The Clara Marina O’Donnell Fellowship Program 2023

AWARD Policy Fellows
  • Deadline: April 11, 2023
  • Salary: £11.95 per hour for 35 hours per week

About the Program:

The Clara Marina O’Donnell fellowship was established in memory of Clara, who died of cancer at the age of 30 in January 2014. She worked as a researcher at the Centre for European Reform, mainly covering foreign and defence policy, for seven years. 

This fellowship programme is managed by the Brookings Institution (the Centre for the United States and Europe, where Clara was based for part of her time with the CER); Cambridge University (the Department of Politics and International Studies, where she took a Masters in International Relations); King’s College London (the Department of European & International Studies, where she was an undergraduate) and the CER.

We are looking for a bright, enthusiastic researcher to work at the CER in London. Applicants should be in the early years of their career. At a minimum, they should have completed their undergraduate degree by the start of the fellowship, though previous successful applicants have come to us after their Masters. They should have an interest in foreign, security or defence policy, broadly defined.

The fellow will have the opportunity to carry out and publish their own research projects, and to contribute to the projects of other colleagues. In the past, fellows have also published opinion pieces in major newspapers and contributed comments to international media outlets. Fellows will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the CER’s broader work and to participate in its events, where they will meet influential policy-makers and policy analysts from across Europe. They may also have to take on some administrative tasks, though that would not be main part of the job. They will spend two or three weeks during the fellowship working in the CER’s Brussels office, gaining an insight into EU policy-making. The fellow will spend an expenses-paid week in Washington DC at the Brookings Institution. They will also be expected to work with Cambridge and Kings, for example by taking part in their seminars.

The fellowship will start in October 2023, last for six months and be non-renewable. The fellow will be paid the ‘London Living Wage’, currently £11.95 per hour, for a 35-hour week. CER will also pay an 8 per cent contribution into a pension fund.

Applicants should submit to their application on the CER website by Tuesday 11 April at 23:00 (London)/00:00 (Brussels). Please note interviews will take place in mid-late May via videoconference.

1. a covering letter of no more than a page, explaining why they would be suitable for this fellowship;

2. a CV;

3. an article of no more than 1,000 words on ‘Why are so many of the EU’s neighbours unstable, and what should the Union do about it?’

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