DC Public Policy Summer Internship March 13 Final Deadline

The Institute on Comparative Political & Economic System is still accepting applications for the 2018 Institute on Comparative Political & Economic Systems in Washington, DC.

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies in partnership with George Mason University, the program is an eight week summer academic intern program that offers undergraduate students a first-hand look at public policy through:
• An internship placement within the field of public policy
• Courses for credit in economics, public policy and government
• Exclusive lectures, briefings and professional development seminars
• Housing in the heart of Washington, DC

Students should apply by March 13 for admission and scholarship consideration. Visitwww.DCinternships.org/ICPES for more information on the program and to begin an online application.

LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. in Washington, DC
Public Policy + Economics Program
June 2 – July 27, 2018
Final Deadline: March 13
** Scholarship Funding Still Available**

Spend the summer getting an insider’s view of the government and how public policy is made in Washington, DC. This is an important time to be in the nation’s capital as changes to laws, regulations and the government are being debated by both sides of the aisle. Be part of history by living and working for two months in Washington, DC!

Spend your summer gaining real-world experience in the office and classroom

Set yourself apart when it comes time to find your first job after graduation by interning for a Congressional office, government agency, think tank, policy group or non-governmental organization. You will maximize your time this summer by also taking courses for 3 to 9 transferable credits from George Mason University.

As part of our comprehensive program, all participants will receive an internship placement. Our staff works to place you with an organization that fits your skills and career goals.

Picture yourself working on one of these exciting projects:

• Giving a tour to visitors on Capitol Hill.
• Attending a Congressional briefing and writing a detailed report.
• Attending meetings with a think tank policy expert.
• Researching data for a report on immigration reform initiatives.
• Planning and developing a social media campaign for human trafficking awareness.
• Attending a strategy meeting with coalition groups advocating for new comprehensive energy policies.

You will live in the heart of Washington, DC:
• Just steps from the White House, State Department and National Monuments
• Furnished apartments are on-campus at George Washington University

Apply today – there are still scholarship awards to be granted:
• More than 70% of students receive funding
• Awards are determined on the basis of financial need and merit
• Average awards of $1,000 to $4,500

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 13. To learn more about the programs and to begin an online application, please visit www.DCinternships.org/ICPES. Questions may be directed to 202.986.0384 or admissions@tfas.org.


Research Appointments at Charles University

The Institute of International Studies at Charles University is seeking to appoint four high-calibre Early Stage Researchers (ESR) to join the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network on ‘Delayed Transformational Fatigue in Central and Eastern Europe: Responding to the Rise of Illiberalism/Populism’ (FATIGUE).

About Fatigue
Following the collapse of state socialism, the liberalisation of public life, democratisation of politics, abolition of state-run economies and the introduction of markets commenced in the states of the former Soviet bloc. These necessary yet socially costly transformations never ran smoothly and in the same direction in all the post-communist states but by the mid-2000s the most successful countries, clustered in Central Europe and the Baltic, seemed to have managed to consolidate liberal democracy. Then something snapped. The political trajectory veered off in new directions as populist parties started gaining more support. All populists engage in delegitimising the democratic system in the name of unconstrained majoritarianism. Now we have two cases (Hungary and Poland) where right-wing populists are in power and dismantling the institutions of checks and balances, and cases where the dominance of technocratic or left populists (Czechia, Slovakia) seems to risk democratic erosion. FATIGUE aims to explain and interpret this puzzling U-turn, reflect on its delayed emergence, diagnose its consequences and propose viable policy solutions.15 ESRs will be appointed at six partner universities.
For further information about the Programme visit www.ucl.ac.uk/ssees/fatigue.

Positions offered

Early Stage Researcher 15: ​Protest movements as a form of political participation in Central and Eastern Europe

Location: Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic (Years 1 and 3) and the University of Tartu, Estonia (Year 2)

Working Time: Full Time (36.5 hours per week)
Duration: Fixed-Term (1st August 2018 – 31th July 2021)
Salary: ● €31,274.16 (before employer and employee deductions – fixed for period of the appointment) per annum, plus a monthly taxable mobility allowance of €600 – paid in CZK using an appropriate conversion rate.
● If applicable, an additional taxable monthly family allowance of €500.


Early Stage Researcher 5: ​Politicisation of commemorative practices in Eastern Europe

Location: Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic (Years 1 and 3) and UCL, London, UK (Year 2)

Working Time: Full Time (36.5 hours per week)
Duration: Fixed-Term (1st August 2018 – 31th July 2021)
Salary: ● €31,274.16 (before employer and employee deductions – fixed for period of the appointment) per annum, plus a monthly taxable mobility allowance of €600 – paid in CZK using an appropriate conversion rate.
● If applicable, an additional taxable monthly family allowance of €500.

Foreign Policy Association Call for Film and Essay Submissions

The Foreign Policy Association is holding a film and essay contest with a range of cash prizes and a funded trip to New York with an invitation to the FPA centennial celebration’s Spring Dinner.

Essays should be no longer than 750 words, and film entries should be no longer than five minutes. Each category will have three awards (making for six total awards). The first place winner will receive $1,500 and the trip to New York and Spring Dinner invitation, second and third prize will both receive a $500 prize.

See the link to the official posting here. The contest is open to both graduate and under graduate students. Information about the Foreign Policy Association as an origination can be found here. This certainly could be an exciting opportunity for one of your students to strengthen their C.V.

For questions, contact Peter Scaturro at pscaturro@fpa.org or 212-481-8100 ext. 252

Open Society Fellowship

Application Deadline: July 15, 2018

Applicants for the Open Society Fellowship are invited to address the following proposition:

New and radical forms of ownership, governance, entrepreneurship, and financialization are needed to fight pervasive economic inequality.

This proposition is intended as a provocation—to stimulate productive controversy and debate—and does not necessarily represent the views of the Open Society Foundations. Applicants are invited to dispute, substantiate, or otherwise engage with the proposition in their submissions. Though the proposition deals with economic issues, those without an economics or business background are welcome to apply, provided they have a relevant project in mind.

Once chosen, fellows will work on projects of their own design and passion. At the same time, they are expected to take advantage of the intellectual and logistical resources of the Open Society Foundations and contribute meaningfully to the Foundations’ thinking. Fellows will also have opportunities to collaborate with one another as a cohort. It is hoped that the fellowship will not only nurture theoretical debate but also bring about policy change and reform.

Learn more and apply online at  https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/open-society-fellowship?utm_source=Open+Society+Foundations&utm_campaign=8510a567be-Grants_RSS_email&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d16374add2-8510a567be-49923329

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in European Politics and Society at Charles University

Joint Programme

Charles University together with its international academic partners is offering a unique new two-year international joint-master in European Politics and Society (EPS) in which you can study at four  major European research universities in four beautiful cities: Prague, Leiden, Krakow and Barcelona. This programme is linking the fields of European politics, contemporary history and culture, economics, international relations and policymaking. The key role of the programme is to identify and analyse the key challenges Europe faces today (migration, security, populism, (Br)exits), and prepare
the next generation of managers, policymakers and research leaders to deal with them.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for academic year 2018/19 is 28th February 2018. The admission procedure is done through the online application accessible from the webpage of the EPS programme eps.fsv.cuni.cz. You can send inquiries about the EPS programme to the following e-mail address: eps@fsv.cuni.cz.

Joint Events

All students spent their first semester in Prague, where they participate in the Prague Introductory week, At the end of the first semester, they choose the topic of the Master thesis and write a draft proposal for the thesis project, which they will present at a three-day Research Seminar in Barcelona. For the second semester students have two options, go to Leiden or Krakow. The two final semesters can be spent at any of the four universities depending on the specialization. In the third semester all students will travel to Brussels, for the Brussels field trip, a 3-day event to meet experts from EU institutions. After the third semester all students will participate in the Barcelona Research Seminar where they will get feedback on their thesis project from other students and academic experts. The final semester is devoted to finalizing the Master thesis, but all students will also participate in the Oxford Spring School.

Tuition fee

Tuition fee is 8 000 EUR per year. This programme received the Erasmus Mundus funding. There are approximately 22 Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Scholarships each year covering the whole 100 % of the tuition fee and offering to students extra 1 000 EUR per months as living allowances.

Excellence Scholarship Award: Excellence Scholarship Award: Best self-funded students from the first year per each intake might be awarded the ‘Excellence Scholarship Award’ (covers 50 % of the Tuition Fee for the second year of their study).

Other Opportunities

Charles University also has Masters Degrees Programmes taught in English labelled as Prague Area Studies (PRAREAS): Balkan, Euroasian and Central European Studies, Master in Area Studies and Central European Comparative Studies. More information about those programmes can be found on the website.

 For more information: eps.fsv.cuni.cz

Backpacking With a Purpose: 2018 Applications Now Open

Apply by March 8th

Discover the wider world and connect with change makers making a positive and lasting impact in their communities.

Operation Groundswell is a non-profit that runs travel, community service, and experiential education programs around the globe. They dig into social justice issues while working in solidarity with local activists, non-profits, and communities.

 Programs fill up quickly, so apply as soon as possible. Financial assistance is available for all students on five- and six-week programs. 


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