SEE’s Independent Professional (INP) initiative supports collaboration among U.S. and Russian social experts across a wide range of thematic areas. Currently, SEE is accepting projects that focus on Arctic and Environmental Conservation, Indigenous Peoples’ Empowerment, Disability and Inclusion, Public Health, or projects under Open Thematic Area. Past participants have worked to: 

  • Reduce violence against women in Seattle and Samara;  
  • Increase the capacity of mentors in Tyumen, Los Angeles, and Phoenix; 
  • Launch an educational course on volunteer fundraising in Richmond and Moscow; and  
  • Many more projects in the U.S. and Russia!  

Selected INPs will travel individually to their host country (Russia or the U.S.) to collaborate for 21 days or longer with host organizations. SEE will match prospective candidates with host organizations paying close attention to making sure that the participant’s involvement with a particular host organization contributes in a meaningful way to the realization of their proposed projects and development of new skills and knowledge. Upon their return home, independent professionals implement activities to convey and apply their new knowledge and expertise for the benefit of their colleagues and local communities.  

The INP initiative offers a unique opportunity for applicants to expand their professional networks and gain international perspectives on their social projects. 

Host a Fellow

A crucial part of making INP Fellowship a successful initiative are the wonderful host organizations we partner with. Host sites represent a diverse range of non-profit, non-governmental, and other organizations in the U.S. and Russia that focus on social issues and collaborate with SEE fellows for a period of up to two weeks.

We are always looking to partner with great social sector organizations that can share U.S. best practices in their professional field with our fellows and provide them with a place to thrive. As a host organization, you would collaborate with a fellow online during the first two months of their fellowship in the fall of 2021 as well as host the fellow for up to two weeks once international travel becomes possible. Our staff will work with you on selecting the best time frame for the fellow’s visit to your organization. For each fellow’s in-person visit, SEE takes care of all logistics such as flights, accommodation, health coverage, visa, etc. There is no cost to interview or consider candidates.

Hosting a SEE fellow presents an excellent opportunity to spark new ideas at your organization, encourage innovation, and forge fruitful, international bonds. Your organization would benefit from this partnership in the following ways:

  • Gain insights from a Russian professional in your industry who will share their sector-specific skills and expertise
  • Expand your professional networks domestically and internationally
  • Discover international perspectives on your work and sector as a whole
  • Engage in a collaborative effort that may lead to long-term partnerships and new international projects
  • Receive a set amount of hosting compensation per fellow for a given fellowship round term

To express your interest in hosting a SEE fellow, please fill out our interest form linked below. After receiving your interest form, we will add your organization to our database of potential host organizations. From there, we will reach out if a fellow with a matching professional area of interest applies for our program and work to connect you. Once your team has reviewed candidate bios, you will have an opportunity to interview the fellow(s) and weigh in on whether you would like to officially host them. Interested organizations are encouraged to apply by Monday, July 26 so we can match them with the best candidates.

Our Impact

Increasing Educational Access
Increasing Educational Access

“When I did this fellowship, I was several years out of school and a Master’s program, and I was thirsty for new educational opportunities. There was no way I could have afforded to take off as much time for a degree because of student debt. Two weeks time off to learn from Russian colleagues was ideal.”

Catalyzing Strategic Thinking
Catalyzing Strategic Thinking

“After my fellowship, my professional life took an absolutely new turn. When I applied, my biggest passion was diversity and inclusion, namely providing equal employment opportunities to people with disabilities. With the knowledge I gained from the fellowship, I came up with a crystal clear and structured vision of how D&I efforts should be implemented properly to make sure I’m moving in the right direction.”

Developing Practitioner Capacities
Developing Practitioner Capacities

“During my fellowship, I saw good examples of how to train volunteers effectively and, moreover, that this job is quite feasible- I can do it too. This gave me great inspiration to implement what had been missing in Samara- a volunteer training course.”

Information about new fellows and projects for 2021 program year will be updated once the selection process for the current round of independent professionals is complete.