Think Visegrad — V4 Think Tank Platform is inviting applications for fellowships for non-Visegrad expert fellows.
About: Think Visegrad is a think tank platform for structured dialogue on issues of strategic regional importance. The platform aims to analyze key issues for the Visegrad Group (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia), and provides recommendations to the governments of Visegrad Group (V4) countries, the annual presidencies of the Group, and the International Visegrad Fund. In addition, Think Visegrad provides visiting fellowships to non-Visegrad expert fellows. Think Visegrad was established in 2012 by eight V4 think tanks with coordinating abilities. This so-called core network, however, remains open to cooperation with other think-tanks from all V4 countries. Think Visegrad is funded by the International Visegrad Fund.
Eight visiting fellowships will be available for the Spring of 2013. Each of the core network think tanks (see list below) will host one non-V4 expert fellow. Each selected visiting fellow will have the opportunity to take part in the institute’s activities for a period of up to eight weeks. During this period, each fellow will be expected to develop a policy paper and deliver one public presentation on a pre-agreed topic. A lump sum of 3000 Euros will be given to each selected visiting fellow to cover all necessary costs and expenditures related to his or her stay at the hosting institute (e.g. lodging and local transport). Each fellow will also be responsible for paying all taxes and related fees, including health and social insurance, from this amount. Think Visegrad—V4 Think Tank Platform will cover the cost of travel to the hosting institute for the visiting fellow.
Topics: Fellowships are available in all areas of research in political science, international relations and economics. Chosen topics should complement the research focus of the hosting institute, and therefore the applicants are highly recommended to check the institute’s website before submitting an application.
Duration: The duration of fellowships varies from 6 to 8 weeks (based on agreement with the hosting institute).
Central European Policy Institute (Slovakia)
Centre for Eastern Studies (Poland)
Hungarian Institute of International Affairs (Hungary)
EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy (Czech Republic)
Institute of East-Central Europe (Poland)
Institute of International Relations (Czech Republic)
Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (Slovakia)
University of Pécs (Hungary)
Expert fellows from non-Visegrad countries with at least five years experience in their field of research are eligible. Preference will be given to applicants who have already made a significant contribution in their field. US citizens are not eligible, since a specific fellow exchange program for US expert fellows will be launched in the Spring of 2013.
Application dossiers consisting of a structured CV, an abstract of a research proposal (maximum 300 words) and a motivation letter (maximum 300 words) are to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 14, 2012.