Scholarship for United 4 News program


Open to:

Citizens or permanent residents of one of the following countries: Czechia, Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine, Poland

Deadline:

31 July, 2022

Grant:

Fully-funded scholarship

Location:

Warsaw, Poland

DESCRIPTION

The Visegrad School of Political Studies is a joint project of the European Academy of Diplomacy and the Council of Europe that brings together young politicians, civil society activists, journalists and civil servants from the countries of the Visegrád Group – Czechia, Hungary, Poland & Slovakia, with frequent presence of our neighbors in Ukraine.

We are currently organizing a project called United 4 News - Building Democratic Resilience against Disinformation. The program is addressed to 15 political and social leaders interested in building resilience against disinformation in Central and Eastern Europe. During three in-person sessions (Warsaw, Prague, Kyiv (tbc)), one online session (Warsaw), 15 local workshops (conducted by each participant in his/her local community) and an online course (preparation) the participants will discuss country-specific challenges and successful examples of building democratic resilience to “fake news” and propaganda.

The main objective of the program is to build resilience against disinformation in Central and Eastern Europe. During all meetings and workshops, 15 political and social leaders in the Czechia, Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine, and Poland will discuss country-specific challenges and successful examples of building democratic resilience to “fake news” and propaganda. The program will also offer practical training on disinformation, which will include topics such as the impact of disinformation and media propaganda on society, politics and international relations; recognizing disinformation and disinformation campaigns; strategies for countering official propaganda; tools of manipulation: cultural differences in creating disinformation and censorship of the media; and disinformation in Central and Eastern Europe in the last decade in the context of political interests.

The project is organized thanks to the support of the National Endowment for Democracy.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Citizen or permanent resident of one of the following countries: Czechia, Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine, Poland
  • Minimum 20 years of age
  • Working experience and proven track history of involvement and engagement within their community (i.e. involvement in the NGO sector, civil society organizations, etc.)
  • Proven track record and/or interest in themes related to countering disinformation
  • English language competence: C1

BENEFITS

Participation in in-person trainings:

  • Warsaw
  • Prague
  • Warsaw/Kyiv (TBC)

The program is a full scholarship initiative with all fees, such as the following, covered:

  • Accommodation
  • Travel reimbursement
  • Tuition fee
  • Workshop materials
  • Coffee breaks, lunches or dinners

Participation in the World Forum for Democracy 2022 for selected participants.

HOW TO APPLY?

Apply via link: https://visegradschool.org/apply-united-4-news/