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
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:
- What are the political priorities now in the domestic, security and foreign policy?
- Which political steps are most successful and which challenges are the Ukrainian president and government confronted with?
- How do civil society organizations perceive the political situation and how strong is its influence on the political agenda in Ukraine now?
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.
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.