EUI Policy Leader Fellowship 2024 for Policy Professionals Worldwide

Fellowship Short Program in Other , in Social Science
  • Italy, Italy, 92363
  • Apply Before : January 25, 2024

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 92363
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement TOEFLIELTSCEFROther
  • No. of Opportunity 25
  • Fields of study Social Science and Policy Studies
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 5-10 months
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

Applications are now for the Policy Leader Fellowship (PLF) at the Florence School of Transnational Governance (STG) at the European University Institute (EUI).

The PLF at the Florence School of Transnational Governance (STG) is a unique residential program for mid-career policy professionals across various fields, such as politics, civil service, media, and non-governmental organizations. Settled within a prestigious European academic institution, the program provides insider insights into EU policymaking. Unlike traditional programs, it prioritizes individuals with diverse hands-on policymaking experiences globally rather than requiring an academic background.

With a minimum of 10 years of professional experience, Fellows spend five or ten months at STG developing policy recommendations for transnational issues. They benefit from direct access to STG, EUI faculty, and fellow researchers, improving professional and personal connections. Additionally, fellows attend skills training, engage in EUI’s academic activities, and contribute firsthand experiences to the STG community.

Upon program completion, fellows join a global alumni network, gaining lifelong access to EUI training opportunities. Applications are welcomed worldwide, with no citizenship requirements or age limits.

Key Details

Host Institution: School of Transnational Governance (STG), European University Institute (EUI)

Location: Florance, Italy

Funding Type: Fully Funded

Deadline: 25 January 2024 (14:00 CET)

Program Start Date: 01 September 2024

Eligible Nations: All

Number of Opportunity: 20 to 25 fellowships

Fellowship Duration:

Candidates can choose from 5 to 10 months fellowship program below:

  • Five months: September 2024 – January 2025 or February 2025 – June 2025
  • Ten months: September 2024 – June 2025

Benefits of the EUI Policy Leader Fellowship 

Selected fellows will benefit from the program as follows:


  • Basic grant: €2,500 per month.
  • Successful applicants with additional grants/salaries must disclose them to EUI.
  • Fellowship amount adjusted (minimum €1,750 per month) based on additional income.

Family Allowances:

  • Household allowance (partner): Up to €300/month if the partner’s income < €2,000.
  • Family allowance (dependent child): €200/month per child.
  • Allowances are subject to income limits and relevant supporting documents.


  • EUI does not tax fellowships.
  • Fellows must comply with applicable tax provisions.

Medical Insurance:

  • Fellows must have adequate medical insurance coverage.
  • Options: Proof of personal insurance or subscription to EUI’s insurance scheme at own expense.

Travel Expenses:

  • Reimbursement for incoming/outgoing trips (not for families).
  • First-class rail or economy-class airfare.
  • Maximum reimbursement: €1,200 (including both trips); taxi expenses not reimbursed.

Removal/Re-instalment Expenses:

  • There is no provision for removal or installation expenses.


  • Fellows must reside in the Florence area throughout the Fellowship.
  • Active participation in EUI/STG activities is required.
  • Short visits outside Florence and Italy may be possible, but the fellowship cannot be conducted remotely or online.

Eligibility Criteria 

All candidates should meet these eligibility criteria to apply for the EUI Policy Leader Fellowship:

  • Applicants should be mid-career professionals with a minimum of 10 years of solid experience.
  • Have potential for future excellence in a specific policy area.
  • Candidates with a primarily academic profile may not be considered.
  • Be self-motivated and driven individuals.
  • Capable of independently completing activities outlined in the fellowship work plan.
  • Be open-minded and curious individuals.
  • Willingness to participate in peer discussions covering diverse topics, even beyond their expertise.

English Proficiency Requirements

The expected level for English is C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Application Process:

  • English certificate not required initially.
  • Successful candidates may be invited for an English interview.
  • The application team will request that you provide an English certificate/supporting document upon registration.

Accepted Certificates:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Cambridge English Examinations (CAE)
  • Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC)
  • Business English Certificate (BEC)

Special Arrangement: TOEFL Home Edition Test accepted for candidates unable to test at a center due to health concerns.

Alternative Supporting Documents:

  • Certificate of attendance from English language schools.
  • Degree in English as a foreign language.
  • Proof of work in an English-speaking environment.

Exemption: Native English speakers are exempt from providing evidence of proficiency.


Evaluation Criteria

The following are the selection criteria:

Accomplishments and Potential:

  • Professional excellence is evaluated through contributions to a specific policy field.
  • Assessment based on the CV and supporting evidence.
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree (at the time of application) or equivalent required.

Focus Area:

  • Alignment of the candidate’s field of work with STG programs and faculty research areas.
  • Consideration for other themes, but preference goes to those covering STG faculty and program policy areas.

Fellowship Work Plan:

  • Assessment of professional substance, feasibility, applicability in a transnational policy context, and potential impact.


  • Articulation of the impact of the fellowship on professional growth.
  • Clear expression of what the applicant can contribute to STG.
  • Preference for applicants benefiting from STG and EUI while contributing to programs and activities.


  • Striving for thematic and geographic diversity.
  • Promoting gender balance among fellows.

Selection Procedure

The EUI Policy Leader Fellowship selection procedure has two steps as follows:

First Step:

    • All complete applications undergo a basic eligibility check.
    • Eligible applications are forwarded to the Selection Committee.
    • Incomplete or late applications are discarded at this stage.

Second Step:

    • The Selection Committee reviews applications based on the following:
        1. Professional profile.
        2. Proposed work plan.
        3. Alignment of candidate needs with program opportunities.
        4. Reciprocal contribution to STG.
        5. Synergies and diversity among future fellows.
    • Short and reserve lists presented to the EUI Executive Committee.
    • Decision is final, no appeals allowed.
    • STG does not provide advice or feedback on individual applications.
    • The decision was communicated within four months of the application deadline by the EUI Academic Service.

Required Documents

To apply for the EUI Policy Leader Fellowship, please prepare these required documents in advance:

  • Application Documents:
    1. CV of a Maximum of three pages.
    2. Short Biography (Maximum 250 words) with a quick overview for the selection process and communication purposes.
    3. Reference Letters:
      • Two letters (see separate section for details).
      • Online submission directly by referees within a week after the application deadline.
    4. Educational Certificate: Copy of the highest educational certificate.
    5. Letter of Motivation (Maximum 1000 words) Outline your reasons for applying, the program’s objectives, your interest in transnational policy issues, and your future professional aspirations.
    6. Work Plan:
      • Maximum 2500 words.
      • The project title, summary, main objectives, milestones, and related activities are included.
      • Allocates activities based on the fellowship timeline.
      • Identifies potential synergies, collaborations, and external partners.
      • Considers STG outputs and impact beyond STG.
      • There is no template, but it should be clear and well-structured and cover the mentioned sections.
    7. Optional Work Sample(s) (Maximum two samples) relevant materials supporting expertise in a specific topic.Notes:
      • Documents in English, following length and format requirements.
      • Non-compliant attachments will be automatically discarded.

    Letters of References Guides:

    • Online submission directly by referees.
    • Deadline: Up to a week after the application deadline (no later than 31 January 2024, 14:00 CET).
    • Register referees early on the platform.
    • Preference for non-academic referees who know the applicant professionally.
    • No references from current EUI professors or staff.
    • Applicants inform referees and verify receipt of the automatic email.
    • PDF format required; English ensures the widest readership.
    • Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Contact for Reference Letters:

How do you apply for the EUI Policy Leader Fellowship?

Candidates must submit an online application to be considered for this fellowship. Applicants should prepare all the required documents in advance:

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Contact applyfellow@eui.eu if you have any more questions about the fellowship.

Visit the European University Institute’s website for further details about the fellowship’s conditions, preferences, and selection process.

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