Policy Leader Fellowship in Florence, Italy 2023 (Fully Funded)

An excellent opportunity for mid-career policy professionals from a range of policy fields: politics, civil service, media, non-governmental organisations and others.  from all countries around the world to improve their professional skills in this field by participating in Policy Leader Fellowship which organized by the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

About Policy Leader Fellowship

The Policy Leader Fellowship (PLF) is a residential program for mid-career political professionals from a range of policy areas: politics, civil service, media, NGOs, and more. This program is hosted at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Fellows will spend five to ten months at STG developing policy recommendations and practical solutions to pressing issues of transnational relevance inspired by their work experience. In addition, fellows attend professional skills training and may participate freely in academic life and EUI activities in furtherance of their fellowship project. At the same time, Fellows enrich the STG community by offering their first-hand experiences of teaching, training, and outreach at the School.

Upon completion of the programme, fellows join a global alumni network of policy professionals and have access to life training opportunities at EUI.

Finance and Benefits

- Fellows will receive travel reimbursements for round trip to and from Florence ( The maximum amount for travel reimbursement is 1,200 EUR including both incoming and outgoing trip). Sucessful Fellows can use one of these two options

  • First-class rail (travel by car is also reimbursed on this basis)
  • Economy class air fare

Taxi expenses are not reimbursed, Only Economy Class air fare, first class rail will be reimbursed.

- Fellows must resident in the area of Florence for the duration of their fellowship with possibility of short visits outside Florence and Italy. The fellowship cannot be carried out remotely.

- The basic grant is 2500 euro per month.

 A household allowance of up to 300 euro monthly is paid to a Fellow with a companion if the companion lives with you in Florence and on the condition that the partner's income is less than 2,000 euro per month.  

The fellowship is not taxed by the EUI. Fellows are, however, required to comply with any other tax provisions which may be applicable to them.

Required Documents

- Your CV (maximum 3 Pages)

- Short biography (maximum 250 words) ; the bio is as a quick overview of the candidate’s profile for the selection process and will also be used for communications purposes if the applicant is accepted for the fellowship.

- Motivation Letter (maximum 1000 words) in PDF; showing the applicant’s main reasons to apply for the fellowship, the objectives to be pursued during the programme highlighting interest in specific transnational policy issues and future professional aspirations;

 Work-plan with project title (maximum 2500 words) in PDF, including a short summary, the main objectives, milestones and the related activities to achieve the envisaged outputs.

A copy of the highest educational certificate in PDF. (min. degree is Bachelor's Degree or equivalent)

- Two reference letters with the the name of the referee, Ideally someone who has worked with the applicant. Reference letters must be submitted online directly by the referees up to a week after the application deadlineReference letters will not be accepted after January 31st.

Optional work sample (maximum 2 samples) If relevant, you can submit work samples to support your application e.g. a policy paper/report/brief, an article, an op-ed, a weblink, interview, social media piece, blogpost, etc.


 The fellowships last for or 10 months and start date is September 1st, 2023.


- All Candidates can apply from all countries around the world.

- There is no age recommendation or cut-off for this fellowship.

Early- or mid-career professionals (e.g. in politics, civil service, media and non-governmental organisations), capable of exhibit both professional experience and potential for future excellence in the policy sphere.

Candidates should have a minimum of ten years of relevant professional experience (including PhD and other fellowships). 

Genuinely engaged people involved in policy issues, in particular the ones associated with transnational governance.

- Self-motivated, able to present a clear work plan for the fellowship to show what the applicant will achieve and how this work will have a ‘multiplier’ effect after the fellowship.

The expected level of English proficiency is level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

An English certificate is not asked as part of the application, but successful candidates will be invited for an interview in English and asked to provide a certificate or supporting document on registration.

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Deadline25/01/2023  (14:00 CET)

Resultswithin four months of the application deadline.

Beginning: Programme start date is 01/09/2023.

How to apply?

First: Create an account in case of you don't have an account on EUI Application Portal from HERE

Secondly: Sign in on the Application portal and fill in the Appliaction ffrom HERE

For more details about Criteria, Selection process, documents, and further details about the Fellowship check the official website for the fellowship HERE

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