Item Writer/Editor Consulting Opportunity (American Councils)

Deadline: Open Until Filled

American Councils for International Education is looking for experienced Item Writer/Editor to work on a federally funded test-item development project for the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. The Item Writer/Editor will write multiple choice questions based on an English-language translation in addition to reviewing and revising items throughout the development window. All work will be done remotely through an online item development interface.
Assessment items will be either listening or reading items targeting various levels of proficiency on the ILR scale. Consultants will be provided with training on item development and the item specifications as well as the item-development interface and procedure.

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Fully-Funded Academic Fellowships in Russia (American Councils)

Deadline (extended): February 15, 2021

Provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the American Councils Academic Fellowships in Russia program (AFR) will support U.S. graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars as they conduct research for three to nine consecutive months on topics within the social sciences disciplines in Russia. 

The total value of each fellowship ranges from $10,000 – $45,000, with actual level of support depending on the duration of the overseas research period and the academic rank of the awardee. Typical awards include: 

  • International airfare 
  • Academic affiliation with a leading local university or educational institution 
  • Visa(s) arranged by American Councils in collaboration with host institutions 
  • Housing and living stipends 
  • Health insurance 
  • Ongoing logistical support from American Councils 
  • 24-hour emergency assistance 
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English Teaching Positions, Maymester, Intensive Russian Courses and Spring Break Study (American Home, Russia)

Deadline: Varies

On behalf of the American Home in Vladimir, Russia – which is celebrating its 29th anniversary this year – I would like to remind you about several program opportunities and deadlines.

1) American English Program Teaching Positions – Application Deadline March 1, 2021 (

The American English Program has been helping Vladimir residents to learn English since 1992 and currently has more than 600 students each semester who are taught by 10 American and 4 Russian teachers.

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Internship: Online Research with SRAS

Deadline: November 20, 2020

SRAS will be hosting a flexible winter break internship for talented student writers looking to pick up some publishing credits and a scholarship to put toward future study abroad or online study with SRAS. Dates are flexible to fit any winter break.

Students will write short articles on pop or folk culture for the SRAS Family of Sites.

Heritage speakers of minority or Caucasian languages are particularly encouraged to apply.

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Online Research Internships (SRAS)

Deadline: November 20, 2020

SRAS is offering online research internships over winter break 2020. If accepted, you will be researching and writing about popular or folk culture for SRAS sites. Internships are flexible and SRAS editors will work with you to assign tasks that are both of interest to you and fill the needs of the SRAS Family of Sites. The internship dates are also flexible – to be able to best fit the individual winter break taken at your university.Research Topics and ProjectsCurrent topics of interest center on Eastern or Central Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. They include sport teams, movies, video games, fashion brands, and music groups/artists based there. We are particularly interested to hear from heritage speakers of minority languages or Caucasian languages who can research in those languages, provide first-hand perspectives, and potentially contribute to our Talking Phrasebooks.

You will be able to propose specific topics or have them assigned to you. Once topics are approved, you will produce a cycle of 6 short articles, each a minimum of about one page (500 words) in length which introduces their subject and gives links to more information. Articles will be edited by SRAS editors and you, with guidance from SRAS editors. Completed articles will be published on or Folkways.Today.

Scholarships for Completed Internships

Interns who complete a minimum of 3000 words of published writing will be awarded a scholarship. A choice of scholarship is offered: EITHER a $200 scholarship towards your next SRAS study abroadOR $75 that can be spent on SRAS online courses or donated to an SRAS scholarship fund for other study abroad applicants. Those who use the scholarship toward study abroad can also still use stackable SRAS Challenge Grants to fund their studies!

Alta Emerging Translator Mentorship Program

Deadline: November 30, 2020

The ALTA Emerging Translator Mentorship Program is designed to establish and facilitate a close working relationship between an experienced translator and an emerging translator on a project selected by the emerging translator. The mentorship duration is approximately nine months. The emerging translator is expected to choose a project that can be completed in that time, and they will only be advised on that particular project.
The following mentorships are available in 2021:

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Alfa Fellowship Program

Deadline: December 1, 2020

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished international initiative that each year offers up to 18 accomplished young Americans, Britons, and Germans the opportunity to complete a high-level professional development program in Russia. Over the course of the program, fellows complete work placements at leading institutions, attend professional seminars, and receive intensive language training.

The fellowship provides a monthly stipend, accommodation, insurance, all program-related travel costs, language training in Russia, and private tutoring in the U.S., U.K., or Germany.

The Alfa Fellowship Program was founded in 2004 with the aim of fostering a community of emerging leaders who have first-hand experience in the business, public policy, and cultural environments of Russia and the region. Since then, over 200 Americans, Britons, and Germans have been able to experience the workplace, while living and traveling in Russia through this unique professional opportunity.

Key goals of the Alfa Fellowship Program are to expand networks of American, British, German, and Russian professionals, develop greater intercultural understanding, and advance knowledge of Russian affairs in the West.

The program is funded by Alfa-Bank, and is administered in the U.S., U.K., and Germany by Cultural Vistas and in Moscow by the Fund for International Fellowships and Cultural Dialogue.

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Unpaid Internship (US Department of State)

Deadline: September 16, 2020

The U.S. Department of State is currently accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Summer 2021 Student Internship Program (Unpaid).

Please visit the Intern section of our careers website for more information about the U.S. Department of State Summer 2021 Student Internship Program (Unpaid), and to learn about the selection process and which office may be right for you.

Visit to view and apply to the announcement. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is September 16, 2020.

We suggest that you submit your application as early as possible to ensure that all documents have been uploaded properly and to account for any technical glitches that may occur.

U.S. citizenship is required. If you have any questions or would like to search for topics of interest, please visit our forums or FAQs at

Internship: Russian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

All who are selected to participate in CFR’s Blavatnik Internship Program and Robina Franklin Williams Internship Program receive training in the field of foreign policy and international affairs as well as skills training in writing, research, program planning and much more.

Russia Studies team focuses on U.S.- Russian relations and current affairs across the former Soviet Union. The intern will deepen their understanding of the current and historical trends between the two countries. They will gain a strong skill set on policy-related research and editing skills.

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