The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Fellowship programme aims to identify young ambitious/ high-potential/ forward-thinking civil society activists from the EaP region and support the development of their leadership skills, as well as allow them to bring about positive changes in their communities by providing them with resources for targeted activities.
Each year 20 talented fellows are selected within the project. Fellows receive up to 5,000 EUR to develop their own activities, under the supervision of a mentor or within a certain civil society organisation in the European Union or the EaP region.
Examples of previous projects include: an audit of public transport and accessibility issues, advocacy on financial crimes, improving the quality of local playgrounds, e-democracy, etc. If you are interested to find out our more about our fellows from 2016-2018, please have a look at their projects here.
Fellows’ profiles are quite diverse ranging from cultural managers to young lawyers and programmers with civic interests.
Once they become part of our active alumni network, fellows receive access to additional trainings, international conferences, summer schools, networking activities as well as potential support for joint activities.
Since 2017 three Calls for Applications were launched and now we have 60 Civil Society Fellows.
In 2019 we received 145 applications from 6 EaP countries and here are the Fellows selected for the Civil Society Fellowship 2019:
|Khatia Antia||Georgia||Research project: Temporary Labour Migration and Left-behind Children – Effects of Labour Migration on Children in Rural Georgia
The Fellow will conduct a study to identify feasible, effective and acceptable strategies to address the needs of children affected by parental migration in rural Georgia, to mitigate and prevent the negative impacts of migratory separation on children.
|Ulviyya Babayeva||Azerbaijan||Stronger hand by hand! Building up self – confidence of rural women and motivate them to participate in decision making process
The idea of the project is to enhance young women in Barda county of Azerbaijan to overcome gender stereotypes and to empower women standing for their rights. The Fellow will provide a series of trainings on various aspects including women’s leadership skills, building up self-confidence of rural women and motivate them to participate in decision making process.
|Alexandru Badarau||Moldova||Enhancing development capacity of aromatic plants Producers from Moldova
The action aims at increasing the capacities of the association of Lavender producers and raising awareness of the opportunities for working within the EU market. The Fellow plans to conduct a market research, gain knowledge and skills through an organised study trip to Germany, as well as organise networking meetings and a conference for relevant stakeholders.
|Ismayil Fataliyev||Azerbaijan||Empowering women in IDP communities by learning them a bread earner`s skills
This project is aimed at empowering women in IDP communities through training and capacity building activities. These training includes presentation of “success stories”, provision of information on micro-financing available in Azerbaijan and practical sessions on filling necessary documents/applications.
|Beka Gabadadze||Georgia||Elephant in the Room. Improve campaigning skills for LGBT groups and organizations in Georgia
The proposed action is aimed to improve the campaigning skills for LGBT groups and organizations in Georgia. The Fellow will go to ILGA (Brussels) for an internship and will arrange a series of trainings for relevant organisations in Georgia on campaigning skills and raising awareness on anti- discrimination laws.
|Narine Galstyan||Armenia||Lusashogh with public transport and Medical Worker
The action is aimed at resolving of two issues of Lusahsogh rural community: the establishment of a public transport link that will allow the community to have a medical worker for the community, and minor renovations of the community centre that will allow to arrange a functioning medical facility.
|Suren Galstyan||Armenia||Carrying out research for advocating the delivery of better quality obstetric care services for pregnant women
The research will explore the experience and satisfaction of pregnant women in maternal health care centres of Armenia, describe the identified obstacles to improving the quality of obstetric care. The action also aims to advocate for better quality care through the organisation of a workshop with the involvement of the Ministry of Health and sector organizations.
|Victor Galusca||Moldova||Laying the first bricks for the Zaharia Foundation for Documentary Photography Research and Moldovan Cultural Heritage Preservation
This is a continuation of the action started by 2017 Fellow, Nadejda Cervinscaia. This action aims to formally establish the Zaharia Foundation and carry out the full digitalisation of the photo archive that will be then made available to the general public.
|Anna Gevorgyan||Armenia||Strengthening the CSOs’ and Young Leaders’ Fundraising capacities and promote the culture of philanthropy in Armenia
The project is aimed at fostering the development and growth of fundraising professionals and the profession. The Fellow will provide trainings to CSOs in Yerevan and Tavush regions on various aspects of fundraising campaigns. She also plans to develop and publish a Fundraising Guide for CSOs.
|Victoria Isac||Moldova||Stop bullying/ cyberbullying and violence among youth in the educational system
The action aims at raising awareness of bullying/ cyberbullying and violence in selected schools. The Fellow will undertake a course in Italy after which she will implement a number of trainings for teachers and school management in her district schools in order to reduce or eliminate the problem.
|Vladislav Kyrylyuk||Ukraine||Involving young people to physical culture and sports in small cities of Ukraine
The action aims to develop with the help of sport sector workers of small settlements a clear mechanism of action for involving young people in physical education and sports. The Fellow will analyse the situation, draw public attention to the problem through videos and interviews and also conduct workshops.
|Stefania Marshalenko||Ukraine||Art project PAINT THEIR LIFE
The main idea of the project to inspire youth, give them opportunity (children homes, hospitals) to try themselves in art through involvement in Art Project Paint Their Life. The Fellow will make an open call for 5 establishments where they don’t have sources to paint mural for children in public space. With a team of painters we will go to each of them and together with children create a masterpiece on the wall.
|Vahan Martirosyan||Armenia||Developing the culture of Waste Management
The action is aimed at raising awareness about waste management opportunities in Armenia and contribute to better waste management in the country. The Fellow will arrange trainings for relevant CSOs, youth groups, community volunteers and a seminar with Student Council representatives in Yerevan. The action will cover four regions (Tavush, Shirak, Gegharkunik and Yerevan).
|Maksym Mazypchuk||Ukraine||Increasing the digital capacities of civil society
The idea of the project is to create an innovative series of webinars aimed at increasing the digital capacity of CSOs. CSOs will learn how to use specialized software that will help them to become more efficient and will increase the quality of services provided to their constituency.
|Yaroslav Minkin||Ukraine||Educational program for strengthening the role of new generation in decision making process
The goal of the action is to strengthen the role of new generation in decision-making process via preparation of comprehensive educational program for youth with less opportunities and pilot it with 4 groups of young people from opposite parts of Ukraine. The Fellow will study good practices and effective methods of youth empowerment in one of the EU state, create an educational program and educate the first group of 40 youngsters in 2 Ukrainian youth centres and 2 youth NGOs from Donbass and Ivano-Frankivsk regions.
|Liliia Ovcharova||Ukraine||Supporting Young Professionals in Ukraine
The purpose of the action is to help young professionals who came back to Ukraine after studies or traineeships abroad, to adapt to challenging work environment, to make a conscious choice on their future career and life, and to build a successful strategy for achieving their life goals.
|Alesia Petravets||Belarus||Advancing employability skills of young people from rural areas
The project is aimed at advancing soft skills of students and recent graduates necessary for better employment chances by developing and conducting a blended-learning educational course consisting of 8 offline trainings in rural areas of Belarus and 4-week online module covering such topics as CV, job interview, internships search, etc.
|Yuliia Rohozna||Ukraine||Protect your_info (safe Internet and media literacy)
The project is aimed at increasing the level of knowledge of students about personal security in the Internet, developing critical thinking and media literacy skills by creating and implementing a program, developing an information booklet and an interactive quest game for the dissemination and promotion among schools in the city of Kyiv.
|Tea Turashvili||Georgia||Foster To Create New Possibilities for Better E-participation in Georgia
The main purpose of the project is to foster better e-Participation in Georgia. The Fellow will analyse barriers and challenges which citizens currently face; develop recommendations and solutions connected to the identified challenges and barriers and raise awareness within the governmental and non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.
|Igor Zagrekov||Belarus||Joy to be together!
The goal of the project is to achieve a better integration of people from vulnerable groups into society through their participation in social, cultural and recreational activities. Apart from conducting an accessibility audit of different buildings, the applicant plans a number of events that will allow the local community to work together with people with disabilities on the organisation of city events.
You can also see the results of our previous Calls in the infographics below.
Civil Society Fellowship 2018: check the Fellows’ profiles
Civil Society Fellowship 2017: check the Fellows’ profiles