Are you eligible?

Application for participation in RYEP is open to candidates who meet the following requirements:

  • 18 – 20 years old (applicants must be 18 years of age by June 1, 2018).
  • A citizen of the Russian Federation.
  • Residing in Russia at the time of this application process and through the end of 2018.
  • Able to demonstrate leadership potential.
  • Involved in environmental projects in the local community and willing to participate in or implement ecological community projects upon returning to Russia.
  • Proficient in spoken and written English.
  • Eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 exchange visitor visa.
  • Available to travel to the United States for 4 weeks between June-September 2018.
  • Willing to live with a host family in the United States.
  • Committed to returning to Russia immediately after completion of the program.

How to Apply

To apply for RYEP, please, fill out the online application form by clicking the button below and attach the following items to your application:

1. Two recommendation letters:

  • One letter from a teacher or university professor;
  • One letter from an employer/supervisor or colleague/volunteer project manager, who is familiar with your community activities and leadership experience;

Recommendation letters can be in either English or in Russian and must include the recommender’s e-mail address and cell phone for a reference check.

2. A scanned copy of your high school or university grades in Russian (only grade sheets verified by a school or university stamp will be accepted).

3.  A scanned copy of your international passport (first page with photo and signature).

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.


Application Process

Forty participants will be chosen through a multi-level, highly independent, selection process. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. Semi-finalists will be invited to participate in an interview with international exchange program experts. Finalists will be announced in mid-April.


Recruitment for the Russia Youth Environmental Program 2019 will open at the end of January 2019.




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