The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange, a program of the Eurasia Foundation, is a diverse network of Russian and United States professionals and entrepreneurs engaged in a meaningful exchange of ideas and best practices that can lead to joint action and positive change in the social dimensions of both countries.
To advance this mission, SEE is accepting applications for its Independent Professionals Project Initiative. Through the initiative, grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to independent social initiatives designed to establish or strengthen collaboration between Russians and Americans across SEE's socially oriented thematic areas.
Thematic areas for 2017 include social support and protection of citizens; protection of flora and fauna; promotion of animal welfare; promotion of philanthropy and voluntarism; youth development; public health and promotion of healthy lifestyles; preservation of cultural identities and language; adaptation of migrants; medical and social rehabilitation; and promotion of economic and labor mobility.
Individuals who are selected to receive a grant will collaborate with experts in their field during their travel to the counterpart country for a period of one to two weeks between September 19 and December 22, 2017. Projects must produce specific and measurable benefit to both societies.
Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of either the United States or Russian Federation, have at least professional proficiency in both English and Russian, and possess significant professional experience in one or more of SEE's thematic areas.
See the SEE website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application instructions.