SURF is a platform for Russian and American university students to address the most pressing issues our nations face today. In the fall, participants attend a week-long conference in Russia, conduct collaborative research in working groups over the academic year, and ultimately present their work at a capstone conference at Stanford University and Washington D.C. in the spring. The working group format fosters consensus-building and leverages a cooperation-based approach to produce innovative solutions. Some examples of research topics include nuclear affairs, entrepreneurship, space exploration, climate and environment, business and economics, healthcare, the Arctic, energy geopolitics, security, and many more
SURF welcomes applications from graduate and undergraduate students in all academic disciplines and majors, regardless of prior exposure to Russia. Recent graduates and young professionals will also be considered. Our program will cover most expenses, including housing and local transportation. Participants are responsible for other expenses including flight and visa costs. There is no registration or participation fee for our program.