EVZ Fellowships

Three-month fellowship program for "Activists at Risk" who are personally at risk because of their civic engagement in their home countries.

Why are the fellowships being set up?

Due to Russia’s war of aggression, the safety of our partners in Ukraine is at immediate risk and their work is significantly impaired. Many have had and are having to leave the country at short notice but also want to continue playing an active role on behalf of their country. In addition, our partners in Belarus and Russia, who feel a sense of connection with the objectives of the EVZ Foundation and work to promote peace, are being subjected to intense political pressure. Their organizations are being banned or harassed by the authorities.

What are the program’s objectives?

The program provides for a three-month stay in a foreign country for persons who have to leave their home country due to the war or are in personal danger due to their status as activists at risk in their home country. These individuals will gain experience with host organizations, receive professional training, and continue their involvement or seek a new direction abroad.

Criteria

You have worked on an EVZ project as an employee or volunteer on an ongoing, intensive basis within the last five years and

1 a) You personally are a member of an at-risk group, e.g., human rights activists, Roma, LGBTIQ individuals. You will or have already had to leave your country due to the war or severe repression, or in order to avoid the risk of imprisonment, or

1 b) Your organization is no longer able to continue its work due to the war or you fear that your NGO may face forced dissolution

and:

2. You are pursuing the goal of establishing your NGO’s work in a safe country or you are seeking to wait out a period of crisis abroad and:

3. A host organization in Germany or a country in Central and Eastern Europe at which you could acquire work experience is prepared to provide you with professional and personal support.

Out of responsibility for close and long-standing cooperation partners, the funding offer is only directed at project partners of the Foundation EVZ.