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Fellowship of 2023!

The Citizen Diplomacy Fellowship
The Citizen Diplomacy Fellowship Programme will bring together young professionals from diaspora to contribute and reconnect with their country of origin. This programme is initiated and fully funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora (MFAD)

The fellowship will begin in October and end in March.
The future of Diaspora
Diaspora has had a key role in the state-building of our Republic. It is time they are included in the policy-making processes in a formal setting. This programme intends to include diaspora with diverse backgrounds, skills, and knowledge, in coming up with creative solutions to Kosova’s challenges.
Purpose
In order to enhance the image of Kosova globally, fellows will have the opportunity to travel, network with professionals, and gain a better understanding of the cultural and political context of the country. Fellows are expected to utilize their skills in furthering the goals of the citizen engagement concept, as well as provide key input in engaging diaspora in the policy-making processes.
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The Citizen Diplomacy Fellowship
The Citizen Diplomacy Fellowship (CDF) Programme brings together young professionals from diaspora to contribute and reconnect with their country of origin. The programme is initiated and fully funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora (MFAD). Fellows of 2023 will have the opportunity to be positioned in other ministries of the Government of the Republic of Kosova.

The fellowship will begin in October 2023 and end in August 2024
The future of Diaspora
Diaspora has a key role in state-building of our Republic, thus they are invited to formally be included in policy-making through CDF. This program intends to include diaspora of diverse backgrounds, skills, and knowledge, in providing creative solutions to Kosova’s challenges.
Purpose
In order to enhance the image of Kosova globally, fellows will have the opportunity to travel, network with professionals, and gain a better understanding of the cultural and political context of the country. Fellows are expected to utilize their skills in furthering the goals of the citizen engagement concept, as well as provide key input in engaging diaspora in the policy-making processes at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora as well as other line Ministries.
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WHY JOIN?

Main benefits of the fellowship

PROCESS

Eligibility Criteria
& Application Process

Ideal fellows are specialists who have a strong commitment to the improvement of the image of Kosova, who possess strong critical thinking abilities, creativity, and originality. Successful applicants must be eager to use all the resources provided by the fellowship and play an active role in the improvement of Kosova’s position in the global stage.

Required Profile
  • Be members of the diaspora or expatriate community or citizens of the Republic of Kosova currently living outside Kosova.
  • Have a university diploma.
  • Have at least two years of professional experience in fields related to the call, supported by references, motivation letters, and professional nominations.
  • Be able to attend the program in person in Kosova.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are fluent in languages such as English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian.
  • A strong interest in and commitment to reconnect with the homeland.
Required Skills
  • To express a clear interest in the motivation and purpose of participation in this program through the motivational letter.
  • Writing, quantitative, computer, and other skills can be applied to the fellowship projects.
  • Possess high analytical, assessment, and reporting skills.
  • Self-initiative skills and creativity.
Application Process
  • The application process is divided into two stages: the application phase and the interview phase.

    During the application phase, applicants will fill out the online application form and upload all the required documents. Upon submission, the applicant will receive a confirmation email that their application has been received.


    The interview phase will consist of an online interview between the selected applicants and the selection committee. Once the final list of accepted applicants has been announced, applicants will receive the notification and all following information needed for their start of the fellowship.
Selection Committee
  • The commission consists of five members:

    • Two (2) members from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora;
    • One (1) local, foreign, or diaspora member from academia;
    • Two (2) local, foreign, or diaspora members from civil society sector;
Program Expectation
  • To be engaged hands-on with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora by researching and developing projects with the departments of Public Diplomacy, Economic Diplomacy, and Diaspora Diplomacy.
  • To be engaged hands-on with other ministries of the Republic of Kosova by researching and developing projects within their respective departments.
  • To apply their skills and to work closely with supervisors in compiling strategic documents, databases, analyses and other similar tasks.
  • To attend public activities, regional visits and other mandatory activities as part of the program;
  • To enrich and build upon the online presence of Citizen Diplomacy Fellowship by blogging and documenting their activities and experiences throughout the program duration.

GET TO KNOW

Our Fellows

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions, please reach out through our email.

In order to apply, you need to go to this link, fill out the application form, and submit the additional documents that are required.

Be a member of the diaspora or of the Republic of Kosova, currently living outside the Republic of Kosova. Applicants must have at least two years of professional experience, supported by references, and motivation letters.

Yes, each fellow receives a stipend to cover their expenses while living in Kosova.
The fellows will be selected by the selection committee, consisting of academics,  representatives from MFAD, and members of civil society from Kosova and abroad/diaspora.

If you pass the first phase of the application process, you will be invited for an online interview, which  will be conducted virtually through the online platform Zoom.

There are no GPA requirements to submit the application form, only a university degree and at least two years professional experience.

It is required that the applicant be fluent in English. Preference will be given to applicants who are also fluent in other languages such as German, French, Spanish, Italian, etc.

You can contact us with further questions at: [email protected] about the selection process.

There is a period of five days after you have received a decision when you are allowed to appeal. All inquiries and appeals can be emailed at: [email protected]

The fellows, upon commencement, will work on multiple outputs, with a focus on research and project deployment, in line with the objectives of the fellowship, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, and other line Ministries.

Yes, based on the scale of the project that you will focus on and the profiles of the fellows, there will be team-based projects where each fellow will have a specific role in them.

Stay tunned for CDF-related
activities?

Stay updated
for the next call!

We will reach out to you with information about all activities of the fellows part of Citizen Diplomacy Fellowship

CONTACT

Rr. Luan Haradinaj, 10000
Prishtinë, Republika e Kosovës

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