For immediate release
January 10, 2014
The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) has named its first group of SEE Fellows, selecting 70 US and Russian civic experts for a professional fellowship exchange in their counterpart country. The fellows will contribute their skills and experience toward the implementation of joint US-Russia projects currently being carried out by SEE’s twelve working groups.
These experts include journalists, social entrepreneurs, academics, community development specialists, social workers, lawyers and business leaders who possess a vision for bilateral cooperation and a desire to share their knowledge and practice with international colleagues. The 2014 class is an extraordinary group hailing from locations as diverse as Texas, Kazan, Oregon, and Buryatia. They each hope to create a lasting impact on citizens of both countries.
SEE introduced its fellowship component in September 2013 with the goal of expanding and deepening SEE’s person-to-person network by offering social actors an opportunity to enhance their collaboration by working in the opposite country for an extended period.
The selected class of Fellows is comprised of 29 Advanced Practitioners, who are established experts in their subject areas. The group also includes 41 Emerging Professionals – rising and mid-career specialists in their fields.
The Advanced Practitioners were selected through nomination by the SEE working group members, while the Emerging Professionals through a rigorous and competitive open application process. SEE received more than 280 applications in both countries to fill the 41 Emerging Professional fellowship slots.
Fellows will spend up to eight weeks at their host organizations actively contributing to working group projects. Fellows’ assignments range from writing journalistic features from sister-cities Minneapolis/St. Paul and Novosibirsk, to designing surveys and focus groups to study effective police oversight in both countries, to conducting research on best practices in permanent placement of older youth with foster families.
SEE’s 2014 exchange will commence on January 23, 2014 with an official fellowship launch in Washington, D.C., where the Fellows will meet one another, as well as SEE working group members and Steering Committee members, along with Eurasia Foundation Board members and staff.
Following the launch, the Fellows will continue on to their final destinations in various regions of Russia and the US. The Fellows will reconvene in Moscow in April 2014 at the concluding Fellowship Summit.
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