Call for Applications: GURN Study Trip to Kyiv

The Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP, Berlin) is pleased to announce the call for appli­ca­tions for parti­ci­pation in the study trip

“Ukraine’s new president and parliament: post-election tendencies, policy priorities, and the civil society perspective”

which takes place from 9 December – 14 December 2019 in Kyiv, Ukraine, within the project “German Ukrainian Resear­chers Network” (GURN). The study trip is organized in close coope­ration with the New Europe Center (NEC, Kyiv).

The super election year 2019 in Ukraine brought new power constel­la­tions and a lot of fresh faces into office. With 73% of the votes, president Volodymyr Zelenskyy gained the trust of the population and is supported by a strong parlia­mentary majority. This provides an extra­or­dinary strong mandate for Zelenskyy to deliver on his campaign promises of economic growth, stability and peace. However, the last polls showed the decrease of the support for the Ukrainian president and government and parts of the civil society remain skeptical of their first political steps.

This study trip aims at providing first-hand insights into what has been going on in in the domestic, security and foreign policy of the new presi­dency and parliament and at following these questions:

The parti­ci­pants will meet and exchange with experts from Ukrainian key think tanks/civil society organiz­a­tions and political stake­holders and will have the chance discuss the most recent socio-political develo­p­ments and the outlook for Ukraine in the following years (i.e.: domestic and inter­na­tional affairs of Ukraine, security and defense policy, decen­tra­liz­ation, the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, as well as social policies or the humani­tarian situation in Ukraine).

Who can apply?

The IEP would like to invite junior resear­chers (up to 35 years of age) who fulfill the following attri­butes:

✓ a profound (research) interest in Ukraine and/or Eastern Partnership Countries;
✓ insti­tu­tional linkage with a German research insti­tution, think tank and/or university;
✓ PhD student or (advanced) Master student of any academic background;
✓ a very good command of the German & English language (C1);
✓ strong (research) interest in topics related to domestic and inter­na­tional affairs of Ukraine, security and defense policy, decen­tra­liz­ation, the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, social policies or the humani­tarian situation in Ukraine.

How to apply?

In case this sounds interesting to you, please complete the appli­cation form and submit it by November 20, 2019 (Deadline). In case any questions or problems occur, please contact Ljudmyla Melnyk.

Costs & Finances?

Travel and accom­mo­dation costs will be covered by the IEP. This includes the travel (flights, busses, trains) to Kyiv and back as well as the hotel accom­mo­dation. Moreover, daily lump sums for food expenses are paid out and a farewell dinner as well as public transport in Kyiv is also covered by the IEP.

Contact Information?

For any further questions, please contact Ljudmyla Melnyk via mail or phone: (+49 30 889 134 32).

This study trip is part of the new project “German Ukrainian Resear­chers Network” (GURN). GURN aims at estab­li­shing a German-Ukrainian network for senior and junior resear­chers and their organi­sa­tions, streng­t­hening country expertise and promoting joint coope­ration projects. GURN is conducted by the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP, Berlin) in close coope­ration with the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initia­tives Foundation (DIF, Kyiv), the think tanks develo­pment and research initiative think twice UA (Kyiv), the New Europe Center (NEC, Kyiv) and is kindly supported by the Federal Foreign Office.