Roma Initiatives Fellowships

The Roma Initiatives Office offers fellowship opportunities for talented individuals committed to Roma advocacy who have courage, ideas, and the capacity to pursue innovative and unconventional approaches. The fellowships are based on the assumption that those who can identify alternatives to routines that have proven ineffective or counterproductive do not necessarily work in NGOs, government, public service, or international organizations.

Although they are independent in defining how they will carry out their projects, fellows are invited to contribute to the work of the Roma Initiatives Office by reaching beyond the places we reach, challenging our assumptions, and exploring new ways to achieve our strategic objectives.  

Junior fellowships are for people at the beginning of their careers who have two to five years of relevant experience in the areas of their projects. Junior fellowships offer support in developing expertise as well as leadership and advocacy skills. 

Senior fellowships are for individuals with at least five years of relevant experience and recognition in Roma activism who aim to reflect on their experiences and find innovative ways to bring about concrete change in the areas they target, or to make new contributions crucial for their own future work and for the field of Roma activism.

The fellowship term is one year, starting in September 2014, but the Roma Initiatives Office might consider requests for shorter or longer fellowship periods.

Fellowships are available in three tracks that correspond with the Roma Initiatives Office’s major support programs:

  • Barvaliperichness or pride in the Romani language—supports the emergence of a confident new generation of Roma advocates capable of leading Roma organizations or working in EU institutions, international organizations and national public service.
  • Zoralipestrength or power—supports the institutional growth of Roma organizations.
  • Paruvipechange—supports advocacy campaigns aimed at influencing public opinion, decision-making and service delivery.

Each of these tracks has different objectives and covers different countries, as described in the full application guidelines available at left. 

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have:

  • a bachelor’s degree, at minimum;
  • a working knowledge of English

​Note that an applicant’s citizenship is not relevant.

To qualify for review and assessment, fellowship proposals must:

  • relate to at least one of the three fellowship tracks;
  • if they involve research, be combined with outreach and advocacy;
  • target at least one focus country specified under the relevant fellowship track.

An applicant may only submit one proposal under this call.

Ineligibility Criteria

Roma Initiatives Fellowships do not support:

  • enrollment in degree or non-degree programs, or dissertation research at academic institutions;
  • expenses of projects implemented by NGOs;
  • individuals who have received fellowship support from RIO within the last 3 years.
Guidelines

Full application guidelines can be downloaded at left.

Applicants should submit the following documents in English:

  • Concept paper using the template available at left. Applicants must indicate the type (junior, senior) and area (Barvalipe, Zoralipe, Paruvipe) of fellowship for which they are applying.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) including the names, titles and contact details of two references who can be contacted for feedback during the selection process. Applicants who work at NGOs should indicate the names and contact details of their supervisor, the director and a board member, all of whom RIO might contact regarding the impact of the fellowship for the organization.

Applications should be submitted to roma@opensocietyfoundations.org, with “Roma Initiatives Fellowships” in the subject line.

The application deadline is midnight Central European Time on July 2, 2014.