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Independent Professionals (INP) Project Initiative

Grants to USA and Russia Professionals
for Collaboration on Social Challenges

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Eurasia Foundation (EF) - U.S.-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE)

Deadline Date:

11/18/18 11:59 PM EST/7:59 AM Moscow Time on November 19, 2018


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Grants of up to $1,200 to USA and Russia professionals for socially oriented exchange projects that have a social benefit in both countries. Funding is intended for professionals to travel to the counterpart country for three weeks to be exposed to new networks, methods, and skills which they will bring home and introduce to their community.

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 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.

EF is accepting applications for projects that have a broad bilateral impact in the following thematic areas: Social Inclusion, Community Engagement and Volunteerism, Social Entrepreneurship, and Youth Engagement and Mentorship. Projects should avoid topics related to political activism or activity, public policy reform, or the influence of public opinion.

EF will fund innovative ideas that leverage U.S.-Russian cooperation to implement unique solutions to pressing social problems in the above thematic areas. Projects may focus on various topics, including but not limited to increasing involvement of youth in the social sphere and cultivating their participation in international dialogue; increasing involvement of people with disabilities in social life, employment, and sports; and creating business initiatives to encourage environmental sustainability or otherwise improve quality of life.

While abroad, independent professionals must be affiliated with a thematically-relevant host organization that will serve as a venue for in-person professional collaboration. Host organizations are expected to provide organizational support in connection with the participants’ planned project activities. These support duties may include, but are not limited to, facilitating activities and site visits, arranging workspace and relevant materials, and providing professional networking opportunities.

In developing their project, candidates are expected to establish their own connections with appropriate host organization(s) and conceptualize how they will be incorporated into the proposed project. Application materials must include a letter of support from each host organization that reflects their willingness to serve as a base for the duration of the candidate’s stay abroad. Candidates must also demonstrate how their involvement with this particular organization will contribute to the realization of their proposed projects and to development of new skills and knowledge. Independent professionals will be expected to continue relations with their host organization(s) upon return to their home countries.

Note: All independent professionals traveling to Russia must budget to spend one day in Moscow upon arrival for visa and registration purposes. SEE will arrange for these U.S. participants to be hosted by a partner organization to facilitate logistics and provide a platform for networking and presentations. U.S. participants must still arrange for at least one other thematically-relevant organization to host them for the remainder of their time in the Russian Federation.

Independent professionals will organize at least one activity that will focus on social engagement in community development projects. As part of this activity (e.g. online or in-person workshop, presentation or community event etc.), independent professionals will share their expertise and success stories in engaging local communities in socially oriented initiatives.

Applicants may request a stipend of up to $1,200 for implementation of activities connected to their proposed project. Stipends may be used to procure goods and services in the U.S. and/or Russia between January 28, 2019 and July 19, 2019. Use of stipend funds must be consistent with the applicant’s proposed budget.

Successful applications should demonstrate the following:
- Clear connection the one or more thematic area(s)
- Clear need for project and impactful project goals
- Relevant activities for achieving project goals
- Clear approach to project monitoring, evaluation and reporting
- Reasonable timeline and budget for accomplishing project activities
- 250 (or more) people impacted by project
- High quality, deep engagement by participants and beneficiaries
- Demonstration of collaboration across both
- Impact in both the Russian Federation and the United States
- Strategy for sustaining the project’s impact beyond funding period

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184417

Estimated Size of Grant:

Stipend of up to $1,200

In addition to the $1,200 stipend, EF will also organize and fund travel and logistics for SEE Independent Professionals, including international and domestic transportation (economy class), visas, lodging, and health insurance. EF will also provide a per diem living allowance.

Term of Contract:

Stipends may be used to procure goods and services in the U.S. and/or Russia between January 28, 2019 and July 19, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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, Community Engagement and Volunteerism, Social Entrepreneurship, and Youth Engagement and Mentorship).
- 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 affiliated with federal, regional, state, and local government bodies or federal academic and research institutions (except for full-time students).

Stipends may not be used to provide linguistic assistance.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for the current round must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on November 18, 2018 (7:59 AM Moscow Time on November 19, 2018). Early submissions are encouraged.

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