“Familiar questions, solved in a different way; totally new knowledge and skills, allowing us to look at the situation from a new angle; amazing opportunities to visit iconic American landscape.” This is how Anna Zavadskaya, a fellow in the US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange, described her experience in the U.S. She was struck by “…the diversity of wildlife and… [by the] people passionately working for conservation of these treasures.”
Media-Enabled Musketeers is a joint venture between Manhattan-based Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) and Moscow’s Journalism Advancement and Support Center (JASC). These organizations combined their knowhow and contacts in order to connect two discrete populations across two distinct countries – reporters and people with disabilities in Russia and the US. Read more to learn about this innovative project.
Where should one search for innovative models for building sustainable economies in small communities? As it turns out, Wichita, Kansas may be a good place to start. In January 2014, fellows and members from SEE’s Community Development Working Group came to Kansas and Nebraska to learn how to strengthen support for entrepreneurism in their communities.

Program Information

 

The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange is a diverse network of Russian and US civil society experts and social entrepreneurs engaged in a meaningful exchange of ideas and best practices to produce positive change in the lives of citizens in both countries. SEE is driven by five interconnected components:

 

  • Working Groups are the core of SEE. Program participants gather in working groups to determine joint priorities for collaboration, and to design and implement innovative projects that bring benefit to the people of Russia and the US.  These groups are organized around twelve distinct thematic areas:  business ethics and compliance, child protection, community development, education and youth, protection of flora and fauna, gender equity, higher education, rule of law and the community, collaborative media, migration, public health and social entrepreneurship. 
  • An annual conference brings together SEE members to evaluate joint priorities for action and to identify specific means for achieving them. 
  • Every year SEE conducts an open competition for Linkage projects that involve collaborative solutions to issues affecting both countries that tie in with at least one of SEE's Working Group priority areas. 
  • Fellowships are awarded to advanced and emerging experts in civil society, offering the opportunity for a more intensive engagement with civil society in the US and Russia through a professional exchange at various host organizations. During their service of up to four weeks, fellows further advance the collaborative activities of SEE’s working groups. 
  • SEE's Steering Committee provides guidance on strategy, principles, and decision-making. Its members, selected for their social sector expertise and international partnership experience, represent foundations, think tanks, educational institutions, NGOs and commercial entities in both Russia and the US.

Program History

SEE is an expansion of the US-Russia Civil Society Partnership Program (CSPP), which was launched in May 2011. CSPP had grown out of two US-Russia Civil Society Summits held in 2009 and 2010 after Russian and US civil society experts recognized the need for greater collaboration between citizens of both countries. In 2013, the program's name was changed from CSPP to SEE to reflect the expansion of its network of participants and their activities. 

 

SEE is implemented by Eurasia Foundation

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SEE seeks to intensify peer-to-peer and NGO-to-NGO cooperation among leading US and Russian civil society experts. Program participants hammer out innovative, far-reaching recommendations through SEE's Working Groups, accelerating progress in 12 thematic areas.

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On September 30, 2014 SEE will be hosting a webinar on the subject of “Cultivating Donor Relations.” It will feature SEE representatives with extensive expertise in the sphere of fundraising and fostering effective donor relations. The webinar’s main goal is to provide working group members and other participants with an opportunity to exchange best practices in successfully cultivating relations with potential donors.
In July of 2014, US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange hosted two online Information and Communication Technology (ICT) trainings for its working group members and fellows on the subject of "Information Security for Beginners: How to be Safe in the Internet."
Where should one search for innovative models for building sustainable economies in small communities? As it turns out, Wichita, Kansas may be a good place to start. In January 2014, fellows and members from SEE’s Community Development Working Group came to Kansas and Nebraska to learn how to strengthen support for entrepreneurism in their communities.


SEE holds an annual conference that brings together US and Russian experts and social entrepreneurs. Designed as working conferences, these events convene SEE members for two days to review and refine their priority areas, as well as develop concrete approaches for achieving established goals. These conferences also provide SEE’s members with an opportunity for networking within and across working groups.
 
The 2014 Conference, Toward Sustainable Partnerships, will be held in three parts in order to better accommodate participants’ varied schedules. The first part will take place on October 9-10, 2014, the second on October 23-24, 2014, and the third will take place on November 10-11, 2014. All three will be held in Washington, DC.

 
 

The opening session for the 2012 CSPP conference on November 15-16, 2012, in Washington, DC. 

Vladimir Pozner leads the opening session of the 2012 CSPP conference in Washington, DC. 

Participants at the 2011 inaugural CSPP conference in Moscow. 

The inaugural CSPP conference was held in Moscow, Russia, on November 14-15, 2011.


Kidsave International and the Children’s Project in Nizhny Novgorod have partnered to prevent the rejection and termination of parental rights for families in challenging situations.
The University of Oregon at Eugene and the Stavropol branch of the NGO “No to Alcoholism and Drug Addiction” will offer US and Russian students majoring in child protection an opportunity to grow their professional skills and understanding of social problems through an internship exchange program.
Bard College in New York state and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Smolny) at St. Petersburg State University will work together to create resources for colleges and universities to strengthen joint and dual degree partnerships between the US and Russia.
The Manhattan-based Downtown Community Television Center and Moscow’s Journalism Advancement and Support Center are teaming up to connect disabled citizens with American and Russian local media organizations.
Stanley Street Treatment and Resources in Massachusetts and the Health and Development Foundation in Moscow are collaborating on a strategic manual for public health campaigns implemented over mobile devices (“mHealth”) that will assist practitioners in addressing health issues facing at-risk women in Russia and the US.
The Corporate Government Faculty of the Financial University in Moscow and the Center for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance in Philadelphia will disseminate best practices in business ethics compliance through a network of multinationals and their Russian vendors as recommended by the 2013 Russia-led B20 international business summit.

Through a competitive funding process, SEE offers financial support to sets of partnering organizations to develop and implement collaborative US-Russia “linkage” projects that tackle key issues, foster the growth of mutually-reinforcing activities among NGOs, and produce results that are beneficial to both countries.

The deadline for the Linkage 2013 competition was August 16, 2013 and six projects were selected. Project topics range from business ethics and compliance to at-risk women to dual degree university programs to disabled citizens. All of these projects will further lasting connections among Russian and US civil society practitioners, which will continue to yield concrete benefits for citizens of both countries for years to come.

Latest News

Media-Enabled Musketeers is a joint venture between Manhattan-based Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) and Moscow’s Journalism Advancement and Support Center (JASC). These organizations combined their knowhow and contacts in order to connect two discrete populations across two distinct countries – reporters and people with disabilities in Russia and the US. Read more to learn about this innovative project.
On December 2, 2013, Stanley Street Treatment and Resources (SSTAR) in the US and the Health and Development Foundation in Russia unveiled a new cross-cultural mobile health campaign at a launch in Fall River, Massachusetts. With support from SEE, these organizations are developing mobile-based interventions for at-risk women with histories of substance abuse or HIV.


The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) conducts an annual two-stage partnership competition for projects jointly proposed by US and Russian NGOs. The competition seeks to increase and intensify peer-to-peer relationships between US and Russian experts that share common objectives in addressing major challenges. Projects must relate to the priority areas identified by SEE’s 12 Working Groups. The competition consists of two independent stages, with the Contact Project stage that enables organizations from both countries to design more substantial Linkage Project proposals.

 

Contact Project Competition

(No applications accepted at this time)

The Contact Project competition awards up to $3,000 to organizations to facilitate the collaborative development of Linkage Project proposals. Contact Project funds cover the establishment of communication channels and organization of meeting(s) between partner organizations.

Applications for the Contact Project competition were accepted through June 18, 2013, and the finalists were announced on July 17, 2013.

 

Linkage Project Competition

(No applications accepted at this time)

For the Linkage Project competition, SEE invites pairs of US and Russian organizations to submit jointly-developed proposals for mutually-beneficial projects that further sustainable information exchange and expertise sharing among NGOs in both countries. Projects should address key societal issues pertinent to at least one of SEE’s Working Groups and foster the growth of shared and mutually reinforcing activities in both countries. Linkage Project applicants are not required to have participated in the Contact Project competition.

Applications for Linkage Projects were due on August 16, 2013, and they were reviewed by SEE staff and a panel of external experts. The results will be announced during the week of September 9, 2013. Competition finalists receive up to $100,000 to complete their project, which may last up to 7.5 months.

 

For any questions regarding the competitions, please contact SEE staff at see@eurasia.org.

The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) awards more than 60 fellowships annually to early-career specialists and established subject-matter experts from Russia and the United States for the purpose of collaboration and the exchange of ideas within the thematic focus of each of the program’s working groups.  During their fellowship, participants travel to the corresponding country to spend up to four weeks at host organizations while addressing important social issues facing both countries and implementing collaborative projects developed by each working group.
 
SEE offers two different types of fellowships. Click on the boxes below to learn about the basic qualifications of each.  
 
Emerging Professional Fellows are selected via an open application process. Click here to learn more.
 
Advanced Practitioner Fellows are selected internally based on nominations from each working group. We do not accept external applications for this category.
 


Emerging Professional Fellows are dynamic and energetic individuals with a demonstrated passion for their chosen issue and an articulated commitment to its advancement. During their stays at host organizations, Emerging Professionals will contribute to the work of organizations while developing their own experience through implementing projects, performing research, writing articles, contributing to social media, and assisting with organizational responsibilities. As talented new actors in their chosen fields, Emerging Professionals are expected to facilitate strengthened interaction among experts and relevant groups in both countries while at host organizations and upon their returns home.
 
Ideal candidates will have:
 
• Up to 5 years’ experience (or equivalent) working to address social issues closely associated with a subject area connected with SEE working groups;
• Strong facility with both Russian and English; 
• Current affiliation with a non-profit organization or related institution.
 
Note: Competition for Emerging Professionals is currently open. The application deadline is November 23, 2014.
 

Advanced Practitioner Fellows are individuals with extensive experience working on social issues in their chosen field. During their time at the host organization, Advanced Practitioners will share their expertise and gain practical experience. They will provide guidance on ongoing projects, participate in organizational development activities as appropriate, conduct research, and build their professional network. As recognized authorities in their fields, Advanced Practitioners will provide expert advice and support to host organization and SEE working group initiatives. They are also expected to facilitate strengthened interaction among experts and relevant groups in both countries, both while at host organizations and upon their returns home.
 
Ideal candidates will have:
 
Extensive experience (at least 5 years) working on social issues in their chosen field;
A clear record of outstanding work on questions with direct bearing on a priority area identified by a SEE working group.
 
Note: We do not accept external applications for this category.
 

Latest News

“Familiar questions, solved in a different way; totally new knowledge and skills, allowing us to look at the situation from a new angle; amazing opportunities to visit iconic American landscape.” This is how Anna Zavadskaya, a fellow in the US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange, described her experience in the U.S. She was struck by “…the diversity of wildlife and… [by the] people passionately working for conservation of these treasures.”


Application Details

The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) is currently accepting applications for Emerging Professional Fellows for the 2015 cycle. Fellowships will last up to four weeks between February and April 2015. Candidates that satisfy both general and subject-based qualifications are encouraged to apply.

Location: In collaboration with its working groups, SEE will match Emerging Professional Fellows with appropriate host organizations in the counterpart country based on the needs of each of their working group projects. These organizations may be located anywhere on the territory of the receiving country.

Language: Emerging Professionals are expected to have strong Russian- and English-language skills. Fellowship application materials are available in both languages and can be completed in the applicant’s native language. Recommendation letters can also be written in either language.

Logistics: SEE will handle arrangements for participating fellows’ travel and accommodations for the duration of the fellowship as well as provide a modest stipend. It will also provide visa support, if necessary.

Instructions

To apply for the Emerging Professional Fellowship, please read “Qualifications for Emerging Professional Fellows” (below) before completing the application form. It provides crucial information about fellow qualifications and the previous and planned activities of each working group. Please submit the completed application and supplemental materials to see@eurasia.org no later than 11:59 PM Moscow time on Sunday, November 23, 2014 (3:59 PM Washington, DC time). All application materials are submitted in confidentiality and will be retained by SEE for its records.

Application Materials

Emerging Professional Fellowship Application (Updated on October 16, 2014)



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