Call for Applications: PCSC Fellowship Programme

What: Fully funded three-month research residency for civil society workers, activists, researchers and journalists working with civic activism and social issues in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Dates: Three intakes in 2019: 1) February –  April 2) May – July 3) September –  December

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Language: English, Russian

Who should apply: Anyone from Eastern Europe or Central Asia with proven experience and commitment to civil society in their country or region. This includes experts, researchers, human rights defenders, environmental or urban activists, journalists and members of NGOs and civic-minded groups.

Deadline: 24 October 2018

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What is the PCSC Fellowship Programme?

Fellowships are fully funded three-month research residencies in Prague for individuals from Eastern Europe and Central Asia. This includes activists, experts, researchers, and people working on civic-minded projects and social issues in their country or region.

You can use this opportunity to:

• Research challenges, opportunities and trends affecting civil society and human rights in your country or region
• Write a book or training manual, policy or analytical paper for the benefit of the people and/or the civil sector in your country
• Conceptualise and initiate a new project.

The Prague Civil Society Centre will cover travel costs, modest living expenses, as well as visa assistance.* Fellows are provided with a shared office space with internet connection and meeting facilities.

*Please note we cannot provide visas for the first intake of the year (February-April 2019). 


Who can apply to be a Fellow?

Fellows must be from one of the countries in yellow and be involved with civil society, journalism, or social issues in their country, through either work, research or activism. We expect applicants to have a proven and solid track-record of work in the civil sector or journalism, with enough experience to conduct and finalise a three-month project.

Fellows are often:

• in the advanced stage of working on a research paper or book, and need a few months to finish it without the distractions of everyday life or challenges of a repressive political environment
• experienced trainers or someone who provides educational programmes for civil society and are looking to develop a new curriculum or re-think their current approach
• people with extensive knowledge and experience of a certain type of activism and are on the lookout to document or share their experience with others
• people with knowledge of either successful or failed reform processes in their country and want to document this experience to guide future reforms in their country or elsewhere
• looking to write a comparative analysis of reform experiences between their country and another
• those with fresh ideas on how to reinvigorate civil society activism and need time to conceptualise this and work out their approach
• people with extensive experience of social entrepreneurship or other ways of combining profit making and pro-bono work and want to record and share their knowledge
• individuals with extensive experience of using technology and smart communication tools for social change and would like to share their experiences
• people living and working in repressive environments and need a safe place for a productive recess


What are we looking for in your proposal?

Your Fellowship project proposal should aim to reflect and elaborate upon your current work or experience in your home country or region. You should demonstrate how participating in the fellowship programme will aid your work upon returning home, how you will share the knowledge and expertise gained during the fellowship, or how you plan to develop cross-country or regional collaborative projects and networks.

You are free to propose a Fellowship project on any topic, but we do have some topics, which will be given higher priority. More information on this can be found in the Fellowship information booklet below. 

After the selection process, Fellows are asked to provide a specific project output to be agreed before the beginning of the Fellowship. The Prague Civil Society Centre also reserves the right to ask you to assist our projects or activities. Download the Fellowship booklet with more information


How to apply and the selection process

Please be aware that there are two stages to sending your application.

Stage one: Complete the survey here: Fellowship survey

Stage two: Download the fellowship application form and email it to fellowships@praguecivilsociety.org with a copy of your CV

Fellowship application form

Deadline: 24 October 2018

The Fellowship Programme is very competitive and it is important you fill out and complete all the required steps. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a Skype interview to discuss the proposed project.