ASEEES Internship Grant Program

Funded by an external grant, ASEEES’s Internship Grant Program provides MA, PhD, and professional school students and recent graduates (i.e. those who have graduated no more than two years prior to the competition deadline) with grants that make it possible for them to accept unpaid or underpaid internships in areas broadly related to Russia, including Russia’s relations with other regions/countries. The program promotes the entry of young scholars with Russian studies expertise into sectors outside traditional academia, including not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations, business/trade councils, government, media, the arts, museums, publishers, and other sectors. These internships must be in the US and should be substantial in duration and responsibilities (20-25 work hours per week), lasting two months for summer internships and four months for semester internships. The grant offers $2,000 a month, to be paid directly to the grantee (intern) during their internship.

While we expect that, at the time of application, applicants will have some idea of what kind of internship they plan to do and the type of organization they plan to work with, we understand that many will not have confirmation of a specific position until later. Recipients of the Internship Grant, who will be notified of their status by mid-April, will be able to use the promise of funding to secure internships during the following summer or academic year. They may search for an existing internship, or work with an organization to create a new one.  

Disbursal of funds to grantees will be contingent upon a thorough vetting process of proposed host organization in the US to ensure that the internship corresponds with the project’s mission, as well as confirmation from the host organization that the internship has been offered to the grant recipient. In the case of underpaid internships, ASEEES will work with the host institutions and the grantees to make sure the grantee receives a combined stipend of $2,000 per month or has an extended duration for the internship.


In order to be eligible one must:

  • be a recent graduate (i.e. those who have graduated no more than two years prior to the competition deadline) or current graduate student in a degree-granting institution in the US or, if a US citizen, in a degree-granting institution anywhere in the world;
  • have specialized in or be currently in a program specializing in Russian studies.
  • Undergraduates are not eligible.
  • ASEEES membership is not required at the time of application. However, Internship Grant recipients must become ASEEES members.

Application Deadline

Application Deadline: March 15, 11:59PM, Hawaii Time

Grantees may hold remote internships, pending approval while the pandemic conditions last, and will have until June 2025 to complete the internship.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application form
  • Outline of career objectives (max. 500 words)
  • Description of possible organization(s) for which you hope to work or have already secured an internship, and how your internship would relate to Russia (max. 500 words)
  • Curriculum vitae and description of previous work, travel and educational experiences that have prepared you for the kind of internship you are proposing (max 2 pages)
  • Graduate transcripts
  • Two (2) letters of professional reference from individuals who can speak to your preparedness for the proposed internship and your background in Russian studies, such as an advisor or employer.

Application Instructions

  • Review the program website and the application form first to make sure you are eligible and that you have the necessary information and documents to upload.
  • You can save an incomplete draft of the application and return to it later. However, once you hit “Submit”, you will not be able to edit.
  • It is your responsibility to make sure that your reference letters are submitted by your referees. You should let them know that they will receive an email instruction once you submit your application. The deadline to submit the reference letters is March 24.
  • The application deadline is firm.  No late applications will be accepted.
  • Do not send any applications to ASEEES via e-mail or mail. All documents must be uploaded on the online application site.  Do not send your transcripts, proposals or other documents to the ASEEES office. They will be discarded. 

Application Review

All files are reviewed by a committee made up of ASEEES members, former diplomats and/or other professionals in non-academic sectors. Applicants will be notified of their status by mid April. At this time, grantees will be free to pursue unpaid or underpaid internships with this expected funding in hand.


Please contact with any further questions.

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