Deadline: 24 October 2018
Open to: anyone from Eastern Europe or Central Asia with proven experience and commitment to civil society in their country or region
Fellowship: travel costs, modest living expenses, as well as visa assistance.* Fellows are provided with a shared office space with internet connection and meeting facilities
The Prague Civil Society Centre supports visionary, state of the art projects. We are always on the lookout for innovative, tech-based solutions and fresh approaches to the region’s social issues. The Centre has an exceptionally broad definition of civil society that includes activists, campaigners, journalists, bloggers and lawyers, as well as creative professionals such as filmmakers, artists, designers and IT experts. We also support social entrepreneurs and civic-minded businesses. Our aim is to create and nurture a fluid community of activists, professionals and academics that harnesses the diversity, skills and knowledge of those working on civic and social initiatives. Our flexible, inclusive and cross sector approach is aimed to help civil society become more innovative, creative and sustainable so it is better equipped to meet the challenges and opportunities it faces in this unpredictable region.
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.
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