‘European University Institute Policy Leader Fellowship’ for Policy Professionals Worldwide 2023/24

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  • Italy, Italy, 92363 View on Map
  • Apply Before : January 25, 2023
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Opportunity Details

  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Fields of study Social Science And Policy Studies
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 5 10 Months
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Opportunity ID 92363
  • Application Fee Required No
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Opportunity Description

Applications are now being accepted for the early- and mid-career policy expert scholarships offered by the School of Transnational Governance (STG) at the European University Institute (EUI) for the academic year 2023–2024. The STG Policy Leader Fellowship is an international initiative that offers policy experts worldwide a singular opportunity to strengthen their policy work and professional abilities while participating in conferences, workshops, training sessions, and other activities.

The fellows work for five or ten months at the STG to generate policy suggestions and workable solutions for urgent problems with global significance that are motivated by and influenced by their professional expertise. The fellows can freely engage in the academic life and activities of the EUI as well as professional skill training to further their fellowship projects. In addition, the fellows contribute to the STG community by sharing their first-hand knowledge via teaching, networking, and training sessions at the school.

After completing the program, the fellows can access lifetime learning opportunities at the EUI and join a worldwide alum network of policy experts.

Program Duration

The length of the fellowships is either five or ten months. Candidates should choose one of the following choices and express their preference:

  • September 2023 to January 2024, or February 2024 to June 2024, is five months.
  • September 2023 through June 2024, ten months


  • The monthly grant minimum is €2,500. Successful candidates must tell the EUI about any additional funds or pay they receive. Depending on the quantity of the extra income, the Fellowship will be established at a reduced rate (minimum €1,750 per month) (upon production of relevant supporting documents). Family allowances, if applicable, shall be added to the base grant.
  • If the spouse lives with them in Florence and the partner’s salary is less than € 2,000 per month, the household stipend for a Fellow with a partner is up to € 300 per month. The monthly maximum for income and allowance is € 2,000 (i.e., if income exceeds € 1,700, the funding will only be provided to top up to € 2,000).
  • Each dependent kid receives a monthly payment of € 200. Fellows are eligible for these benefits as long as they can attest that they are not getting any matching gifts from another source and provide the necessary supporting documentation (i.e., marriage or partner certificate or proof of cohabitation in Florence; birth certificates).
  • A school or university certificate is necessary for dependent children who are over the age of 18 and enrolled full-time in school. Children who are dependent and older than 26 are not given an allowance.
  • The arrival travel from the fellow’s home country to Florence and the return trip at the end of the fellowship are reimbursed, but not the fellow’s family members.
  • railway first class (travel by car is also reimbursed on this basis)
  • airfare in the economy class
  • The maximum travel reimbursement is €1,200, covering both the arrival and leaving journey. There is no reimbursement for cab costs.


  • Mid-career professionals with at least ten years of significant professional experience who can also show promise for future brilliance in a particular policy area; individuals with purely academic backgrounds are often not selected.
  • Self-driven and motivated, with the ability to independently carry out the tasks outlined in the fellowship work plan.
  • Open-minded, inquisitive people eager to participate in peer discussions on subjects that may fall outside their expertise.

Selection Criteria

  • Diversity: The program aims for regional and thematic variety among the fellows and a balance of the sexes.
  • Fellowship work plan: The professional substance of applicants’ work plans is evaluated, together with their viability, application in a global policy framework, and possible effect.
  • Accomplishments and potential: Professional excellence is evaluated based on the applicant’s contributions to a particular policy field as shown in the CV and any other application-related supporting documentation. It is necessary to have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
  • Motivation: Candidates must explain how the fellowship experience will affect their professional development and what they can provide to the STG. Candidates who can profit from their stay at the STG and the EUI, as well as the programs and activities of the STG, are given preference.
  • Focus area: The candidate’s line of work needs to roughly correspond with the STG’s activities, programs, or priority areas. Other topics may be taken into consideration. However, candidates that address STG faculty and program policy areas will receive precedence.

Required Documents

  • A PDF CV and a brief biography (100-120 words).
  • A PDF sample motivation letter (max. 1000 words).
  • A work plan in PDF with the title (maximum 1500 words)
  • A PDF copy of the most recent and best academic credentials.
  • A working example (1-3, e.g., policy paper, brief. Op-ed, interview, an article, etc.).
  • References in writing.
  • Proof of your ability to speak English (if available)

How to Apply?

To be considered for this fellowship, candidates must submit an online application. Applications submitted through email or hard copy are not accepted.

There are two phases to the application:

  • Publish your application.
  • Send it in, ensuring everything is ready in advance and submitting only finished materials.

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Contact [email protected] 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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