Meeting Russia

Creative Diplomacy is launching a new English-speaking public diplomacy program for young leaders — ‘Meeting Russia’. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2016.

About the program

Meeting Russia is a unique Russian public diplomacy program for young leaders interested in Russia. This is the only program in English that brings together 20 young representatives from government institutions, parliaments, think tanks, media and private sector, experts and journalist from the United States and EU countries as well as from Russia.

Meeting Russia participants will discuss current international issues related to Russian foreign policy and Russia’s relations with the West. The program includes meetings with senior Russian officials and top experts.

The program will be held in Moscow on February 15-19, 2017. The main part of the program will take 3 days, and the final day is reserved for a meeting and discussion with Russian counterparts of the same age representing various expert and public platforms.

The program is funded by a Presidential grant provided through the National Charity Fund (Russia).


The program is organized and promoted by the Center for the Support and Development of Public Initiatives Creative Diplomacy (PICREADI), a Russian NGO working in the field of soft power and public diplomacy.

Creative Diplomacy implements educational projects focused on young Russian professionals in the field of public diplomacy.

Financial terms of participation

Creative Diplomacy covers accommodation and meals in Moscow.

Participants are responsible for covering costs of their travel to Moscow,  insurance and visa fees (if required).

A limited number of travel grants may be available. Each case will be considered individually.


Applications open on October 17, 2016. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2016.

Applicants who would like to be considered for participation must meet the following eligibility requirements:

— age: 20-35 years;

— countries: United States, European Union. Citizens of Wider Europe may also be considered;

— field of activity: representatives of universities, scientific and analytical centers (international relations and Russian studies); media (Western media); NGOs (international relations); government representatives; representatives of the private sector (business and other spheres).

Applicants should submit:

— resume/CV;

— list of publications (if any);

— motivation letter;

— guarantee letter (a letter in free format addressed to Creative Diplomacy confirming that the applicant agrees to cover part of expenses associated with the program by herself/himself (travel costs, insurance, visa fees).

Please email applications to with the subject line «Meeting Russia».

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