Independent Professionals Project Initiative US-Russia

Deadline: 1 February 2016
Open to: citizens or permanent residents of either the United States or Russia and possess significant professional experience in one or more of SEE’s thematic areas
Grant: USD 2,500 for project and USD 2,500 for travel expenses


SEE has launched a new initiative to enable individual US and Russian social experts to build cross-border collaborative projects that address common social challenges and result in benefits for both countries.

The SEE “Independent Professionals Project Initiative” will establish or strengthen partnerships between US and Russian experts and host organizations in their counterpart countries by means of a collaborative project that focuses on one or more of SEE’s thematic areas. Competitively selected candidates will travel to the host organization for 7 to 14 days to conduct activities related to their proposed project. 

Over the course of project implementation in the host country, participants will gain new skills and expand their professional networks, thereby benefitting their work upon their return home. Independent professionals will convey their insights gained abroad through subsequent activities directed at relevant constituencies in their home countries.  Implementation of all activities in the host and home countries will take place between April 1 and September 1, 2016.


Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of either the United States or Russia, have at least professional proficiency in both the English and Russian languages, and possess significant professional experience in one or more of SEE’s thematic areas.


Successful applicants will receive USD 2,500 for project and USD 2,500 for travel expenses.

How to apply?

Apply in a digital form that must be filled out and submitted in one sitting. All fields in this form are required. Candidates will not be able to save their answers and return to them later. The application should be submitted together with the following documents:

  1. Project Narrative;
  2. Budget Form (download the form HERE;
  3. Budget Narrative;
  4. Project and Travel Timeline;
  5. Statements of Support from Host Organizations;
  6. Resume or CV of Candidate;
  7. Scan of Candidate Passport ID (photo page);
  8. Scan of Valid Candidate Visa (if applicable).

The total size of the submission email and its seven attachments must be no larger than 10 MB. The documents should be send to email

Deadline for applying is February 1, 2016 at 7:59 AM Moscow Time (January 31, 2016 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time).

For more information please visit the official website.

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