Thursday, 13 September 2012

Black Sea NGO Fellowship and Award for Excellency

The Civil Society Development Foundation (CSDF) is launching the 3rd phase of the Black Sea NGO Fellowship. The main goal of the program is to contribute to confidence building in the Black Sea region, to encourage mutual understanding and cooperation, to strengthen capacity and coordination of civil society organizations in the region. The program aimes to bring together 12 young civil society leaders from the wider Black Sea region: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine.

Profile of the candidates: Young civil society leaders (18 – 27 years old) working with civil society organizations / civil society groups in the targeted countries. The selected candidates will have strong leadership attributes, a good experience of involvement in civil society initiatives, a strong academic background and openess towards regional cooperation. The communication language of the program is English. The candidates will have to prove a good command of English as a foreign language in both writing and speaking.

Selection of the candidates: Each applicant will provide a letter of motivation, a CV and a support letter from the civil society organization / civil society group where they activate. Each applicant will also present, briefly, a project idea that she/he plans to develop with support from the other fellows, indicating how the participation to the program will contribute to the project and what type of involvement she/he will propose to the other fellows.

The program: The Fellowship Program includes 2 phases: a preparatory phase in Romania, around the 5th edition of the Black Sea NGO Forum (24-25 October 2012); bilateral exchange visits and implementation of joint initiatives.

The deadline for application is 21 September 2012.

Please submitt your application forms to the following address:, mentioning in the subject of the email “Fellowship 2012”. Further details cand be found here and obtained from Ms. Raluca SIMBOTIN (see email above).


The Representation of the European Commission in Romania will award this year for the third time, within the framework of Black Sea NGO Forum, the Black Sea NGO Award for Excellency in promoting regional cooperation in the Black Sea region. The aim of the award is to enhance the profile of civil society regional cooperation, of the Black Sea Synergy and its role in proposing a regional, cooperative approach in the region as well as the multilateral dimension of EU external policies.
The winners of the award will receive a grant amounting to 5,000 EUR to further support their regional initiatives.

Deadline for receipt of nominations: 28 September 2012

For further information, visit the website of the Black Sea Forum.

Contact persons FOND: Adriana Zaharia -  
European Commission Representation in Romania: Monica Loloiu -

Information provided by FOND

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