SEE has launched the fourth round of its initiative to enable individual U.S. 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 establishes and strengthens partnerships between U.S. and Russian experts and host organizations in their counterpart countries by means of collaborative projects that focus on one or more of SEE’s thematic areas. Competitively selected candidates travel to an organization in the host country for 7 to 14 days to conduct activities related to their proposed project.

Over the course of project implementation in the host country, participants gain new skills and expand their professional networks. Upon their return home, independent professionals strengthen professional practice in their home institutions and benefit their own communities through implementation of activities directed at relevant home country constituencies making use of insights gained abroad.  Implementation of all activities, including the realization of tangible and measurable results in the host and home countries, must take place between March 1 - April 28, 2017.

Independent Professionals are selected via an open competition process. The application and other relevant materials are available for download below. Applications for the current competition cycle must be received by November 28, 2016 at 11:59PM Eastern Time (November 29, 2016 at 7:59AM Moscow Time) though early submissions are encouraged. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  

Click here for more information and to apply on the SEE website.