The ReThink.CEE Fellowship was launched by the German Marshall Fund of the United States in late 2017. As Central and Eastern Europe faces mounting challenges to democracy, security, and prosperity, the region and its Western partners urgently need fresh thinking, ideas, strategies, and policies. The ReThink.CEE Fellowship is designed to generate such policy impulses by tapping the sizeable reservoir of next-generation policy experts, innovators, and thought leaders in Central and Eastern Europe. Fellows identify and research a specific regional policy issue, which they analyze in depth, develop ideas for commensurate responses by regional and international stakeholders, and publish findings as a comprehensive policy paper. In so doing, the ReThink.CEE Fellowship supports regional expertise and amplifies its policy impact internationally.

The ReThink.CEE Fellowship is a year-long non-resident fellowship. Besides a stipend and travel and research funds, fellows are provided with professional opportunities, intellectual resources, and capacity-building to hone their analytical and policy skills, expertise, and exposure. Support includes two workshops on policy research and writing, guidance from GMF peers, cooperation with GMF offices and networks, and assistance with media exposure.

Up to a dozen fellows per year are selected on a competitive basis. The selection process opens late in the year preceding the fellowship, which commences in spring. Successful applicants join a growing network of ReThink.CEE fellows and alumni, and they continue their engagement with GMF and the transatlantic policy community well beyond the end of their fellowship.

Any questions about the ReThink.CEE Fellowship can be directed to [email protected].

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