Robert Bosch Fellowships at Chatham House, UK

Deadline: 13 September 2013
Open to: citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine with a background in international relations, social sciences or economics
Fellowship: monthly stipend of €3,000, return trip to UK and assistance finding accommodation in London


Chatham House is pleased to invite applicants for the Robert Bosch Fellowships at Chatham House, a joint initiative of Chatham House and the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The purpose of these Fellowships is to offer young scholars from a large part of Eurasia an opportunity to advance their knowledge, develop research skills and build links with the policy and academic communities in the UK, Germany and the wider EU.

Chatham House will provide a dynamic base within which the Fellows can pursue their own research interests; further develop their personal interaction, communication and leadership skills; extend their global networks; and deepen their expertise by contributing to the institute’s research and activities.

The Fellowship is intended to provide an opportunity for the next generation of scholars from the region to advance their knowledge of post-Soviet politics, develop research skills, contribute to Chatham House research, and build links with policy and academic communities in the UK, Germany and the EU more broadly. The Fellowship is aimed at future leaders, researchers and opinion-makers in the early part of their careers.

The Fellows spend nine months working at Chatham House with the Russia and Eurasia Programme team. During this time they will conduct a research project of their own design relating to the politics, economies and societies of the post-Soviet region. In the course of the Fellowship, the scholars will conduct research trips to the region and also spend time at a German think tank in Berlin. The Fellowships are part of Chatham House’s new Academy for Leadership in International Affairs, which will be established in September 2013.

Research themes for 2014/15 include: 

  1. Resources and Potential Drivers of Change: Prospects for economic growth and modernisation in Russia, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus; Environment, resource management and energy cooperation in the region; and Science and technology policies.
  2. Internal Dynamics: Prospects for democratization in Russia, Eastern Europe and the wider Back Sea region; The role of the media in the region; Regional elites and networks of power; Societal changes, inter-ethnic relations and non-state actors; The relationship between citizens and the state; and Internal security, police and the judiciary.
  3. External Attitudes: The future of EU relations with Russia and/or the Eastern Partnership countries; Patterns of cooperation and conflict between the West and Russia; The future of Euro-Atlantic integration in Eastern Europe and the wider Black Sea region; Security and the military sector; Conflict resolution and security; and Prospects for intra-regional cooperation.


The Fellowships will be open to citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. Candidates should be at an early stage in their career but should already have some research and publication experience.


Chatham House will provide a monthly stipend of the Sterling equivalent of €3,000 for the duration of the Fellowship.

In addition, the institute will cover one return trip to the UK and accommodation in a hotel on arrival (if required); and provide a budget for fieldwork and research-related travel during the Fellowship.

Successful applicants will receive assistance from Chatham House to find suitable accommodation in London for the duration of the Fellowship (if required).


The application deadline is 17:00 GMT, Friday 13 September 2013. Candidates must submit the following:

  1. Completed application form (available HERE);
  2. Curriculum Vitae (maximum two sides);
  3. Fellowship research project proposal (maximum 1,000 words);
  4. Post-Fellowship plan to outline why the Fellowship will be useful to career goals and how candidates will utilise the experience for strengthening civil society in their home country or region (maximum 400 words);
  5. One published writing sample in English (or English translation of their own work originally published in another language);
  6. IELTS or TOEFL certificate or evidence of English-language proficiency.

The research proposal should outline the topic to be investigated and the likely methodology, and must explain the project’s importance and policy relevance to the Russia and Eurasia region and/or the West. It should also describe any necessary fieldwork and provide a timeline of activities, to indicate how the proposed work would be completed during the Fellowship.

All files should be sent in PDF format to Two letters of reference, at least one being academic, should be sent directly to Chatham House by referees before the application deadline. All documents must be submitted in English.

For more information, please contact the organizers at or see the fellowship information pack HERE. The official website is HERE.

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