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Call for Applications: PAIC Study Trip to Kyiv

The Institute for European Politics (IEP) is pleased to announce the call for appli­ca­tions for partic­i­pation in the study trip

“Ukraine 2019: Elections, Reforms, and Civil Society”

which takes place from 4 – 9 November 2018 in Kyiv, Ukraine within the project “Platform for Analytics and Inter­cul­tural Commu­ni­cation” (PAIC).

Since the change of government following the Euromaidan movements in 2014 and the Associ­ation Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine entered into force in 2017, the country initiated more reforms than in the previous two decades since its indepen­dence. These reforms are touching all political and social spheres in Ukraine, such as the energy market, public admin­is­tration & decen­tral­i­sation, the judicial system or the fight against corruption among others. By launching public campaigns, publishing policy analyses or cooper­ating with domestic and inter­na­tional stake­holders, Ukrainian civil society organ­i­sa­tions played a crucial role within this reform process.

This study trip aims at providing first-hand insights on the work of civil society organ­i­sa­tions within the Ukrainian reform process and will address following questions:

The partic­i­pants will meet and exchange with experts from Ukrainian key think tanks/civil society organ­i­sa­tions and will have the chance discuss the newest socio-political devel­op­ments, the current state of the reform process as well as the outlook for Ukraine in the light of the 2019 presi­dential and parlia­mentary elections (i.e.: domestic and inter­na­tional affairs of Ukraine, security and defense policy, decen­tral­i­sation, the EU-Ukraine Associ­ation Agreement, social policies or the human­i­tarian situation in Ukraine).

Who can apply?

The IEP would like to invite young (future) researchers who fulfill the following attributes:

How to apply?

In case this sounds inter­esting to you, please complete the appli­cation form (see below) and send it together with your CV by 28 September 2018 to Please save the documents in the following way: Application/CV_Surname_Name. In case any questions or problems occur, please contact Mona Richter.

Costs & Finances?

Travel and accom­mo­dation costs will be covered by the IEP. This includes the travel (flights, busses, trains) to Kyiv and back as well as the hotel accom­mo­dation. Please note, that only a total of 380€ per person can be reimbursed for travel expenses. Moreover, daily lump sums for food expenses are paid out and a farewell dinner as well as public transport in Kyiv is also covered by the IEP.

Contact Information?

For any further questions, please contact Mona Richter via mail ( or phone: (+49 30 889 134 31).

The project “Platform for Analytics and Inter­cul­tural Commu­ni­cation” is organised in cooper­ation with the Ilko Kucheriv Democ­ratic Initia­tives Foundation and the Think Tank Devel­opment Initiative “think twice UA” and is kindly supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. The project aims at promoting profes­sional expertise among Ukrainian think tanks, creating synergies between German and Ukrainian think tanks and trans­ferring knowledge about devel­op­ments in Ukraine to Germany.