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Research fellowships

Goals


The aim of the competition is to support talented researchers and practitioners in Russia and abroad in their academic and applied research in the philanthropy field. Studying new phenomena and trends in Russian and foreign modern philanthropy and analyzing theoretical problems or practical issues in the philanthropy field will engage Russian and global professional philanthropic community in a public dialogue on relevant issues in the development of the non-profit sector.


Opportunities


The winners will be able to further enhance their professional competences through Research fellowships and create their Resulting Materials, which will help them and their organizations to attain a qualitatively new level.

There are two nominations in the competition differing on the format of participation – online or offline. The amount of grants depends on the format:

  • The maximum amount of charitable support for the offline fellowship is 450,000 rubles.

  • The maximum amount of charitable support for the online fellowship is 200,000 rubles.

 

Who can take part in the competition


The Applicants may apply for the competition provided that they have at least 5 years of proven academic or practical experience in the fields of philanthropy/charity, social investment, education, and/or research in social sciences and humanities.

The Competition is open to:


  • staff members and consultants of non-governmental non-profit organizations situated in the Russian Federation or abroad and registered as required by applicable law, including those specialized, according to their Bylaws or Regulations, in academic research and projects in social sciences and humanities, and/or non-profit sector studies;

  • staff members and consultants of higher education institutions situated in the Russian Federation or abroad and registered as required by applicable law, holding academic degrees of candidate/doctor or academic titles of “docent”/”professor” (or foreign equivalents of said academic degrees and titles);

  • independent Russian and foreign experts in philanthropy development and non-profit field.

A full list of entry requirements can be found in the “Principles and guidelines awarding “Research Fellowships” support


Non-eligible competition participants

  • State public officials

  • staff members of for-profit organizations

  • current Foundation partners

  • expert board members who evaluated applications for this competition, unless 2 calendar years have passed from the expiry date of their last contract with the Foundation and expert boards members who evaluated applications under any competitions under the Program, unless 1 calendar year has passed from the expiry date of their last contract with the Foundation

  • members of the Editorial Board of the Center for Philanthropy Development

  • reviewers who reviewed materials suggested for publication of the Center for Philanthropy Development, unless 1calendar year has passed from the expiry date of their last contract with the Foundation

others.


A full list of restrictions on participation can be found in the “Principles and guidelines awarding “Research Fellowships” support”.


Evaluation Criteria


  • the Applicant’s personal competence and professional achievements;

  • the Applicant’s knowledge of trends and best practices in his/her subject area;

  • conformity of the Resulting Material with the Competition goals and objectives;

  • contribution of the planned Resulting Material to academic and/or practical development of its topic;

  • realistic budget: conformity of the expenses with the stated goals and results.


How the competition is run


The competition is held annually in 4 cycles; applications are accepted and considered once every 3 months, as long as the competition’s total grant budget is not exceeded.

The competition language is Russian for citizens of the Russian Federation; Russian or English (optional) for citizens of other countries.


Competitive Selection Stages


All applications accepted for participation in the competition based on the formal criteria are evaluated online by experts invited by the Foundation. Each application is evaluated by at least two Expert Board members independently of each other according to the approved evaluation criteria. Based on the online evaluation results, a consolidated rating is compiled regardless of the nomination.


The final decision with regard to selecting the competition winners is made collegially at an in-person or online meeting of the Expert Board and executed as the meeting minutes.


No more than 8 professionals become the Winners in all four cycles of the Competition, provided that the approved competition grant budget is not exceeded, regardless of the nomination (online or offline format).


Grant Budget


2.85 million rubles

 

Schedule

 

Cycle 1

  • Call for applications: 01.06.2021-31.08.2021

  • Evaluation of applications: 01.09.2021-15.09.2021

  • Announcement of winners: no later than 15.09.2021

  • Conclusion of a charitable support agreement: no later than 30.09.2021

 

Cycle 2

  • Call for applications: 01.09.2021-30.11.2021

  • Evaluation of applications: 01.12.2021-15.12.2021

  • Announcement of winners: no later than 15.12.2021

  • Conclusion of a charitable support agreement: no later than 30.12.2021


Cycle 3

  • Call for applications: 01.12.2021-28.02.2022

  • Evaluation of applications: 01.03.2022-15.03.2022

  • Announcement of winners: no later than 15.03.2022

  • Conclusion of a charitable support agreement: no later than 30.03.2022


Cycle 4

  • Call for applications: 01.03.2022-31.05.2022

  • Evaluation of applications: 01.06.2022-15.06.2022

  • Announcement of winners: no later than 15.06.2022

  • Conclusion of a charitable support agreement: no later than 30.06.2022


We will soon be accepting applications through our new portal. Below is the application form for your review. Stay tuned! 

Contact Person

Roman Sklotskiy

Director of the Center for Philanthropy Development, The Vladimir Potanin Foundation

philanthropy@fondpotanin.ru

Competition nominations

  • Offline Format

    The Winners’ Research Fellowship takes place offline at the premises of the Center for Philanthropy Development. Travel within the Russian Federation is also possible. The duration of the Research Fellowship is no less than 5 and no more than 10 days. The maximum amount of charitable support is 450,000 rubles.

  • Online Format

    The Winners’ Research Fellowship takes place online at the Winner’s location. The duration of the Research Fellowship is no less than 5 and no more than 15 days. The maximum amount of charitable support is 200,000 rubles.

Documents of program «Center for Philanthropy Development»

2 june 2021
The Centre for Philanthropy Development is launching an international “Research Fellowships” competition

“Research Fellowships” competition aimed at exploring scientific and applied issues in philanthropy and supporting talented researchers and practitioners in this field