Eurasia Lab & Fellowship Program
With the “Eurasia Lab & Fellowship Program” the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) makes use of its vast expertise in and on the Eurasia region. It connects its different networks and integrates them into other already existing networks. Thus, the program creates one major network of researchers, practitioners and activists working on Eurasia, which increases its
outreach to relevant stakeholders and therefore serves as a major contact point for all actors working on Eurasia.
The Eurasia Lab
To this end, the program organizes different networking activities as a series of online events to bring together people from the various networks. These include:
- a workshop to discuss the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for researchers working in and on Eurasia;
- a workshop to bring together experts, activists and representatives of funding institutions to discuss and elaborate project ideas which can thus function as an incubator for new (research) projects;
- a public event for experts, researchers, policy-makers and stakeholders to raise the visibility of the research activities of the network members.
The Fellowship Program
Additionally, the program gives the opportunity to outstanding junior researchers from the Eurasia region (Eastern Europe: Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine; Southern Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia; Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) to receive a scholarship to advance their research projects and to get integrated into the network. To this end, the fellows participate and are actively involved in the program events. Also, in a podcast series, they present themselves and their research project to the network.
IEP has a long-standing tradition of working with and on the Eurasia region. Through its programs EUCAIS (“The EU and Central Asia in the International System”) and EUCACIS (“The EU, Central Asia and the Caucasus in the International System”), IEP has been teaching and supporting masters as well as PhD students from the region. With the project SEnECA (“Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia relations”) it has established a researcher and stakeholder network on EU-Central Asia relations. Over twenty years, IEP has also been supporting civil society actors in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine and has well-established networks. IEP regularly works with the German Federal Foreign Office, the European External Action Service, regional embassies and like-minded think tanks and international organizations in various formats in Central Asia and the EaP countries.
until May 2021
Dr. Katrin Böttger (Director)
Dominic Maugeais (Advisor to the Directors for Capacity Development)
Yvonne Braun (Project Manager)
Marlies Murray (Project Assistant)
David Gottheit (Project Assistant)
This project is supported by the Open Society Foundations (OSF). The opinions expressed by the project and its publications may not reflect OSF’s views.