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The fellowship is open to citizens of Central and Eastern European Countries comprising of Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, and the three Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Applications will also be accepted from applicants holding dual nationality which includes one Central or Eastern European country.
It is required that the applicant holds a completed BA degree or equivalent, Masters degree with an international focus is preferred.
The fellowship is aimed at candidates at the mid-stage of their career and who come from academia, NGOs, business, government departments, civil society or the media. They should possess knowledge of, and an interest in, one of the policy-related challenges laid out in the research topics in ‘Research Topics.’
The next call for applications opens on 11 April 2018. The deadline for applications is midnight (BST) Sunday 27 May 2018.
Please find a list of eligible research topics and the application form below.
The fellow will receive a monthly stipend of approximately £2,600. Modest provision is made for the costs of relocation, fieldwork, and possible publication costs.
A fellow’s time will be split between three key areas:
- Completing a personal research project of the fellow's own design undertaken with the guidance of a Chatham House expert, (approximately 50%).
- Contributing to the ongoing research activities of their host research team and other Chatham House teams as appropriate (approximately 20%).
- Participation in the Academy’s Leadership Programme (approximately 30%). The Leadership Programme is a key part of the Academy fellowships. It provides fellows with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills, network and self-awareness, which they can then draw upon in their future careers as effective leaders in their field.
All Academy fellows participate in, and contribute to, the Academy’s Leadership Programme which encompasses the following components:
- Intensive induction week
Academy fellowships begin with an intensive five-day induction week at Chatham House to become familiarized with the elements of the fellowships and the Leadership Programme, meet their host research programme, and have their first personal development coaching session.
- Weekly discussion seminars
These sessions highlight the principal substantive and skills-based areas the Academy believes vital for informed and effective international leadership. Fellows are expected to contribute to and learn from one another’s experience.
- Global Introductions off-site visits
These half-day visits take place approximately every two months and allow fellows to meet with leaders and senior decision-makers from a variety of sectors. Previous visits have included the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development, Standard Chartered, and Thomson Reuters.
- Leadership workshops
Every two months fellows participate in half-day workshops focusing on specific aspects of leadership such as ‘Leadership in a new role’ and ‘Fostering innovation and entrepreneurship’
- Project presentations
Fellows present updates on their research projects which help fellow develop presentation skills, provide a valuable forum for peer-review and to think about and analyse issues outside their own area of expertise.
- Personal development coaching
Fellows join the Academy seeking to grow their self-awareness through monthly one-on-one sessions with a dedicated coach, with whom they set personal development objectives which they work to meet during their fellowship and beyond.
- Media training
Fellows learn how to interview effectively on television and radio, culminating in a mock interview from which they receive feedback on their presentation style and any areas of improvement
- ‘Leaders Who Lunch’
Academy fellows will have priority in participating in the ‘Leaders Who Lunch’ series giving them the opportunity to discuss leadership experiences and lessons in an informal setting with acknowledged leaders from government, business, media and the non-profit sectors.
- Career mentors
Fellows have the option to have an external career mentor during their fellowship. Mentors are independent of the Academy and Chatham House and are picked individually for each fellow based on their career objectives.
The fellowship is for a 10-month term from mid-September 2018 to mid-July 2019.
The fellow will be based full-time at Chatham House, London for the initial three months and final three months of the fellowship. For the intervening three months the fellow will be based full-time at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SIIA).
Fellows are hosted by the Africa Programme at Chatham House. During the fellowship, the fellow will conduct a research project of their own design which falls within the research topic below.
Research topics with the Africa Programme
Transition experiences and developments in relations between Central and Eastern Europe and sub-Saharan Africa.
The parameters for the research topics have been designed in broad terms to allow applicants to devise a project that appeals to their own research interests.
However, proposals should take into account the broader context of the project, which places particular reference on bilateral relations and cooperation, democratic transitions, institutional capacity-building, and public policy reform.
For information about the work and context for this research topic and to learn more about the Africa Programme, please click here.
Should you have any further queries please contact us at [email protected].
The Robert Bosch Fellowship (Central & Eastern Europe and Africa) is a joint initiative between Chatham House and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.