International professionals in the field of culture and history or arts currently working on creative projects related to Russian culture or history are welcomed to take part in the competition. Command of the Russian language is very helpful but not required. Students are not eligible. Working languages of the program are English and Russian.

 The creative project could be a museum exhibition project, a theater production, a film, a photo exhibition, preparation of fiction or research books, etc. related to Russian culture or history. The creative project should take place in a country other than the Russian Federation, with the goal to broaden the audiences’ perceptions of Russia. The two-week residency in Russia will serve as an important stage in the preparation and realization of the applicant’s cultural project.

The Likhachev Foundation will prepare individual programs for the Fellows according to their projects’ specifics and help to achieve the maximum results during their fellowships. These programs will include meetings with Russian colleagues, opportunities to work at St. Petersburg museums, libraries, archives, and other organizations.

Ten two-week fellowships will be organized  May 9 - 22, 2016 in St. Petersburg

Transport and accommodation costs are covered by the organizers.

Deadline for applications’ submission is February 1, 2016.

Applicants will be notified of the competition results by March 1, 2016.

Application should include:

  • CV (including information on Russian language skills, previous creative projects related to Russia, and previous visits to Russia).
  • Description of the creative project (up to 3 pages) It should contain, in particular, a paragraph on how a residency in St. Petersburg will benefit the applicant’s creative project and which cultural organizations in St. Petersburg the applicant would like to work with.

Please, email your application in Russian or English to the competition coordinator Mrs. Elena Vitenberg at  and with subject line «application for the fellowship».