NEWW-Network of East-West Women
Economic & Social Policy Fellowhip Program



The objective of the NEWW Economic and Social Policy Fellowship Program is to provide intensive training and networking opportunities for women throughout CEE/NIS working to achieve economic and social justice for women in the region.

Through the Fellowship Program, Fellows learn to critically analyze social and economic policy from a gender perspective, present credible policy proposals that benefit women, and shape policy outcomes by participating in economic decision-making processes at all levels.


Fellows participate in a ten-day orientation and training workshop in the region, complete a four-month internship at a U.S. or West European-based policy institution, and implement a twelve month follow-on project focused on women's economic justice in their home country.

During the internship period, each Fellow is placed with an economic policy institution working specifically on issues of gender justice and women's economic justice. The Fellowship offers an intensive training experience, introducing Fellows to a variety of economic justice advocacy strategies, and allowing them to participate in research, policy analysis and/or advocacy initiatives on a range of women's economic issues. Fellows work full-time on an unpaid basis, and complete their internship over a four-month period, from September to December.

The U.S. portion of the Program is immediately followed by a twelve month follow-on project to be implemented by the Fellow and her NGO in her home country. With support and guidance from NEWW, Fellows develop their own project, write a grant proposal, and fundraise for their project while they are in the U.S. Beginning in January, Fellows implement and manage their project, over a twelve month period, working in cooperation with NEWW and their home NGO.

NEWW is supporting one Economic and Social Policy Fellow in 2002 who is working with the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO). Click here to find out more about NEWW Fellows.


>>> The 2004 Call for Applications will be available in the spring of 2003. <<<


The Network of East-West Women (NEWW) is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2003 Economic and Social Policy Fellowship Program. This Program, now in its second year, provides intensive training and regional networking opportunities to young women from Central and Eastern Europe, the New Independent States and the Russian Federation working to achieve economic and social justice for women in their country. Fellows will sharpen their skills in feminist economic analysis and advocacy; they will learn strategies to influence economic and social policy formulation in ways that benefit women; and they will develop working partnerships with each other and with seasoned professionals in the field of economic justice.


PROGRAM DATES:    U.S. or west European Placement
February 1, 2003 - May 1, 2003

In-Country Follow-On Projects
May 1, 2003 - April 30, 2004

DURATION:    16 Months

Applications are encouraged from women economists, NGO activists, trade unionists or others from CEE/NIS/Russian Federation working on issues of economic and social justice for women. Candidates must: 1) have experience and a demonstrated commitment to women's rights advocacy; 2) be affiliated with an established women's organization/institute that will support the candidate's follow-on project if selected for the Program; and 3) be fluent in written and spoken English.

The goal of the NEWW Economic and Social Policy Fellowship Program is to build the capacity of women and women's organizations to effectively counter gender-based economic and social discrimination, and to advance women's integration in public policy decision-making. Supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation and by private donors, the Economic and Social Policy Fellowship Program provides an intensive training experience in feminist economics, public policy and grassroots women's activism.

Fellows will be placed with a U.S. or west European-based NGO or feminist economic institution for four months. Prior to beginning their placements, Fellows participate in a 1 week orientation and training program in Washington DC. Every effort is made to match each Fellow with an organization that is conducting work related the Fellow's specific interest area. In May 2003, Fellows return to their home countries to complete a one-year follow-on project. Each Fellow designs and raises funds for her project while working with her host placement institution in the U.S. or west Europe, with support from NEWW and her host organization. Fundraising continues when the Fellow returns home with the on-going support of NEWW and her home NGO/institution.

Fellowships includes travel to and from the placement site, short-term medical insurance, and a monthly stipend to cover room and board expenses during the U.S. portion of the program. Housing is arranged by NEWW in an international student house or similar student accommodation. In some cases Fellows are placed with families in their host city. Upon successful completion of the U.S. or west European portion of the Program, NEWW provides each Fellow with a small seed grant to begin implementation of her follow-on project while she continues to raise additional funds upon her return home.

There is no specific application form for this Program.

Applicants should submit the following materials in English:

  • Cover letter summarizing:
    1. the applicant's involvement in the field of women's rights/economic justice;
    2. her training and experience in economics and/or public policy; and
    3. her work with local women's organizations;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Two letters of recommendation in English, or accompanied by English translations, including all current contact information for the letter's author. All written recommendations will be verified by local NEWW contacts or via telephone by NEWW staff;
  • Personal statement describing the applicant's future career plans, and her reasons for applying to the Economic and Social Policy Fellowship Program;
  • 3-5 page country briefing paper about women's economic status in her country, including recommendations for advocacy and reform. The paper may focus on one or more issues of current relevance in the applicant's country, and should demonstrate the applicant's ability to write and formulate arguments in English; and
  • Signed declaration that, if selected for the Program, the applicant will return to her home country to complete a 12-month follow-on project immediately following the placement period.

Completed application packets should be sent by email to NEWW at [email protected]. If email is not possible, please send the complete application packet by regular mail to the address below. Signed recommendation letters and/or original transcripts can either be scanned and emailed, or sent via regular mail.

Applications will be reviewed by an International Selection Committee and a maximum of 7 finalists will be selected for personal interviews. Finalists will be notified of their personal interviews by November 15, 2002. Interviews will take place in Poland during the week of December 2, 2002. NEWW covers all costs of finalists' travel to and from the interview location. Notification of Fellowship awards will be made December 15, 2002.

Please contact NEWW will any questions or concerns you have about the Program or application process. We are happy to answer any questions you may have in advance of submitting your application.

Questions should be directed to:

Erin M. Barclay, Esq.
Executive Director
Network of East-West Women
Email: [email protected]

1761 S Street NW, Suite LL-12
Washington, DC 20009
Tel (202) 299-9001
Fax (202) 299-9003

The Network of East-West Women (NEWW) is an international membership and advocacy organization linking women in more than 30 countries in Central and Southeastern Europe, the New Independent States and the Russian Federation. Through the Economic and Social Policy Fellowship Program and other projects, NEWW supports independent women's movements that foster women's participation in all aspects of public decision-making. NEWW's primary objective is to increase the capacity of women and women's NGOs to shape policies that affect women's lives.

[email protected] | 1761 S Street NW, Suite LL-12, Washington, DC 20009 | tel: +1 (202) 299-9001 | fax: +1 (202) 299-9003