Frontier Europe Fellowship, Frontier Europe Initiative

    About the Initiative

    The MEI Frontier Europe Initiative was established in November 2019. The program explores the web of relationships between the Middle East and its northeastern frontier through research, conferences, education, and cultural activities. The initiative informs and engages diverse stakeholders — government, industry, media, and the NGO sector — about the linkages between the Middle East, especially the northern tier of Turkey and Iran, and its near neighbors in Southeastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, as well as the evolving connections and shared concerns between the Middle East and this complex region. 

    Frontier Europe covers: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

    About the Fellowship

    For six months, six non-resident fellows will have the opportunity to work with MEI experts and be affiliated with the MEI Frontier Europe Initiative. Starting in May 2020, fellows will be expected to produce monthly articles under their own names on the MEI website. In addition, they must produce a final report on a topic of their choosing at the end of the six months. The MEI Frontier Europe Regional Fellowship is a valuable opportunity for emerging scholars from the region to showcase their work, amplify their voice, and collaborate with respected experts in the field of international affairs.

    MEI will provide a stipend for the course of the fellowship.


    • M.A. degree, Ph.D., or Ph.D. candidate
    • Citizen and current resident of any of the countries within the scope of Frontier Europe: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan
    • Country and regional expertise, as well as an ability to analyze the country/region through the lens of the Middle East 
    • English fluency in speaking and writing
    • Demonstrated track record of policy research in a think tank, NGO, private sector, or governmental institution (including current employees)


    Interested candidates should submit the following application materials:    

    • A one-page cover letter detailing your interest in the fellowship and your qualifications for the role
    • An up-to-date resume
    • A research proposal outlining your potential final report, if chosen for the fellowship (see details below).
    • A substantive writing sample (3-15 pages, preferably) that demonstrates your research capabilities and working knowledge of any given research areas

    The application must be submitted to with the subject : Frontier Europe Fellowship 
    Deadline for applications: March 31, 2020, 5:00 PM U.S. Eastern Time. 
    Fellowship dates: May 1 – October 31, 2020.

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