Europeanization Beyond Process
As a policy hub, Aspen Germany will support selected policy research organizations from the Western Balkans in identifying potential local partners in Berlin, facilitate for their scoping or advocacy visits, and assist with the preparations of these visits, including the setup of meetings, and a roundtable event to increase outreach. The visiting delegations should be limited to three representatives from each visiting organization, for whom Aspen Germany will cover travel and accommodation expenses. The specific date of the visit is determined in coordination with Aspen Germany and successful applicants. For more information on the difference between scoping and advocacy visits, please see the section entitled “Eligible Activities” below.
This program aims to help policy organizations from the Western Balkans better understand the policy scene in Berlin, meet Berlin-based organizations and policy makers, and improve their understanding of Germany, German policies, and in particular German Western Balkan policies, and/or enhance the effectiveness of their advocacy. Through the establishment of contacts to German policy-makers and think tanks, a more sustainable and impactful involvement of Western Balkans organizations in Western European policy debate is intended.
Submission of the Application
To submit your application please fill out this survey. By submitting your answers, you confirm to have read the call for applications, that your organization is eligible to apply, and that you meet the conditions required for admission to the program.
After submitting your application via the survey, Aspen Germany will evaluate your application. Please be sure to submit all requested information, as we will not consider incomplete applications.
Notification of successful applicants
Applicants will be notified of their application status within one month of their application.
For further information about the program or procedure, please contact Valeska Esch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication of the Call: January 2019
Deadline for submitting applications: 15 February 2020
Evaluation period: 15 February – 28 February
Notification of successful applicants: Early March
Starting date of the action: March – December 2020
Applicants must be independent, non-partisan and non-profit organizations in the sense that they neither have an affiliation with political parties nor dependencies in forms of revenue structures with single entities. Further, applying organizations must work towards supporting and strengthening reform processes in any field related to the EU accession process.
Independent policy research organizations from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia that strengthen democratic processes by identifying political, economic, and social problems, and researching them in a non-partisan and policy-relevant way are eligible to participate in this program. The program further supports the interaction of policy research organizations with governments to advance better policy responses, to involve nongovernmental stakeholders in policy debates, and disseminate their research findings widely.
There are two different types of visits that organizations can apply for: scoping and advocacy visits. Scoping visits are intended for organizations that have no or very limited experience in Berlin’s political scene. The idea is to get a better understanding of Berlin’s political landscape and to make first contact with relevant stakeholders and interlocuters. Advocacy visits are intended for organizations that have already engaged in similar activities in Berlin and are therefore better able to communicate a tailored message to identified interlocuters in Berlin. Organizations conducting an advocacy visit in Berlin are expected to prepare a short policy brief (max. 5 pages) two weeks in advance of their visit, which will be distributed among their interlocutors before their meetings.
Individuals that make up the visiting delegations from successful applications should be assuming responsibilities in the organization’s leadership or senior research activities. Participants are expected to be experts in their respective fields and should therefore have several years of professional experience in research, leadership, advocacy, or politics.
We welcome any initiatives from applying organizations to share their experience in participating in our program on social media in a manner coordinated with Aspen Germany. We kindly ask applying organizations to make suggestions to this end during the application survey. Please note that all meetings during the visit to Berlin are off the record, meaning that no substantive content or statements that were discussed can be published.
The data you submit throughout your application to this program will be used exclusively in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU-DSGVO) for the aim of carrying out the Institute’s purpose as described in § 2 of the Statutes of Association of the Aspen Institute Deutschland e.V., and do not serve any commercial purpose.