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International Fellowship Programme for Central and Eastern European Foundations and NGOs (IFP)

The International Fellowship Programme for Central and Eastern European
Foundations and NGOs invites applications and searches for host
institutions for its third round, beginning in spring 2007. The
Programme offers foundation and NGO staff (young leaders as well as
executives) from eight CEE countries the opportunity to work for up to
12 weeks in nonprofit host institutions abroad. The IFP aims to:
- Give foundation and NGO staff in Central and Eastern Europe the
opportunity to develop their professional skills with an international
and practical orientation;
- Trigger or deepen contacts and cooperation between nonprofit
institutions in CEE and other European countries; and
- Support civil society in CEE by improving the management competences
of their staff.

Candidates for fellowships should be:
- University graduates with at least three years of professional experience;
- Working at their home institutions for at least two years and have a
future job prospect there;
- Young leaders and/or senior managers;
- Located in one of the following countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic,
Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, or Ukraine; and
- Speak the working language(s) used in their prospective host
institution. There can be exceptions to this rule, if a candidate and
the mentor of the host institution have a common language. In addition,
some knowledge of English is necessary for the seminars that complement
the programme.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 3 November, 2006. Fellowships
will take place between April and July 2007, with a minimum duration of
three and a maximum of twelve weeks. Detailed information and the
application form are available at www.efc.be/ifp.

Would you like to host a fellow at your institution?
Host institutions are asked to draw up a profile of the fellowship they
wish to offer and to nominate a mentor as a contact person for the
fellow. The IFP places particular emphasis on careful matching of
fellows with host institutions and a diligent preparation of the
fellowships, which is achieved mainly by means of a short introductory
seminar. The host can influence the selection of the fellow and also
suggest candidates or sending institutions of their own choice.
Most host institutions are currently located in the UK, but fellows have
also worked in countries like Germany and Sweden or in Brussels-based
organisations. For 2007, institutions in the CEE countries are also
eligible as hosts. Further European non-profit institutions are invited
to submit a proposal for a fellowship position.
Submitting a proposal before 20th October or earlier increases the
chance for a good match with a candidate, but proposals are also welcome
after that date.
If you would like to offer a fellowship position at your institution,
check out the IFP website for details and the proposal form: www.efc.be/ifp

About the IFP
The IFP was launched in 2004 by six international donors, including the
Robert Bosch Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Trust for
Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe, Bank of Sweden Tercentenary
Foundation, Bernard van Leer Foundation and German Federal Foundation
for the Environment.
After a pilot phase in 2005 with five fellows, an expanded 2006 group
comprised 17 fellows, working in fields such as the environment, youth,
community development and business-NGO relations. The programme was
developed and initially managed by the Robert Bosch Foundation. In 2006
it was transferred to the European Foundation Centre in order to promote
involvement of additional foundations and donor associations.

Further information
European Foundation Centre (EFC)
Witold Gnauck, Coordinator of the International Fellowship Programme
51, rue de la Concorde, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
Tel.: (32-2) 508-3782
Fax: (32-2) 512-3265
Skype: gnauck1
E-mail: w.gnauck@efc.be
Internet: www.efc.be

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