Policy Leaders Fellowship – European University Institute (EUI) – Florence

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European University Institute

The Fellowship

The Policy Leaders Fellowship of the School of Transnational Governance provides a unique opportunity for policy professionals from around the world to further develop their policy work and professional skills whilst participating in workshops, training and skills development sessions, conferences and other events, in addition to interacting with the other fellows, policy makers and the academic community at the EUI. The fellowships last for 3, 6 or 9 months, and are fully-funded with a grant of € 2,500 per month. Fellows must live in the area of Florence for the duration of their fellowship. A family allowance is available where appropriate. The language of the programme is English.

Applicants should be:

  • Early- or mid-career professionals (e.g. in politics, civil service, media and non-governmental organisations), able to demonstrate both professional experience and potential for future excellence in the policy sphere.
  • Genuinely engaged individuals involved in policy issues, especially those related to transnational governance.
  • Self-motivated, able to present a clear work plan for the fellowship to show what the applicant will achieve and how this work will have a ‘multiplier’ impact after the fellowship.
  • Curious and engaged contributors. Fellows are expected to be part of the EUI community on a daily basis and to participate in peer discussions on topics which may be beyond their expertise.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.

The fellowship is open to applications from anywhere in the world, regardless of nationality. EU citizenship is not required. There is no maximum or minimum age limit.


Deadline of the application: 22 February 2019 (12:00 noon CET)


The fellowships are for the duration of 3, 6 or 9 months between September 2019 and June 2020. Candidates should indicate their first and second choices from the following options:

  • 3 months:
    • September – November 2019
    • January – March 2020
    • April – June 2020
  • 9 months:
    • September 2019 – June 2020
  • 6 months:
    • January 2020 – June 2020.


Applicants should fill in an application form to apply for this fellowship with the required documents :

  • Prepare your CV in PDF (Additionally, a short biography is requested in the application form. The bio serves the purpose of the selection process and will also be used for communications purposes if the applicant is accepted for the fellowship. It should be written in third person singular and be around 100-120 words (around 800 characters with spaces)
  • Prepare a letter of motivation (max 2 pages) in PDF, describing your interests and/or links with transnational policy issues, your future professional ambitions and the reasons to apply for the fellowship (a short summary of this document of max. 1000 characters is requested in the application form)
  • Prepare a detailed work-plan with  title (max 2 pages) in PDF, describing what you hope to achieve during the fellowship, and the details of the steps necessary to achieve that goal (a short summary of this document of max. 1000 characters is requested in the application form)
  • A copy of the highest educational certificate in PDF.
  • Optional (candidates are free to decide if they want to use this option or not): a sample of their work (a report, a policy brief, an article, an op-ed, a weblink) to help demonstrate the interests and ambitions of the candidate, in PDF.

Please use standard international fonts, do not use macros, special characters, password-protection, electronic signatures or logos. Documents should be submitted in English.

Letters of References

  • Applicants should provide the name of one referee, preferably a person who has worked with the applicant, and ensure that the reference is submitted online directly by the referee by the deadline 22 FebruaryReferences will not be accepted after the deadline. 
  • In addition to this, applicants are requested to provide the name and contact details of one other referee whom the EUI may contact.
  • References from current full-time or part-time EUI professors will not be accepted.

The referee whom you have nominated as the one submitting the letter by the deadline will be contacted and will be allowed to submit the reference only after you have completed and registered the first step of the online application form including the name and contact details of the referee. In order to receive the reference in time by the deadline, you should register the referee details as soon as possible. This is possible any time and you do not yet need to submit the final version of your application at that time.

When you register your referee’s contact details in the online application form, an email requesting a reference on your behalf is automatically sent to the referee you have nominated. Nevertheless, it is your responsibility to contact the referee directly to inform her/him of your request, to verify that s/he has received the email request and to ensure that s/he submits the reference by the deadline. Please note that reference letter can be submitted by the registered referee (before the deadline) even after you have submitted your application. Registered referee may also submit the reference letter by email, contacting: ReferenceFellow@eui.eu

Note for Referees

Once the candidate has registered the details of his/her referee, the referee will receive an e-mail with access details for submitting the reference letter online.

  • Reference should be submitted as PDF file. Please use standard international fonts, do not use macros, special characters, password-protection, electronic signatures or logos.
  • Do not send a hard copy.
  • You may write in a language other than English, but English will guarantee the widest possible reading.
  • References from current full-time or part-time EUI professors will not be accepted.
  • If in doubt or if you prefer to submit your reference letter by email, please contact: ReferenceFellow@eui.eu

The deadline for submitting references is 22 February. Kindly note that the EUI encourages candidates to apply and register their referees as early as possible: the application process is open from 12 December to the 22 February deadline.

Details on:

1- Conditions of awards: https://www.eui.eu/ServicesAndAdmin/AcademicService/Fellowships/Policy-Leaders-Fellowships/ConditionsOfAward

2- How to apply: https://www.eui.eu/ServicesAndAdmin/AcademicService/Fellowships/Policy-Leaders-Fellowships/HowToApply

For more information about the Fellowships, visit https://www.eui.eu/ServicesAndAdmin/AcademicService/Fellowships/Policy-Leaders-Fellowships


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