Fellowship for Policy Researchers from Western Balkans

Deadline: 30/11/2010
Open to:
permanent residents in one of the countries of Western Balkans, employees at a think tank, policy centre or NGO with strong policy research component in the region of Western Balkans, between 24 and 35 years
Fellowship: up to 5,000 EURO per fellow
Period: The maximum duration of the period to be spent in the selected organisation/institution should be within 3 months between February – May 2011

European Fund for the Balkans is announcing new Call for Applications for the “Fellowship Programme for Policy Researchers from the Western Balkans Region”. After successful launch in the February 2010 and selection of 5 Research Fellows for this programme, EFB in cooperation with the Think Tank Fund of the Open Society Institute invites interested researchers from the Western Balkans region to apply for the second edition of the unique research opportunity and chance to work with the think tanks in the EU. For more information, please check Call for Applications and Applications Guidelines.

European Fund for the Balkans in cooperation with the Think Tank Fund will select up to ten twelve young, talented researchers from the region of Western Balkans for a six month Fellowship – 3 months of which will be spent in one of the leading think tanks in the EU member states

Eligibility

* Applicants are required to be permanent residents in one of the countries of Western Balkans.
* Applicants must be full-time employees at a think tank, policy centre or NGO with strong policy research component in the region of Western Balkans for at least for one year at the time of application and plan to stay for at least one more year. This requirement can be a subject to the sending organisation’s Human Resource policy;
* Applicants should be between 24 and 35 years of age at the time of application;
* Applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English.

Prospective fellows can choose a think tank, research institution or policy centre based in an EU member state or in another country in the Western Balkans. Prior to submitting their fellowship proposals, applicants should directly contact an organisation(s) of interest to develop ideas for the Fellowship that would be mutually beneficial to both parties. If the applicants need advice or recommendation on the host organisation they can contact European Fund for the Balkans designated staff personnel.

For a non-exhaustive list of think tanks in EU, consult the Think Tank Fund website or the following web-sites: Policy Association for an Open Society-PASOS or The Think Tank Directory Europe or Notre Europe List or The Freedom House Directory.

Terms of the Award

Total awards of the Fellowship will not exceed 5,000 EURO per fellow. These funds are to cover travel expenses (one return ticket, visa fees and visa related expenses), travel or medical insurance, reasonable accommodation and living costs. Subject to special justification and provided it fits within the maximum amount, the fellowship could cover up to half of the fellow’s regular salary. For specific budget items, download the budget template below.

The maximum duration of the period to be spent in the selected organisation/institution should be within 3 months between February – May 2011
European Fund for the Balkans and the Think Tank Fund will co-fund fellows’ supervision and support by senior policy analysts at hosting organisations (up to 30 hours per month).

Regular monthly salary is maintained by the sending organisation during the full period of the Fellowship. If requested and justified, the Fellowship could provide for compensation of up to 50% of the full salary.

To Apply

To be considered for the Fellowship Programme for Policy Researchers from the Western Balkans Region, applicants should submit the following documents in English (as .doc or .pdf attachments) to email: [email protected] This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it :

•    Motivation/cover letter

* This letter should describe the applicant’s interest in the Fellowship, the objectives of the fellow, his/her skills and qualifications and the value he/she aspires to contribute both to the hosting and sponsoring organisations.
* The letter should also include a brief action plan with clear evaluation indicators for the proposed work and a draft budget in EUR (budget template is available for download below).

•    Curriculum Vitae (CV)
* The CV should include academic and professional background, a detailed description of the applicant’s current job, and a list of recent policy projects in which the applicant has been involved.

•    Support letter from a sending organisation, written in the name of the Executive Director /or President.

* This letter should describe the rationale, the expected outcomes and the value of the Fellowship to the sending organisation.
* The letter should be accompanied by a committal statement that the sending organisation will cover the salary costs during the Fellowship period.

•    Support letter from a host organisation in the name of the Executive Director/or President / or Department Head.

* This letter should explain the interest and benefits of the Fellowship to the host organisations.
* The letter should be accompanied with bio(s) of assigned mentor(s) and job description for a visiting fellow.
* The letter should also include a committal statement that the host organisation will secure supervision from a senior policy analyst (mentor) up to 30 hours/a month; and will render necessary support to the fellow in obtaining a visa. . A brief mentorship plan should also be attached.

Contact Information

European Fund for the Balkans
Resavska 35 Belgrade
Tel: + 381 11 3033 662
Email: [email protected]

Official website

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