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Make your contribution to policy innovation and political change with the Policy Leader Fellowship

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PCDN Global

December 6, 2021

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The s a global programme for early and mid-career policy practitioners from around the world to enhance their work and professional skills, whilst participating in workshops, trainings, skills development sessions, conferences and other events. In addition, they get the chance to interact with other fellows, policy-makers and the academic community at the EUI.

The fellowships last for five (fixed term in the first or second semester) or ten months (fixed term from September to the end of June). The candidates can indicate their preference when applying, but once selected for a specific start date and period, no changes or extensions can be granted.

Fellows who come to Florence for five months give a presentation of their work in progress to the School of Transnational Governance (STG) community and later to a broader policy audience; produce at least one publication; may contribute to the School’s training programme, and engage in EUI seminars and workshops with other stakeholders. Fellows who stay for the whole academic year are expected to work on major transnational projects with the potential of breakthrough, having a substantial ‘multiplier’ effect in the given policy field, often in collaboration with other organisations.

To view the current STG focus areas, programmes and initiatives, please follow this link.

We welcome applications from anywhere in the world, regardless of nationality. EU citizenship is not required. There is no age limit. For further selection criteria, please see the selection procedure section.

Duration

The fellowships are for a duration of five or ten months between September 2022 and June 2023. Candidates should indicate their choices from the following options:

  • Five months: September 2022 - January 2023; February 2023 - June 2023
  • Ten months: September 2022 - June 2023

Residence

Fellows must reside in the area of Florence for the duration of their Fellowship so that they can take an active part in the activities of the EUI/STG and the fellowship programme (with the possibility of short visits outside Florence and Italy). The fellowship cannot be carried out remotely/online.

Grant

The basic grant is € 2,500 per month.

Successful applicants who receive other grants or salaries must disclose this to the EUI. The amount of the Fellowship will be fixed at a lower rate (minimum €1,750 per month) depending on the amount of the additional income (upon production of relevant supporting documents).

If applicable, family allowances will be added to the basic grant (see below).

Application Deadline, January 25, 2022

 

The profile of the candidates:

  • Early- or mid-career professionals (e.g. in politics, civil service, media and non-governmental organisations), able to demonstrate both professional experience and potential for future excellence in the policy sphere.
  • Genuinely engaged individuals involved in policy issues, especially those related to transnational governance.
  • Self-motivated, able to present a clear work plan for the fellowship to show what the applicant will achieve and how this work will have a ‘multiplier’ effect after the fellowship.
  • Curious and engaged contributors.
  • Fellows are part of the EUI community and participate in peer discussions on topics, which may be beyond their expertise.
Evaluation criteria:
  • Accomplishments and potential: Professional excellence is assessed on the basis of  the candidate’s contributions to the given policy field as outlined in the CV, and in the sample policy-related work (based on the social media links, website links, attachment of samples of articles, policy papers or other related output of the applicant), and additional supporting evidence (i.e. letter of reference) of the application.
  • Work/focus area: The themes of the application are to be determined by the applicant, STG has no thematic preference and is open to any field of policy work.
  • Plans for the fellowship time: Applicants are assessed on the professional substance of their workplan as well as its feasibility. Preference is given to applicants who can both contribute to the STG programmes and activities as well as and benefit from the fellowship programme and their stay at the STG and the EUI at large.
  • Diversity: The PLF strives for thematic and geographic diversity and gender balance amongst its fellows.

In the 2022/2023 academic year, STG plans to allocate approximately thirty fellowships. The programme can usually select around four to five percent of those who apply in any given year. All the applications are reviewed as long as they are submitted on time using the online platform.

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