Russian Business Leaders

The Russian Business Leaders (RBL) professional exchange program is Department of State program for young business professionals who are committed to driving economic development through leadership and sound business practices. RBL is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by American Councils for International Education.

The Russian Business Leaders Program is designed to connect leaders in the fields of business, entrepreneurship and innovation, while strengthening leadership and management skills. In order to create a network of business leaders among participants, RBL Fellows are placed in groups, or cohorts, in cities across the United States.

The program includes worksite activities Monday through Thursday of each week, intensive mentorship and leadership development sessions, and concludes with two-day Leadership Certificate Program at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy.

Currently we, are trying to identify businesses in Austin that would be interested and available to host a fellow 4 days a week (Mon. – Thur.) from May 29 – June 16, 2017.

Expectations for fellowship placements are as follows:

  • Suitable Work Placements are defined as, but not limited by, having:
    • A staff person able to supervise and coordinate the schedule of the Fellow.
    • A project, portion of a project, or other meaningful work for the Fellow to complete during his or her time in the United States.
    • The ability to provide an educational experience where the Fellow learns about an aspect or aspects of the United States structures and processes relevant to the Program’s goals and the Fellow’s professional background.
    • An interest in participating in a cross-cultural professional exchange program designed to build understanding among citizens of different nations

If you have questions about this unique opportunity, please email us at

You are responsible for obtaining adequate health insurance to cover any medical-related costs during your stay in the U.S. Bring a copy of your insurance policy with you, and carry a copy of your insurance policy/card on you at all times while traveling.

International Office

The University of Texas at Austin
2400 Nueces Street, Suite B
Austin, Texas 78705
Phone: +1-512-471-2477

Coordinating Staff

Angela Branigan, Assistant Director

Adnana M. Vikalo, RBL Program Coordinator