New Creative Opps for Travelers in Moscow, New York, Wyoming & Washington

Moscow, Russia: The Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished professional development program placing accomplished young professionals in work assignments at leading organizations in Russia in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, public policy & related areas. Requirements:
* 25–35 years old at the application deadline;
* Russian proficiency is preferred; qualified candidates with fluency in another second language may be considered;
* Graduate degree or equivalent training in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or a related field;
* At least two years of relevant work experience; candidates without a graduate degree must demonstrate extensive and equivalent professional experience in their field, approximately six years, in order to qualify for the Alfa Fellowship Program.
In addition to individualized professional assignments, the Alfa Fellowship Program includes:
* Four-month Russian language tutoring program;
* Four-month Russian language course in Moscow;
* Orientation seminar in Washington, D.C., with accommodation + roundtrip travel;
* Housing in Moscow for the duration of the program;
* Moscow seminar program;
* Generous monthly stipend;
* Three regional excursions throughout Russia and one to a neighboring country;
* Limited international health, accident, and liability insurance.
Application Deadline: December 1, 2013 for the 2014-2015 program year.

Hamilton, NY: Colgate University invites applications for the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing. Writers of nonfiction and poetry who have recently completed an MFA, MA, or PhD in creative writing, and who need a year to complete their first book, are encouraged to apply. The selected writers will spend the academic year (late August 2014 to early May 2015) at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. The fellows will teach one creative writing course each semester and will give a public reading from the work in progress. The fellowship carries a stipend of $37,500 plus travel expenses; health and life insurance are provided. Complete applications are due by January 15, 2014.

Austerlitz, NY: Each year, the Millay Colony for the Arts invites 52 visual artists, writers and composers for a month-long colony residency. In addition, the Millay Colony is now offering three new ways to spend time as a resident: Two-week Residencies in the month of September, Virtual Residencies and Group Residencies. $35 application fee; apply by 10/1.

Orcas Island, WA: Each year Artsmith grants up to five Residency Fellowships for a one-week residency for artists, scholars, and writers to have focused time to create new works. The 2014 residency will take place January 3-10 at the Kangaroo House Bed & Breakfast in Washington State’s San Juan Islands. As guests of Artsmith and Kangaroo House, Fellows receive private rooms and baths, and access to the inn’s amenities, including wireless internet and garden hot tub. Due to health department restrictions, we cannot give access to the kitchen; however, a small refrigerator, microwave, electric kettle, dishes, glasses, and flatware are available. For 2014, Artsmith will provide dinners for five of the seven nights. All other meals, travel, and incidentals are the responsibility of the fellows. $35 application fee; apply by 10/15.

Sheridan, WY: Visual Artists, Writers, Playwrights and Screenwriters, 25+, invited to apply for one-month AiR residencies via Jentel Artist Residency Program. Organization provides housing, studio facilities + $400 stipend toward the cost of food and travel. $23 application fee. Deadlines to apply: September 15th for residency period January 15–May 13 OR January 15th for residency period May 15–December 13.

American-born Poets invited to apply for the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship of $54,000 to be used to travel abroad for 1 year. There is no age requirement, and there is no requirement that applicants be enrolled in a university or other education program. Apply by 10/15.

The Gulliver Travel Research Grant of $800 awarded annually to assist writers of speculative literature (in fiction, poetry,drama, or creative nonfiction) in their research, to be used to cover airfare, lodging, and/or other travel expenses. Apply by 9/30.

The Missouri Review now accepting submissions for the 23rd Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Fiction, Essay and Poetry with $5,000 prizes in each category. Submit by 10/1. Winners announced in January.

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