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Update Regarding 2022 Fellowships at the Kennan Institute

Given the current uncertainty due to the coronavirus and pandemic-related travel restrictions, we anticipate greater flexibility in the administration of fellowships. This may include the possibility of partial or fully remote work and delayed start dates for awarded fellows, contingent upon Wilson Center policies and grant requirements. For more information or specific inquiries, please email

The Kennan Institute is the premier national research center devoted to Russia, Ukraine, and the surrounding region. The cornerstone of the Kennan Institute’s strength is the scholars and experts who come to the Center to conduct their individual research and, in so doing, advancing our understanding of this vital part of the world.

Scholars in residence at the Kennan Institute receive access to the Library of Congress, National Archives, and policy research centers in Washington, D.C., as well as the opportunity to meet with key experts and officials. While conducting research, scholars are expected to actively participate in discussions with the policy and academic communities, including events at the Wilson Center as well as potentially outside of Washington D.C., private meetings, conferences, and other activities organized by the Kennan Institute and Wilson Center. Upon completion of their grant at the Kennan Institute, scholars join the ranks of Kennan alumni, for whom Kennan will continue to offer opportunities for future collaboration and engagement.

The Kennan Institute offers four types of resident grant opportunities. Galina Starovoitova Fellowships on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution are available to citizens of the Russian Federation residing either in or outside of Russia who have successfully bridged the worlds of ideas and public affairs to advance human rights and conflict resolution. Title VIII Scholarships (Research and Summer) are available to applicants who are U.S. Citizens (the Title VIII Short-Term Grant is non-resident). The George F. Kennan and James H. BillingtonFellowships are not limited by citizenship.

The Kennan Institute offers paid Research Assistant positions lasting two to nine months for undergraduate, graduate, and prospective graduate students. Research Assistants are part-time interns who work directly with a resident Kennan Institute scholar.

In addition, Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowships are also available to scholars studying Russia, Ukraine and other states in the region.

The Kennan Institute is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, and encourages applicants of all backgrounds to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for fellowships based solely on their merits.

CLICK HERE for general advice on applying for Kennan Institute grants and a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

To learn more about our past scholars and their research with the Kennan Institute, visit our Scholar Spotlight interview page HERE.

Kennan Institute Multimedia Internship (Fall 2022)

The Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute is hiring a multimedia intern for Fall 2022. (This internship may be renewed for the spring semester upon mutual consent.) The multimedia intern supports the Kennan Institute’s work by creating visual elements for publications, research, and events. The intern will also produce engaging and accessible audio-visual content suitable for a general audience. The multimedia intern is integral to the success of Kennan’s digital outreach efforts, including promotion on social media.

In addition to the listed responsibilities, the multimedia intern will have opportunities to pursue self-guided projects. Previous interns have published highly successful multimedia projects while at the Wilson Center (examples here and here). UPDATE: Applications must be submitted by Sunday, September 11, 2022 in order to be considered.


The Kennan Institute’s mission is to improve American understanding about Russia, Ukraine, and the wider region. Applicants need not have prior experience in or about the region. Instead, the multimedia intern contributes to all aspects of media creation in support of the Kennan Institute’s programming. The multimedia intern will work directly with Kennan staff and scholars in support of project activities for a maximum of 35 hours per week. Duties include but are not limited to the following:


  • Assists with the preparation of publications and/or outreach materials by generating original promotional materials suitable for a variety of digital platforms.
  • Manages multimedia projects from start to finish – including researching, scripting, and storyboarding.
  • Produces high-quality results on a tight schedule. 
  • Creates engaging content designed to grab the public’s attention and communicate complex ideas in a way that is easy to understand.
  • Proofreads and edits written work, including audio transcriptions.
  • Coordinates in-person and online with Kennan staff, and fulfills their audio and video editing requests as needed.


  • Experience with photography and videography
  • Experience with designing graphics, especially those suitable for social media
  • Software experience: Adobe Suite, including Premiere, After Effects, and Illustrator
  • Experience with social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
  • Demonstrated interest in international relations is desirable; expertise related to Russia, Ukraine, and the surrounding regions is a plus.

This is a paid position. The multimedia intern will be expected to work out of the Kennan Institute’s office in the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC. Work from home will be allowed on occasion. 

Application Process and Materials

Please send your application to Please include “Fall 2022 Multimedia internship” in the subject line, and label your file(s) with your name. A completed application will have the following materials:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in this position and in working for the Kennan Institute.
  • CV/Resume
  • A portfolio that demonstrates your prior work, featuring both graphic design and video samples. We accept portfolios in the form of a digital file or a link to a website with your work.