Edmund S. Muskie Professional Fellowship Program

The Edmund S. Muskie Professional Fellowship Program is a professional development program funded by the U.S. Department of State since 2015 that provides emerging leaders of the Fulbright Program from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia with the opportunity to gain real-world experience complementing and enriching their graduate studies in the United States. Muskie Fellows show a commitment to developing practical skills and a deeper understanding of U.S. work culture, and readiness to use this experience to implement positive changes and make a long-lasting impact in their home countries. Participating host organizations are not only at the forefront of bringing innovative talent to the U.S. workplace, but also play a critical role in fostering mutual understanding.

The Experience

At A Glance

The Edmund S. Muskie Professional Fellowship Program invites participants to:

  • Create relationships that support professional and personal development, stimulate creativity, and lead to innovations in various industries around the world.
  • Learn about new trends, opportunities, and challenges in evolving key global and local issues.
  • Experience different work styles in the private, public, and non-profit sectors in the U.S.
  • Learn how different U.S. government agencies, NGOs, and businesses work together to address complex challenges in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Sharpen the ability to develop independent opinions, make informed decisions, and reach compromise in cross-cultural settings.
  • Become cultural ambassadors promoting mutual understanding between the U.S. and Eurasia.
  • Learn how to advocate for issues that help foster democratization, the transition to market economies, and the establishment of strong civil societies.

*Costs to participate in the program are covered by the grant, and participants will receive a stipend to cover living expenses in the cities in which their internship takes place.

Program Components

  • Assistance securing a full-time summer internship in the participant’s field of study.
  • Mentorship support throughout the program’s duration.
  • Two-day orientation in Washington, D.C. in May with team-building exercises, information sessions on community service and intercultural competency, a Muskie Alumni panel, a cultural tour, and a variety of networking opportunities.
  • Three-month professional internship in the participant’s field of study.
  • Virtual engagement to prepare participants to get the most out of their internship experiences. This interaction will introduce participants to each other, give an overview of the expectations for program outputs, and provide professional development opportunities. As a part of virtual learning, participants will:
    • Take part in professional development webinars;
    • Share photos and stories about their community service experience;
    • Create and submit a presentation or report on an issue of importance to them, their studies, and work.
  • Community service activity to learn more about their host communities and gain a deeper understanding of civil society in the U.S.
  • Closing seminar in August to share about summer internship experiences and to further support each other’s career development.

Program Overview

How to Apply

Participant Responsibilities

All participants must agree to actively participate in the program, including the internship placement process. While Cultural Vistas provides assistance for each participant in search of their summer internship, it is each participant’s responsibility to secure their internship. Various organizations in the U.S. have different hiring practices, and some of them require applicants to go through their own selection process. We highly recommend starting your internship search as early as possible and apply for various positions that fit your professional interests before to the Muskie Program result announcement. Cultural Vistas understands that students have many responsibilities during their academic year; however, the rewards are worth the effort. You will get the chance to gain hands-on experience in a U.S. organization, expand your professional network, and gain a deeper understanding of the U.S. and its people.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must currently be a Fulbright Foreign Student and must be currently studying towards a graduate degree at a U.S. college or university.
  • Applicants must be a citizen of one of the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan.

What is Covered

Financial support provided by the U.S. Department of State will cover the following costs:

  • Travel from campus to the program orientation in Washington, D.C;
  • Lodging, meals, and program activities during the program orientation;
  • Travel to cities in which internships are located;
  • Monthly stipend to assist with cost of living including housing, meals, and transportation;
  • Travel from cities in which internships are located to the program closing seminar;
  • Lodging, meals, and program activities during the closing seminar;
  • Return travel from the closing seminar to university campuses for fellows continuing their academic studies in the U.S. on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Cultural Vistas will make all travel arrangements.


Applications for the 2022 Edmund S. Muskie Professional Fellowship Program are closed now.

Please check our website again in the fall of 2022.

Class of 2021

Participant Home Country Field of Study University Host Organization
Gunel Alasgarova Azerbaijan Education Kent State University Code Ninjas
Akbota Ashirbek Kazakhstan Aviation Management Arizona State University Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Akmalidin Asoev Tajikistan Public Health Southern Illinois University Carbondale Southern Illinois Healthcare – Continuous Improvement Department
Yslam Atayev Turkmenistan Education Saint Cloud State University  The Saint Cloud State University Writing Centers and Center for International Studies
Jakhongir Azimov Uzbekistan Journalism University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa Reimagine Media
Aidana Bauyrzhan Kazakhstan Engineering University of New Mexico National Regulatory Research Institute
Konstantin Biriukov Russia Geology Saint Cloud State University National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Anton Boltachka Belarus Economics American University The World Bank Group
Diana Butsko Ukraine Political Science Southern Illinois University Wisconsin Watch
Silvia Chalkou Moldova Marketing Bentley University Council Rock Inc.
Oleksandra Chuprina Ukraine  Arts University of Illinois at Chicago Public Media Institute
Olga Dubey Ukraine Biology University of Iowa Shepherd Center
Mariam Gamdlishvili Georgia Communications University of Southern Indiana Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication at the George Washington University
Aytan Garayusifova Azerbaijan Public Health The University of Washington School of Public Health International Training Center and Education for Health
Lesman Ghazaryan Armenia Economics Vanderbilt University The World Bank Group and The Wilson Center
Mykhailo Ivashchenko Ukraine Computer Science University of Nebraska – Lincoln Department of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Elvira Kalmurzaeva Kyrgyzstan Public Administration Texas A&M University, College Station The Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs
Anastasiia Kulikalova Ukraine Film Ohio University CreateCulture Inc.
Diana Kuzhakhmetova Russia Engineering Northeastern University Instaversal
Kseniia Maksimova Russia Liberal Arts Saint Cloud State University Birds Nest Foundation
Ala Marciuc Moldova Education Binghamton University American Councils for International Education
Tigran Margaryan Armenia Computer Science Stevens Institute of Technology DeepCast, LLC
Adelia Miiassarova Russia Area Studies Ohio University International Institute of New England
Vitaliy Nabukhotny Ukraine Law University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign United States Institute of Peace
Stepan Pikul Ukraine Geology Michigan Technological University Michigan Technological University
Mariia Plotnikova Ukraine Fine Arts School of the Art Institute of Chicago High Concepts Lab
Niko Rekhviashvili Georgia Business Arizona State University The Routing Company
Anna Smyslova Russia Environmental Sciences State University of New York  NW Energy Coalition
Hayasa Tahmazyan Armenia International Relations Ohio University Blumont, Inc.
Iuliia Tcibulnikova Russia Engineering Michigan Technological University International Arctic Research Center at University of Alaska-Fairbanks
Zhanar Tostubayeva Kazakhstan Education Lehigh University Graduate College of Education Summit Camp
Daviti Tsintsadze Georgia Music Northeastern University Neste Live!
Mariami Tsiskarashvili Georgia Economics Tulane University Columbia Law School
 Natalya Vladyko Russia Linguistics Southern Illinois University Georgetown University Medical Center
Akbar Vokhidov Uzbekistan Law University at Buffalo Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Illia Yakovenko Ukraine Arts Portland State University The City Repair Project
Georgi Zohrabyan Armenia Environmental Sciences State University of New York Future Earth

Class of 2020

Participant Home Country Field of Study University Host Organization
Asmar Aliyeva Azerbaijan Forensic Biology University at Albany, SUNY University at Albany, SUNY Department of Biological Sciences
Salome Apkhazishvili Georgia Communications University of Southern Indiana Media Education Lab
Anna Arganashvili Georgia Law University of Texas at Austin University of Texas at Austin
Inga Banshchikova Russia Public Policy Oregon State University World Wildlife Fund, U.S. Arctic Program
Elizaveta Belova Russia Biomedical Engineering Temple University Fox Chase Cancer Center
Levan Berianidze Georgia Public Administration Arizona State University OutRight Action International
Olena But Ukraine Anthropology Northern Arizona University Homes Not Borders
Natalia Davlianidze Georgia Environment and Development Geography Ohio University Future Earth
Natia Gaprindashvili Georgia Education Northern Illinois University Northern Illinois University, Division of Student Affairs
Mariam Guniava Georgia International Relations Fordham University Institute for Conscious Global Change
Eteri Gvritishvili Georgia Law University of Colorado, Boulder Human Rights Watch
Viktoriia Ischenko Ukraine International Law University of Texas at Austin National Energy Services Reunited
Aidar Ismailov Kyrgyz Republic Education Syracuse University Syracuse University, Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation Department
Roman Ivasiy Ukraine Public Health Georgia State University George Washington University, LGBT Health Policy & Practice Graduate Certificate Program
Davit Janunts Armenia Education Lehigh University Lehigh University, College of Education
Rinat Kapev Russia International Relations North Carolina State University World Bank Group
Mekan Karayev Turkmenistan International Law Penn State Dickinson Law Penn State Dickinson Law, Office of Non-J.D. Programs
Ramil Kazimov Azerbaijan International Relations Texas A&M, College Station The Middle East Institute, Frontier Europe Program
Marina Khachatryan Armenia Business Rochester Institute of Technology ServiceTitan
Olga Khokhryakova Russia Public Health University of Arkansas, Fayetteville The Center for Sport, Peace, and Society at the University of Tennessee
Vladyslav Klymchuk Ukraine Filmmaking Ohio University CreateCulture
Alina Komisar Ukraine Arts Administration Indiana University, Bloomington Palacio, Inc.
Janyl Madykova Kyrgyz Republic Environmental Toxicology Texas Southern University National Center for Atmospheric Research, ACOM Laboratory
Sardorbek Mamadjanov Uzbekistan Business Lehigh University Council Rock Enterprises, LLC
Ana Mazmishvili Georgia Public Administration Texas A&M, College Station The Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University
Sarmat Misikov Russia Journalism University of Nevada, Reno Voice of America, VOA News Center
Anna Mytcul Russia Architecture SUNY at Buffalo Higharc, Inc.
Kamala Nasirova Azerbaijan Education St. Michael’s College Vermont Agency of Education
Ivan Nichitenko Russia International Economics Valparaiso University Peanut Butter, Inc.
Yuliia Popyk Ukraine International Relations Syracuse University United States Institute of Peace
Olena Protsenko Ukraine Law Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis University of Virginia Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy
Antonina Rakhmatova Azerbaijan Educational Psychology Mississippi State University The Sunshine Method
Olga Romanova Kazakhstan Natural Resources University of Missouri (Center for Agroforestry) Washington State University Extension
Nurbek Sabirov Kyrgyz Republic Law University of Cincinnati International Bar Association
Galina Seregina Russia Law University of Cincinnati University of Cincinnati, College of Law
Demetre Shanshiashvili Georgia Computer Science Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute re: Charge-e, Inc.
Anna Shchetinina Russia Public Health University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Proof Alliance
Olga Shermadini Georgia Law Wake Forest University International Foundation for Electoral Systems
Aizhan Smagulova Kazakhstan Education, Counselling Ohio University The Sunshine Method
Aleksandr Strekalov Russia Sustainable Energy Systems SUNY Cortland Texas Solar Integrated, LLC
Mirbek Sydygaliev Kyrgyz Republic International Law University of Washington University of Washington School of Law
Lutfullo Tagoev Tajikistan Education Syracuse University Hyland Software, Education Services Department
Shushanna Tevanyan Armenia Peace and Justice University of San Diego The Partnership for Public Service
Anastasia Trofimenco Moldova Data Science Texas Tech University Texas Tech University, Rawls College of Business
Vladimir Vakhter Russia Electrical and Computer Engineering Worcester Polytechnic Institute Cadence
Xeniya Volkova Kazakhstan Educational Technology Lehigh University Lehigh University, College of Education & Human Resources Department
Karina Zaiets Ukraine Journalism University of Missouri-Columbia USA Today
Zhanna Zakirzianova Russia Urban Studies Fordham University ONE Architecture and Urbanism, Inc.
Tatsiana Ziniakova Belarus International Law Wake Forest University World Justice Project

Class of 2019

Participant Home Country Field of Study University Host Organization
Anastasiia Agafonova Russia Linguistics Montclair State University University of Chicago Language Center Office of Language Assessement
Fuad Alakbarov Azerbaijan Education Lehigh University Newcomers Academy
Zamira Atlukhanova Russia Literature University of Nebraska-Lincoln Gotham Writers Workshop
Dilnora Azimova Uzbekistan Communications Michigan State University New York University, College of Global Public Health
Kanat Bazaraly Kazakhstan Business Bentley University, Elkin B. McCallum Graduate School of Business FareHarbor
Tatiana Charina Russia Arts Indiana University Bloomington Women in Film
Evgenii Chasovskii Russia Economics University of Kansas Malku Advisors LLC
Aleksandr Chudak Russia Anthropology University of Oklahoma Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Museum of New Mexico
Bohdan Dovhan Ukraine Telecommunications Florida International University IntraSystems
Iuliia Fakhrutdinova Russia Language Teaching St. Michael’s College Saint Michael’s College, Applied Linguistics Department
Yuliya Fedorovych Ukraine Fine Arts University of Notre Dame GuideStudio
Natalia Gaida Ukraine Arts Savannah College of Art & Design Pixeldust Studios
Emma Ghazaryan Armenia Public Health Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Lusiane Gigoyan Armenia Public Health Kent State University Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN)
Lali Grigalashvili Georgia Computer Science Syracuse University Syracuse University CASE School, ResilienX
Kateryna Halenko Ukraine Law Syracuse University Sayari
Albina Hartner Uzbekistan Architecture University of Florida Fielding Nair International, Rhode Island Studio
Alisa Ivanitskaya Russia Journalism University of Arizona Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Aniyar Izguttinov Kazakhstan Public Health University of Washington Evidence Based Practice Institute (EBPI)
Kallibek Kazbekov Uzbekistan Engineering Washington State University King County Water District #90
Aleksandre Khunjua Georgia Public Administration Texas A&M University, Bush School of Government and Public Service The Atlantic Council, Digital Forensic Research Lab
Anna Kibenko Russia Education Ohio University Sunshine Method, Non-Profit Volunteer Coordinator & Program Evaluation Departments
Mariam Kimeridze Georgia Computer Science University of Bridgeport Satisfi Labs Inc.
Nino Kintsurashvili Georgia Fine Arts University of Iowa Postmasters Gallery
Timur Kozhakhmetov Kazakhstan Economics Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey Alcon LLC
Ruslan Kuliiev Ukraine Engineering University of Central Florida University of Central Florida, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Anna Kulynych Ukraine Geosciences University of Missouri University of Missouri, Department of Geological Sciences
Andrii Leonov Ukraine Philosophy Southern Illinois University University of Miami, Department of Philosophy
Yuliya Leukavets Belarus Marketing Bentley University, Elkin B. McCallum Graduate School of Business UNICEF, Division of Communication, Digital Strategy Section
Aleksei Logunov Russia Music Indiana University Bloomington Chicago Jazz Philharmonic
Muslima Maksudzoda Tajikistan Law American University, Washington College of Law World Bank, Office of Suspension and Debarment
Kamran Mamedovi Georgia Political Science Eastern Mennonite University International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)
Aishe Memetova Ukraine Public Administration University of Washington Washington Nonprofits
Kristine Milorava Georgia Psychology Montclair State University UNDP, The Engagement Unit, Office of Human Resources
Gulnoro Mirzovafoeva Tajikistan Education Old Dominion University Citizen Diplomacy International of Philadelphia
Ana Muradashvili Georgia Gender Studies University at Buffalo – SUNY Erie County Commission on the Status of Women
Olena Mykhalchenko Ukraine Law George Washington University The International Bar Association
Tamara Ohanjanyan Armenia Biology Colorado State University Colorado State University, Mycobacterial Research Laboratory
Tatia Okriashvili Georgia Business Willamette University, Atkinson Graduate School of Management Mercy Corps
Dmytro Omelchak Ukraine Law University of Pittsburgh BakerMcKenzie LLP
Ilia Savelev Russia Law Emory University Human Rights First
Alena Selivanava Belarus Law Fordham University 55 Global Inc.
Nozima Shamsieva Uzbekistan Education Old Dominion University New York University, Office of Global Programs
Volodymyr Solohub Ukraine Communications University at Ablany – SUNY PolitiFact, Poynter Institute for Media Studies
Chiora Taktakishvili Gerogia Law Syracuse University Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Azat Turegeldin Kazakhstan Environmental and Energy Policy Michigan Technological University Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Katsiaryna Varfalameyeva Belarus Urban Studies Arizona State University University of Arizona, Knowledge Exchange for Resilience Program
Ketevan Vashakidze Georgia Law University of Maryland University of Maryland, Center for Health and Homeland Security
Elena Vasileva Russia Language Teaching Michigan State University Intercambio Uniting Communities, Adult ESL for Immigrants
Maxim Yatsenko Russia Engineering Texas A&M University DeepCast.ai

Class of 2018

Participant Home Country Field of Study University Host Organization
Lela Akiashvili Georgia Public Administration Texas A&M University, Bush School of Government and Public Service Save the Children, Department of Hunger and Livelihoods
Toghrul Alakbarov Azerbaijan Education, Workforce Education and Development Bowling Green State University National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
Marina Alaricheva Russia Public Policy Georgia State University, Andrew Young School of Public Policy Center for Civic Innovation
Natalya Amirova Turkmenistan Arts Savannah College of Art and Design GEN North America
Zhuzumkan Askhatbekova Kyrgyzstan Library and Information Science University of Missouri, Columbia Library of Congress
Grigor Atanesian Russia Journalism and Mass Communication University of Missouri, Columbia Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Gayane Baghdasaryan Armenia Public Administration Texas A&M University, Bush School of Government and Public Service Urban Institute
Haykaz Bagratyan Armenia Information Science, Computer Science Syracuse University Ignyte Group, Inc.
Elena Blaginykh Russia Public Heath Kent State University Mayo Clinic Department of Neurologic Surgery
Iryna Bondarenko Ukraine Public Policy, Urban Studies University of Maryland, College Park Howard University Transportation Research and Data Center (HUTRC)
Nataliia Borozdina Russia Education, TESOL University of Arkansas, Fayetteville University of Arkansas, School of Law
Nargiza Buranova Kazakhstan Special Education University of Missouri, Columbia University of Missouri Disability Center and Office of Accessibility and ADA
Mariam Chikhladze Georgia Public Administration Texas A&M University, Bush School of Government and Public Service Hudson Institute
Ana Chkheidze Georgia Public Administration University of Washington Economic Policy Institute
Guljahan Gochova Turkmenistan Higher Education University of Arkansas, Fayetteville University of Arkansas, College of Education and Health Professions, Office of Academic and Student Affairs
Doina Grecu Moldova Education University of Georgia Boston School of English
Maryna Hrudii Ukraine Public Health University of Kentucky Social Intervention Group, Columbia University School of Social Work
Iuliia Innokenteva Russia Public Health Public Health University of Missouri – Missouri Cancer Registry and Research Center
Namazbai Ishmakhametov Kyrgyzstan Economics, Analytics North Carolina State University, Institute for Advanced Analytics Deloitte Consulting LLP
Daria Ivleva Russia Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis University of Missouri, Columbia University of Massachusetts Boston, Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning
Bogdan Kapatsila Ukraine Public Policy, Urban and Regional Planning University of Iowa Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)
Asya Karabayeva Kazakhstan Business Administration Clark University Aerofarms
Konul Karimova Azerbaijan Political Science University of Northern Iowa United Nations Population Fund
Tamerlan Khantygov Russia Education Lehigh University Lehigh University, Iacocca Institute
Ekaterina Kharlampovich Russia Arts Administration Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana Arts Commission
Kira Kondratkova Russia Education, TESOL San Francisco State University Portland State University, Intensive English Language Program
Alina Korshunova Russia English Linguistics Eastern Michigan University PanLex Project, The Long Now Foundation
Evgeniya Kozhevnikova Russia Music Education Western Michigan University TUNED IN
Serhii Kryvenko Ukraine Environmental Management, Petroleum Engineering Texas Tech University Rock Flows Dynamics
Leyla Kulyyeva Turkmenistan Business Administration Middlebury Institute of International Studies California College of Communications
Mariam Kvantaliani Georgia Business Administration Syracuse University Enlightened Inc.
Bakur Kvaratskhelia Georgia International Relations New York University East-West Management Institute, Inc.East-West Management Institute, Inc.
Anastasia Leshchyk Belarus Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Worcester Polytechnic Institute Harvard Medical School, Department of Systems Biology
Darya Levchenko Ukraine Film Studies North Carolina State University AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center
Valeriia Lozova Ukraine International Relations University of Georgia Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Arpine Mazhinyan Armenia Public Policy Oregon State University Children of Armenia Fund (COAF)
Eleonora Mocanu Moldova Public Administration Ohio University Chemonics International Inc.
Golibsho Nasymov Tajikistan Materials Engineering and Science South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Republic Conduit
Kanat Omurbekov Kyrgyzstan Film Studies Ohio University Birds Nest Foundation
Valentyn Panchenko Ukraine Environmental Management, Geospatial Engineering Northern Arizona University Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) – Transportation and Environment Department
Lilia Popova Russia Political Science University of Florida Center for International Policy
Ekaterina Romanova Russia Communications Ball State University R. Couri Hay Creative Public Relations, Inc.
Eugeniu Rotari Moldova Public Health University of Missouri, Columbia Public Health Institute
Nikolai Rubanovskii Russia Communications Ohio University EastWest Institute
Aida Rustemova Kyrgyzstan Law Emory University School of Law Common Cause New York
Timur Sabitov Uzbekistan Environmental Management, Geospatial Engineering SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry U.S. Geological Survey, Maryland-Delaware-Washington, D.C. Water Science Center
Ekaterina Shteinberg Russia Materials Science and Engineering University of Central Florida Department of Biomedical Engineering, John Hopkins University
Mykhailo Soldatenko Ukraine Law, International Commercial Arbitration Pepperdine University School of Law Jenner&Block LLP
Victoria Sudakova Russia Communications University of Tennessee, Knoxville Media Cause
Yulia Totskaya Russia Sociology University of Texas at Dallas MEV Studios
Valeriia Voronkova Russia Education, Middle Eastern and North African Studies University of Arizona AMIDEAST Education Abroad
Sherzod Yunusov Uzbekistan Law, Business Law Duke University School of Law Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Vitalii Zakhozhyi Ukraine Public Administration University of Washington, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance International Economic Development Council (IEDC)

Class of 2017

Participant Home Country Field of Study University Host Organization
Alexandr Alexeyev Kazakhstan Law University of Missouri-Kansas City University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Office of Continuing Legal Education
Irina Arabidze Georgia International Affairs, Foreign Policy Texas A&M University Hudson Institute
Asia Bazdyrieva Ukraine Arts Administration Arts Administration Storefront for Art and Architecture
Illya Chistyakov Russia Public Policy, Urban Planning University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
Grigor Chobanyan Armenia Law Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law White & Williams LLP
Daria Dudenkova Russia Education – Technology Columbia University Teachers College Girls Who Code
Anna Evtiugina Russia Arts Administration Indiana University, Bloomington San Jose Museum of Art
Olga Gachkova Russia International Affairs, Tourism Development Colorado State University Appalachian Mountain Club
Mariia Goriacheva Russia Public Heath Contamination Prevention University of Missouri-Columbia Mizzou Chemical Engineering Lab
Gayane Grigoryan Armenia Economics, Economic Development Old Dominion University International Economic Development Council
Iryna Gudyma Ukraine Journalism & Mass Communication, Comm. Strategies Temple University United Nations
Kseniia Guliaeva Russia Law, International Law Syracuse University, College of Law Coalition for the ICC
Jeyhun Hagverdiyev Azerbaijan Law, Business & Commercial Law Syracuse University, College of Law Reed Business Law
Ani Hovhannisyan Armenia Journalism & Mass Communication, Data Journalism West Virginia University International Center for Journalists
Viktoriya Ivanenko Tajikistan Education, Language Education University of Virginia UVA
Stela Jemna Moldova Public Administration, NGO Management Georgia State University American Turkish Friendship Council
Oksana Karpovets Belarus Arts Administration New York University San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Andrei Kartashov Russia Arts Administration University of Kansas AFI Silver Theater
Liia Khalikova Russia Public Policy, International Development Fordham University United Nations
Aliaksei Kharytaniuk Belarus International Affairs, Human Rights University of Denver IOM Office to the United Nations
Olha Kholod Ukraine Public Health, Genomic Cancer Research University of Missouri-Columbia UVA Center for Public Health Genomics
Vladimir Kim Uzbekistan Finance/Accounting Bentley University Trinity Capital Investment
Natalia Kirsanova Russia Environmental Management, Clean Energy Engineering Northern Arizona University Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Yulia Koleva Moldova Education, Language Education Saint Cloud State University Tutorium in Intensive English
Alexey Korzhov Russia Public Health University of Minnesota, Twin Cities University of Minnesota, School of Public Health
Mariia Koskina Russia International Affairs, Foreign Policy SUNY, Binghamton Woodrow Wison International Center for Scholars
Ekaterina Kupidonova Russia Education, International Education University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cultural Survival
Tymofiy Lutsiv Ukraine Public Health, Cancer Prevention Research Colorado State University Rutgers University, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Gulshat Maatkerimova Kyrgyzstan Public Administration, Non-Profit Management University of Oregon East West Management Institute-NYC
Aygul Mammetnazarova Turkmenistan Public Administration, NGO Management Syracuse University Eurasia Foundation
Oksana Moroz Ukraine Education, Language Education Indiana University of Pennsylvania Penn State Intensive English Communication Program (IECP
Mariia Palyga Russia Education, International Education Bowling Green State University The Advocates for Human Rights
Alona Pavlenko Ukraine Environmental Management, Renewable Energies University of Massachusetts, Lowell Alba Energy
Marianna Portniagina Russia International Affairs, Foreign Policy Old Dominion University Atlantic Council
Kirill Protasov Russia Public Policy, Public Private Partnerships Georgia State University Enterprise Innovation Institute Georgia Tech
Kateryna Romanova Ukraine Public Policy, Environmental Architecture Clemson University IDEO SF
Tatiana Rusu Moldova Journalism & Mass Communication, Communication Strategies University of Central Florida United Nations
Azat Samuratkyzy Kazakhstan Business Admin, Data Analysis Rochester Institute of Technology Council Rock
Yaryna Serkez Ukraine Journalism & Mass Communication Data Journalism University of Missouri-Columbia Wall Street Journal
Evgeniya Shalaeva Uzbekistan Public Health, Diabetes Prevention Research Montclair State University Einstein College of Medicine
Astra Shekenbaeva Kyrgyzstan Education, Special Education Programs College of Saint Rose Parsons Family Center
Aysel Nadir Qizi Soltanli Azerbaijan Economics, Economic Development Arizona State University MRA Associates
Mariia Spirina Russia Education, Art Education University of Kentucky Bright Horizons Child Development Center
Yuliya Tereshchenko Russia Education, Educational Administration University of Georgia World Learning
Olga Tykhonova Ukraine Arts Administration Hunter College Arts In General
Ganna Tyshchenko Ukraine Law, International Law Pepperdine University Latham & Watkins LLP
Andrey Urodov Russia Journalism & Mass Communication, Data Journalism New York University The Membership Puzzle Project, NYU
Teona Yamanidze Russia Arts Administration Syracuse University Gagosian Gallery
Dmitry Zaritskiy Russia Agriculture, Animal Science North Carolina State University Department of Animal Science, NCSU
Kseniia Zavodova Ukraine Law, International Law University of Notre Dame Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Class of 2016

Participant Home Country Field of Study University Host Organization
Nurganym Agzamova Kazakhstan Library Science Syracuse University Smithsonian Libraries
Jalil Ahmadov Azerbaijan International Tax Law University of Florida NYC Department of Finance
Iuliia Alieva Russia Journalism & Mass Communication University of Missouri, Columbia The United Nations
Sanzhar Baizhanov Kazakhstan Public Administration Texas A&M University NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration)
Olga Bakina Ukraine Public Health Florida Atlantic University Pan American Health Organization and Lighthouse Grid
Ioanna-Mariia Bakulina Russia Journalism & Mass Communication SUNY Binghamton Alaska Quarterly Review
Mariia Barulina Russia Education – TESOL Indiana University of Pennsylvania University of the Arts
Viktoriia Bazylianska Ukraine Public Health Wayne State University University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
Mariam Begiashvili Georgia International Affairs Brandeis University National Democratic Institute
Evgeniia Belobrovkina Russia Public Health University of Misouri, Columbia Public Health Foundation
Nadiia Biletska Ukraine Public Health & Education Northern Illinois University Northwestern University
Natalia Borisenko Russia Arts Administration Montclair State University Art in General
Iuliia Brusova Russia Music Education University of Missouri, Columbia University of Missouri School of Music
Rodica Cebotarenco Moldova Public Finance Administration Northern Illinois University Governmental Accounting Standards Board
Ekaterine Cherkezishvili Georgia Public Health Kent State University University Research Co.
Artur Denysenko Ukraine Energy Policy University of Delaware Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Vasilina Fedoseeva Russia Public Administration Indiana University Children’s Defense Fund
Irina Gera Turkmenistan Business Administration Willamette University Santander Bank
Armen Ghazaryan Armenia Agricultural Economics University of Missouri, Columbia U.S. Department of Agriculture
Iuliia Glushneva Russia Film Education University of Kansas Birds Nest Foundation
Yevheniia Haidamaka Ukraine Publishing and Mass Communication Savannah College of Art & Design Society of Illustrators
Altynbek Ismailov Kyrgyzstan Economic Development Policy Columbia University International Economic Development Council
Guljamiyla Kaipbergenova Uzbekistan International Commercial Law University of Pittsburgh Law White & Case LLP
Aleksandra Kasymova Russia Public Diplomacy and Communications California State University, Fullerton World Learning
Ketevan Khvedelidze Georgia Business Administration Rochester Institute of Technology Santander Bank
Anna Klevtcova Russia Environmental Management North Carolina State University Ocean Outcomes
Anna Kolesnichenko Russia Information Sciences – Game Development Michigan State University MSU Games for Entertainment and Learning Lab
Alexander Kondrov Russia Energy Management Washington State University Electrocon International Inc
Ekaterina Kupunia Georgia Business Administration and Management Rochester Institute of Technology MRA – The Management Association
Maria Makarova Russia Education – Language Acquisition California State University, Fullerton National Association for Bilingual Education
Raman Maroz Belarus International Human Rights Law The University of Notre Dame World Service Authority
Khursand Mavlonazarov Tajikistan Business Administration University of Akron Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation
Kateryna Moroz Ukraine International Human Rights Law University of Miami Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli and Pratt, P.A.
Elena Mun Uzbekistan Public Health Management Georgia State University Project HOPE
Sheker Myradova Turkmenistan Business Administration Syracuse University EIMC
Nana Naskidashvili Georgia Journalism University of Missouri, Columbia Newsweek
Sviatoslav Navrotskyi Ukraine Agricultural Management University of Nebraska-Lincoln Bayer Crops via Belcan
Mark Opanasiuk Ukraine International Agriculture Law University of Arkansas Goosmann Law Firm
Tamar Papava Georgia Business Administration Georgetown University Amazon
Alexey Perekipniy Russia Business Administration University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Monroe Residential Partners
Liudmila Pestun Belarus International Development Ohio University SSG Global Advisors
Denys Pivniak Ukraine Law – Intellectual Property University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Estefano Law, P.A.
Yulia Popova Russia International Affairs – Interpretation The University of Maryland Voice of America
Olga Putushkina Russia Law – Alternative Dispute Resolution Ohio State University CMPartners
Sabina Ramazanova Azerbaijan Education and Technology Indiana University Blackboard
Zhanyl Saparbekova Kyrgyzstan Higher Education Administration California State University, Fullerton California State University, Fullerton
Iana Shchetinskaia Russia International Affairs North Carolina State University Institute for the Analysis of Global Security
Nino Simonishvili Georgia Information Sciences – Cybersecurity Loyola University Chicago National Cybersecurity Institute
Nadezhda Smakhtina Russia International Affairs American University National Security Archives
Begench Turayev Turkmenistan Environmental Management Northeastern University Yaskawa Solectria Solar
Svetlana Vikhnevich Russia Education – TESOL Northern Arizona University National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition

Class of 2015

Participant Home Country Field of Study University Host Organization
Sharaf Asgarova Azerbaijan Energy and Environmental Law Tulane University Alliance for Affordable Energy
Maia Bashirova Georgia International Economics and Finance Brandeis University State Street Global Advisors
Ingkarim Beg Ali Kazakhstan International Comparative Education Florida State University Education Development Center
Aynur Charkasova Azerbaijan Education, Workforce Development Southern Illinois University Carbondale U.S. Department of Agriculture
Jeren Charyyeva Turkmenistan Energy Management New York Institute of Technology 8minutenergy Renewables
Liudmila Dedushkina Russia Public Administration Northern Illinois University Sister Cities International
Grigory Frolov Russia Public Administration Georgia State University Free Russia Foundation
Kanan Gasimov Azerbaijan Political Science Western Michigan University The United Nations
Maia Gelashvili Georgia Higher and Postsecondary Education Columbia University Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium
Aleksandr Gorbachev Russia Journalism University of Missouri-Columbia Newsweek
Nizoramo Haitova Tajikistan Educational Leadership Western Michigan University The Evaluation Center-Western Michigan University
Alexy Ilin Russia International Affairs Texas A&M University – College Station The Wilson Center Kennan Institute
Zarina Ismailova Tajikistan Operations Management South Dakota State University International Union for Conservation of Nature
Anna Karmazina Russia Public Policy Oregon State University Utah Office of Energy Development
Aigerim Khafizova Kazakhstan Educational Administration and Policy Studies State University of New York – Albany Pathbrite and Udemy
Natalia Kim Russia Film Studies Ohio University U.S. Department of Agriculture
Galyna Korniyenko Ukraine Urban Development and Planning University of Kansas Ohio State University
Zafar Kurbanov Uzbekistan Natural Resource Economics University of Rhode Island International Food Policy Research Institute
Natalia Lukicheva Russia Agricultural and Resource Economics Colorado State University U.S. Department of Agriculture
Anna Lysiuk Ukraine Arts Administration Indiana University, Bloomington Museum of Modern Art
Anna Maikova Russia Strategic Communication University of Missouri-Columbia State of Place dba Urban Imprint
Marina Minnikova Russia Visual Communication Design Rochester Institute of Technology Sony Pictures
Kristina Navnyko Russia Education – TESOL Indiana University of Pennsylvania Chatham University, English Language Program
Firdavs Navruzov Uzbekistan Education – TESOL Minnesota State University, Mankato Dept. of Education, Office of English Language Acquisitions
Aidar Oruzbaev Kyrgyzstan Intl. Law, Commercial & Investment Arbitration University of Miami Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Igor Pak Uzbekistan Energy and Environmental Law Tulane University The World Bank
Vira Pravosud Ukraine Public Health, Epidemiology University of Kentucky Kentucky Department for Public Health
Alina Rafikova Russia Mass Communication Florida International University The United Nations
Takminakhon Rakhmatova Tajikistan Applied Economics Western Michigan University DevTech Systems
Natalia Rodicheva Russia Public Health, Human Nutrition Kansas State University K-State Research Extension
Aleksandr Rumiantsev Russia Public Administration University of Missouri-Columbia Lighthouse Central Florida
Tsimafei Savitski Belarus Information Technology & Privacy Law John Marshall Law School FINCA International
Ielyzaveta Shchepetylnykova Ukraine International Education George Washington University The Association of Public & Land-grant Universities
Anna Siprikova Russia Urban Development and Planning University of Oklahoma Project for Public Spaces
Andrii Svietlov Ukraine International Economics and Finance Brandeis University State Street Global Advisors
Muazzam Toshmatova Tajikistan Economic Development Texas A&M University – College Station DevTech Systems
Irina Tursunkulova Russia Education – TESOL University of Maryland, College Park Miami Dade College – Kendall Campus
Valeriya Vasilenko Uzbekistan Business Administration, Strategic Marketing University of Akron Reduction Engineering
Ulyana Zavadskaya Belarus Marketing Research University of Texas at Arlington Walmart

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Host Organizations

The Edmund S. Muskie Professional Fellowship Program offers an exciting opportunity for U.S. organizations to host well-matched, motivated, and multilingual graduate students for the summer. This prestigious program places selected Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Program grantees from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia in either paid OR unpaid internship positions to develop practical skills and professional networks in support of their careers in their home countries. The Edmund S. Muskie Professional Fellowship Program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State. Each participant holds a valid J-1 Visitor Visa with full medical insurance coverage during their time in the United States. Fellows are granted work authorization once an internship offer is received from their host organization. In addition, Muskie Fellows also receive a stipend to cover cost of living expenses in the cities in which their fellowship takes place. Host organizations are asked to provide:

  • An offer letter to the fellow verifying that an internship placement has been made.
  • Completion of a brief approval form by the fellow’s direct supervisor explaining the internship’s daily tasks and requirements.

*Templates for both documents will be provided by Cultural Vistas.

Why Host?

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility and Application

Is this program the same as the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program previously implemented by IREX?

No, the Edmund S. Muskie Professional Fellowship Program (from 2015 until 2021 the official program name was the Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program) is a revised program from the former academic program that was discontinued. It focuses on practical internship training opportunities for participants to apply academic principles learned in the classroom to build skills that can be applied to their careers in their home countries.

Is the Muskie Program open to all Foreign Fulbright Students and Researchers?

No, the Muskie Professional Fellowship Program is only open to current degree-seeking Foreign Fulbright Student Program grantees from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

Am I still eligible to apply if I have already returned to my home country?

No, only current Foreign Fulbright Students still in the U.S. are eligible for the Muskie Professional Fellowship Program. If you have already returned home from your Fulbright Program, you are not eligible to apply.

My Fulbright Program is ending in May 2022. Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes, you are eligible to apply for post-degree academic training. If you are selected to the 2022 Muskie Professional Fellowship Program, your visa will be extended with academic training approval through the duration of your Muskie Fellowship. Please check with your IIE advisor regarding the length of your post-academic training.

Can my letter of recommendation be from an advisor or former employer in my home country?

Yes, the letter of recommendation can be submitted by a professor from your U.S. university or a university in your home country, or a current or previous employer in the U.S. or your home country. All letters of recommendation must be in English. You can either upload your letters through the online application or have them emailed to muskie@culturalvistas.org.

Will a fellowship with the Muskie Program affect my two-year home residency requirement for my visa?

No, participating in the Muskie Professional Fellowship Program will not affect your two-year home residency requirement. You will still be subject to the 212e requirement after you return home from your Fulbright Program.

When are the participant selections for the Muskie Program announced?

Semi-finalists will be notified in early December. Program finalists are selected by mid-January. We will be in contact with all applicants after their application has been submitted regarding their application status.


How will participants be placed at their internship? Do I need to find an internship myself?

Selected 2022 Muskie Finalists will work with our Muskie Program team to find an internship opportunity that matches your current studies, interests, and career goals. While we assist each participant in search of their summer internship, it’s a participant’s responsibility to secure their internship. Finalists who already have an internship offer or find one on their own for summer 2022 are still eligible for the 2022 Muskie Professional Fellowship Program and will still partake in all of the program activities. We will work with those finalists to ensure their internship meets the requirements for the Muskie Program. It is strongly recommended for you to start applying to internships that are of interest to you. Do not wait to receive notification of participation in the Muskie Program if the deadline to apply for an internship is before January 2022.

Does Cultural Vistas have a list of companies who work with the Muskie Program or job descriptions for the internships?

Cultural Vistas works with government, non-profit, and private organizations every year to place interns. Cultural Vistas will both leverage these relationships and create new partnerships in order to place Muskie Finalists in internships that benefit both the participant and the host company. Please check our Alumni tab on the website to see previous U.S. organizations that hosted Muskie Fellows. If you would like to reach out to alumni from the 2015-2021 Muskie Program regarding their experiences, please send a request to muskie@culturalvistas.org.

Will my internship be paid? Will I receive a stipend?

Cultural Vistas cannot guarantee placement in an internship position paid by the host company. The Muskie Professional Fellowship Program is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of State. With their support, the program will provide each participant with a three-month stipend to cover the cost of living during their summer internship.

How long will my internship be?

Muskie internships are expected to be full-time (between 32-40 hours per week) and three months in length (10-12 weeks during the summer). If you are graduating in May of 2022, you might be eligible for a longer post-academic training duration (check with your IIE advisor). However, note that your Muskie stipend will only cover three months of summer internship. It is your responsibility to find a position that provides financial compensation for the whole duration of your post-academic training if you make arrangements to continue your internship beyond your Muskie Program participation.
Please email muskie@culturalvistas.org with any additional questions you may have regarding the Muskie Professional Fellowship Program or the application process.

About Cultural Vistas

Founded in 1963, Cultural Vistas is a nonprofit exchange organization promoting global understanding and collaboration among individuals and institutions. We develop international professional experiences that create more informed, skilled, and engaged citizens. Our programs empower people to drive positive change in themselves, their organizations, and society.


For more information about Cultural Vistas, please visit culturalvistas.org

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