Deadline: 13 September 2016
Open to: participants up to 35 years old from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine
Fellowship: A remuneration of EUR 2,500
The European Union is committed to supporting civil society in Eastern Partnership countries. Civil society – represented in a multitude of forms of organisation between state and citizens – is recognised by the EU as an actor in its own right to engage in dialogue with both their governments and the EU. The 2015 Communication on a Reviewed Neighbourhood Policy had especially recognised the potential that young civil society leaders in partner countries have in consolidating this conceptual understanding of civil society.
We are pleased to announce the launch of the EU Eastern Partnership Civil Society Fellowships 2016 – the Public Policy Stream. The Fellowships aim at identifying and promoting talented public policy professionals who can advance the quality of public debate on crucial policy issues within the Eastern Partnership.
The purpose of the Fellowships is to encourage leading young researchers from the Eastern Partnership (EaP) region to apply their skills towards better policy making. Fellows will receive financial support and guidance in developing policy briefs targeting the EU, partner governments and/or other relevant national and international actors. Fellows are encouraged to draw their proposals on the CSO mapping studies conducted in the framework of the project “Civil Society. Dialogue for Progress”2 . The goal of the mapping exercises was to provide relevant stakeholders with an in-depth analysis of the CSO landscape in each country. The comprehensive studies were conducted in 2014 – 2016 and consist of an analytical and empirical part. They were carried out by experts from the EaP countries and local sociological institutes. The policy briefs (not exceeding 5-7 pages) will be written in English and elaborated under the supervision of peers from the EU, which will be assigned to the Fellows based on the topic of their proposed research. The peers will offer guidance in relation to policy writing, understanding of the EU and its policies, as well as general advocacy strategy.
Possible topics that could be addressed are:
It is not necessary to cover all six EaP countries in the briefs, but advantage will be given to multi-country papers. The researcher will be supervised by an individually assigned peer-reviewer. Based on need, interviews with relevant EU stakeholders may be facilitated. The policy briefs need to be completed (in a publishable form) by 05 November 2016.
Young researchers from the EaP region (nationals of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova or Ukraine) who are affiliated to civil society organizations (including think tanks, academia)
The EU-Civil Society Fellowship Program is available to young researchers up to 35 years old.
Fellows are expected to:
The researchers will be subcontracted and offered an honorarium of EUR 2.500 per policy brief. This amount should include any expenses related to the production of this policy brief (including data collection, publicity, communication, possible translations and proofreading).
Applicants will have to apply online sending:
If any (these are not mandatory, but will be considered as a plus):
Please send the online application to [email protected]. Links for downloading should be sent for non written materials that exceed 10MB
More info HERE