Spring 2020 Fellows

Fellowships are designed for leading members of civil society and researchers from Eastern Europe and Central Asia to conduct intensive research, writing and networking.

We bring fellows from the region to Prague to focus on their projects in a safe space, away from the daily routine of their organisations and home countries to help them connect with other groups and individuals from across the EU.

The range of fellows and types of projects we support are diverse, including journalists, lawyers, entrepreneurs, protestors and political prisoners working on everything from articles and books to films and comic strips. We encourage fellows to take a step back from their day-to-day routine to help them re-strategise, think and plan for the future of their society.


Nouneh Sarkissian


Nouneh, the director of the Media Initiatives Center, is an Armenian journalist with more than 30 years of professional experience. Originally an InterNews Network project, the Media Initiatives Center is now an independent organisation helping diversify the Armenian media landscape by training journalists and media managers, providing technical support to TV channels and promoting media literacy. Nouneh is in Prague to work on a comparative analysis of the functioning of several public broadcasters (in the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania and Armenia) and to develop a set of recommendations for reforming Armenian public TV and radio.

Hennadiy Maksak


Hennadiy Maksak, a Ukrainian foreign policy expert, is the head of the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”. The core of his research focuses on NATO, the EU, Central Europe and the Eastern Partnership, as well as the reform of the Ukrainian diplomatic service. He is coming to Prague in time to help form the Ukrainian delegation for the Czech-Ukrainian Civil Society Forum. He will use the rest of his fellowship period to research best practices and tools of public diplomacy in the Czech Republic and other countries of the “Visegrad 4”.

Tetyana Bohdanova


Originally from Ukraine, Tetyana works for the Vilnius office of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. She has co-developed and is heading programs dedicated to election monitoring, digital security and voter engagement, and that utilise innovative approaches and technology. Her research project, titled “Digital Democracy or Data Exploitation? The role of voters’ personal data during 2019 parliamentary elections in Ukraine”, will cover the use of voter data in Ukraine, a topic that has until now only been studied in the context of high-profile elections in Western countries.