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Independent Professionals (INP) Project Initiative

Grants to USA and Russia Professionals for Exchange Programs Addressing
Social Entrepreneurship, Inclusion, and Community Engagement

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

Deadline Date:

08/05/19 11:59 PM EST (7:59 AM Moscow Time on 08/06/19)


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Grants of up to $1,200 plus travel expenses to USA and Russia individual professionals for collaborative efforts addressing urgent social problems. Funding is intended to support participation in 3-week exchange programs, and the subsequent presentation of newfound knowledge in the participant's home country, focusing on the areas of social entrepreneurship, community engagement and volunteerism, social inclusion, and youth engagement and mentorship.

The Independent Professional (INP) Initiative awards funding for collaboration among U.S. and Russian social experts. Independent Professionals will travel to a host country (Russia or the US) during fall 2019 - winter 2020 to collaborate with partner organizations on seeking new solutions for social challenges relevant to both countries. While abroad, participants will be exposed to new skills, methods, and professional networks. Upon their return home, independent professionals must carry out at least one clearly defined activity designed to convey or apply the knowledge and/or expertise gained during their visit to benefit their colleagues and/or community members. This activity (or activities) must directly benefit 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.

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. Projects should avoid topics related to political activism or activity, public policy reform, or the influence of public opinion.

Some examples of eligible expenses include space or equipment rental for events, design and printing of presentation materials, and purchase of needed project supplies.

In addition to the 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. Stipends may be used to procure goods and services in the U.S. and/or Russia.

For a description of duties and requirements of both host organizations and visiting professionals, see page 3 of the RFA document in Supporting Documents below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 186347

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In addition to the $1,200 stipend, EF will also organize and fund travel and logistics for SEE Independent Professionals.

Term of Contract:

Stipends may be used to procure goods and services between September 15, 2019 and March 1, 2020.

The maximum duration of participant travel is three weeks. Independent professionals must return home after their activities in the host country are completed. They are, however, encouraged to continue collaborating with their host organization after their return.

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 be affiliated with federal, regional, state, and local government bodies or federal academic and research institutions (except for full-time students)

The following types of organizations and their representatives may not host independent professionals: Federal, regional, state, or local government bodies; government-funded social institutions (e.g. orphanages, nature preserves); and federal academic and research institutions (except for full-time students, who may participate).

The stipend may not be used for personal expenses (including travel, baggage fees, local transportation, hotels, souvenirs, clothing, luxury items, incidentals, etc.). Stipends may also not be used to provide linguistic assistance.

SEE strongly discourages the travel of spouses and/or other dependents. No additional funding or support will be provided for independent professionals’ spouses and/or other dependents to accompany them to the host country.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on August 5, 2019 (7:59 AM Moscow Time on August 6, 2019).

Candidates are expected to establish their own connections with appropriate host organization(s) prior to the submission of an application. View the webinar on establishing connections with a host organization in Russia, found below.

Each independent professional may only participate in the Independent Professionals Project Initiative once. Independent Professional alumni may, however, participate in the implementation of project team initiatives in subsequent competitions.

About the Program:

Webinar on Identifying a Host Organization for a Professional Exchange in Russia:

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.