MGIMO University hosts the launch of the first InteRussia fellowship of 2024

International Relations
On March 19, the Institute for International Studies hosted the opening ceremony for the new wave of the InteRussia internship program for foreign researchers in the field of international relations. The Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund and the ANO "Mezhdunarodniki" conduct jointly with MGIMO with the support of the Presidential Grants Fund.

This year, 44 applications from 24 countries were submitted for participation in the program. The winners were ten researchers from Armenia, Brazil, India, Spain, Kenya, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. The theme of the spring wave of the program is "The Changing Landscape of International Security."

MGIMO Vice-Rector for Research Andrey Baykov addressed the InteRussia participants with a welcoming speech. He noted that over the past few years, the world has undergone drastic changes that have made the work of international researchers more difficult, but at the same time more exciting. Under these conditions, the InteRussia program is particularly relevant. In his opinion, the internship program also enriches Russian scientists, as it allows them to get acquainted with foreign schools of scientific thought.

Maxim Suchkov, Director of the IIS, added that since its launch, the program has significantly evolved, not only in terms of geographical coverage but also in terms of the level of preparation of the participants: "The value of InteRussia lies in the fact that it forms a unique multicultural community of international professionals on the Russian platform, opening up great opportunities for them for new research and projects." In addition, the expert told the program participants about the main activities of the IIS and the possibilities of their own involvement in it.

Addressing the project participants, Sergey Orlov, Acting Deputy Executive Director of the Gorchakov Fund, emphasized that the history of the InteRussia program began with the track on international relations. "Each new intake of the program is special for us: the geography is expanding, and here in Moscow, you get the opportunity to get acquainted not only with Russian research methods but also with the academic base of the whole world: from Brazil and Kenya to Oman and India," he noted.

After the welcoming speech, an overview tour of the University and the MGIMO History Museum was organized for the participants.

The scientific supervisors of the sixth wave of the program will be IIS Director Maxim Suchkov, Director of the Center for Science Diplomacy and Advanced Academic Initiatives Vyacheslav Sutyrin, Director of the ASEAN Center Ekaterina Koldunova, Director of the Sanctions Policy Expertise Center Ekaterina Arapova, Director of the Center for European Studies Vladislav Vorotnikov, Leading Researcher at the Center for Eurasian Studies Alexander Knyazev, Leading Researcher at the Center for Euro-Atlantic Security Sergey Markedonov, Senior Researcher at the Center for Advanced American Studies Anna Kireeva, Researcher at the Center for African Studies Ivan Loshkarev, and Researcher at the Center for South Asian Studies Maria Reshchikova.

During the six-week internship in Moscow, foreign researchers will work on individual projects under the guidance of leading MGIMO researchers. At the end of the program, they will publish the results of their work in leading Russian and foreign scientific journals.