Legal Dialogue Travel Grants and Fellowships


Call for Applications


• Travel Grants

• Fellowship at Citizen Network Watchdog Poland



Travel Grants


The Legal Dialogue Travel Grants 2020 offers financial assistance for the participation of legal professionals from the European Union and Russia in conferences, seminars or other educational activities in the field of human rights and public interest law as well as other relevant topics. The events can be held by organisations worldwide. Due to the current travel restrictions, only participation in online events is supported. 


The programme is running from 20 August until 31 December 2020. The funding is granted only for an event within the indicated period, it is not possible to apply for an event that takes place in 2021. This year, we will select the winners always once per month: 20th September, 20th October and 20th November 2020 as long as our budget isn’t spent.


Legal Dialogue Travel Grants are open for legal experts from the EU and Russia working with or directly supporting civil society. You can apply for financial support if you want to take part in an online event or if you organise the online event yourself and you would like to invite an external expert. First-time applicants and members and supporters of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum will be given priority in the selection procedure. 


Online events focusing on human rights and public interest law are eligible for support. They can be organized by civil society organisations, universities or international organisations worldwide. Have a look at the calendar of the Legal Dialogue Journal for inspiration.


Selected grantees are required to submit the article for the Legal Dialogue Journal following the event. The Legal Dialogue Journal is a multi-thematic online platform aiming to explore various topic connected to human rights protection and public interest law developments in the EU and Russia. The grantees can pitch the topics discussed during the supported event or propose different topic they would like to work on.


The grants cover the participation fee for attending an online event up to 500 EUR and expert fees for the invitation of an external expert to an online event the applicant organises him*herself up to 500 EUR as well. If the event is free of charge, the grant is 250 EUR. In all cases, the grant is paid only after the grantee submits an article for the Legal Dialogue Journal.


The application should consist of:

- Short description of your activities within civil society and your motivation for taking part in the online event (incl. the amount of the participation fee) (max. 1 page);

- Pitch for the Legal Dialogue Journal. 

Please send the application to until 20th September 2020. Later applications will be reviewed afte the 20th of each month.   


An international independent jury will select the winners and the amount of funding according to the programme guidelines

All winners of the competition will sign a contract on financial support with the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum. Conditions for funding are writing an article for the Legal Dialogue Journal after the event as well as providing all necessary accounting documents by the agreed deadline.


Fellowship at Citizen Network Watchdog Poland

EU-Russia Civil Society Forum’s Legal Dialogue Programme offers two-month fellowship at the Citizen Network Watchdog Polska (Warsaw, Poland) from 1 October to 30 November 2020.

We are looking for legal professionals from the Russian Federation working for civil society organisations including the legal clinics with two to six years of experience. The ideal candidate will have a high standard of written and oral English or Polish language and interest in working on topics connected to access to information; transparency of the public sector and/or community participation. The experience in international human rights law and litigation is a plus.

We provide:

• Reimbursement of travel costs, contribution for accommodation (up to 500 EUR/month) and living expenses (up to 500 EUR/month)

• Professional guidance at the host institution

• Assistance with the logistics

We require:

• CV and motivation letter in English or Polish language including two contacts for references (maximum: 2 pages)

• Suggestion of the topic for the article at Legal Dialogue Journal (maximum: 1⁄2 page)

What to do next:

• Send all the documents to until 3 September 2020. The winning application will be selected until 10 September 2020.

• For any inquires about the fellowship, contact Legal Dialogue Programme coordinator Nela Larysova at

The Citizens Network Watchdog Poland is an independent, apolitical and non-profit organization in the form of a watchdog and think-do-tank organization for the public benefit. Over the last sixteen years, it has been working for transparency in the public realm, good government and the accountability of power in Poland. By providing legal advice to the citizens of Poland, the organisation has built up a sound knowledge on the topic of access to public information, civil control and common decision-making by citizens in public matters.

In case of the negative developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, we reserve the right to conduct the activity online.

Additional information

Guidelines for contributions to the Legal Dialogue Journal
Policy on conflicting interests & Jury mandate
Legal Dialogue Journal events calendar