CAN's Opportunities Initiative: Training, Education, Scholarships and other Opportunities

The Chechnya Advocacy Network believes that Chechens as well as other residents of the North Caucasus have not yet had sufficient access to international training opportunities and exchanges with fellow civil society activists and academics. These programs have been very beneficial for their colleagues in other parts of the former Soviet Union and have had a positive impact on their communities. We realized that this isolation of individuals from the North Caucasus is due to both lack of information and lack of support and encouragement, so we decided to collect information about existing programs and help eligible candidates with the application process.

The programs below were researched and summarized by our colleague Susanna Emmet. Chechens and other North Caucasus residents are eligible to apply for a variety of reasons: as citizens of Russia, as recognized refugees, as members of minority groups, as human rights activists, as students, academics and researchers, as journalists etc. If you would like to apply for one of the programs below and need help with the application process or materials, please contact CAN at!

Since knowledge of English is a condition for participation in all but two of the programs below, we will not make this information available in Russian. If you find a program that you would like to participate in, please read the information carefully, look at the website, and see if you are indeed eligible. When you contact us by email, we will refer you to one of our volunteers, who will assist you. Even if you don't need our help, let us know if you apply for one of the programs and whether you are successful, because we would like to keep track of the number of North Caucasus residents who are able to participate in these programs.

Finally, we are aware that many Chechens are planning to leave Russia to seek asylum in Europe or elsewhere. The programs below should not be seen as opportunities to start a new life abroad! On the contrary, their purpose is to train individuals who will return home to help their communities. The Chechnya Advocacy Network also provides help and advice to refugees and asylum seekers in Europe and the US, so if you have questions related to this topic, please go to our refugee section.

Please forward this information to your friends and colleagues. Visit this site frequently, as we will update the information below regularly. We are looking forward to hearing from you and wish you good luck with your application.

Statements by North Caucasus participants in various programs:
"I think this kind of practical training, where participants are not just taught the theory, but go straight to practice, is really important for journalists." (Marina M., participated in a journalism training in Prague)
Read Marina's entire statement

"I learned how we need to communicate with people from all over the world, that it is necessary to seek dialogue in all situations and I learned some useful things about leadership qualities. We played out conflict situations and tried to find ways out these situations and many other things. I consider this a very valuable program, even more so for young people from our region." (Adam I., who participated in the Hansen Summer Institute in California)
Read Adam's entire statement

"I have received two certifications from the UN and finished an online training by the BBC for young journalists. I hope that it will help me become an experienced and well-trained journalist who can help my people and my country."(Asya U., participated in a fellowship for ethnic minorities at the UN/OHCHR in Geneva) Read Asya's entire statement
"I feel more confident due to the knowledge I gained in New York and the assistance of people, who are interested in improving situation in the whole world. Because all of that I think that young people from North Caucasus should apply for such programs and with joint efforts we can make life better in our small part of world." (Murad P., who spent a year in New York on a legal fellowship)
Read Murad's entire statement
"My participation in the 2008 John Smith fellowship programme made a strong contribution to my personal and professional development. When I compare myself before and after the JSF programme, I find that owing to the programme I became incomparably more effective in my professional work." (Ibragim A., who participated in the 2008 John Smith Fellowship in Britain.
Read Ibragim's entire statement
"I feel I've got more power to struggle for human rights and rights of women in particular. The knowledge I gained from the seminar will help me with that." (Laila S., who participated in a training on women's rights in Sweden)
Read Laila's entire statement

Programs open for application:

UNHCR- Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative Fund (DAFI)

Several beneficiaries (Chechen refugees in Georgia)

a complete undergraduate degree
Find out at your local UNHCR office Refugee status; Successfully completed secondary education; No other way to support university studies; Must be 28 years old or younger at the beginning of studies; Living in a developing country (in Europe: Georgia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Slovenia); Education must be in country of asylum. Please contact your local UNHCR office for application forms.
To contribute to the self-reliance and repatriation of refugees by providing them with a professional qualification.
Registration/tuition fees; Subsistence allowance; Annual allowance (insurance, books, etc.)
ACLS Humanities Program in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine

Projects in various fields, including history, archaeology, literature, linguistics, film studies, art history and studies of the performing arts, ethnographic and cultural studies, gender studies, philosophy, and religious studies.
For the 2006 application period: November 15, 2006 Scholarly involvement in the Humanities;must hold "kandidatskaia" degree, or show evidence of equivalent professional experience;
must be a citizen of, and a resident of, Belarus, Russia, or Ukraine;
fluency in English is NOT required; funds must be used in the region, not for residence or travel outside the region; recipients of previous ACLS grants are not eligible

To sustain individuals doing exemplary work, so as to assure continued future leadership in the humanities.
Project specific (up to $4,000)
Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship
6 months of hands-on experience in the newsrooms of an American newspaper, plus training
For the 2007 fellowship: September 1, 2006 Current full-time employment as a journalist for the news or editorial departments of independent newspapers, wire services, online publications, or magazines of general public interest in a developing country;Early to mid-career status and between 25 and 35 years old;An excellent command of both written and spoken English as all activities are conducted in English; more at
To give developing-world journalists the opportunity to work as reporters at American newspapers.
Program related travel; Insurance, Monthly stipend, Housing
American Association of University Women - International Fellowship Graduate and postgraduate fellowships for students/fellows at accredited universities For the 2007/2008 program: December 1, 2006 Women; Non-US citizen or immigrant; bachelor's degree or equivalent acquired before September 2006; member of an organization affiliated with the International Association of University Women (IFUW -; applicant to a graduate program To allow women from any country in the world to pursue graduate studies in the US and elsewhere Between $18,000 and $30,000, depending on degree level
BBC/TOL/Guardian Online Distance learning course in journalism for Russian students

At least 5 successful applicants (4 from Chechnya, 1 from Kabardino-Balkaria) Short-term online training course in the basics of journalism. A certificate is awarded to those who finish the course. No application deadline; appliacnts can submit applications at all times while the program is active Current university students at universities anywhere in Russia with an interest in journalism. Although the program description requires that applicants are university students, other young applicants have also been accepted after explaining in their application why they want to take the course. To train future generations of journalists in Russia in the basic methods and styles of journalism. No funding is provided, because there are no extra costs for participants. The course takes place over the internet and is free.
Central European University in Budapest, Master's and PhD degrees Graduate degree programs (1- and 2-year Master's degrees, PhDs) in a range of disciplines, all taught in English Deadlines are between January and March for the academic year starting in fall.

Admission is highly competitive. The university accepts students from all over the world, on the basis of outstanding academic achievement, the strength of their recommendations, proficient English-language ability and general compatibility with the aims of the relevant department. Candidates may apply to two departments simultaneously and to any number of degree programs within the selected departments. In general, applicants must have an undergraduate degree/diploma from a recognized university as well as some professional experience.

Central European University is a graduate university concentrating on the social sciences and the humanities. The university pursues a mission to achieve excellence in teaching, research and policy in order to become a change maker in the region and beyond, with a special focus on contemporary challenges of open society, and democratization.

Full scholarships (tuition, medical insurance, free housing and a sipend for living expenses) are available.
Chevening scholarships by the British government 2 successful applicant (1 from Chechnya, 1 from Ingushetia) Master's degree at UK university (one year); or short-term research of up to 3 months For the 2009/2010 academic year: October 10, 2008 All candidates must conform to the following requirements: Have a first degree with good grades from a recognised Russian university; have a minimum of 2 years’ work experience in the area of their chosen career; be a Russian citizen living in Russia and intending to return to Russia after study in the UK; have a track record of achievement and excellence; have a clear idea how the scholarship will benefit Russia afterwards; have excellent English language skills
For talented graduates and high-flying young professionals seeking a unique opportunity to study in the UK and acquire new skills and knowledge. Through Chevening scholarships the British government invests in individuals with focused career plans, the potential to become influential leaders in their field and the desire to contribute to Russia’s future.

Tuition fees at a British University for a full-time course of study lasting from 3 to 12 months costing 12,000 pounds maximum; Living expenses (monthly stipend); Arrival and departure allowances; Thesis allowance; Travel costs to and from the UK (one round trip)
Columbia University’s Human Rights Institute’s LLM Human Rights Fellowship
LL.M (one-year degree) in Human Rights law at Columbia University
For the 2007/2008 academic year: December 15, 2006 The successful LL.M. Human Rights Fellowship applicant has at least two years of experience in the human rights field, is committed to human rights scholarship and/or advocacy, and intends to work in the human rights field following completion of the program. LL.M. Human Rights Fellows are expected to devote a significant part of their studies to human rights and to participate in the activities provided by the Human Rights Institute that provide forums for the exchange of ideas about human rights law, theory, and practice.The Human Rights Fellowship is open only to students who have been accepted into the LL.M. program at Columbia Law School. Applications for the fellowship will not be considered unless admission is confirmed.
LL.M in Human Rights
Tuition; Room; Board
Draper Hills Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development, Stanford University Three-week executive education program for young and mid-career leaders from developing countries at Stanford University Application deadlines are usually in January, for the program taking place in summer Early to mid-career policymakers, academics, and leaders of civil society organizations (representatives of trade unions, NGOs, the media, business and professional associations) who will play important roles in their country's political, economic, and social development. Must be dedicated to democracy, development and rule of law promotion within their home countries (the Middle East, Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and former Soviet Union). Proficient in spoken and written English and with academic and practical credentials necessary to benefit fully from the course and actively contribute to discussions. Extraordinary motivation, at least three to five years of experience in a relevant field of democratic development, and a keen interest in learning and sharing knowledge and experiences in transforming his or her country.

Courses, discussions and study visits with Stanford University professors and gues speakers from government and business. Stanford will pay travel, accommodation, living expenses, and visa costs for the duration of the three-week program for a certain portion of applicants. Where possible, applicants are encouraged to supply some or all of their own funding from their current employers or international nongovernmental organizations.
EarthCorps International Environmental Restoration Program Six month practical training program in environmental resotation for young environmental activists in Seattle, Washington. Two programs per year. The deadline for the fall program is in January of the same year; the deadline for the spring program is in July of the preceding year.

Participants have to be between 18 and 25; have to nominated by an environmental or other community organization in their own country; must have a 4 year college degree and 1 year of work experience in the environmental field or 5 years of work experience in the environmental field. They must demonstrate their motivation to work on environmental issues in their home country. This is a practical, hands-on program that requires full-time phsyical work in forests, parks and beaches as well as camping.

To prepare future environmental leaders for work in their communities around the world, through practical and theoretical training ("learning by doing") and the building of international partnerships. Housing and meals (homestay with an American family in the Seattle area); health insurance, financial allowance; part of travel expenses
Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship
5 successful applicants (1 from North Ossetia, 3 from Chechnya, 1 from Ingushetia)
Master's degree in business administration, economics, law, public administration and public policy.

Usually in October for the coming academic year BA degree; Russian citizenship and residence in Russia (for applicants from the North Caucasus). Desire to study business administration, economics, law, public administration, or public policy. Demonstrated willingness to return to home country and contribute to its social, economic and politica development. Advanced knowledge of English. Successful candidates are usually in their late 20s and 30s and have a record of professional achievement in their field.
Master's degree (one or two years)
Tuition; Housing; Books; Travel; Activities; Insurance; Stipend (Fellows may bring their spouse and children, but have to cover their expenses themselves.)
Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship for women journalists One year of research, academic and practical work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, other Boston area universities and US newspapers In mid-April, for the academic year starting in September. In 2007, the deadline is April 15. Applicants must be women journalists working in the print, broadcast or Internet media, be dedicated to a career in journalism in the print, broadcast or Internet media (freelancers are eligible to apply), be committed to coverage of human rights and social justice, have three or more years of journalism experience and have excellent written and verbal English skills.
The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship provides an opportunity for a woman journalist working in the print, broadcast or Internet media to spend an academic year in a tailored program that combines access to MIT’s Center for International Studies and other Boston-area universities and two media companies, The Boston Globe and The New York Times. As a research associate in residence at the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow will have access to a broad range of courses, seminars, working groups and other programs. A fixed stipend to cover lodging, meals and ground transportation during the fellowship. Round-trip economy airfare will be covered from the fellow's home country to the fellowship city. The fellow will also receive health insurance during the program. The fellowship does not provide salary or honoraria. For fellows from outside of the United States, the fellowship also covers the costs of applying for and obtaining a U.S. visa.

Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
Three month training and research in building Third-Sector capacity in the United States and overseas.
For the 2009 fellowship: September 11, 2008 The program is open to practitioners and researchers under the age of 36. Applicants must hold a college or university degree and speak and write English fluently. Preference will be given to candidates with strong ties to a Third-Sector institution and demonstrated research skills.
Leadership training through applied research and professional mentorships for young scholar-practitioners in the nonprofit sector; taking place at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society in New York
Travel, housing, living expenses, tuition
Erasmus Mundus Scholarships More than 100 European master programs in various areas (1-2 years) Each program has its own deadline, usually between December and June More than 100 master's degree programs in areas as diverse as nuclear physics, rural development, engineering, gender studies, health policy, culture, linguistics, business management etc. Each program is offered by a partnership of 3 to 7 universities in different European countries; students have to study in at least two of these countries/universities to get their degree. Successful applicants from outside the European Union receive full scholarships. Applicants must have a first degree (diplom), usually some professional experience in the field they propose to study and speak English (some programs require French or other languages). To give talented students from outside the EU access to cutting-edge graduate education. An annual stipend of EUR 21,000 to cover tuition and living expenses. A small number of programs take place in cities with high living costs and may therefore require the student to find additional funding.
Eurasian (Global) Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD)
The program provides an opportunity for first-, second- and third-year undergraduate students to spend one academic year of non-degree study in the United States The deadline is usually in January, for the academic year starting in September Fellows attend classes full-time, perform volunteer service in their host community during the first semester, and complete a part-time internship during the second semester. 1st-year students will be enrolled in two-year community colleges, 2nd and 3rd year students attend 4-year colleges and universities and live in dormitories. Fields of study: Anthropology, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Engineering, Environmental Management, Geology, Hospitality Management, International Relations, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Urban Planning, U.S. Studies. Other fields will be considered.
Global/Eurasian UGRAD encouraging youth leadership; promotescommunity service in the United States and Eurasia and supports practical experience for professional development
The fellowship provides
J-1 visa support; round-trip airfare from fellows' home cities to host institutions in the US; tuition and mandatory university fees; housing and meals; accident and medical insurance; small incidentals allowance, limited allowance for books; pre-academic English training (if necessary); alumni networking and training

EU Visitors Program (EUVP)  2 successful applicants (1 from Chechnya, 1 from Dagestan)

Five-day individual working visit to Brussels as guests of the European Parliament and the European Commission The deadline is usually in March for the EUVP in the following year Officials (local, regional and federal), journalists, trade unionists, educators, officials of non-profit, non-governmental organizations and other professionals with career-related interests in the European Union. Applicants should be between 25 and 45 years of age. The EUVP is not open to students. Participants are required to have completed their university education or equivalent training and to have been employed for several years in their chosen career field. No interpretation is provided during meetings. Applicants should speak fluently a EU language (knowledge of English, French, German or Spanish is mandatory).

To give participants the opportunity to gain thorough first-hand experience and a better understanding of the European Union and how it works. Accommodation, travel costs, daily allowances, and health and accident insurance are provided by the EU.
Ford Foundation International Fellowships
1 successful applicant (from Ingushetia) (for applicants from Russia)
Scholarship to obtain graduate degree at a Russian or international university
The usual deadline is in January for the academic year starting in fall.

University graduates; must demonstrate superior achievement in their undergraduate studies and hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent; Have substantial experience in community service or development-related activities; Possess leadership potential evidenced by their employment and academic experience;
Propose to pursue a post-baccalaureate degree that will directly enhance their leadership capacity in a practical, policy, academic, or artistic discipline or field corresponding to one or more of the Foundation's areas of endeavor; Present a plan specifying how they will apply their studies to social problems or issues in their own countries; Commit themselves to working on these issues following the fellowship period.
Applicants may not hold doctorate degrees.

To prepare outstanding and committed individuals to better serve home communities and countries of origin in their select area of study.
Travel, tuition, living expenses and other expenses related to pursuing a graduate degree at any university around the world or in Russia.
Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant  1 successful applicant (from Chechnya) One year of teaching Russian and taking classes at an American university, for English teachers and students from Russia The deadline for the 2010/11 program is June 1, 2009 Applicants should be between the ages of 21 and 29 years at the application deadline; either be current English teachers or in their final year at university studying to be an English teacher;
possess the following qualities: maturity, reliability, integrity and professionalism. Must have a strong command of the English language. All candidates invited to the second round of the competition will be required to take the TOEFL exam. Many American universities welcome grantees who have completed their MA or kandidatskaya degree. Applicants must be Russian citizens and living in Russia.
To allow young Russian English teachers and students planning to teach English to experience American higher education and teach American students Russian language and culture. Travel, health insurance and monthly maintenance; tuition for university courses.
Fulbright Graduate Student Program
1 successful applicant (from Kabardino-Balkaria)
Graduate study towards a master's degree (up to two years) in a wide range of disciplines The deadline for the 2010/11 academic year is May 15, 2009 University graduates with outstanding academic, research or professional records. Advanced knowledge of English and desire to return to Russia upon completion of degree. Applicants must be Russian citizens permanently residing in the Russian Federation and should be no older than 30 by the application deadline.
To increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational exchange.
Fully funded (tuition, travel, living expenses, medical insurance)
Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX)
High School attendance and living with an American host family
The three-stage application period usually starts in fall (October), for the following academic year Current high school students (age requirements usually between 15 and 16 years) in all countries of the former Soviet Union. Must have knowledge of English and willingness/ability to learn about other cultures and people. Extensive, multi-stage selection process.
To allow students form Eurasia to travel to the US to study at a US high school and live with a host family for one year, while also learning about civil society and volunteerism.
One academic year fully funded (housing, travel, school, allowance).
H.J. Heinz Company Foundation Fellowship 1 successful applicant (from Chechnya) One year of practical, professional, and non-degree educational experiences through the University of Pittsburgh Application deadline for the 2009/10 fellowship: March 2, 2009 Men and women from developing countries who are early in their careers and whose record of accomplishment indicates strong potential for leadership and achievement in business, government, public service, or other relevant professions upon return to their home country. Applicants must have completed a university degree by the application deadline and have good knowledge of English. The fellowship is intended for individuals in the practitioner/policy domains. It is not a degree granting program. Applicants should give evidence of current leadership in one of the following areas: sustainable development, governance (including civil society), public health, conflict resolution.

To improve the fellows' capacity to contribute to the development of their country and to enhance their understanding of the United States.

Travel from the fellows' home country, medical insurance, a stipend to cover livin expenses and a limited amount of money for books and other professional requirements.
Hansen Summer Institute on Leadership and International Cooperation 1 successful applicant (from Chechnya) Three-week summer program of classes and excursions for young people from around the world at San Diege State University in California Application deadline for non-US students for the 2008 program: January 4, 2008 To participate in the Hansen Summer Institute, non-US candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements: be from underdeveloped countries or countries at risk of conflict; be under 25 years of age with at least two (2) years of college/university; not have been to the United States prior to the program; speak English and have an academic advisor verify, in writing, the candidate’s English proficiency; have a valid international passport, and be able to apply for a US visa by the time the program begins. Candidates considered for participation will be required to participate in a telephone interview.

A primary goal of the program focuses on creating an international community of young scholars who will use their summer experience as a foundation for creating lasting friendships and acquiring common practical understanding of a more peaceful future. Hansen Summer Institute training will provide participants with hands-on tools for resolving conflict that can be applied to their own situations at home.
The program covers international travel to San Diego, housing and meals, heath insurance and program materials. Participants have to pay the US visa application fee themselves ($100).
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program (HHH)

Study; Research; Profession-related activities for one year at a US university
Recruitment starts in April of the year preceding the program; deadline for applications is usually in September. For details contact:
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy
Novinskii Bul'var 19/23
121099 Moscow
Tel: 7095-956-4111
Fax: 7095-728-5203/5128
Accomplished mid-career professionals with a commitment to public service in both the public and private sectors, especially in the fields of natural resources and environmental management; public policy analysis and public administration; economic development; agricultural development/agricultural economics; finance and banking; human resource management; urban and regional planning; public health policy and management; technology policy and management; educational planning, administration and curriculum development; communications/journalism; drug abuse education, treatment and prevention; HIV/AIDS policy and prevention; nonproliferation; teaching of English as a foreign language; trafficking of persons; and law and human rights.
To bring accomplished professionals to the United States at a midpoint in their careers for a year of study and related professional experiences. No degree is awarded.
One academic year fully funded.
(Fellows may bring their spouse and children, but have to cover their expenses themselves.)
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Women Peacemakers Program, San Diego State University Women peacemakers spend two months in residence at the University of San Diego Deadline is in May or June for the program starting in fall Experienced women peacemakers (civil society activists, human rights defenders, mediators etc) from all over the world, who have some knowledge of English. To give women peacemakers a chance to rest and recharge, as well as an opportunity to learn about peacemaking, tell their stories and network with other peacemakers from around the world. Travel expenses, free housing, stipend for living expenses
Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Master's Degree in Peace Studies
1 successful applicant (from Chechnya - did not take up the scholarship for private reasons)
Two-year interdisciplinary master's degree in Peace Studies at the Joan B. Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies at Notre Dame University (Indiana, USA). One semester is spent in an internship in Africa, Asia or the Middle East.
Deadline: usually in early January for the academic year starting in fall University graduates and young professionals with a background in peace/conflict resolution, human rights work, development, humanitarian aid, government, diplomacy etc and a demonstrated desire for a career in these fields. Must speak English well enough to pursue advanced academic courses.
To prepare future leaders in fields relevant to peace around the world through providing full scholarship support to almost all students accepted into the program.
Full tuition, medical insurance and a stipend to cover living expenses (for the student only, not his spouse or children). Students can also apply for a travel stipend to cover their travel from their home country.
The John Smith Fellowship Programme
2 successful applicants (from Chechnya)
6-week programme on good governance, democracy and social justice in Scotland, London and other parts of the United Kingdom; follow-up conference several months later
The deadline is usually in November for the program taking place in fall of the following year. Deadline for the 2008 program: November 6, 2007. 25-35 years old citizen of Russia or other post-Soviet state; employed in legal, political, NGO fields promoting democratic process; knowledge of English (candidates may have to take IELTS exam ito assess their knowledge of English)
To promote good governance, democracy, and social justice in the former Soviet Union
Fully funded (travel, housing, living expenses)
National Endowment for Democracy - Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program
The program enables democracy activists, practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change by spending 3 to 10 months at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C.
Deadline for 2009 program: November 3, 2008 Practitioners- substantial experiences working to promote democracy in their country of origin or interest; Scholars- Ph.D. or academic equivalent, published in their field of expertise. Working knowledge of English.
To enable democratic activists, policy makers, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change.
Travel, living expenses, health insurance
Open World Russian Leadership Program
10 -14 days stay at US civic institutions (courts, goverment, etc.)
For the fall program, the deadlines are usually in February Russian nationals who hold a position of civic or cultural leadership within their communities (judges, artists, librarians, government officials etc.)
To bring emerging leaders from Russia to the United States for short exchanges with their American counterparts to forge better understanding between the two nations
Fully funded
OSI- Central European University Justice Initiative Human Rights Fellows Program
MA/LLM (graduate degree) in Human Rights during first year; grant for activities at home during the second year
For the 2007-2009 program, the application deadline is November 1, 2006 The applicant must demonstrate a strong commitment to human rights, a university degree and a high degree of proficiency in English. Nomination by a non-governmental organization concerned with human rights.
To support and further develop a network of lawyers and activists working on human rights-related issues.
First year travel and living expenses as well as tuition; second year grant for activities in home country
OSI- UK Scholarship Programs/Joint Chevening Awards 1 successful applicant (from Chechnya)
Long-term research grants (nine months) or one year graduate studies at various universities in the United Kingdom
The deadline is usually in November for the following academic year Russian citizen (not all programs are open to Russian citizens), English language proficiency, 4 years university education, no older than 35, intention to return to home country
To provide opportunities for postgraduate study in selected fields in the United Kingdom for doctoral students, junior lecturers, and young professionals who demonstrate both academic excellence and the potential to become leaders, decision-makers and opinion-formers in their home countries.
Tuition fees, college fees, a monthly stipend for living expenses for the nine-month research scholarships at Oxford University, travel expenses
Open Society Fellowship
One year research fellowship for professionals—including journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners—to work on projects that inspire meaningful public debate, shape public policy, and generate intellectual ferment within the Open Society Institute.
No deadlines. Applications are received and processed all year long. OSI considers applicants from all parts of the world. Fellows may be resident or nonresident fellows. Resident fellows will be housed in OSI’s offices or in one of the Soros foundations, depending on whether such placement adds value to the project. Fellows may work out of multiple OSI offices during their term, or spend only some part of their fellowship in residence.Fellowships are awarded for one year. In some cases OSI considers requests for shorter or longer durations. Preference is given to applications for full-time fellowships, but OSI also considers applicants who can only work part-time on their projects. Reseahc must be conducted on National Security and the Open Society; Citizenship, Membership, and Marginalization; Strategies and Tools for Advocacy and Citizen Engagement; Understanding Authoritarianism or another topic relevant to OSI's mission. OSI seeks fellows who will sharpen its thinking, question its assumptions, and constructively engage with its program staff. Fellows are expected to engage with OSI’s network by participating in conferences and program events and may be asked to run a seminar for OSI staff and outside colleagues. Proficiency in English is required.

To generate research relevant to open societies and OSI's work.
OSI provides fellows with competitive financial support based on local living standards (including cost of health insurance) and the proportion of their time they commit to the fellowship. OSI may also cover additional project expenses such as travel (including airfare and hotel), visa costs, research assistance, and conference fees.
Public Interest Law Fellowship (Columbia University in New York/ Budapest)
1 successful applicant (from Chechnya)
One year fellowship program that comprises a semester of study at Columbia University Law School and subsequent internships with US human rights, legal services, or other public interest law organizations, plus two months practical training in Budapest.
Deadline for the 2009 program: April 13, 2009 Lawyers from human rights and public interest law organizations in Russia (and other countries - see website). Two years minimum work experience. Fellows must be sponsored by an organization/public interest law firm they work for and have to include in their application a proposal for project they will implement upon return to their home country.
To contribute to the staff development of human rights and public interest organizations in Russia and other countries.
PILI will cover the cost of a round-trip coach airfare to the U.S. and Budapest, housing in New York and Budapest, a monthly stipend, a textbook allowance and accident insurance
Raoul Wallenberg Institute Training Program on Human Rights

2-part training program on the human rights; the first part is in Sweden, the second part in a city in Eastern Europe
Deadlines are two or three times a year, since there is more than one annual program Participants must be citizens of the Russian Federation, Eastern European countries or post-Soviet countries as well as members or staff of local NGOs, government officials or university teachers. They must speak English well enough to follow the training program.
To give participants an overview of international human rights law through intensive classes and study tours. Emphasis will be on democratization, accountability and empowerment. They must prepare a project on human rights during the first part of the training and report on its implementation during the second part about five months later.
Travel and living expenses funded
Raoul Wallenberg Institute Training Program on Human Rights of Women 4 successful applicants (from Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia and Stavropol)
2-part training program on human rights of women; the first part is in Sweden, the second part in a city in Eastern Europe Deadlines are two or three times a year, since there is more than one annual program Participants must be citizens of the Russian Federation, Eastern European countries or post-Soviet countries as well as members or staff of local NGOs, government officials or university teachers. They must speak English well enough to follow the training program. Men and women are eligible. To give participants an overview of international human rights law as it pertains to women through intensive classes and study tours. Emphasis will be on democratization, accountability and empowerment. They must prepare a project on women's rights during the first part of the training and report on its implementation during the second part about five months later. Travel and living expenses funded
Riga Graduate School of Law Scholarship - LL.M in Public International Law and Human Rights Scholarship 1 successful applicant (from Chechnya)

LL.M (one-year graduate degree) in Public International Law and Human Rights Deadline for the winter semester 2009/10 academic year is: June 8, 2009
Applicants must satisfy standard RGSL entry requirements (undergraduate or graduate degree in Law or equivalent from any accredited university or law school; good command of English. including test results - TOEFL). They must have experience in the fields of public international law or human rights for a minimum of one year and must specify their plan to return to work in the field of public service after completing the LL.M programme. Eligible countries: Russia and other post-Soviet/eastern European countries. Priority will be given to students who commit to work in any of the following areas upon completion of the program: human rights, public law and public service.

The purpose of these scholarships is to support students who have demonstrated academic excellence in law or a comparable field of study and have a demonstrated commitment to work in the field of public law, human rights, or public service. Each scholarship recipient will receive an amount covering tuition and fees for the LL.M study programme. An additional scholarship is allocated for travel, accommodation and incidental education expenses. Students granted a scholarship must write their master’s thesis in the field of public international law or human rights.
Scholar Rescue Fund
Up to one year at a US university for scholars who face persecution and risk at home
Applications are received three times a year - September 1, January 1 and May 1 - and reviewed within two months Academic professionals (university teachers, researchers) who face risks at home because of their work. In exceptional cases, non-academic experts (journalists etc.) may be accepted.
To perpetuate the work of scholars at risk.
Specific to individual case and available funds; usually travel and living expenses
Scripps Howard Semester in Washington Internship Program Three-month internship for journalism students at the Scripps Howard News Agency in Washington, DC Two application periods per year: June for the fall program, October for the spring program The internship is open to undergraduate journalism or communications students who intend to pursue careers in print journalism after graduation. Interns must be fluent in both spoken and written English.
The internship is designed to give international students an opportunity to cover events in the U.S. capital, as well as to report and write feature stories for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire. Travel expenses, housing and living expenses
The Getty
Various grants in the areas of Research; Conservation; Education and professional development
Depending on program Dependent on program, see website for details.
To promote the understanding and conservation of the visual arts.
Dependent on program, visit website for details.
TOL - Transitions Online
Journalism training in Prague
2 successful applicants (1 from Chechnya, 1 from Kabardino-Balkaria) Short term professional training for journalists No regular application deadlines, so check often Professional journalists from all over Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, including internet journalists. Not all programs are open to applicants from Russia. Several training programs are offered in Russian. To train currently active journalists in methods and ethics of journalism, as well as new media (internet) journalism, management etc. Travel, housing and living expenses.
U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF)- Cooperative Grants Program
Joint research teams of U.S. and former Soviet Union (FSU)/ Baltic scientists.
Deadlines twice a year, in February and August Each Principal Investigator must possess the degree of Ph.D., M.D., or the equivalent; have at least five scientific publications in the peer-reviewed scientific literature (three publications if the applicant is within six years of completion of the Ph.D., M.D., or the equivalent); and work full-time in a civilian research environment.
To support high-quality, innovative proposals in the biological, biomedical, and behavioral sciences and engineering that promise innovative research in the HIV/AIDS-related subject areas.
One- to two-years support
UN-OCHCR Indigenous Fellowship Programme (IFP) One to four months training and practical experience at the OCHCR office in Geneva and/or other European locations; for English-, French-, Spanish- and Russian-speakers (attention: the Russian-language program prefers applicants from Northern Russia/Siberia!) Deadline for the 2009 fellowship: April 30, 2009 (English program) Participants must belong to indigenous groups. No age limits, but preferred age of 25-35. No formal education requirements. Candidates should have the ability and the willingness to train other indigenous persons after the return to their respective communities/organizations. Candidates should be proposed and their candidacy supported by their indigenous organization and/or community. It is desirable that the sponsoring organization has a firm constituency or membership and that it is representative. The Fellows should have a good working knowledge of the language, in which the programme is imparted.
To offer persons belonging to indigenous groups the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the field of international human rights and the UN system in order to assist their organizations and communities in protecting and promoting human and minority rights. Travel; Health insurance; Monthly stipend for living expenses and accommodation
UN-OCHCR Fellowship Programme for Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic Religious and Linguistic Minorities
1 successful applicant (from Chechnya)
Three months training and practical experience at the OCHCR office in Geneva
Deadline for the 2010 fellowship: June 15, 2009 Ethnic/religious/linguistic minority background. Ability and willingness to train other persons belonging to minorities upon return to their respective communities/organizations; Written support of their community or organization; Good understanding of English
To offer persons belonging to minorities the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the field of international human rights in order to assist their organizations and communities in protecting and promoting human and minority rights.
Travel; Health insurance; Monthly stipend for living expenses and accommodation
YouthActionNet® Global Fellowship Program One-week seminar in Washington, DC, for young civil society leaders from around the world, complemented by year-long capacity-building opportunities and networking. Deadline for the 2009 fellowship: April 15, 2009 Applicants must be 8-29 years old at the time of the seminar.
Applicants must be the founder/co-founder of an existing organization, or a project within an organization, with a demonstrated one year track record of leading societal change.
Proficiency in English is required; applications must be submitted in English. Applicants must attend the full retreat in November.
To develop a new generation of socially conscious global citizens who create positive change in their communities, their countries, and the world. Year-long training opportunities, travel to seminar (housing, tickets etc.)

Terminated or suspended programs (may be open again in the future):

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Fellowship Program, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University 1 successful applicant (from Kabardino-Balkaria)
Research fellowships for human rights practitioners and activists to spend one academic year at Harvard University

For the 2008/2009 program: March 31, 2008.

The fellowship is not offered for 2009/2010.

Human rights activists and practitioners working in developing nations are eligible for this fellowship. Successful activist/practitioner applicants will:
• currently live in a developing nation and work on human rights issues
• have at least 5 years of experience in human rights work or of professional experience in a relevant area (public policy, journalism, business, law, military, economic development, etc.)
• have an interest in examining and reflecting upon this experience
The Carr Center encourages applications from women, minorities, and citizens of any developing country. Fellows must be able to read, write and speak English fluently.

To advance the professional development of human rights activists by completing works in progress, bridging into new fields or disciplines, and interacting with a community of leading human rights scholars and activists, as well as networking. Fellows are expected to spend the entire fellowship period in residence at the Center and should have no other significant professional commitments during this time. They are expected to attend all Center fellows colloquia and programs, give seminars and lectures on particular topics in human rights about which they have first hand knowledge and/or explore issues and questions raised in their work through discussion and study. They will be expected to present some completed project (policy paper, briefing, etc.) over the course of the fellowship period.
$31,000 to cover housing and living expenses for one academic year, health insurance, office space at the Carr Center and access to Harvard University courses and libraries
Fifty Crows International Fund for Documentary Photography
Documentary Photographers
Currently suspended. Sign up for notification of next competition at Emerging photographers from any country in the world
Photo Essays must address topics of social justice, human rights, political awareness, environmental impact or cultural education that lead us to a better understanding of our common humanity.
Monetary award, documentary, mentoring, press coverage and sale opportunities
Fleishman Civil Society Fellows &
The Sanford Institute's Program on Civil Society 1-month sabbatical (research, training and other programs) at Duke University (North Carolina, US) for civil society activists and experts from around the world The program did not take place in 2008 and 2009 due to lack of funding. The Fellowship provides a select group of leaders from domestic non-profit organizations, international non-governmental organizations, foundations, and other civil society groups in the United States and internationally with the opportunity to come in residence at the Sanford Institute for a four-week mini-sabbatical. Full-time academics are not eligible to apply. Individuals from governmental agencies and socially responsible businesses are strongly encouraged to apply for the Fellowship, as long as their project is specifically focused on strengthening civil society within their country.
Allow civil society experts and activists to conduct research and networking to strengthen civil society in their country. Housing and living stipend. Travel expenses maybe granted upon request and if needed.
International Center for Tolerance Education - International Guest Program 7 successful applicants (from Chechnya and Ingushetia) Residency of three months at relevant NGOs and other institutions in New York The deadline is usually in January for the residencies starting in summer and fall. Apparently cancelled for 2009. Two program areas: Educators Working for Tolerance and Human Rights Advocates. During their stay they work on a specific project that focuses on childhood education, respect for diversity and/or the promotion tolerance and social justice. The Foundation provides it's Fellows with professional mentorship, technical assistance, speaking opportunities, and other capacity building activities. The Fellows are proven, self motivated professionals preferably, but not exclusively from the Global South who would like to accomplish a specific project, conduct action research in tolerance education, engage in networking, and further develop their skills to reflect on their practice.Good knowledge of English. To allow activists and educators to engage in networking, professional skills training, reflection on their work, and work in consultation with staff and partner organizations. It is hoped that this opportunity gives recognition to and support for emerging leaders who are doing outstanding, innovative and courageous work to improve lives in their
travel, living expenses, free housing, office space at an NGO or other institution
Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP)
University teachers spend five months at a US university
Deadline for 2007 program: August 18, 2006 University faculty with at least two years higher education experience who wish to improve their teaching methods; Mastery of English language; currently not open to Russian citizens, but open to citizens of other post-Soviet countries
To allow professional development in order to develop and implement curriculum reform at home institutions, facilitate exchange of knowledge and resources.
Fully funded (travel, living, etc. expenses)
Justice Initiative Fellows Program at Central European University
Two-year program at Central European University in Budapest, including one year of graduate education and practical experience and one year of work at an NGO. Application deadline for 2008-2010 program: January 15, 2008 Applicants from the following regions and countries are eligible: Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Central/South America. Applicants must be nominated by a non-governmental organization concerned with human rights. The first year is spent at Central European University, the second in the applicant's home country, working with the nominating NGO. The applicant must demonstrate a strong commitment to human rights, and have a university degree and a high degree of proficiency in English. Criteria for selection will include the applicant's experience, his/her potential to contribute to the protection and promotion of human rights, and the suitability of the applicant's proposed role in the nominating NGO. Upon selection, Fellows will be required to sign an agreement with the Justice Initiative committing themselves to the program for two years.

The aim of the program is to support and further develop a network of lawyers and activists working internationally on human rights-related issues. Travel and living expenses, tuition, and a salary at the nominating NGO for the second year.
Russian Young Leadership Fellows for Public Service
One year of non- degree academic study; 40 hours of hands-on volunteer work per month
The program is currently not accepting new applications and appears to be cancelled. BA or equivalent; no older than 30; interest in public service
To promote and support democracy, economic prosperity, and civil society in Russia through fellows’ exposure to and involvement with the concepts of public service and social responsibility.
 Fully funded
Sakharov Human Rights Fellowship Program (in English) (in Russian)
5 months of research at Harvard University or an internship with a relevant organization The program has not accepted new applications since spring 2008. Fellowships are open to scholars of law and human rights, innovative high school and university history and civics educators, human rights activists, and journalists working for independent media organizations on human rights issues. Their work must focus on the development of democracy in Russia, publicizing crimes against humanity, preserving the historical memory of resistance to totalitarianism in the FSU, and/or safeguarding civil liberties and human rights in Russia.

Applicants must be citizens of the Russian Federation, in the early-to-middle stages of their career, have working knowledge of written and spoken English, and basic computer skills.

The purpose of this fellowship is to improve the quality of human rights work and research in Russia. During their tenure at Harvard, Fellows will pursue research in the Sakharov Archive at Harvard and/or work with a human rights organization, write one paper in conjunction with their research or internship, deliver at least one seminar, and participate in other human rights programs at Harvard (such as working with Harvard faculty who teach courses on human rights, meeting informally with Harvard undergraduate students, and participating in high school teachers' curriculum workshops). Travel expenses, a living stipend of up to $20,000, office space, computer support, borrowing privileges in the Harvard libraries and health insurance.
UNFPA/ United Nations Population Fund Fellowship - Special Youth Fellowship 9-months stay at UNFPA headquarters, plus 3 months in country office Deadline (if program will be renewed) will be in February; program starts in May or November. Currently not active. 20-24 years of age; residence in developing country; established interest and dedication to development issues through previous experiences or affiliation with a youth network or NGO working on development issues; interest in sexual and reproductive health, gender issues, HIV prevention etc; basic English skills. This programme is designed to give youth from developing countries opportunities at appropriate levels of the organization to engage in policy development and programming; to help build the capacity of young people; and to sensitize both the young people and UNFPA staff on partnering to address adolescent and youth issues.

Travel, housing, living expenses, health insurance
UN-Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OCHCR) Training Workshop for Minorities Short-term training in preparation for participation in the annual session of the OHCHR Working Group on Minorities; travel expenses to Geneva and living expenses The program is currently not requesting new applications and may be cancelled.

Candidates must have an ethnic minority background and show their commitment to working on human rights and minority rights, in particular at the community level. Applications should be supported and endorsed by the organization/community that recommends the candidates. Good understanding and speaking skills in English.

The overall aim of the programme is to empower minority organizations/communities by providing training on human rights instruments and participation in the annual session of the OHCHR Working Group on Minorities. A two-way ticket from the place of residence to Geneva and a stipend to cover accommodation and meals for the duration of training in Geneva
UPENN- The Soloman Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict Summer Institute 8-week summer institute in Philadelphia At this point, the Center has not obtained funding for 2007 and is therefore not requesting applications Ph.D. degree, or a Masters degree augmented with significant field experience To bridge the gap between research and practice by bringing together social scientists and practitioners to study the origins and consequences of ethnopolitical conflict, including issues relevant to working with refugees and others suffering from these conflicts. Fully funded (travel, housing etc.)
US-Russia Volunteer Initiative (USRVI) 1 successful applicant (from Chechnya)
2 months at a US community-based organization or NGO
The application deadline has previously been in May for the program taking place in fall. The program is currently apparently not accepting applications (updates will follow). Program participants are selected from a pool of young professionals on the basis of their commitment to public service, experience, adaptability, leadership potential, and language skills. Previous participants came from a wide range of backgrounds that included students, current volunteers, government representatives, teachers, researchers, doctors, and NGO professionals, among others.

The goal of the US-Russia Volunteer Initiative (USRVI) is to engage both Russian and American citizens, organizations, and businesses in cooperative volunteer activities through short-term bilateral exchanges.
Travel, living expenses, training, health insurance


The Chechnya Advocacy Network was formed out of deep concern about the situation in Chechnya and the surrounding areas and the challenges faced by Chechen refugees elsewhere. We strive to raise awareness of the situation in the region, particularly its human dimension, advocate for a strong international response to humanitarian and rebuilding challenges and work to empower local people to improve their communities. We do not endorse any specific political outcomes. Instead, our goal is to help the residents of the North Caucasus region build a peaceful and happy future. We welcome everyone who shares these goals with us.

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