Study Abroad: Meeting Russia (PICREADI)

Deadline for application: December 31, 2017

The Center for Support and Development of Public Initiatives Creative Diplomacy (PICREADI), a Russian NGO working in the field of public diplomacy, has the pleasure to introduce you to their Meeting Russia program.

Meeting Russia is a unique public diplomacy program for young leaders from the United States, Canada, and Europe interested in Russia. Held in Moscow on March 21–25, 2018, the program focuses on Russia’s foreign policy and its relations with the West. Through meetings with senior Russian officials and top experts and exchange with their peers, 20 international participants will have a chance to address critical issues related to Russia’s role in world affairs and to connect with a diverse professional community.

Meeting Russia seeks to facilitate dialogue between rising leaders interested in Russia and contribute to the discussion about Russia–West cooperation.

The program is held in English; it is independently-run by Creative Diplomacy and funded by a grant from the Presidential Grant Foundation (Russia).

Creative Diplomacy holds the program for the second time. In February 2017, Meeting Russia brought together 19 young leaders to Moscow and featured meetings at Russian government bodies (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Council of Federation) as well as with experts (including from Russian International Affairs Council, Carnegie Moscow Center, Higher School of Economics).

Once again, Creative Diplomacy is calling on universities to spread the word about Meeting Russia to help find dynamic young leaders interested in the relations between Russia and the West. We would like to ask you to share our call for applications with your current students and alumni. Please find the announcement attached. We will greatly appreciate your help.

The deadline for applications is December 31, 2017. Candidates wishing to participate should meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • age: 25−35 years;
  • citizenship: United States, Canada, Europe;
  • field of activity: representatives of universities, think-tanks and research organizations, media, NGOs, government institutions, the private sector with professional interest in Russian foreign policy.

In order to apply, candidates should fill out the online application form and e-mail a resume to

Creative Diplomacy covers accommodation, meals, and transportation in Moscow and assists with visa invitations.

Participants are responsible for covering costs of their travel to Moscow, insurance, and visa fees (if applicable). A limited number of need-based travel grants are available to reimburse part of travel costs.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact PICREADI at or to visit their website.