Call for Applications: Social Innovations Russia

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MOSCOW, Russia – Social entrepreneurship in Russia is a very new phenomenon. Haunted by Communist rule, the country has a complicated relationship with entrepreneurship in general, and responsible business for much of the past two decades was an oxymoron.

But Russia’s history also makes it a potentially fascinating laboratory for social entrepreneurship. Suffering from many of the serious problems found in the developing world, Russia also has one of the most highly educated populations on the planet (54% of Russians aged 25-64 hold academic degrees, followed by Canada, 51%, in second place). A strange mix of developing and developed country, social entrepreneurship in Russia will be like nowhere else, and the efforts to create it are only just beginning.

We are recruiting two reporters to report at the helm of this phenomenon by covering the first international conference on social innovation in Russia, called “Social Innovations Russia”. Taking place on the 9th of October in Moscow, the conference will consist of series of plenary sessions and workshops examining the issues of social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, charity, human wealth development and partnerships in the social sector between the state and the public. The conference will also highlight the up and coming HUB Moscow.

Moscow-based editor Patrick Reevell, who most recently reported on social entrepreneurship at Partnering for Global Impact in Switzerland, will lead the reporting team and provide editorial support. In parallel to this media coverage, Student Reporter will also be hosting a workshop on Social Innovation & Media, led by managing editor Sunmin Kim.

Program Dates and Deliverables:

Late September: Webinar to introduce conference reporting and social innovation in Russia.

9-10 October: On-site conference attendance on the 9th , hunt for and pitch stories, and conduct interviews. 

Rest of October/early Nov: Write and publish two articles (deadline: 8 November)

Compensation: Full waiver of conference fee only. Travel and accommodation must be arranged and covered by individual reporters.


  • Enrolled in a higher education program (i.e. Bachelors-level or above, preferably at the Masters or Doctoral level; professional degree programs welcome).
  • Strong academic background or interest in business/policy/economics. Focus on social entrepreneurship and Russia a plus.
  • Experience in online journalism.
  • Excellent written and verbal English skills.

Instructions: By 10th  of September, please fill out the form below and send a resume or CV (max 2 pgs; pdf) to You can also fill out the form directly here.

*Please note that this call previously had a deadline of the 15th , and we moved it up to the 10th  in case we need to factor in visa processing times.

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