Sergey Kostyaev

In 1999 I graduated from Leninsk-Kuznetsky high school #15 with silver medal. In 5 years I finished Novosibirsk State University graduate program in history with diploma with honors. During that time I was awarded fellowship of Mayor of Novosibirsk, City administration, 2003-2004 because I presented 9 conferences papers and various academic gatherings 4 of which were awarded by diplomas.

In 2004-2009 I studied at candidate dissertation program in political science at the Institute for the US & Canadian studies of Russian Academy of Sciences. The subject of dissertation was “Lobbying in the US Budget Process”. To collect materials for the topic I studied at Fulbright visiting researcher program at Georgetown University in 2007-2008 academic year. I was awarded Fulbright grant because by the time of selection I published 3 articles in journal USA-Canada: Economy, Politics, Culture and 7 op-eds on the subject of my research in such newspapers as Izvestia, Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta. Moreover, I taught undergraduate and graduate courses on lobbying in the State University – Higher School of Economics and the State University of Humanities. Also, I participated in Russian Humanities Foundation grant project “USA: Government and Society”, 2006-2008, # 06-03-02105a.

My Fulbright program started in August 2007 from Intense English Language Program at University of California at Santa-Cruz. I improved my English speaking and listening comprehension skills significantly. Moreover, I visited a lot of beautiful places in California and made a couple of friends.

From September 2007 to June 2008 I was a Fulbright visiting researcher at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. During that time I published two articles “Forms of Budget Lobbying in the US” // World Economy & International Relations. 2007. #10 and “Budget Lobbying in the US: Theories & Practice” // USA–Canada: Economics, Politics, Culture. 2007. #8. Also 5 op-eds on US politics were published in Novye Izvestia. I collected the unique materials for the dissertation mainly by interviewing policy-makers – Congressional staffers, former OMB officials, lobbyists, even one former president – Polish Aleksander Kwasniewski.

In April 2008 I participated in Fulbright Enrichment Seminar at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I visited the second oldest public high school in the US which was founded in 1830s. It was in sharp contrast with Russian high schools which are underfunded and underequipped. Philadelphia is the second capital of the US after Princeton and it has lots of historical places and buildings.

To sum up, year on Fulbright in the US gave me the opportunity to get the much needed data and improve the quality of my dissertation. After returning to Russia I finished an article about Russian business lobbying in the US for the academic journal World Economy & International Relations, 2009, #4. Nevertheless, I am going to continue my education at PhD program in the US. I received my Candidate of Political Science from the Russian Academy of Science in 2009 and am currently working there.

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