[balkans] OSI Policy Fellowship Program
- Dear Colleagues,
The Open Society Institute-Budapest is calling for applications for its
year 2000 International OSI Policy Fellowships (IPF) program (formerly the
International Fellowship Program). The deadline for applications is July
We would greatly appreciate your help in distributing this call and
application form (attached in both text and Word formats) widely to ensure
that as many young candidates as possible are aware of this unique
Thank you for your cooperation.
All the best,
International OSI Policy Fellowships
Open Society Institute
Nador u. 11, Room 309
1051 Budapest, Hungary
Tel: (36 1) 327-3863
Fax: (36 1) 327-3809
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
AND APPLICATION FORM
OSI POLICY FELLOWSHIPS, 2000
OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE-BUDAPEST
The Open Society Institute-Budapest is calling for applications for its
year 2000 International OSI Policy Fellowships (IPF) program for Central
and Eastern Europe, the countries of the former Soviet Union, and Mongolia.
Broadly speaking, an open society is characterized by a reliance on the
rule of law, the existence of a democratically elected government, a
diverse and vigorous civil society, and respect for minorities and minority
opinions. The fellowships are intended to support research, writing or
activism, and to encourage the development of program strategies for the
Soros foundations network. Individual and practical/policy-oriented
research and project proposals are sought in the following subject areas:
Fellowship Issue Areas
1) Pre-school, primary and secondary education, including school
improvement, community education, multicultural education, teacher
training, and education administration.
2) Higher education, including minority education,
cross-regional/interdisciplinary approaches to curricular development in
the social sciences, links between higher education and society, academic
autonomy and the private provision of higher education services, management
and reform of institutions, faculty development, and the diversification of
funding and sustainability of private institutions.
3) Culture and cultural institutions, including the diversification of arts
funding and the introduction of innovative cultural policies to support
dynamic and pluralistic artistic creation, distribution, and training.
4) Law and human rights, including issues relating to penitentiary, police
and judicial reform as well as access to justice; advocacy for persons with
mental disabilities; international protection of refugees; advocacy for
gays and lesbians; and legal defense against race discrimination.
5) Public administration, including studies on local government and
corruption, promoting transparency in decision-making, administrative
reform at the local and central levels (improving efficiency, client-based
services), and training and education for civil servants.
6) Civil society and institution-building, including diversification of
funding for non-profit organizations.
7) Media, including new electronic media, transitions from state-owned to
public media, foreign ownership of media in the region, media legislation,
the state of university-level journalism education, development of
community media, and investigative journalism.
8) Roma and other minority rights issues, including minority access to
education; national and international legal strategies for the defense of
minority rights; and Roma activism, identity building, and migrations.
9) Economic reform and management education, including economic reforms in
countries of transition, small business development, local economic
development, microcredit, and management education reform.
10) Publishing, libraries and electronic communications, including
publishing policy and industry development, textbook usage, publishing law,
policy development for library infrastructure, librarian education, and the
role of public libraries in providing access to information.
11) Public medicine and health, including public health education; harm
reduction/drug treatment and drug policy; preventative health policy,
education, and strategies for interventions.
12) Gender issues, including issues of educational equity, Romani women,
violence against women, and refugee women.
Fellowships in the above subject areas may be awarded for significant
independent research and writing, the design and/or implementation of pilot
projects, or other full-time efforts to offer new information, insights and
ideas on issues of importance to promoting an open society in the countries
of the former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe and Mongolia.
Fellowships may be awarded for efforts focused on one country as well as
those of a regional character. The program does NOT fund student
scholarships. A relevant proposal associated with the final stages of a PhD
dissertation may be considered if the applicant can demonstrate that the
project will be undertaken on a full-time basis and would not be possible
without fellowship funding.
In addition to completing their full-time projects, fellows will be
expected to attend at least three meetings in Budapest over the course of
the fellowship year, advise the Soros foundations network in developing
strategies and policies, and write a brief policy paper in their area of
expertise. Fellows will be assigned mentors with whom they will be able to
discuss their work. Mentors will come from leading members of the
professional staff of the Soros foundations network and from the Central
Terms of Award
Fellows will be provided with a one-year stipend, expenses and needed
communications equipment to work full-time on a project of their design in
one of the above areas. The amount of the award will vary depending on
standards in the fellow's country of residence and the budgetary needs of
Fellows can choose to be based in their home countries, in another
appropriate country in the target region, or to spend all or part of the
year in Budapest in order to work more closely with the Soros foundations
network. Fellows will be expected to travel to Budapest and other parts of
the region as needed to participate in fellowship-related activities.
To Apply: Application Requirements and Procedures
The Fellowship is open to persons aged 35 and younger, as of July 20, 1999.
Applicants must be permanent residents of one of the following countries:
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Bulgaria,
Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Poland, Romania, Russia,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yugoslavia.
3. Language of Application
All applications must be in English and applicants must have excellent
English-language skills. The English skills of finalists will be evaluated
during interviews to ensure that they can participate actively in
discussions in English with the expert committees and others in the Soros
foundations network about their area of expertise. However, it is not
necessary that the project proposed by the applicant be one in which
English is the language used. Thus, an applicant may propose a research and
writing project in Polish, as long as the applicant is readily able to
discuss the project and related topics in English.
4. Application Contents
Applicants should send a proposal of no more than 1500 words outlining a
project in one of the twelve areas. This proposal should briefly explain
· Application cover sheet with basic data (please find this cover sheet
· Project objective and procedures for fulfilling the project;
· Time schedule;
· Resources available (in particular, if other funding sources have been
approached or provided);
· Resources needed, including a detailed budget; (please see sample budget
categories provided below)
· If possible, the proposal should indicate which Soros foundation network
program(s) the applicant finds most interesting (please refer to our web
sites for www.soros.org and www.osi.hu for details);
· If appropriate, the proposal should explain how the results of the
project might be applied broadly to the region as a whole
In addition to this proposal, applicants should include:
· A one- or two-page CV that describes relevant educational, employment or
· A transcript from the highest level of school completed;
· Two letters of reference;
· One original certified copy of English translations of the transcript and
letters of recommendation. Translations must be official or certified by an
university English language department. Additional copies of the
certification need not be originals.
Four collated copies of all materials must be provided. Please do not use
staples. All submissions should be single-sided and typed. The name of the
applicant should appear in the upper right hand corner of every page
included in the submission. Applicants should be sure to provide contact
information applicable through 1999 and early 2000, including e-mail
address and fax number where possible. All application materials should be
sent to OSI in the same package, to the extent possible. Applications must
be sent by registered or air mail. Faxed or e-mailed applications or
recommendations will not be processed.
5. Application Deadlines
Completed applications must be received by July 20, 1999 to be considered.
We will not accept late applications unless they are postmarked by July 1,
1999 to allow enough time for delivery. Finalists may be asked to travel
to Budapest at OSI expense to be interviewed, some time during the OSI
Board meeting in late November 1999. It is expected that successful
applicants will be notified by or shortly after January 15, 2000.
Applicants will be notified of receipt of their application, likely within
two weeks by fax or electronic mail. If you do not receive notification of
receipt, please contact the International Policy Fellowships program at
OSI-Budapest at the numbers below.
6. Application Address
Applications will not be accepted by e-mail or fax. Completed applications
should be mailed to:
Open Society Institute Policy Fellowships, attention: Pamela Kilpadi,
Oktober 6 utca 12, H-1051 Budapest, Hungary. For further information,
please connect to the web site in Budapest at http://www.osi.hu or in New
York at Lanhttp://www.soros.org/osibudfel.html, write an e-mail to
fellows@... or telephone at (36 1) 327-3863.
OPEN SOCIETY FELLOWSHIP SAMPLE BUDGET CATEGORIES
The fellowship has no formal budgetary limitations, but budget proposals
must realistically reflect the financial requirements of individual,
one-year projects. Budgets will vary depending on the fellow's country of
residence and budgetary needs. This is a full-time fellowship. If you plan
to be involved in separate activities during the year 2000 period, please
indicate along with your budget the nature of this activity, time
commitment needed, compensation, and any organization with which you will
Please consider the following potential expenses when drafting a budget. DO
NOT include living expense/stipend costs, which are estimated by the
International OSI Policy Fellowships program on a country-by-country basis.
· Communications equipment (laptop computer, e-mail)
· Travel costs not including trips to Budapest, which are paid for by IPF
(airfare, land transport, visas, travel health insurance, accommodation)
· Purchase of books, research materials
· Other costs associated with the proposal (please provide details)
· Funding body
· Amount of funding
· Documentation regarding funding
· Any previous grants, scholarships or fellowships received (indicate when
awarded and by whom)
Details of any Soros foundations or Open Society Institute grants received
OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE POLICY FELLOWSHIPS, 2000
APPLICATION COVER SHEET
Please type or print clearly. This form may be photocopied and is free of
Family or last name______________________________________________
Date of birth (month/day/year)___________________________ Female_______
Place of permanent residence__________________________________________
Preferred mailing address____________________________________________
Highest education level completed: High School_____ First Degree (BA)____
Specialised (Tech, Eng.)____ Graduate (MA)____ Law____ Doctorate____
Position and duties______________________________________________
Brief description of your proposed fellowship project___________
Issue area of your project (refer to the list of 12 OSI issue
Soros foundations network program(s) of interest (refer to web sites for
details if possible)_______________________________
Country of focus______________________________________
If applicable, region of focus_____________________________
Total budget amount requested___________________________________________
Previous Soros funding and dates received (include CRC, RSS, CEU, HESP,
SUN programs, etc)
If awarded a fellowship, where would you prefer to be based?
Full-time at home with travel__________________ Part-time in
Full-time in Budapest_____________________
If funding were not an issue, what would your project ultimately accomplish
in one year? In 5 years?
If awarded a fellowship, would you forego all other commitments for the
period of the fellowship year? If not, what other commitments do you plan
to undertake during the fellowship year? (additional details about other
activities should be included along with your budget as stated above)
Within your area(s) of interest, what do you see as the greatest challenges
to the development of civil society in your
What are your ultimate career goals?______________________
How did you hear about the International OSI Policy Fellowships
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