The Policy Leader Fellowship Programme for Mid-Career Policy Professionals

The European University Institute is inviting applications for the 2024–2025 Policy Leader Fellowship Programme for Mid-Career Policy Professionals at the Florence School of Transnational Governance (STG).

The Policy Leader Fellowship (PLF) is a residential programme for mid-career policy professionals from a range of policy fields: politics, civil service, media, non-governmental organizations, and others. This unique programme is nested within one of the most renowned academic institutions in Europe and provides the fellows with an insider view into the EU policy-making processes.

However, the programme does not require an academic background and instead seeks to attract individuals with diverse hands-on experiences in policymaking across the world. Besides having direct access to the STG and the EUI faculty and researcher communities, the fellows learn from each other and form lasting professional and personal connections.

The fellows spend months at the STG developing policy recommendations and practical solutions for pressing issues of transnational relevance, inspired and informed by their work experience. In addition, the fellows attend professional skills training and can freely participate in the academic life and activities of the EUI to enhance their fellowship project. At the same time, the fellows enrich the STG community by bringing their first-hand experiences to teaching, training, and networking at the school.

Duration: 05–10 month project in Palazzo Buontalenti


  • The basic grant is € 2,500 per month.
  • A household allowance of up to €300 per month is paid to a fellow with a partner.
  • An allowance of € 200 per month is paid for each dependent child. 
  • The maximum amount for a round trip travel reimbursement amounts to €1,200.
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  • Mid-career professionals able to demonstrate solid professional experience (minimum 10 years) and potential for future excellence in a given policy area.
  • Self-motivated and driven, able to autonomously accomplish the activities presented under the fellowship work plan.
  • Open-minded and curious individuals willing to engage in peer discussions on topics which may go beyond their area of expertise.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used to evaluate applications (not in order of importance):

  • Accomplishments and potential
  • Focus area
  • Fellowship work plan
  • Motivation
  • Diversity

Application Process

Interested applicants are to submit their application with the following documents:

  • CV (maximum 3 pages)
  • Short biography (maximum 250 words)
  • Two reference letters;
  • Copy of highest educational certificate
  • Letter of motivation (maximum 1000 words)
  • Work plan (maximum 2500 words)

To apply for The Policy Leader Fellowship Programme for Mid-Career Policy Professionals, click here

Deadline: January 25, 2024.

For more information on The Policy Leader Fellowship Programme for Mid-Career Policy Professionals, visit the official site.

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