The School of Transnational Governance (STG) at the European University Institute (EUI) is offering Leaders Fellowships Program  to early- and mid- career policy professionals for the academic year 2020-2021. The STG Policy Leaders Fellowship is a global programme at a global institution.

The Fellowship

The Policy Leader Fellowship of the School of Transnational Governance provides 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. The fellowships last for 5 (fixed term in the first or second semester) or 10 months (fixed term from September to June), and are fully-funded with a grant of € 2,500 per month. Fellows must live in the area of Florence for the duration of their fellowship. A family allowance is available where appropriate. The language of the programme is English.

Selection Procedure

Candidates are reviewed by a committee consisting of the staff of the programme, policy makers and academics. Shortlisted candidates may be requested an interview. Referees may be approached for additional information. Final approval is made by the EUI Executive Committee. The decision is final and there is no appeal.

The School

The European University Institute (EUI) is a unique international centre for research and teaching, situated in Florence, Italy. The School of Transnational Governance (STG) delivers teaching 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. Apply for the fellowship now!




Subject to terms and conditions, successful applicants will receive:

  • Grant:
    • 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.
  • Family allowance
    • A household allowance of up to € 300 per month is paid to 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.
  • Taxation
    • The fellowship is not taxed by EUI. Fellows are, however, required to comply with any other tax provisions which may be applicable to them.
  • Medical insurance
    • Fellows must have adequate medical insurance coverage during their stay at the Institute. Fellows must have adequate medical insurance coverage during their stay at the Institute.
  • 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. The maximum amount for travel reimbursement amounts to €1,200 including both incoming and outgoing trips.


  • 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.
  • Applicants should be:
    • Early- or mid-career professionals (e.g. in politics, civil service, media and non-governmental organisations), able to demonstrate both professional experience and potential for future excellence in the policy sphere.
    • Genuinely engaged individuals involved in policy issues, especially those related to transnational governance.
    • Self-motivated, able to present a clear work plan for the fellowship to show what the applicant will achieve and how this work will have a ‘multiplier’ effect after 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.

Eligible Regions: Open for All.


  • Applications have to be submitted through the Online Application Form. There are no paper forms to complete or to mail – hard copy or e-mail applications will not be accepted.
  • Requested documents:
    •  Prepare a CV in PDF. Additionally, a short biography is requested in the application form. The bio serves the purpose of the selection process and will also be used for communications purposes if the applicant is accepted for the fellowship. It should be written in the third person singular and be around 100-120 words (around 800 characters with spaces)
    • Prepare a letter of motivation (max 2 pages) in PDF, describing your interests and/or links with transnational policy issues, your future professional ambitions and the reasons to apply for the fellowship (a short summary of this document of max. 1000 characters is requested in the application form)
  • Prepare a detailed work-plan with a title (max 2 pages) in PDF, describing what you hope to achieve during the fellowship and the details of the steps necessary to achieve that goal (a short summary of this document of max. 1000 characters is requested in the application form).
    • A copy of the highest educational certificate, in PDF.
    • Optional (candidates are free to decide if they want to use this option or not): a sample of their work (a report, a policy brief, an article, an op-ed, a weblink) to help demonstrate the interests and ambitions of the candidate, in PDF.
  • Applicants are requested to use standard international fonts, not to use macros, special characters, password-protection, electronic signatures or logos. Documents should be submitted in English.

Application Deadline: January 22, 2020


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