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Policy Leader Fellowship in Italy 2024 (Fully Funded)

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An excellent opportunity for mid-career policy professionals from different fields such as politics, civil service, media, non-governmental organisations and others from all the countries around the world to improve their professional skills in this field by participating in Policy Leader Fellowship which organised by the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

About the Policy Leader Fellowship

The Policy Leader Fellowship (PLF) is a residential program for mid-career political professionals from a range of policy areas: politics, civil service, media, NGOs, and more. This program is hosted at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

The fellows in this exclusive program, which is housed within one of the most esteemed academic institutions in Europe, get an intimate look at how EU policy is made. The program, however, does not require a background in academics; rather, it aims to draw applicants with a variety of real-world governing experiences. In addition to having direct access to the STG and the teaching and researcher community at EUI, the fellows develop enduring professional and interpersonal relationships and learn from one another.

The fellows will spend five or ten months at the School of Transnational Governance ( STG) to develop policy recommendations and practical solutions for pressing issues of transnational relevance inspired and informed by their work experience. In addition, the fellows attend professional skills trainings and can freely participate in the academic life and activities of the EUI to enhance their fellowship project. At the same time, the fellows enrich the STG community by bringing their first hand experiences to teaching, training and networking at the School. After completing the program, the fellows gain access to lifetime training opportunities at the EUI as well as membership in a global network of policy experts known as alumni.

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Financial condition and Benefits
– Fellows will receive travel reimbursements for round trip to and from Florence ( The maximum amount for travel reimbursement is 1,200 EUR including both incoming and outgoing trip). Successful Fellows can use one of these two options:
  • First-class rail (travel by car is also reimbursed on this basis)
  • Economy class air fare
  • – Monthly grant 2500 EUR. Successful applicants who receive other grants or salaries must disclose this to the EUI. In case you receive other grants or salaries The amount of the Fellowship will be fixed at a lower rate (minimum €1,750 per month) depending on the amount of the additional income (upon production of relevant supporting documents).
  • – A household allowance of up to 300 EUR monthly is paid to a Fellow with a companion if the companion lives with you in Florence and on the condition that the partner’s income is less than 2,000 euro per month.
    – An allowance of € 200 per month is paid for each dependent child. Fellows are entitled to these allowances if they can declare that they are not receiving any similar allowance from another source, and upon submission of relevant supporting documents.
  • – Fellows must have adequate medical insurance coverage during their stay at the Institute. They can either provide proof of their own insurance scheme, or subscribe to the EUI’s private sickness and health insurance scheme at their own expense.
    – The fellowship is not taxed by the EUI. Fellows are, however, required to comply with any other tax provisions which may be applicable to them.

Eligibility criteria for the policy leader fellowship

Each year the STG awards approximately twenty to twenty-five fellowships.
– All application from anywhere around the world can apply;
– There is no age limit, the applicants are expected to demonstrate at least 10 years of relevant professional experience, and potential for future excellence in a given policy area; candidates with strictly academic profile typically will not be considered;
– Self-motivated and driven, able to autonomously accomplish the activities presented under the fellowship work plan;
– Open-minded and curious individuals willing to engage in peer discussions on topics which may go beyond their area of expertise.
Requested documents
– CV (maximum 3 pages)
– Short biography (maximum 250 words); the bio serves as a quick overview of the candidate’s profile for the selection process and will also be used for communications purposes if the applicant is accepted for the fellowship.
– Two reference letters. Reference letters must be submitted online directly by the referees up to a week after the application deadline. Reference letters will not be accepted after 31 January 2024 (14:00 CET)
– Copy of highest educational certificate
– Letter of motivation (maximum 1000 words) outlining the applicant’s main reasons to apply for the fellowship, the objectives to be pursued during the programme highlighting interest in specific transnational policy issues and future professional aspirations.
– Work plan (maximum 2500 words) should include the project title, a short summary/abstract, the main objectives, milestones and the related activities to achieve the envisaged outputs; the activities should be allocated appropriately based on five or ten months’ fellowship timeline
– Optional work sample(s) (maximum 2 samples) If relevant, you can submit work samples to support your application and to demonstrate your expertise in a given topic e.g. a policy paper/report/brief, an article, an op-ed, a weblink, interview, social media piece, blogpost, etc.
– The expected level of English proficiency is level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). An English certificate is not requested as part of the application, but successful candidates may be invited for an interview in English and requested to provide a certificate/supporting document on registration.This can be one of the international certificates listed below
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Cambridge English Examinations (CAE)
  • Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC)
  • Business English Certificate (BEC)

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Timeline

Application deadline: The application deadline for the 2024-2025 call is 25 January 2024 (14:00 CET).
Five months offer: September 2024 – January 2025 or February 2025 – June 2025
Ten months offer: September 2024 – June 2025
How to apply
Step 1: Create an account on European University Institute portal, if you don’t have an account to login from HERE
 
Step 2: Start filling the online application as soon as possible and be sure all the required documents submitted by 25 January 2024, and the two reference letters is submitted by 31st of January 2024
More Details
Before you apply, please carefully read the Information Page for Applicants for the Policy Leader Fellowships of the School of Transnational Governance to make sure that you provide the correct documents and information.

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