How to become an ESI Junior Fellow
Due to huge interest since we announced our junior fellowship program in summer 2013 – receiving more than one application on average every day – we have revamped our application process.
Our aim: to help any applicant identify even before submitting an application if they would actually enjoy being part of our team; and to help us identify who best fits our organisation. This application process should help us see if you have the kind of skills that would make your fellowship a success.
There are no formal criteria. That said, excellent English writing skills are very important. You can apply to ESI without having a university degree or with two PhDs – we have had excellent analysts who fit both descriptions. What we are looking for is exceptional skills, wide experience, and character.
ESI in Rome – Moldova - Istanbul
Please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Text analysis (recommended 1-2 pages) – required
Read any one of the following four original documents. Then write a short essay (1-2 pages) on any question you chose. Remember: brevity is the soul of wit. If you feel like it, and if you enjoy it, you can send us more than one text analysis. This is really up to you.
Fellow application texts
Understanding Willingness to Migrate Illegally: Evidence from a Lab in the Field Experiment
Tijan L. Bah and Catia Batista
NovAfrica Working Paper No. 1803, November 2018
Read this report and write a short analytical summary as if you were writing for an interested politician or journalist: What is the report about and what are its main findings? What conclusions could a politician draw from it who is interested in reducing Gambian irregular migration to the EU? For your background: In the 2014-2018 period, some 40,000 Gambians came to the EU illegally, risking their lives on the journey across the Sahara and the Mediterranean Sea. Of those, 5,700 received asylum, another 11,000 could stay for humanitarian reasons, and 2,500 were returned to Gambia (Eurostat). The remaining 20,800 live somewhere in the EU as irregular migrants.
Albania Report 2019
European Commission, May 2019
Read this report and tell us: What do you think of it? Is it written in a way that it is clear and understandable to anyone interested in Albania's progress towards to the EU, such as EU government officials who need to decide whether Albania should open EU accession talks, businesspeople thinking about investing in Albania, NGOs, European and Albanian citizens? Give examples to illustrate your findings. Also, if you find shortcomings, tell us how such a report could be improved.
Evaluating the Evaluators - Media Freedom Indexes and What They Measure
National Endowment for Democracy, 2010
Read this and discuss, referring to this analysis: What does the rank of a country in the Reporters without Borders index actually tell us?
3. Short essay: What I bring to ESI (max 1 page) - required
- Please refer to at least one ESI output (report, film, paper) as you explain what you would bring to ESI, assuming that we plan to work on similar products in the future.
- In doing so please indicate precisely your relevant skills and experience - this could be writing/editing experience, any previous work, stays abroad, languages.
4. Short essay: Reading that inspires (1-2 pages) – required
Recent books by ESI staff and fellows (please do not chose any one of these)
You can only become a better writer by becoming a better reader. ESI is about relevant ideas – new and old ideas - freshly presented and applied to new contexts. It is about excellent writing and constant, extensive reading.
If you are interested in ESI you are likely to be interested in many different issues and to read widely. Once part of our team, your contributions will be valuable if you can share insights you gain from your reading with others in our team.
Please send us a summary (at least one page –no more than two) of a book that you read during the past year and which has inspired you so much that you would strongly recommend to every ESI staff member to read it during their next vacation, and be inspired in turn. It can be on any subject, from the biography of Einstein to that of Dante, from the history of art to the history of statistics.
Your review does not need to express any original thoughts on the subject you cover (but it can). We are looking instead for you to present in an effective and gripping way insights contained in the book. The goal is to inspire and convince others to go and buy it right away.
(We might choose to post your text online in a section – "ESI – a think tank of readers for readers - recommends …").
ESI staff meeting (Istanbul)
If you submit a complete application (CV, essays on what you bring to ESI and reading that inspires, preferably optional text analysis) and we are impressed, we guarantee you an interview on Skype within 3 months of your application or a detailed feedback on your application, irrespective of whether we have a position then open.
Please remember to specify your preference for one of the ESI offices (Berlin or Brussels) and your availability.
If we like you, we will make an effort to find a position for you even if one is not currently available.