Independent Professional Fellowship, US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange

Eurasia Foundation’s U.S. -Russia Social Expertise Exchange program (SEE) is accepting applications for a new round of its Independent Professionals Project Initiative.

The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) is a diverse network of Russian and US professionals and entrepreneurs engaged in a meaningful exchange of ideas and best practices that lead to joint action and positive change in the social dimensions of both countries.

SEE is presently composed of three key programmatic components:
Project teams are the new foundation of SEE, launched with the start of the 2015-2016 project competition. These teams are selected through an open competition that invites project groups — composed of Russian and US organizations — to create innovative bilateral initiatives.
Invited Professionals — project teams may also nominate up to four “Invited Professionals,” who will travel to host organization(s) in the other country and will make distinct contributions to project implementation.
Independent Professionals are individuals who support initiatives that establish new US-Russian partnerships or strengthen existing ones. These participants each develop and implement a socially-oriented project that produces a significant and measurable social benefit in both Russia and the US.

Project teams as well as Invited and Independent Professionals all work to address at least one of the following socially oriented themes:

  1. Social support & protection of citizens
  2. Protection of flora & fauna
  3. Promotion of animal welfare
  4. Promotion of philanthropy and volunteerism
  5. Youth development
  6. Public health & promotion of healthy lifestyles
  7. Preservation of cultural identities & language
  8. Adaptation of migrants
  9. Medical and social rehabilitation
  10. Promotion of economic and labor mobility

This competition is open to individuals from the U.S. and Russia who are interested in implementing a bilateral project focused on (1) Community Engagement and Volunteerism (2) Social inclusion of people with disabilities (3) Social entrepreneurship (4) Youth Engagement and Mentorship. Independent Professionals will spend 14 – 21 days in the host country to gain new skills and grow their professional networks. After returning home, participants will apply the skills they learned in the form of a short-term project that will allow them to more effectively address the challenges in their communities.

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Application Deadline: November 18, 2018– 11:59 p.m. EST

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