Fellowships for Women Activists from CEE/NIS Region
- Subject: CfA: Network of East-West Women, 2002
Economic & Social Policy Fellowship Program
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
NETWORK OF EAST-WEST WOMEN
2002 ECONOMIC & SOCIAL POLICY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
The Network of East-West Women (NEWW) is pleased to announce a call for
applications for the 2002 Economic and Social Policy Fellowship Program.
This program provides intensive training and regional networking
opportunities to young women from Central and Eastern Europe, the New
Independent States and the Russian Federation working to achieve economic
and social justice for women. Fellows will sharpen their skills in feminist
economic analysis and advocacy; they will learn
strategies to influence economic and social policy formulation in ways that
benefit women; and they will develop working partnerships with each other
and with seasoned professionals in the field of economic justice.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 1 February 2002
PROGRAM DATES: U.S. Placement 19 August - 15 December 2002
In-Country Follow-On Projects 1 January - 31 December 2003
DURATION: 16 Months
ELIGIBILITY: Applications are encouraged from women economists, NGO
activists, trade unionists or others from CEE/NIS/Russian Federation working
on issues of economic and social justice for women.
1) have experience and a demonstrated commitment to women`s rights advocacy;
2) be affiliated with an established women`s organization/institute that
will support the candidate`s follow-on project if selected for the Program;
3) be fluent in written and spoken English.
The goal of the NEWW Economic and Social Policy Fellowship Program is to
build the capacity of women and women`s organizations to effectively counter
gender-based economic and social discrimination, and to advance
women`s integration in public policy decision-making.
Supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation and by private donors, the
Economic and Social Policy Fellowship Program provides an intensive training
experience in feminist economics, public policy and grassroots women`s
During the U.S. placement period, Fellows participate in a 2-week training
program in Washington DC, and complete a four-month internship at a
U.S.-based policy institution. Every effort is made to match each
Fellow with an organization that is conducting work related the Fellow`s
specific interest area. In December 2002, Fellows return to their home
countries to complete a one-year follow-on project. Each Fellow designs and
funds for her project while in the U.S., with support from NEWW and her host
Fellowships includes travel to and from the placement site in the United
States, short-term medical insurance, and a monthly stipend to cover room
and board expenses during the U.S. portion of the program. Housing is
arranged in an international student house or similar student accommodation.
In some cases Fellows are placed with families in their host city. Upon
successful completion of the U.S. portion of the Program, NEWW provides each
Fellow with a small seed grant to begin implementation of her follow-on
There is no application form for this Program.
Applicants should submit the following materials in English:
* a cover letter summarizing:
1) the applicant`s involvement in the field of women`s rights;
2) her training and experience in economics and/or public policy; and
3) her work with local women`s organizations.
* a curriculum vitae;
* two letters of recommendation in English, or accompanied by English
translations, including all current contact
information for the letter`s author. All written recommendations will be
verified by local NEWW contacts or via telephone by NEWW staff;
* a personal statement describing the applicant`s future career plans, and
her reasons for applying to the Economic and Social Policy Fellowship
* a 3-5 page country briefing paper about women`s economic status in her
country, including recommendations for advocacy and reform. The paper may
focus on one or more issues of current relevance in the applicant`s country,
and should demonstrate the applicant`s ability to write and formulate
arguments in English.
* a signed declaration that, if selected for the Program, the applicant will
return to her home country to complete a 12-month follow-on project
immediately following the U.S. placement period.
Completed application packets should be sent by email to NEWW at
lbrumberg@.... If email is not possible, please send the complete
application packet by regular mail to the address below. Following review by
an International Selection Committee, a maximum of 5 finalists will be
selected for personal interviews, which will take
place in Vilnius, Lithuania, 18-20 March 2002. Selected finalists will be
notified of their interview by 20 February, 2002. Notification of Fellowship
awards will be made April 15, 2002.
Laurie MacDonald Brumberg
Membership & Fellowship Program Director
Network of East-West Women
1761 S Street NW, Suite LL-12
Washington, DC 20009
Tel (202) 299-9001
Fax (202) 299-9003
The Network of East-West Women (NEWW) is an international membership and
advocacy organization linking women in more than 30 countries in Central and
Southeastern Europe, the New Independent States and the Russian Federation.
Through the Legal Fellowship Program and other projects, NEWW supports
independent women`s movements that foster women`s participation in all
aspects of public decision-making. NEWW`s primary
objective is to increase the capacity of women and women`s NGOs to shape
policies that affect women`s lives.