Western Balkans Fellowship Programme at the Austrian Parliament

Deadline: 10 September 2020
Open to: nationals of Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia)
Benefits: full scholarships are available


The European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) announces the call for applications for the Western Balkans Fellowship Programme at the Austrian Parliament. The fellowships funded by the Austrian Parliament are designed for civil servants working in the administrations of the National Parliaments in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. It is a unique opportunity to gain knowledge about the operations and practices of the Austrian Parliament as well as to observe and to learn from the administrative staff and professionals about the different aspects of their work.

Western Balkans Fellowship Programme is looking for the 6 best applicants from the WB6 National Parliaments, who want to shape the regional and European collaboration by using their knowledge and enthusiasm in applying the best practices in the process of administrative reform.


The programme is specifically designed for civil servants from the National Parliaments in the Western Balkans who have several years of professional experience in public administration and have already assumed initial managerial responsibilities. The eligible applicants should

  • national of one of the Western Balkan countries,
  • at least 3 years professional experience as a civil servant for the Parliament,
  • excellent academic qualifications,
  • very good knowledge of English,
  • at least A2 (B1 will be considered as an asset) proficiency level of German language (the level will be checked during the interview),
  • sound knowledge of national and international politics and economics,
  • strong interest in the European Union political developments,
  • ability and readiness to acquaint oneself with various different topics in a short period of time,
  • ability and readiness to complete inter-disciplinary work in inter-departmental working groups,
  • ability and readiness to organise one’s own life arrangements in a new environment.


Six (6) scholarships will be available for civil servants in the 2020/2021 program cycle. The program financed by the Austrian Parliament and implemented by the EFB includes the following support to the fellow: intensive language course, travel expenses, international travel (medical) insurance, a stipend for practice phase, and the travel expenses and lodging for the final review meeting.

How to apply?

For more information please visit the official website.