Research Academy for Junior Researchers in the Western Balkans

Deadline: 15 January 2016
Open to: junior researchers (MA / MSc graduates and/or early PhD students)
Venue: 11-18 April 2016 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Regional Research Promotion Programme (RRPP) Western Balkans is organizing a fully-funded comprehensive training on social science research methods tailored for junior researchers in the Western Balkans.  The course lasts 8 days, and will be held on 11-18 April 2016, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.  The Research Academy is designed as a summer school composed of several linked one-day modules. During the program of the Research Academy junior researchers will be guided through all stages of the research process and the sessions will be highly interactive and practice-oriented.  The program will be delivered by a team of 13 trainers who come from a number of European and regional universities and research institutes, with extensive experience in the field of research methods and academic writing.


  • Junior researchers (MA / MSc graduates and/or early PhD students) with a maximum of 3 years experience in the field of social science research;
  • Currently affiliated with a research institute / center, think tank, or university;
  • Currently working on a research project as a researcher (research assistant, junior researcher, researcher, or similar);
  • The candidates must be graduates of a university in the region and currently living and working in a Western Balkan country (Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia);
  • Have at least one published research paper;
  • Good command of English.


The organizers will cover all expenses for the training, including travel and accommodation costs.

How to apply?

The following documents shall be sent at and by 15 January 2016.

  • Application form;
  • CV (full Curriculum Vitae);
  • Example of a research paper (research study, policy report, policy brief, policy memo, working paper, discussion paper, article in research journal, book chapter, or MA/MSc thesis);
  • Description of the project (one page) that the candidate is currently working on, along with a description of his/her role in the project;
  • Recommendation letter from a supervisor – The letter should support the applicant’s participation in the Research Academy, emphasizing the relevance of the training program for the applicant’s career prospects.

More information on the official website.

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