Become one of SEE’s Independent Professionals!

Deadline: 24 July 2017 11:59 PM EST; 25 July 2017 6:59 AM Moscow time
Open to: candidates from the Russian Federation and the United States or individuals with US Permanent Residency status, and also individuals with equivalent status in the Russian Federation
Benefits:  up to USD 2,500 to support the implementation of project activities


The Independent Professionals Project Initiative, implemented within the SEE program, is a competition that supports independent initiatives that advance US-Russian collaboration in at least one of SEE’s socially-oriented thematic areas.

Eligible candidates from the Russian Federation and the United States are invited to apply for support in the development and implementation of an original project that will produce a significant and measurable social benefit in both countries. Projects are expected to forge or strengthen partnerships among Russian and US professionals who are engaged in addressing common societal challenges. These connections may be furthered by enabling the development of institutional partnerships, producing original research in cooperation with a local organization(s), creating educational and/or technical curricula, or engaging in other similar activities that involve the creation of meaningful outputs.

To advance their project and promote the flow of knowledge and experience between the Russian and American societies, independent professionals will travel to their counterpart country for a period of seven to fourteen days. While abroad, participants will be exposed to new skills, methods, and professional networks that will allow them to contribute to their home societies in specific ways.



  • Be a citizen of the Russian Federation or the United States;
  • Individuals with US Permanent Residency status are also eligible, as are individuals with equivalent status in the Russian Federation;
  • Have a proven academic and/or professional track-record in the thematic area/s of interest;
  • Demonstrate a general professional proficiency in both the English and Russian languages;
  • Develop a project that is not politically motivated and does not include political activity, focus on public policy reform or the changing of public opinion;
  • Be primarily affiliated with organizations and/or institutions that work on issues within EF priority areas;
  • Have not previously participated as a SEE Invited Professional, Independent Professional, Special Exchange Participant or as an Emerging Professional or Advanced Practitioner Fellow.


  • The Independent Professional Award may be used only for activities directly connected to the proposed project;
  • The award includes funds earmarked for participant travel and logistics while visiting the counterpart country and additional “Project Funds” of up to USD 2,500 to support the implementation of project activities.

How to apply?

In order to apply please fill the application.

For more information please visit the official web page.

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