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Yegor Gaidar Annual Fellowship Program

The Yegor Gaidar Annual Fellowship Program

The Yegor Gaidar Annual Fellowship Program supports long-term partnerships by providing opportunities for Russian and American economic and legal specialists to collaborate on topics of importance for both countries. The program goals are declared as "to strengthen the human capacity at Russian institutions in developing entrepreneurship, economic diversification, technological innovation, and globalization".

Program implementation

Up to five fellows are chosen each year through a merit-based and open competition to spend approximately six months at a U.S. think tank or university according to their research focus and professional expertise. Fellows, along with their collaborators, engage in relevant research at a host institution, leading to a co-authored white paper to be presented at conferences in the U.S. and Russia.

Gaidar fellows focus on a diverse range of economic research including the development of international trade, multi-national investment strategies, energy policy and the development of the energy market.

While in the United States, Gaidar fellows enlarge their networks of professional contacts, inform and educate the public about key economic issues of crucial importance to both nations, and attend conferences in order to support the success of the joint research project.

The collaborative research results of the Gaidar Fellow and U.S. collaborator are released at a closing program conference that is held in Moscow, Russia.

Program Operator

The non-profit corporation "International Research and Exchanges Board IREX" (USA) is an operator of the Program to administer this project under the overall guidance of USRF.

The fellows are focusing on a diverse range of economic development issues, including economics and innovation, municipal strategic planning, solid waste technology and management, mathematical modeling, macroeconomic forecasting, etc. While in the United States, the Gaidar fellows could enlarge their networks of professional contacts, inform and educate the public about key issues of importance to both nations, attend conferences and networking events to support their joint research projects. The collaborative research results would be presented at a closing program conference in Russia.

The list of the U.S. host institutions includes: Columbia University, Georgetown University, University of George Washington (Washington, DC), Center for Strategic and International Studies, German Marshall Fund, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University, etc.

Participants of the 2013-2014 Cohort II of the Program

Participants of the 2013-2014 Cohort I of the Program

Participants of the 2012-2013 Round of the Program

Participants of the 2011-2012 Round of the Program

Program Products 2011-2012

White Paper

Each of the collaborative teams is to submit a six-eight page white paper on their specific research topic. The goal of the papers is to have a series of tangible results and recommendations on each topic which, ultimately, will be distributed to a broader public audience in the U.S. and Russia during the mini-conferences/roundtables and on institutional websites. The papers will be published in English and Russian and will be disseminated at key think tanks and research institutions in the U.S. and Russia.

Mid-Program Teleconference

In the middle of the fellowship program IREX set up teleconference meetings between each of the American and Russian collaborative teams and senior management at the fellows' respective home institutions in order to deliver "progress reports" on meetings held to date, preliminary research findings, and the overall progress of the co-authored white papers. The collaborative teams had the opportunity to receive feedback and suggestions for future development of their projects.

Mini-Conferences and Roundtable Discussions

The U.S. and Russian collaborative teams jointly delivered their key findings at small scale conferences, or roundtable discussions, at U.S. host institutions at the end of the program. Representatives of local think tanks and research centers are invited to participate. The conferences/roundtables serve to broaden the professional networks of the participants, disseminate recommendations to the U.S. community involved in economic problems, and inform the public about key economic issues. U.S. collaborators, in turn, travel to Russia in fall to jointly present with the Gaidar fellows at a final conference that is attended by representatives from relevant think tanks and academic institutions in Russia.