The TRAIN Programme (Think Tanks providing Research and Advice through Interaction and Networking) seeks to foster a fruitful policy dialogue between think tanks and political actors in the EU candidate countries and potential candidate countries of the Western Balkans (comprising Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia). Especially with a view to the European integration process, the voice of think tanks of the region and their impact upon national policy-making must be strengthened and their visibility and credibility vis-à-vis EU actors enhanced.
In order to build the necessary institutional capacity in the countries concerned and to support networking within the region as well as in Brussels, the programme focuses on four areas:
- Training to build upon and enhance existing capacities;
- Regional co-operation to exchange good practices;
- Interaction with national political actors to influence policy debates;
- Networking with EU actors to increase visibility on the Brussels stage.
The main benefits of the TRAIN Programme lie in the capacity-building workshops and the networking opportunities awarded to the researchers from each participating think tank. All travel and accommodation expenses related to the participation in the programme will be borne or reimbursed by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). While no direct payments towards salaries can be made, each policy paper will be awarded a €250 grant. Furthermore, the language editing of the final policy paper can be subsidised with up to €100 and its printing with up to €200 (upon presentation of the receipts).
- Application deadline: 15 February 2016
- Selection decision communicated to applicants: end of February 2016
- Programme duration: March – December 2016
- Advanced research proposal submitted by: 31 March 2016
- Regional Seminar: 5-9 April 2016
- Draft papers submitted by: 16 June 2016
- Berlin Seminar: 21-25 June 2016
- Consolidated draft papers submitted by: 25 August 2016
- Final papers submitted by: 06 October 2016
- Brussels Seminar: October/November 2016
- Dissemination of results to national decision-makers: October/November 2016
- Final report due: 24 November 2016
How to apply
Applications should include
- a completed application form
- a CV of the prospective programme participant (max. two pages, including information on the applicant’s education, relevant work experience and publications).
To apply, please send all required documents by 15 February 2016 at the latest via email to Sarah Wohlfeld (email@example.com). The subject line should read “Application: [name of researcher, name of think tank]”.