Paid Internship for MA and PhD graduates from CEE, SEE and former Soviet Union

Deadline: 31 August, 2011
Open to: Applicants must be citizens of the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, or Ukraine.
Internship: The  Think  Tank  Fund will cover the  gross compensation/salary for the paid interns  (according  to the hosting organization’s pay scale for junior research staff), any visa and work permit related fees, and other reasonable expenses for non-citizens that are essential for carrying out a paid internship.

These internships are intended to attract recent graduates of MA and PhD programs in the social sciences and humanities to the think tanks in the selected countries from Central and Eastern Europe, South Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union, giving them the opportunity to gain first-hand policy research and advocacy experience within a renowned think tank in the region. The program is designed to be beneficial both to the interns and their host organizations.The internship allows participating think tanks to recruit young researchers from the region who recently graduated from a Western university or the Central European University in Hungary. Internships are envisioned to last up to 6 months, depending on the research topic and its scope, and will take place starting from November 2011.


  • Be the recipient of an Open Society fellowship from the Scholarship Programs or a graduate of the Central European University.
  • Have graduated in the past three years from PhD, LLM or MA studies in social sciences and humanities.
  • Be a permanent resident or citizen of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and South Caucasus.
  • Have not previously received any other internship award from the network of Open Society Foundations.
  • Applicants should be between 23 and 35 years of age at the time of application.
  • Applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English and the language of the country where they wish to be placed.


Think Tank Fund expects paid interns to assume a full-time position in one of the region’s think tanks (most likely in their home country, or a country where they would like to resume their career and are able to justify this decision) up to six months. In this period, the paid intern will reside in the hosting organization’s country for the entire duration of the internship, work full-time in the hosting think tank’s offices, and will become a part of the organization. Throughout this period, the paid intern is expected to engage in ongoing policy research projects and develop concrete policy products in agreement with the hosting organization. he     Think   Tank      Fund    will   cover    the   gross
compensation/salary   for   the   paid   interns   (according   to   the   hosting   organization’s   pay   scale   for   junior research staff), any visa and work permit related fees, and other reasonable expenses for non-citizens that are essential for carrying out a paid internship. The Internship award will not cover any administrative and mentorship costs incurred by the hosting think tank; these costs will be the contribution of the hosting organization to the internship.


Download the full Announcement and the Internship Proposal Form for Think Tanks.

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