U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Byerly gives some tips for those who wants to travel to the U.S. to study or do research:
” I love to talk with students and faculty of universities in different cities of Russia. I really enjoy talking with students and professors at universities all around Russia. Maybe it’s because they remind me of when I was a student here myself in 1976. The opportunity I had to study in Leningrad – and live in a Soviet–era dormitory! – awakened my interest in international relations and in Russian history and culture. When I meet with Russian students now, I am always impressed by their intellectual curiosity and their dedication to their chosen fields. I also find that most of them have an interest in studying abroad and gaining experience overseas, and many of them tell me that they would like to study or do research in the United States. I can’t think of a better way to learn about the U.S. and its people!
Just last month, I had the opportunity to speak before almost 300 students and faculty members at Moscow’s National Nuclear Research University (MEPhI), which I know is the training ground for the country’s next generation of nuclear scientists and physicists. I spoke to them about U.S.-Russia cooperation in nuclear energy, stressing the importance of developing relationships between Russian and American nuclear scientists so that our countries can continue to work together in this sphere.
As always happens, several students asked about opportunities to do research in the United States. Our flagship exchange program, Fulbright, offers several different types of grants for ambitious and successful students and professors to do just this. The Visiting Scholars Program allows scholars to lecture or do research in the United States for three to nine months and the Faculty Development Program allows young professors to develop teaching materials in the United States for five months. Fulbright also offers grants to graduate students to study at a U.S. university for up to two years. Education USA Moscow’s website also includes comprehensive information about grants and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students who want to study in the United States.
I highly encourage all interested students and professors to take a look at the websites and consider submitting an application to these programs. I know from personal experience that studying abroad can help you establish long-lasting connections and inspire you to pursue new goals and opportunities.”