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  • Florian Bieber
    Dear Colleagues, The Open Society Institute-Budapest is calling for applications for its year 2000 International OSI Policy Fellowships (IPF) program (formerly
    Message 1 of 1 , May 3, 1999
      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
      20, 1999.

      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,

      Pamela Kilpadi
      Olena Sydorenko
      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
      E-mail: fellows@...



      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
      European University.

      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
      the proposal.

      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

      1. Age

      The Fellowship is open to persons aged 35 and younger, as of July 20, 1999.

      2. Residency

      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
      the following:

      · Application cover sheet with basic data (please find this cover sheet
      attached below);
      · 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
      other experience;
      · 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.


      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
      be affiliated.

      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
      · Photocopying
      · 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
      including date

      Please type or print clearly. This form may be photocopied and is free of

      First Name______________________________________________
      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____
      Medical____ Other_________
      Present employer/faculty/department/institute,
      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

      Florian Bieber
      Alsoerdosor utca 3
      H-1076 Budapest


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