship.

The participants are supposed to cover the following costs:

  • food.

The Regulation on Hosting Fellowships for Foreign Experts is available here.

If you have any questions, please contact us by e-mail at

InteRussia is part of the strategic academic leadership programme ‘Priority 2030’. To learn more please visit our website.