Democracy Fellowship Call for Applications (Russia)
The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) is accepting applications for its Democracy Fellowship, a year-long in-residence fellowship program for highly qualified independent journalists, scholars, and activists from Russia who are no longer able to continue their work due to Putin’s war in Ukraine. The fellowship will provide a critical lifeline to support independent voices who have been forced to leave their country or face a direct threat to their lives because of their willingness and courage to write, research, and provide truthful information to educate the public and policymakers.
CEPA will select candidates based on their situational urgency, qualifications, and ability to contribute to the public discourse through writing, analysis, and commentary to be in-residence with CEPA in Washington, DC for one year (twelve months). Their contributions will broaden the public’s understanding of the conflict and the authoritarian threat democracies face.
This program will provide the selected Fellow(s) opportunities to deepen their expertise, sharpen their analytical skills, and build their substantive portfolio through research projects and publications. Through participation in events, professional development workshops, and mentorship initiatives from CEPA staff and fellows, the Fellow(s) will be able to expand their network, create lasting transatlantic relationships, gain exposure to the Washington policy community, and equip for future career opportunities. The Fellow(s) will broaden the public’s understanding of the war and Russia more broadly through written analysis, expert commentary, and engagements with the Washington policy community.
Summary of Democracy Fellowship Activities:
- Publish a short article each month on issues of interest for CEPA’s flagship publication, Europe’s Edge (600-900 words each), to inform the public and transatlantic policy community.
- Engage in CEPA’s roundtable discussions and lead select public and private events.
- Provide media commentary and speak at relevant policy engagements across Washington.
- Receive one-on-one mentorship from an expert in their research field.
- Engage and network with CEPA staff, experts, officials, industry leaders as part of professional development.
- Before the end of the Fellowship, produce a policy paper (3,000-5,000 words) based on research and analysis conducted during the program.
The Democracy Fellowship offers a monthly stipend to support the Fellow(s)’ research and living expenses during their year in the US. In addition to the stipend, CEPA will cover all costs associated with the visa process as well as travel and provide in-residence office space at CEPA’s headquarters in Washington.
Applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications to be considered:
- Presently be an independent journalist, scholar, or civil society activist from Russia (e.g. Russian national);
- Demonstrated expertise in proposed area of research;
- Minimum bachelor's degree or equivalent
- Exceptional research, writing, and communication skills in English;
- Eligibility to acquire a US Visa.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit the following application form in English. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The application requirements include:
- Completed Application Form;
- Answers to three (3) short application questions;
- Contact information for three (3) references.