Innovation Fellowships

Enhancing graduate study & preparing emerging leaders for success

It isn't easy to innovate in isolation.

Whether you are an incoming student or a seasoned expert, the chances are that your best work will emerge through the combination of learning and practice.

That is why we created the Innovation Fellows Program. The program aims to prepare emerging leaders for influence and success in careers related to Russia, Central Asia, and Eurasia. At the same time, mobilizing young scholars injects talent and perspective into Initiative programs.

The approach is simple. We pair highly motivated graduate student fellows with our Scholar Entrepreneurs, give them ownership over their work, pay them monthly stipends, and support them with training opportunities and mentorship. Innovation Fellows gain hands-on experience and work in partnership with scholars who understand the critical role of area studies in today’s world. The skills they gain inform careers that advance international security and cooperation in any number of ways. 

The next round of fellows will be selected in Summer 2021. Stay tuned!