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ERRC Seeks Gender Equality Research Fellows

20 March 2013

The European Roma Rights Centre invites applications for its 2013 Gender Equality Research Fellows. The Gender Equality Research Fellowship provides an opportunity for interested researchers and activists to conduct research on gender equality issues. ERRC encourages researchers from the Romani, Sinti and Travellers communities to apply for the Fellowship.

Deadline for applications: 10 April 2013

Information about the fellowship

The Fellowship is expected to start in April 2013 and will last for six to nine months. Fellows will begin by spending a period of up to three months in ERRC office in Budapest, Hungary, for orientation and preparation of the research project. During this time, Fellows will work closely with ERRC staff members on designing research and the respective methodology, the media and communications component, basic financial orientation and human rights education, as relevant. Fellows will then return to their communities to implement their research plan with the ongoing assistance of the ERRC. Fellows will spend up to two weeks at the ERRC office in Budapest at the end of the fellowship to finalise their research report. The Fellows will work closely with ERRC staff members throughout all stages of their research.

Research proposal

The proposal should target an issue related to gender equality and human rights in Romani communities with priority given to topics focusing on the right to education.

Research projects should be action-oriented, i.e. they should aim at informing Romani communities or enabling them to benefit from the research (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 activities aimed at capacitating Romani, Sinti and Traveller activists. The ERRC seeks Fellows who have significant experience living and working in Romani communities and who have been engaged in work with Romani communities for extended periods. The Fellow should have a working knowledge of English. Knowledge of Serbian, Czech and/or Romani language preferred.

Fellowship support

The ERRC offers Fellows a monthly stipend and financial support for expenses occurred during the field research.

Application Procedure

To apply for this fellowship, candidates should send the following application materials:

  • 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 10 April 2013 via email to Dora Eke at dora.eke@errc.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.

Please note: The ERRC uses the Council of Europe terminology for Roma “… the term “Roma” includes not only Roma but also Sinti, Kali, Ashkali, “Egyptians”, Manouche and kindred population groups in Europe, together with Travellers, so as to embrace the great diversity of the groups concerned;”, available here.

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