Policy Leader Fellowship by European University Institute 2021-22: Apply by Feb 22, ’21

EUI policy leader fellowship

About the Opportunity

The School of Transnational Governance (STG) at the European University Institute (EUI) is offering Policy Leader Fellowships to early and mid-career policy professionals for the academic year 2021-2022.

About the Institution

The EUI is a unique world-class center for research and postgraduate teaching in the social sciences, situated in Florence, Italy. The STG delivers teaching, research, and high-level training in the methods, knowledge, skills, and practice of governance beyond the state.

The STG, founded in 2017, brings the worlds of academia and policy-making together in an effort to navigate a context, both inside and outside Europe, where policy-making increasingly transcends national borders and governmental activity.

The Fellowship

The STG’s Policy Leader Fellowship is a global program providing a unique opportunity for policy professionals from around the world to further develop their policy work and professional skills whilst participating in workshops, training, and skills development sessions, conferences, and other events, in addition to interacting with the other fellows, policymakers and the academic community at the EUI.

  • Role of the fellow: The main role of the Policy Leader Fellows is to enhance their policy work and leadership potential; to present their work and communicate effectively and intelligently with a wide range of different audiences locally and globally, and to make a lasting effect in their respective fields.
  • Skills: Policy Leader Fellows are expected to be self-driven and able to define their own targets, networks, and alliances.
  • Duration: The fellowships last for five (fixed term in the first or second semester) or ten months (a fixed term from September to the end of June).
  • Grant: The fellowship is fully-funded with a grant of € 2,500 per month (2,23,325.47 INR). A family allowance is available where appropriate.
  • Language: The language of the program is English.


For five months:

  • Giving a presentation of their work in progress to the STG community and later to a broader policy audience
  • Produce at least one article/blog post and/or policy brief/paper;
  • May contribute to STG training, and engage in seminars and workshops at the EUI and with other stakeholders
  • Publishing and appearing at events and in the media during the fellowship period

For ten months:

  • Fellows who join STG for ten months are expected to do all of the above while also
  • Working on major transnational projects with the potential of breakthrough, having a substantial ‘multiplier’ effect in the given policy field, often in collaboration with other institutions, civil society organizations, media, and donors.


  • Early- to mid-career professionals (e.g. in civil service, media and non-governmental organisations, business, public management, advocacy coalitions);
  • Able to demonstrate both professional experience and potential for future excellence in the policy process;
  • Genuinely engaged individuals involved in policy issues, especially those related to transnational governance;
    self-motivated, able to present a clear work plan for the use of the fellowship;
  • Curious and engaged contributors. Fellows are expected to be part of the EUI community on a daily basis and to participate in peer discussions on topics which may be beyond their expertise;
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.
  • The fellows may have academic affiliations, but it is neither essential nor desirable.
  • They must have an MA/MSc degree, which is the minimum level of education required. However, in exceptional circumstances applications without a master’s degree will also be considered.

The fellowship is open to applications from anywhere in the world, regardless of nationality. EU citizenship is not required. There is no maximum or minimum age limit.

How to Apply

Click here to find detailed information on the application process.


Click here to apply for the fellowship.


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