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:

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.

Background

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.

Project Period

until May 2021

Project Team

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.