European University Institute (EUI) Policy Leader Fellowship 2021:

The School of Transnational Governance (STG) at the European University Institute (EUI) is offering fellowships to early- and mid- career policy professionals for the academic year 2021-2022. The STG Policy Leader Fellowship is a global programme at the vibrant campus of an international institution.

The School

The EUI is a unique world-class centre for research and post-graduate teaching in the social sciences, situated in Florence, Italy. The STG delivers teaching, research and high-level training in the methods, knowledge, skills and practice of governance beyond the state. The STG, founded in 2017, brings the worlds of academia and policy-making together in an effort to navigate a context, both inside and outside Europe, where policy-making increasingly transcends national borders and governmental activity.

The Fellowship

The STG’s Policy Leader Fellowship is a global programme providing a unique opportunity for policy professionals from around the world to further develop their policy work and professional skills whilst participating in workshops, training and skills development sessions, conferences and other events, in addition to interacting with the other fellows, policy makers and the academic community at the EUI.

During the fellowship

The main role of the Policy Leader Fellows is to enhance their policy work and leadership potential; to present their work and communicate effectively and intelligently with a wide range of different audiences locally and globally; and to make a lasting effect in their respective fields.

Policy Leader Fellows are expected to be self-driven and able to define their own targets, networks and alliances.

The fellowships last for five (fixed term in the first or second semester) or ten months (fixed term from September to the end of June). Fellows who come to Florence for five months give a presentation of their work in progress to the STG community and later to a broader policy audience; produce at least one article/blog post and/or policy brief/paper; may contribute to STG training, and engage in seminars and workshops at the EUI and with other stakeholders. We expect the Fellows will be publishing and appear at events and in the media during the fellowship period. Fellows who join STG for ten months are expected to do all of the above while also working on major transnational projects with the potential of breakthrough, having a substantial ‘multiplier’ effect in the given policy field, often in collaboration with other institutions, civil society organisations, media and donors.

The fellowship is fully-funded with a grant of € 2,500 per month. A family allowance is available where appropriate.

The language of the programme is English.


The fellowships are for a duration of five or ten months between September 2021 and June 2022. Candidates should indicate their choices from the following options:

  • Five months:
    • September 2021 – January 2022
    • February 2022 – June 2022
  • Ten months:
    • September 2021 – June 2022

Applicant specification

STG is looking for individuals who work on and are engaged in advancing public policies, promoting policy change and policy innovation.

Policy Leader Fellows (PLFs) are

  • early- to mid-career professionals (e.g. in civil service, media and non-governmental organisations, business, public management, advocacy coalitions);
  • able to demonstrate both professional experience and potential for future excellence in the policy process;
  • genuinely engaged individuals involved in policy issues, especially those related to transnational governance;
  • self-motivated, able to present a clear work plan for the use of the fellowship;
  • curious and engaged contributors. Fellows are expected to be part of the EUI community on a daily basis and to participate in peer discussions on topics which may be beyond their expertise;
  • fluent in written and spoken English.

The fellows may have academic affiliations, but it is neither essential nor desirable. They must have an MA/MSc degree, which is the minimum level of education required. However, in exceptional circumstances applications without a master’s degree will also be considered.

The fellowship is open to applications from anywhere in the world, regardless of nationality. EU citizenship is not required. There is no maximum or minimum age limit.


The basic grant is € 2,500 per month.

Successful applicants who receive other grants or salaries must disclose this to the EUI. The amount of the Fellowship will be fixed at a lower rate depending on the amount of the additional income (upon production of relevant supporting documents).

If applicable, family allowances will be added to the basic grant.

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Family Allowance

A household allowance of up to € 300 per month is paid to a Fellow with a partner if the partner lives with him /her in Florence and on the condition that the partner’s income is less than € 2,000 per month. The sum of income and allowance cannot exceed € 2,000 per month (i.e. if the income is more than € 1,700, the allowance will be paid only to top up to € 2,000).

An allowance of € 200 per month is paid for each dependent child.

Fellows are entitled to these allowances if they can declare that they are not receiving any similar allowance from another source, and upon submission of relevant supporting documents (i.e. marriage or partner certificate, or proof of cohabitation in Florence; birth certificates).

For dependent children in full-time education and over the age of 18, a school or university certificate is required. No allowance is paid for dependent children over the age of 26.

Travel Expenses

Fellows (but not their families) receive reimbursement for the incoming trip from their place of origin to Florence, and for the outgoing trip to their destination at the end of their fellowship.

  • First-class rail (travel by car is also reimbursed on this basis)
  • Economy class air fare

The maximum amount for travel reimbursement amounts to €1,200 including both incoming and outgoing trip. Taxi expenses are not reimbursed.


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