Chatham House is pleased to invite applicants for the Academy Robert Bosch Fellowships at Chatham House, a joint initiative of Chatham House and Robert Bosch Stiftung.
The purpose of these fellowships is to offer young leaders from a large part of the former Soviet space an opportunity to advance their knowledge, develop research skills and build links with the policy, academic and other communities in the UK, Germany and the wider EU.
The fellowships will be open to citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. Candidates should be at an early to middle stage in their career but should already have some research and publication experience.
Chatham House will provide a dynamic base from which the fellows can pursue their own research interests, further develop their personal interaction, communication and leadership skills, extend their regional and global networks, and deepen their expertise by contributing to the institute’s research and activities. This experience will inform the fellows’ contributions to improved regional and national decision-making on issues of great relevance to security and prosperity in Eurasia.
Each fellow will primarily work on a self-designed research project that should result in a Chatham House publication, and will also be offered a comprehensive nine-month programme of activities at the institute. It is expected that during their time at Chatham House, fellows will participate in workshops and seminars on their region, gaining a broader understanding of the forces shaping post-Soviet Eurasia.
Three Academy Robert Bosch Fellowships are available for 2015–16 as part of the new Academy for Leadership in International Affairs at Chatham House.
The fellows will be hosted by and based in the Russia and Eurasia Programme.
The application window for the 2015–16 fellowships will be open from 1 August 2014 to 28 September 2014.
The first two fellowships will begin in February 2015, and the third in September 2015.
The Academy Robert Bosch Fellowships will provide an opportunity for emerging leaders, researchers and opinion-makers to develop their skills and understanding of critical issues facing the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia, and to enable them to contribute to positive change in their home countries and the wider region.
Academy Robert Bosch Fellowship candidates will be at an early to middle stage of their career with a background in international relations, social science or economics, whether they come from academia, NGOs, business, government or the media. They should possess knowledge of, and an interest in, one of the policy-related challenges laid out in the 2015–16 research themes.
Expected outputs and activities
Academy Robert Bosch Fellows will spend the majority of their time working on their personal research project. Fellows will have the opportunity to conduct research at Chatham House, including consultations with experts within the institute’s extensive network. They will also need to travel to undertake field research and interviews.
Projects will be supervised by the Head of the Russia and Eurasia Programme through regular one-on-one meetings. The fellows will also be supported by the programme manager in any administrative or logistical tasks, such as travel arrangements for external meetings or organizing workshops at Chatham House.
Academy Robert Bosch Fellows will also take part in a significant programme of personal development, comprising:
a) Group tasks, including training in research methods, media skills, project management, presentations, leadership skills and networking opportunities; and regular attendance at Chatham House lectures, seminars and workshops.
b) One-on-one mentoring, including advice on the fellows’ personal research projects and career development.
Depending on the fellows’ past experience and areas of expertise, they will also be able to observe and participate in the wider activities of Chatham House.
The fellows will be expected to:
• Present their findings at an expert roundtable event;
• Write a peer-reviewed Chatham House publication based on their research (the Institute will provide full support for dissemination);
• Participate as necessary in other projects and meetings of the Russia and Eurasia Programme;
• Participate fully in the annual Chatham House-Robert Bosch Stiftung Conference in January or February;
• Be available for media interviews and comments when appropriate.
During the course of the fellowship, the fellows will spend a two-week placement at a German think-tank in Berlin. Funds will also be available for them to conduct a research trip to the region associated with their project.
The first two fellowships will run from February 2015 to October 2015, the third from September 2015 to May 2016. Candidates should indicate on the application form if they have a preference for either period. Candidates must be available to be based at Chatham House in London for the full duration of the fellowship.
To be eligible for a Chatham House Academy Robert Bosch 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 on page 9;
• Have excellent English writing and presentation skills.
There are seven research themes for the 2015–16 Academy Robert Bosch Fellowships.
The parameters for the research themes have been designed in broad terms to allow applicants to devise a project that appeals to their own research interests. Applicants may propose a research project that fits within any of the topics outlined below.
• Prospects for economic growth, modernization 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.
• The future of EU and NATO relations with the Eastern Partnership countries and/or Russia;
• Security and conflict resolution;
• Prospects for intra-regional cooperation;
• Russia and the shared neighbourhood with Europe.
How to Apply
Candidates must do the following:
1. Download and complete the application form (available 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@chathamhouse.org;
The research proposal should outline the topic to be investigated and the likely methodology, and must explain the project’s importance and policy relevance to the Russia and Eurasia region and/or the West. It should also describe any necessary fieldwork, provide a timeline of activities, and indicate how the proposed work would be completed during the fellowship.
The post-fellowship plan should outline why the fellowship will be useful to your career goals and how you will utilize the experience for strengthening civil society in their home country or region.
All files should be sent in PDF format to AcademyRobertBoschFellowships@chathamhouse.org
All documents must be submitted in English.
The application deadline is Sunday, 28 September 2014.
Incomplete or late applications, and applications which do not include all documents outlined above, will not be considered
For further information or questions regarding the application process, please check the Academy Robert Bosch Fellowships page on the Chatham House website or contact:
10 St James’s Square
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7314 3686
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7957 5710
For more information on Chatham House, please visit www.chathamhouse.org.
For more information on the Robert Bosch Stiftung, please visit www.bosch-stiftung.de.
Three fellowships will be awarded in 2015–16.
Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:
- Nationality eligibility requirements;
- The originality, relevance and clarity of the proposed research project, as demonstrated through the project proposal;
- Relevant background experience, as demonstrated through the CV;
- Sufficient English-language ability;
- Motivation for undertaking the fellowship and for contributing to the candidate’s home country or region, as demonstrated through the post-fellowship plan.
Following a review of applications, shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview at Chatham House. If necessary, Chatham House will provide an invitation letter for visa application purposes. The interview committee will be drawn from Chatham House senior management and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
Interviews will take place in late November 2014 and candidates will be informed of the outcome within a week of the interviews.
The decision of the interview committee is final and no appeals will be permitted. All candidates will be informed of the outcome of their applications by email.