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Fellowships for practitioners to study comparative policy in Europe and the US (from the German Marshall Fund of the US)

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  • Asha Agrawal
    ... Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 09:46:06 -0700 From: Nancy Kwak Subject: FUNDING: /Non-academic/ GMF Comparative Domestic Policy Fellowship
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      Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 09:46:06 -0700
      From: Nancy Kwak <nhkwak@...>
      Subject: FUNDING: /Non-academic/ GMF Comparative Domestic Policy
      Fellowship Program

      From: Denis Bocquet <denis.bocquet@...>


      The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is pleased to announce
      a call for applications for fellowships being offered through its
      Comparative Domestic Policy program (CDP), jointly supported by the
      Compagnia di San Paolo and the Bank of America Foundation and with
      additional support provided by the Ford Foundation. The Fellowships are
      intended to commence between October 2009 and January 2010, ending no
      later than June of that year. Fellows will be awarded a grant of $10,000
      per month to support a fellowship lasting approximately two to six months
      on the other side of the Atlantic, during which time fellows will research
      approaches to an urban/regional challenge confronted by both American and
      European cities and regions. Up to three fellowships will be awarded.

      We encourage you to forward this call for applications to colleagues and

      Fellowship Program Details


      Cities and regions in the United States and Europe are
      grappling with similar economic and social challenges, including aging
      infrastructure, urban disinvestment, rising energy costs and
      environmental quality concerns, social integration and changing
      demographics and economic restructuring, all brought about by rising
      global competition and societal change. =C2=A0Many of these policy
      challenges are tackled at the local and regional, rather than national
      government levels yet there are very few opportunities for civic
      leaders to meet, to observe new approaches to persistent challenges
      and to exchange best practices in addressing these challenges
      effectively. =C2=A0The Comparative Domestic Policy Fellowships provide
      practitioners and policy-makers working on these issues at the state
      and local levels the opportunity to meet with their counterparts
      across the Atlantic and discuss policies and measures that have been
      implemented. =C2=A0Fellows can then return from their time overseas
      equipped with the ideas and insights necessary to effect significant
      and lasting positive change in their own communities.

      Who Should Apply:

      GMF is seeking applications from mid-career
      professionals engaged in the targeted policy areas with an interest in
      gaining an understanding of how these issues are approached in a
      culture other than their own and an ability to apply lessons learned
      to their own community. Applicants should be civic leaders =E2=80=93
      policymakers or practitioners, in state/local government or
      representatives of media or non-profit organizations. =C2=A0The fellowship
      is not intended for academic research.


      GMF welcomes fellowship proposals that cover a wide array
      of topics, but they should generally fall within one (or more) of the
      following policy areas: urban sustainability, education and workforce
      development, affordable housing/cost of living, and combating social
      exclusion. =C2=A0The fellowships are primarily intended for research on
      medium-sized cities (population of 500,000 to 1 million). =C2=A0Proposals
      should be approximately 4 to 5 pages in length and should include the
      following information:

      A brief description of your professional background and current work,
      which also provides clear links between your background and the issue
      you propose to research.

      An overview of the issue as it applies to the context of your city.
      Why is it important that this research be conducted? The goals you
      hope to achieve during the fellowship and a detailed methodology for
      how you propose to accomplish them. =C2=A0The methodology should include
      the specific phases of your research; b) the activities you intend to
      accomplish in each phase; c) key products or outputs which will result
      from each phase; and d) a timeline for each phase. A justification for
      the case study cities selected and a demonstrated knowledge of the
      pre-existing literature on the topic you wish to study. A
      dissemination strategy which explains how you plan to share the
      experience of your fellowship within both your community and your
      professional field more broadly.
      Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact GMF (Lizzie
      Woods at ewoods@...=C2=A0or +1 202-683-2620) prior to submitting
      their applications in order to discuss the direction and substance of
      their proposals.

      Selection Process & Organization:

      Fellowships will be awarded through
      a competitive application process that will include a thorough review
      by the CDP Advisory Committee,
      http://www.gmfus.org/template/page.cfm?page_id=3D213, which consists of
      academics, journalists, urban planners and other practitioners.

      Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

      Seriousness and significance of the work proposed;
      Relevance to transatlantic urban and regional cooperation;
      Feasibility of project and coherent methodology;
      Dissemination potential and plans for audience outreach;
      Overall quality of the application (quality of the writing, research
      and central argument, etc.)
      Additionally, the Advisory Committee members will consider the
      geographic and thematic diversity of the candidates and their projects
      in making their final determination.

      The German Marshall Fund will work with the Fellows selected to refine
      proposed project details, including dates of travel, itineraries, and
      budgets. European Fellows will be based at the German Marshall Fund in
      Washington D.C. while American Fellows will be based at SiTI
      http://www.siti.polito.it/eng/siti.htm =C2=A0- Istituto Superiore sui
      Sistemi Territoriali per l=E2=80=99Innovazione (the Higher Institute for
      Territorial Systems for Innovation) in Turin, Italy. =C2=A0The German
      Marshall Fund and SiTI will provide office space, assist with the visa
      process, and help Fellows in finding suitable accommodations.
      Wherever possible, GMF and SiTI will provide Fellows with contact
      information from our own extensive networks so that Fellows can
      arrange meetings at their own convenience.

      Fellowship Outcomes:

      Fellows must produce at least one article for
      publication in the media and a report on findings to be published as a
      GMF policy brief in addition to contributing to the CDP website
      through blog entries or other means. Further ideas for the
      dissemination of fellowship results should be included as part of the


      Fellowships are intended to allow Fellows the
      opportunity to expand their professional expertise, networks, and
      qualifications through a focused transatlantic learning experience.
      Fellowship funds are meant to cover the costs incurred (or directly
      related to) carrying out the project and should primarily be used for
      travel, lodging, meals and incidentals (internet access, phone,
      research materials, taxis); those funds not used for fellowship
      expenses (represented by receipts) will be treated as income and
      fellows will be responsible for paying the appropriate taxes. =C2=A0A
      portion of the grant must be dedicated to travel beyond the host city
      (i.e. Washington, DC or Turin, Italy) to at least two other cities or
      regions. =C2=A0A report to GMF on fellowship activities and financial
      expenditures is required at the end of the fellowship experience.

      The CDP Program

      The Comparative Domestic Policy program=E2=80=99s =C2=A0signature project
      s the
      Transatlantic Cities Network (TCN) http://www.gmfus.org/tcn/index.cfm,
      which is contributing to the transatlantic exchange of innovative
      urban and regional policies. The TCN focuses on creating a framework
      for civic leaders to share innovative approaches to challenges
      affecting cities and regions, including urban economic development,
      sustainable development and energy, and changing demographics and
      social policy, with a particular emphasis on nationally significant
      cities and regions. Fellowship applicants are
      therefore encouraged to consider selecting cities in the TCN, where
      our networks are particularly deep and broad, as case-studies. =C2=A0The
      CDP program also organizes highly focused study tours, workshops and
      policy briefings.

      How to Apply

      To apply for a CDP Fellowship, please submit the following materials:

      Application (the form is available on our website)
      Cover Letter
      Resume or Curriculum Vitae
      Proposal (4-5 pages)
      Budget (a template is available on our website)
      Two signed professional references
      A signed letter from your employer, supervisor or board chair
      confirming their agreement to your absence from your place of
      employment for the term of the fellowship The complete application
      should be presented in an easy-to-read, simple fashion. =C2=A0Please
      complete your application without color and using conventional
      formatting, fonts and layout. =C2=A0All application materials should be
      submitted to GMF by email no later than July 31, 2009. =C2=A0Fellows
      selected will be notified in mid-September 2009.

      For further information and to submit applications, please contact:

      Lizzie Woods
      Program Assistant
      Comparative Domestic Policy
      The German Marshall Fund of the United States
      1744 R Street NW
      Washington, DC =C2=A020009
      Tel: +1 202/683 2620
      Fax: +1 202/265 1662

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