Think Tank Young Professional Development Program

Deadline: 4 August 2014
Open to: graduates with a PhD, LLM, or MA degree in the social sciences or humanities from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, or Ukraine
Fellowship: salary at the level of the hosting organization’s pay for junior research staff not exceeding 7,000 USD per paid position

Description

The Think Tank Young Professional Development Program intends to attract recent graduates of MA and PhD programs in the social sciences and humanities to selected think tanks in Central and  Eastern Europe, South Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, giving them an opportunity to gain first-hand policy research and advocacy experience at a renowned think tank in the region. The program is designed to benefit for both young returning professionals and their host organizations. Depending on a research topic, individual programs at hosting organizations will start from November 2014 and last up to 6 months. After the selection process, the Think Tank Fund expects accepted young professionals to assume a full-time position in one of the region’s think tanks (in their home country, or a country where they would like to resume their career.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates must fulfill all of the following requirements:

  • Have graduated in the past three years with a PhD, LLM or MA degree in the social sciences and humanities from high-quality universities in the OECD countries;
  • Applicants should be between 23 – 35 years of age at the time of application;
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of  Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, or Ukraine;
  • Applicants must be fluent in English and the working language of the host organization.

Fellowship

Think Tank Fund aims to support up to fifteen individuals per year and will cover a gross compensation/salary for the paid  position (at the level of the hosting organization’s pay for junior research staff), and other  reasonable expenses that are essential for carrying out the work engagement.The award cannot exceed 7,000  USD per paid position.

Application

Interested graduates should contact one of the host think tanks given HERE directly and negotiate the topic area, policy product(s) and work plan for the engagement in this program. Upon acceptance applicant should apply for the Think Tank Young Professional Development Program by submitting the following documents:

  • Motivation/cover letter;
  • Brief action plan;
  • Draft budget in USD (which can be downloaded HERE);
  • CV;
  • Support letter from a hosting organization with endorsement of the Executive Director or President.

All documents should be sent to [email protected] by 4 August 2014 

For further information please read the official call or visit the official website.

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