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 2017-2020, 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 four Calls for Applications were launched and now we have 80 Civil Society Fellows.
Civil Society Fellowships 2020:
In 2020 we received 140 applications from 6 EaP countries and here are the Fellows selected for the Civil Society Fellowships 2020:
|Ilkin Aliyev||Azerbaijan||Women Changemakers` Academy
The goal of the action is to increase knowledge and capacity of women on social entrepreneurship. Women from rural areas will be trained on social entrepreneurship, soft skills, gender and active citizenship and ICT skills. Following trainings they will act as multipliers in their communities and will disseminate knowledge and information gained with other women living in their neighborhoods. Totally around 120 women will benefit from this project.
|Valeryia Amialiusik||Belarus||Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation in Belarusian Schools
The purpose of the action is to improve the monitoring and evaluation of the secondary and vocational education in Belarus by engaging the students into the problems identification and formulation of potential solutions.
|Lilia Antoniuk||Ukraine||Development of a Policy Paper on ‘Social Entrepreneurship in Ukraine. Gender Perspective: Steps to Be Taken’
This policy paper aims to develop recommendations for policy-makers on the development of social entrepreneurship in Ukraine taking into account its gender perspective. The action will also include awareness-raising and information campaigns on social entrepreneurship in Ukraine and presentation of the policy paper to policy makers..
|Pavlo Bogachenko||Ukraine||PROVIDNYK: Interactive Map for People with Mobility Limitations (2nd stage of implementation)
The purpose of the action is to improve the quality of life of Ukrainians with limited mobility by contributing to the development of accessible infrastructure in their hometowns through the PROVIDNYK Interactive Map. The implementation of the action will also consolidate the efforts of civil society, state, business and public in building an inclusive society in Ukraine, as well as help to develop the applicant’s leadership skills.
|Zinaida Emelianova||Moldova||Research on Best Practices and Effective Methods of Developing Social Entrepreneurship and Advocacy Campaign
The action is aimed to analyse best of international practices (EU and in particular Romania), organise and conduct advocacy campaign in the region with the aim of institutional development of the social entrepreneurship (introducing amendments into the Transnistrian legislation based on the best practices in social entrepreneurship).
|Yevgenii Grechukha||Ukraine||Strengthening Position of the Ukrainian Academy of Pediatrics Specialties in Overcoming Vaccination Crisis
Within the framework of this action, the Fellow will focus on overseeing government relevant actions, organising education events to improve the knowledge of health care workers and increase awareness of community about immunization.
|Ana Indoitu||Moldova||Monitoring 2020 Youth Budget Execution at the Local Level
The action will contribute to the increase of youth participation in the process of youth budget execution at the local level.
|Arzu Ismayilova||Azerbaijan||Advocating Legal Frame for the Social Entrepreneurship: a Dialogue between Policymakers, Social Entrepreneurs and Other Actors
The primary purpose of this initiative is to advocate the legal frame for social entrepreneurship through bringing together interesting actors (government agencies, experts, social entrepreneurs, civil society organizations, and media) and develop policy recommendations for the national law.
|Nino Macharashvili||Georgia||Using Data in Politics: Awareness Raising Campaign among Voters and CSOs Prior to the Georgian Elections 2020
The Fellowship action aims to carry out a small-scale research project on use of data in politics, and more specifically, in elections, and, based on the findings, design an awareness raising campaign targeting Georgian CSOs and active citizens prior to the elections taking place in autumn 2020.
|Tamar Nadibaidze||Georgia||Promoting Civic Capacity for Democratic Oversight
The Fellowship outcomes are presumed to result in increased understanding of a new political system, and informed voting as well as higher voter turnout. In overall, the project impact should amass to contributing to better democratic political culture and strengthened democratic oversight.
|Viktoriia Omelianenko||Ukraine||Young Guardians of Digital Rights
The action will increase the awareness of children’s digital rights and freedoms through involvement of 30 participants in amalgamated communities into workshops and advocacy campaign in social media.
|Maria Poloz||Ukraine||Transparent Budget is Not a Luxury
The action is aimed to engage and encourage citizens of Nikopol (a city in the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast of Ukraine) in monitoring and participatory budgeting in the city.
|Salome Sichinava||Georgia||Contributing to Reforming and Upgrading Public Services at Municipal Level in Georgia
The action aims to facilitate improvements of public services at local level and raise awareness of local population on the public services, accessible in their communities. It will also promote community leaders to proactively engage and participate in designing public services at local level. The action will be conducted in one of the biggest region of Georgia – Kakheti.
|Oleksandra Smilianets||Ukraine||Citizen Engagement for Transparent Land Management in Rural United Territorial Communities of Ukraine
The aim of the action is to foster citizen engagement for transparent land management in rural United Territorial Communities, empower proactive communities for long-term cooperation towards implementation of high-quality and user-centered IT-solution for effective management of land resources and aimed at potentially increasing community budget revenues.
|Tony Snizhko||Belarus||Advancing the Adoption Process of the Law on Domestic Violence
|Syuzanna Soghomonyan||Armenia||Promoting Direct Democracy for Strengthening Human Rights in Armenia
The action is aimed at monitoring of implementation of the National Strategy for the Protection of Human Rights as well as informing communities, citizens and other stakeholders on the results of the monitoring.
|Ludmila Stuparu||Moldova||Voting is Not Only Our Right, It is Our Power!
The action will focus on the education of first generation of voters by involving members of the National Network for Legal Education to conduct more “Democracy classes”. These classes will cover subjects related to the importance of being engaged, how each vote counts for proportional representation and also how to improve critical media literacy and critically analyze the media that present different false news, conflicting information and to select only trusted media sources.
|Uliana Sydor||Ukraine||Gender Mainstreaming in Public Security Service in Ivano-Frankivsk
The action will encourage the gender mainstreaming in public security service in Ivano-Frankivsk city through monitoring and evaluation safety of public spaces in the city.
|Maksym Sytnikov||Ukraine||Semi-automated System for Gathering Deficiencies in Police Investigations of Attacks on Civil Society
The idea of the project is to reveal the most problematic stages of police actions during the investigation of crimes against civil society in Ukraine. The project intends to raising the safety of civil society activists by providing them with a practical tool and by contributing to improving the legal framework.
|Leila Zhdanova||Ukraine||Enhanced Engagement of Civil Society in Monitoring of Implementation of the UN CEDAW in Ukraine
The objective of the action is to enhance the role and engagement of civil society organisations, human rights defenders and civic activists from Odesa in monitoring of implementation of Ukraine’s international commitments on protection of rights of women and girls from vulnerable communities under the UN CEDAW, among others by means of submitting alternative reports and individual communications to the CEDAW.