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Applications for KRAF

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Application Deadline: October 16, 2022

Application Procedure

Since 2016, the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society has fostered academic and policy research on Kosovo through a structured fellowship providing financial support and academic supervision to young scholars.

With the aim of supporting original research and increased cooperation between academic scholars and policy analysts from the EU and the Western Balkans, the Kosovo Research and Analysis Fellowship (KRAF) provides micro-grants to young researchers to conduct their research, as well as academic supervision from stellar scholars in their chosen fields. Additionally, KFOS provides material support for the fellowship’s kick-off workshop and field visit research trip.

Eligibility Requirements

The project is open to all applicants, with a special emphasis on nationals from the Western Balkans countries, Turkey, and the European Union. Priority will be given to candidates from the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Spain. This call is open to both new applicants and previous KRAF recipients.

    1. A Master’s degree in a social sciences discipline or other; applications from candidates currently pursuing doctoral studies or have recently completed their doctorate are welcome.
    2. Research experience in academic or non-academic publications, particularly policy publications and reports.
    3. Fluency in English and ability to conduct research, draft policy papers and opinion pieces, as well as implement publicity activities.
    4. Adequate knowledge of contemporary Western Balkans affairs and an interest to engage in public debates about the future of the region in the country of origin and beyond.
    5. Social media skills and an interest to use new and innovative tools to disseminate ideas & research findings.

Application Procedure

  1. motivation letter explaining how the applicant fits with the present call’s objectives and thematic scope as well as KRAF’s overall goals.
  2. A two-page policy paper proposal. The proposal should outline an individual policy analysis project and include one or more research questions, methodology, data to be collected and show a good understanding of the proposed topic.
  3. A two-page publicity and dissemination plan. The plan should be a comprehensive outline of planned publicity and dissemination activities in applicant’s home country and beyond. The proposal should show the applicant’s innovation in reaching out to policy-making circles a and envisage dissemination of research findings in multiple platforms. The plan should aim for no-cost publicity actions, but if any of the activities would require further funding this should be specifically mentioned and a tentative budget estimate provided. The project organizers may fund a small number of dissemination activities proposed by the fellows.
  4. CV and a list of publications.

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Motivation letter (20%)
  2. Policy paper proposal (40%)
  3. Publicity and dissemination plan (20%)
  4. Education and experience (20%).

Official Website: Applications for KRAF

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