The fellowship is intended to provide an opportunity for the next generation of scholars from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine to advance their knowledge of post-Soviet politics, develop research skills, contribute to Chatham House research, and build links with policy and academic communities in the UK, Germany and the EU more broadly. The fellowship is aimed at future leaders, researchers and opinion-makers in the early part of their careers.

The fellows spend nine months working at Chatham House with the Russia and Eurasia Programme team. During this time they will conduct a research project of their own design relating to the politics, economies and societies of the post-Soviet region. In the course of the fellowship, the scholars will conduct research trips to the region and also spend time at a German think tank in Berlin. The fellowships are part of Chatham House's new Academy for Leadership in International Affairs.


The first Robert Bosch Fellow, Orysia Lutsevych, researched the role of civil society in democratization, focusing on the cases of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Her briefing paper, How to Finish a Revolution: Civil Society and Democracy in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine was published in January 2013.

Robert Bosch Fellow Katia Glod researched political culture in Eurasia, Anna Munster analysed transnational Islamic networks in Russia and Ukraine, and George Mchedlishvili's project focused on the changing perceptions of the West in the South Caucasus.

Current Robert Bosch Fellow Ilya Zaslavsky is working on a comparison of Russia and Azerbaijan’s track-record and outlook for attracting investments in the energy sector.

Call for Applications 2015

The application window is now open until Sunday, 28 September 2014.  Two fellowships will run from February to October 2015 and a third will run from September 2015 to May 2016.

Research Topics

There are seven research themes for the 2015–16 Academy Robert Bosch Fellowships:

Domestic politics

1. Prospects for economic growth, modernization and democratization in the Eastern Partnership countries and/or Russia;

2. Regional elites and networks of power;

3. Societal changes, inter-ethnic relations and non-state actors.

Foreign relations

4. The future of EU and NATO relations with the Eastern Partnership countries and/or Russia;

5. Security and conflict resolution;

6. Prospects for intra-regional cooperation;

7. Russia and the shared neighbourhood with Europe.


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