European Policy institute – EPI, together with Youth Educational Forum are implementing the project “Building the next generation of youth leaders”, the project is founded by Center for International Private Enterprise – CIPE. The aim of the project is to engage a core group of young Macedonian leaders in civic participation and entrepreneurial activity, and increase informed public discourse of key democratic and economic issues.
The project will support four research papers. The research papers will be prepared by youth research fellows and will be mentored by experienced EPI researchers. The research fellows should be university seniors, recent graduates and postgraduates (aged 21 to 26 years-old).
The interested fellows should address the following topics:
- ● underlying factors to the youth brain drain,
- ● an assessment of available and untapped opportunities for youth entrepreneurship
- ● resources and toolkits for young people to navigate the Macedonian job market,
- ● analysis of the business environment for potential young entrepreneurs, and
- ● other democratic and economic issues related with youth unemployment and leadership potential—both entrepreneurial and civic.
The research findings will be presented on high level round table that will be attended by the key policy makers and stakeholders.
For this purpose, the European Policy Institute, invites all interested youth researchers in Macedonia with relevant research experience in the field to submit a study proposal. The research papers should address concrete problems of the foregoing fields of interests. The papers will be further developed with the help of the experienced researchers form the European Policy Institute that will cooperate the research fellows for further development of the proposed methodology and to determinate relevant research indicators. Youth research fellows will receive training on conducting field and desk research, qualitative and quantitative methods, data collection and analysis.
Seventy-five copies of the youth research fellows’ research papers will be made available in hard copy in multiple languages (Macedonian, Albanian, and English) for distributed to the public and the key stakeholders and at the roundtable, which in return will contribute to a wider dissemination. The research papers will also be published by EPI, YEF, and CIPE on their websites and circulated widely via social media and email to their networks.
The selected researchers should submit the papers six months from the day of signing of the contract. The papers should be written in Macedonian or Albanian, and later will be translated. Each of the studies should have between 5000 and 7000 words. They should contain:
- ● Summary;
- ● Literature overview;
- ● Methodology;
- ● Discussion on the findings of the research;
- ● Conclusion;
- ● Bibliography.
Oxford style of referencing should be used. There will be honoraria of 600 USA per research.
The interested candidates should submit their research proposals, along with a short CV (max. 2 pages) to the European Policy Institute (email@example.com), no later than 20 September 2016. The proposal for research paper can be submitted individually or by a group of researchers. The research proposals should be between 500-700 words and should include:
- ● Topic,
- ● Summary of the research and
- ● Proposed methodology.
The proposals shall be selected on the basis of the relevance of the topic, the quality of the summary, and the consistency of the methodology, as well as the professional experience of the researcher.
For additional information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone number: 078 361 314
 The honoraria remains the same regardless if its one researcher or group of researchers.