Think Tank Fund Young Professional Development Program – Call for Applications

About the Program

With this initiative, the Open Society Think Tank Fund aims at supporting up to 15 fresh graduates per year from high-quality universities in the OECD countries who want to return to their country and assume posts in think tanks interested in attracting young staff. With these activities, we hope to help young and talented people enter the region’s think tanks; provide additional capacity building with talented returnees getting engaged in policy-relevant research, analysis, and advocacy under the guidance of experienced staff; and assist think tanks in recruiting new talent into their ranks.

The Think Tank Young Professional Development Program intends to attract recent graduates of MA and PhD programs in the social sciences and humanities to select think tanks in Central and Eastern Europe, South Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union, giving them an opportunity to gain firsthand policy research and advocacy experience at a renowned think tank in the region. The program is designed to benefit both young returning professionals and their host organizations. It enables participating think tanks to recruit young researchers originally from the region who recently graduated from universities in the OECD countries, including the Central European University in Hungary. Depending on a research topic, individual programs at hosting organizations will last up to six months and start from November 2015.


Eligibility Criteria

Eligible candidates must fulfill ALL of the following four requirements: 

  • have graduated in the past three years with a PhD, LLM, or MA degree in the social sciences and humanities from universities in the OECD countries

  • be a citizen or permanent resident of Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • be between 23 and 35 years of age at the time of application

  • be fluent in written and spoken English and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian


Application and Selection Procedure

1st round

All candidates should send their applications by e-mail, no later than August 1, 2015 to Analitika ( The pre-selected applicants will be invited for an interview. The required documents are listed below:

  1. Updated CV

  2. Cover letter

  3. Written sample

2nd Round

Once you receive the support letter from Analitika’s selection committee, you should apply directly to the Think Tank Young Professional Development Program.

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