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PASOS, partners open call for Ilko Kucheriv Democracy Fellowships

August 7, 2011




PASOS is partnering with network members the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF) and the Institute of Public Affairs (ISP) to offer a new fellowship program that seeks to assist the advancement of democratic practices in transitional democracies.


Ilko Kucheriv

The Ilko Kucheriv Democracy Fellowship Program targets professionals at independent democracy and human rights advocacy NGOs and think-tanks from the CIS region. The program, made possible with the financial support of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), is currently seeking candidates to fill five fellowship positions.

The fellowships will focus on specific democratic transformation issues, such as media freedom, constitutional law, parliamentary democracy, judiciary, public opinion research, electoral processes, free and fair elections, and building democratic awareness. The program is named after Ilko Kucheriv, a prominent activist in the Ukrainian civil-society movement who succumbed to cancer last year.

“Kucheriv worked to unite journalists, political analysts, politicians, diplomats and civil activists with radically different views through civilized discussion of the most poignant topics and problems in society,” said Jeff Lovitt, executive director of the PASOS secretariat in Prague. “He aspired to make DIF a powerful analytical center that would produce original research and training programmes, and have an impact on politicians and public opinion across a broad spectrum of issues, including rights, security and democratic freedoms and processes. Our intention to honor his ideas and actions with this program so that others may take up his campaign for a cvil and open society.”

Kucheriv was the founder of the DIF and personally contributed a great deal to the advancement of democratic ideas in Ukraine. In the early 1990s, he understood the importance of public opinion for the development of a civic society, and DIF was the first organization to make available the results of social research to the broader public and to train journalists in understanding public opinion polling.

Fellows will work with the hosting institute for a six-month period or project co-operation and mentoring, and spend up to five weeks in the office of the hosting think-tank. Fellowships will also provide one-on-one, hands-on training with the host institute’s expert as mentor. The goal is to provide a mentoring opportunity for an in-depth, on-site, and interactive experience in democratic transformation and protection of human rights.

The deadline for applying for a fellowship is 2 September 2011. For complete details about the application process, download the Call for Fellows here.

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