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Conference venue: Belgrade and Skopje
Period: April 2-12, 2015
Application deadline: February 28, 2015
Hands on the Balkans is a blend of skill building and field experience seminars set to take place in April and the summer months in the Belgrade-Skopje and Belgrade-Kosovo regions. The seminars are geared to provide emerging professionals, students and graduates of political science with on-site educational experience in international development in the Balkans. Each group will consist of a maximum of 14 participants. Along with a unique and one of a kind experience, students and young professionals will have the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded individuals to enhance their networks and further their careers.
The HoB seminars are run with the support of the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Sciences. The seminars will build off of the structure established with the two Belgrade-Kosovo programs that took place in July and August of 2014. Both programs were attended at full capacity and included participants from Macedonia, the UK, Germany, the United States, Portugal, Croatia, Serbia, Switzerland, Slovakia, Armenia, France, Australia, and Greece. Lecturers included Professors Jovan Teokarevic and Filip Ejdus from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade, independent foreign affairs analyst Srdjan Gligorijevic, and Professor Branislav Radeljic of the University of East London. Field meetings were conducted with the OSCE, USAID, civil society organizations including the Center for Cultural Decontamination, the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, and media outlets including Radio Television Belgrade and B92, BETA news agency and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. The two-day visit to Kosovo included meetings with the Institute for Development Policy, KosovaLive, the Center for Community Development, EULEX, and the Kosovo MFA.