Applications are invited for Academy Robert Bosch Fellowship for the year 2016/2017. Fellowships are available for the next generation of scholars from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine to spend nine months working at Chatham House with the Russia and Eurasia Programme team. Candidates must be available to be based at Chatham House in London for the full 9-month duration of the fellowship. In addition to their research project, fellows will participate in a comprehensive ninemonth programme of activities. The application deadline is 30 September 2015.
Study Subject(s): Fellows will conduct a research project of their own design relating to the politics, economies and/or societies of the post-Soviet region. Applicants may propose a research project that fits within one or more of the seven topics outlined below.
-Internal dynamics: Prospects for economic growth, modernisation and democratization in the Eastern Partnership countries and/or Russia; Regional elites and networks of power; Societal changes, inter-ethnic relations and non-state actors.
-External attitudes: The future of EU and NATO relations with the Eastern Partnership countries and/or Russia; Security and conflict resolution; Prospects for intra-regional conflict or cooperation; Russia and the shared neighbourhood with Europe.
Course Level: Fellowships are available for undertaking research programme.
Scholarship Provider: Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs and The Robert Bosch Stiftung
Scholarship can be taken at: UK (In the course of the fellowship, the scholars will conduct research trips to the region and also spend time at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin.)
Eligibility: To be eligible for an Academy fellowship, candidates must:
-Be a citizen of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia or Ukraine;
-Have a background in international relations, social science or economics;
-Have a track record of research into the politics, economies and/or societies of Russia, Eastern Europe and/or the South Caucasus or European policy in this region;
-Have a clearly defined area of research or policy interest which fits within one of the broad research themes outlined;
-Have excellent English writing and presentation skills.
Scholarship Open for International Students: Scholars from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine are eligible to apply for this fellowship.
Scholarship Description: Chatham House, in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, hosts fellows from the six countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia. The fellowship offers an opportunity for the next generation of scholars from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine to advance their knowledge of post-Soviet politics, develop research skills, contribute to Chatham House research, and build links with policy and academic communities in the UK, Germany and the EU more broadly. The fellowship is aimed at future leaders, researchers and opinion-makers in the early stages of their careers.
Number of award(s): Two fellowships are available. One will run from February to November 2016 and a second will run from September 2016 to June 2017.
Duration of award(s): Academy fellowships will begin in either February 2016 and conclude in November 2016 or begin in September 2016 and conclude in June 2017. Candidates must be available to be based at Chatham House in London for the full 9-month duration of the fellowship. In addition to their research project, fellows will participate in a comprehensive ninemonth programme of activities. They will spend approximately 30 per cent of their fellowship participating and contributing to the Academy’s leadership training programme, and approximately 20 per cent of their fellowship contributing to work within their research programme or department.
What does it cover? Chatham House will provide a monthly stipend in pound sterling (GBP) to the value of approximately €3,000 for Academy fellows for the duration of the fellowship (this is intended to cover costs such as accommodation, food, travel in London etc.). To assist fellows in relocating from their home country to London for the term of the fellowship, the institute will cover one return trip to the UK and accommodation in a hotel on arrival (if required). The institute will also provide a small budget for fieldwork and research-related travel during the fellowship. Chatham House will provide assistance but fellows will be responsible for securing accommodation, health insurance, and making the necessary banking arrangements.
Selection Criteria: Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:
-Nationality eligibility requirements;
-The relevance and clarity of the proposed research project, as demonstrated through the project proposal;
-Relevant background experience, as demonstrated through the curriculum vitae,
-Demonstrating the necessary English-language ability;
-Motivation for undertaking the fellowship
-A post fellowship plan which indicates how the candidate will return to their home country or
-region and apply their skills and knowledge to the sector.
Notification: Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted by email within two to three weeks of the closing date. All other applicants will be notified once the selection process is completed (approximately within one month of the closing date).
How to Apply: Candidates must do the following:
1. Download and complete the application form (available below or on the Chatham House website);
2. Email the application form, together with one published writing sample in English (or an English translation of their own work originally published in another language) to AcademyRobertBoschFellowships-at-chathamhouse.org.
Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 30 September 2015.