Deadlines
  • Proposal: 01/31/2020

Funding

  • Duration: 5 months

Scope

The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) is pleased to announce the Round 11 launch of its Independent Professionals Initiative.

Through this Request for Applications (RFA), EF invites project applications from professionals in the U.S. and Russia seeking to establish collaboration with international partner(s) in joint pursuit of solutions to social issues of importance to both countries.

Successful applicants will travel to their counterpart country for a period of up to 21 days. While abroad, participants will be exposed to new skills, methods, and professional networks. After travel, independent professionals will implement activities to convey or apply their new knowledge and expertise for the benefit of their colleagues and community. These activities must be credibly shown to provide a clear and measurable benefit to at least 250 individuals. Activities may include, but are not limited to, leading training sessions on newly-learned skills, presenting about activities conducted during travel, practically applying a skill learned during travel, or distributing a product developed in collaboration with overseas partners.

Russian and American professionals seeking to collaborate with international partner(s) in joint pursuit of solutions to issues in one of the four following socially-oriented themes are invited to apply:

  1. Social inclusion
  2. Technology and innovation for social good
  3. Social entrepreneurship
  4. Youth engagement

Eligibility & Submission Requirements

Candidates must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the Russian Federation or the United States.
  • Have a proven academic and/or professional track-record in one or more of SEE’s thematic areas (Social Inclusion, Technology and Innovation for Social Good, Social Entrepreneurship, and Youth Engagement).
  • Be actively affiliated with organizations or institutions that relate to one or more of SEE’s thematic areas.
  • Must not have a project that directly engages in political activism, public policy reform, or the influence of public opinion.
  • Demonstrate professional proficiency in both the English and Russian languages or provide a plan to overcome linguistic barriers while traveling and communicating with host organization counterparts.*
  • Have not previously participated as a SEE Invited Professional, Independent Professional, Special Exchange Participant, Emerging Professional, or Advanced Practitioner Fellow.
  • Must not be affiliated with federal, regional, state, and local government bodies or federal academic and research institutions (except for full-time students).

Contact Information

see@eurasia.org