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Yegor Gaidar Summer Leadershp Program

The Yegor Gaidar Summer Leadership Program

The YGSLP program, a joint project with the Yegor Gaidar Foundation, is designed and implemented by Purdue University. The program enables young Russian leaders (3-5-year university students) from the Russian regions to acquire the knowledge, skills, and practical experience necessary for building a dynamic market economy. The priority areas are economics and entrepreneurship.

The program is implemented since 2011. Previously the students from the Republic of Karelia, Krasnodar, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saratov and Perm regions, the Republic of Tatarstan, Novosibirsk and Tomsk regions participated in the program. In 2014-2015 the following regions of Russia are invited to participate in the program: the Republic of Bashkortostan, Penza, Sverdlovsk, Tambov and Tyumen regions.

10 new participants are selected through an open competition by an expert committee of American and Russian specialists in economic policy and entrepreneurship. The program participants should display leadership and entrepreneurial potential and aspire to realize their professional ambitions after returning to Russia.

In July-August Russian university students enroll in a specially designed program at Purdue University that introduces them to entrepreneurship and start-up company development. During a 4-week program each student is asked to develop an individual business project related to high-tech and innovation.

The overall goal is to help students to turn their business ideas into an entrepreneurial business. Business projects of 2013-2014 focused on recycling/environmental issues, organic food products, mobile applications, and social engineering. The program is complemented by visits to high tech start-ups and early stage companies as well as cultural activities in order to increase Russian students’ familiarity with American culture and society.

Educational program overview

YGSLP-2014 Participants' Business Ideas

YGSLP-2013 Participants' Business Ideas


Competition for the new round of YGSLP is open. Application deadline is December 25, 2014.


The advantages of the internship

  • Acquiring new knowledge and broadening one's personal and professional scope.
  • An opportunity to compare the methods of teaching and learning in Russia and the USA.
  • Improving proficiency in English, studying professional terminology.
  • An opportunity to learn the principles of work of foreign companies, to try oneself in working in the international business context, in a different business environment.
  • Gaining experience in a certain field of work, an opportunity to learn the latest technologies and methods from leading specialists in different spheres.
  • The advantages of future employment in Russia – internships abroad are viewed as a useful experience of scientific ideas, research and technology exchange.

Financial internship provisions

  • Round-trip travel to host institution in the USA
  • Tuition fees at the US university
  • Room and board (housing and meals)
  • US visa support
  • Accident and sickness coverage (medical insurance)

If you have any questions about participation in the program, please contact us:

Tel.: 8 (495) 641-34-84
E-mail: slp@gaidarfund.ru
Contact person: Alfiya Mosalova