Media Exchange for Global Achievement Program (MEGA) is aimed to give 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.

The MEGA Program is funded by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

Program Materials

As part of the selection process, all applicants are required to develop a media product according to the following guidelines.

Download Guidelines for Development of a Media Product

Please develop your media product in English.

The MEGA Program is for you!

February 29, 2020
Application Deadline
Please complete your application by 23:59 MSK on February 29, 2020. The application process consists of completing an electronic application form; providing two recommendation letters; and submission of a media product in English.
February 29, 2020
March 25, 2020 - April 5, 2020
Online Interviews with Semi-Finalists
Semi-Finalists will be invited to participate in a digital interview with the selection committee so that a final decision can be made regarding program finalists.
March 25, 2020 - April 5, 2020
Late June, 2020
Pre-Departure Orientation in Moscow
Finalists will travel to Moscow to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation that will prepare participants for their travel to and stay in the United States.
Late June, 2020
July 11, 2020 - August 8, 2020
Participants Travel to the United States
All finalists fly together to the United States for a month-long exchange program. A detailed schedule will be sent to all finalists.
July 11, 2020 - August 8, 2020

It is for you!

Program Requirements

Russian Youth 18-22 years old

The requirement is strict and applications from participants who are younger/older may be rejected.


Available to travel to the United States for 4 weeks from July 11 - August 8, 2020.

Interested in Media

Active citizen journalists, young professional journalists, and/or students of journalism.

Fluent in English.

Demonstrate their achievements and interest in media.