Grad Program: Title VIII CEE Area Studies Fellowship (CEPA)

Deadline for Applications: December 10, 2018

The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) is now accepting applications for the 2019 Title VIII CEE Area Studies Fellowship Program. This is a competitive, nation-wide call for applications open to graduate-level students, post-doctoral scholars, and early career professionals. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

About the Fellowship Program
The Title VIII CEE Area Studies Fellowship Program is a 6-month fellowship in residence in Washington, D.C. open to U.S. graduate-level students, post-doctoral scholars, and early career professionals seeking to gain expertise on and/or strengthen their strategic knowledge of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and engage with the U.S. and CEE policy communities. The main goal of the fellowship program is to cultivate U.S. expertise on the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and to develop relevant and timely analysis on the CEE region for the U.S. policy community. The program is supported by the U.S. Department of State.

Fellows will have an opportunity to conduct independent research and analysis on a specific policy issue in a specialized environment for CEE area studies and policy analysis. Fellow research topics may focus on policy relevant issues including, but not limited to, security and defense, economic development, strategic communication, and energy security, in relation to a specific country in the region (e.g. Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia) or a specific CEE sub-region (the Baltic States, the Visegrád Group, the Black Sea region, and the Western Balkans).

The program offers structured opportunities to build Fellows’ knowledge and skills through multidisciplinary in-house lectures by CEPA staff and experts, participation in CEPA events and analytical discussions, and mentorship from CEPA experts, staff, and fellows in the development of policy relevant research questions and analysis. Fellows will also have extensive opportunities to build ties with the U.S. and CEE expert and policy communities through access to CEPA’s vast network of contacts and partner institutes, as well as a chance to conduct field research in the CEE region. Fellows will be required to write an analytical paper for publication, conduct briefings with the wider U.S. policy community, and participate in roundtable discussions on their research and analytical findings.

Fellows must be able to devote near full-time to the fellowship position in order to meet program requirements. The program is expected to run from mid-February through mid-August 2019.

Fellowship Stipend
The fellowship offers a stipend of $3,000 per month. In-residence office space will be available at CEPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. for the six-month period.

Applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications in order to be considered:

  • Bachelor’s degree, at minimum, in a relevant field such as international relations, public policy, security studies, or political science;
  • Must presently be a graduate level-student, a post-doctoral scholar, or an early career professional with demonstrable interest in the CEE region and/or U.S. national security and foreign policy;
  • Outstanding academic credentials;
  • Exceptional research and writing skills;
  • Demonstrated commitment to transatlantic values;
  • Clear leadership potential and the ability to work independently; and
  • U.S. citizenship required.

How to Apply
To be considered for the fellowship program, applicants must submit the following:

  • Application Form (link);
  • Resume/CV;
  • 500-word essay on a proposed research topic. Applicants must explain why their topic/issue of interest is relevant to U.S. national security and/or foreign policy and how their research could contribute to the wider expert and policy communities.
  • Two academic or professional letters of recommendation. Referees must send signed letters directly to Ms. Marta Sikorski Martin at by Monday, December 10, 2018.

Please send all application materials and inquiries to Marta Sikorski Martin at

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. (EST), Monday, December 10, 2018.