Despite progress in women’s representation at managerial and ministerial levels in the EU, US, and the UN, gaps persist. There is growing evidence of the impact gender imbalances in leadership have on foreign and security policy. The pivotal role of women in peacekeeping is clear, backed by research showing that gender equality enhances sustainable and effective peace negotiations. Gender equality also fosters better health, economic growth, and security in societies. However, women continue to encounter significant obstacles to directly engaging in peace and political processes. Advocating and supporting specific measures to advance women’s direct participation is crucial for achieving genuine equality and fostering inclusive, enduring peace.

Project Objectives: The main goal of this project is to empower a group of young female experts from 8 Central and East European countries in the area of regional security and foreign policy, which is dominated by men, to invest in their development as future female leaders, civil society leadership, decision-makers, diplomats, and peacebuilders.

  • Promote the accomplishments of young female experts in the area of regional security and foreign policy from eight Central and East European countries (including the Baltic States, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine).
  • Enhance the finalists’ development, participation, and career opportunities.
  • Expand networking opportunities with experts, decision-makers, and civil society in Central Europe and beyond.

Selected Finalists Will:

  1. Publish and promote their publications via the Casimir Pulaski Foundation website and network,
  2. Collaborate with fellow finalists and Casimir Pulaski experts online,
  3. Participate in the Warsaw Security Forum discussions and events,
  4. Potentially join the Casimir Pulaski Foundation expert team. Selected individuals will have the opportunity to collaborate with the Foundation on various activities, including publications, analyses, expertise, media contributions, and future projects (such as the Warsaw Security Forum and Women in International Security).
  5. The fellowship will be conducted remotely with in-person attendance to Warsaw Security Forum 2024, covered by the program.


  1. Young female professionals under the age of 40.
  2. Individuals must be from any of the Central European countries including Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.
  3. Excellent written English skills.
  4. Educational or professional background in a relevant field such as political science, energy, economics, cybersecurity, international relations, public policy, sociology, or another related discipline.
  5. Research experience: Strong ability to design, conduct, and analyze qualitative and quantitative research.
  6. Analytical Skills: Ability to synthesize complex information and data from multiple sources. Critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.
  7. Strong ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, using effective verbal communication skills.

Application: HERE

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