Requirements:

  • Russian Youth 18-22 years old;
  • Active citizen journalists, young professional journalists, and/or students of journalism;
  • Demonstrate your achievements and interest in media;
  • Available to travel to the United States for 4 weeks from June 22 — July 21, 2019;
  • Fluent in English.

Thank you for your interest in the MEGA Program. To apply, please complete the application form and attach the following documents to your application:

  • Two recommendation letters: (1) one from your university instructor or professor and (2) one from your extracurricular activity supervisor or an employer.
  • Development of a Media Project. To learn more about the project requirements, please visit the How to Apply page.

Download Guidelines for Development of a Media Product

Please develop your media product in English.

Participants will gain a better understanding of diverse media outlets and the role of media in the United States through a series of site visits, workshops, seminars and hands-on activities.

Program Information

The Media Exchange for Global Achievement Program (MEGA) provides youth journalists an opportunity to gain a better understanding of diverse media outlets and the role of media in the United States through a series of site visits, workshops, seminars and hands-on activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

The MEGA Program covers all costs directly connected to the participation in the Program.

All requirements of the program are strict. Your application may be rejected if you do not meet any of the requirements.

Please submit your application no later than February 28, 2019 at 11:59 PM Moscow Time

The participants will travel to the United states June 22-July 21, 2019

The selection process for the MEGA Program consists of two equal parts: (1) your electronic application and (2) online interview with selected semi-finalists.

During the first step of the selection process you will have to develop a media product (article, magazine, newspaper, video, social media group or profile, series of photos or radio podcast) that covers the following topic: “I am a leader in media literacy: past, present and future” and include the link to it.

Download Guidelines for Development of a Media Product

Also you have to upload two letters of recommendation.

Please develop your media product in English.

Yes, all finalists will receive health insurance that covers medical care and medical evacuation.

Please ask any questions you may have concerning the MEGA Program on our contact page or email them to us at info@megaprogram.org

If you have already participated in another U.S. Government sponsored exchange program under J-1 visa, you are able to apply for the MEGA Program. However, MEGA Program encourages people who have never traveled to the United States to apply for the program.

Thank you for your interest in the MEGA Program. Unfortunately, only citizens of the Russian Federation can apply for the program.