ERRC Seeks Gender Equality Research Fellows
5 June 2012
The European Roma Rights Centre is recruiting research fellows for 2012.The Gender Equality Research Fellowship provides an opportunity for interested activists working at the grassroots level to conduct research on gender equality issues.
The ERRC seeks applications from all European countries but priority will be given to proposals coming from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.
Deadline for applications: 21 June 2012
Information about the fellowship
The Fellowship is expected to start in July 2012 and will last for approximately six months. Fellows will begin by spending a period of between one and two weeks in to Budapest, Hungary, for orientation and preparation of the research project. During this time, Fellows will work closely with ERRC staff members on research planning and methodology design, campaign development, media and communications, basic financial orientation and human rights training, as relevant. Fellows will then return to their research location to implement their research plan with the ongoing assistance of the ERRC. Fellows are also expected to spend up to two weeks at the ERRC office in Budapest at the end of the six-month fellowship to finalise their research report. The Fellows will work closely with ERRC staff members throughout their research.
Fellows will largely be selected on the basis of their research proposal. The proposal should target an issue related to gender equality in Romani communities including, but not limited to:
- LGBT issues within Romani communities;
- Gender based violence as a women’s rights violation;
- Gender roles and their consequences in Romani communities;
- Human trafficking and overrepresentation of Romani women as victims of this practice; and
- Access to education and health care from a gender perspective.
Research projects should be action-oriented, i.e. they should aim to inform or benefit the Romani community in some way (advocacy, direct action, litigation, raising awareness, etc.). The ERRC will give preference to community-based research proposals.
Profile of the applicants
The Gender Equality research fellowship is a component of ERRC programming aimed at capacitating Romani, Sinti and Traveller activists. We welcome applications from Romani, Sinti and Traveller individuals who are interested in gender issues and Roma rights. The ERRC seeks Fellows who have significant experience living and working in Romani communities and who have been engaged in work with Romani communities at a local level for extended periods. The researcher should have a minimum of one year’s experience in the location in which the research is to take place. The Fellow should have working knowledge of English and must be fluent in the language of the target group for the research. Knowledge of Romani language preferred.
The ERRC offers Fellows a basic monthly stipend, a modest provision for field research expenses for the duration of the Fellowship and travel and accommodation costs related to the stay in Budapest.
To apply for this fellowship, candidates should send the following application materials:
- A maximum two-page research proposal including a description of the project (aims and objectives, proposed methods, basic research plan and possible outcomes);
- A maximum one-page letter of interest describing the candidate and including details of prior work or engagement on the issue to be researched;
- CV; and
- The contact details of two referees familiar with the applicant’s educational or work background.
Candidates should submit their documents by 21 June 2011 via email to Dora Eke at firstname.lastname@example.org. The message should be entitled: Gender Research Fellowship.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted in the course of the selection process. Incomplete or late application packages will not be considered for the position. The selected Fellow will be informed by end of June 2012.