As EWI approaches its 10th Anniversary it is both a time for celebration and for reflection. Over the last 10 years EWI has been able to mobilise over €2.5 million of which over €1 million has been delivered in direct grants to women-led initiatives.

Great strides have been made yet with progress come questions and, particularly in the field of peace and reconciliation, the need to step back and take stock of what has and has not been achieved.

The socio-political context around us is changing dramatically. More than ever women’s voices need to be heard and women’s contribution to peace and nonviolence acknowledged and supported. Yet at EWI we are seeing a decreasing number of applications for project funding in this field.

What are the dynamics at play? What is the state of health of the peace movement? Who is engaging in peacebuilding, what are their principles and motivation, and what form is peace activism now taking? What are the current peace challenges, such as violent ideologies? Looking beyond the traditional allies, are there new opportunities before us? What are the priorities for the region?

Open Call for research articles 

EWI invites women scholars and students to explore these questions through research focused on the EWI region (i.e. Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and/or Serbia). The following strategic questions have been selected to stimulate analysis and reflection towards a research and a resultant article of up to 8,000 words). Women scholars are invited to respond directly to one of the following of set questions, or raise an additional question related to the theme of peacebuilding.

1. Do women have a unique contribution to make as peacebuilders and leaders of social transformation? How do EWI grantee partners compare to/with other peace initiatives, organisations or management structures, not led by women?

2. Within the region’s monotheistic religions, what supports/encourages women to engage in social change, and to develop into leaders?

3. Faith-based, motivated and inspired organisations are situated between religious communities, churches and civil society. Where do they belong? Does civil society recognise organisations/ individuals who engage in peacebuilding from within a religious context? Are religious communities and churches too “civil-society oriented”?

4. Why is a believer from a different religious communities or church closer to me than I think? What brings us together? What are the shared values from the gender and peacebuilding perspective?

5. What is the relevance of peacebuilding and nonviolence today in the region? How is it defined and how does it relate in practical terms to women’s lives and realities in 2017? What are the tangible building blocks of grassroots women’s peacebuilding?


Additional topics: 

– How do nationalism, religious extremism and xenophobia impact peacebuilding from a gender perspective?

– What are the peacebuilding potentials and/or political consequences of a new nostalgia for the return to the past? How does a cross-cutting perspective of religion and gender relate to them?

– Ideologies of violence: origins, impact and alternatives;

– Disenfranchised and segregated sections of the community – causes, scope, consequences and alternatives.


Who can apply?? 

Eligible candidates are women scholars or students who can demonstrate their capacity for quality, scientific research and writing, exhibiting their commitment to gender equality, nonviolence, ecumenical openness and inter-religious coexistence. Candidates must be residents of either Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro or Serbia.

Grant amounts 

  • • Grant type 1 (travel/research): HRK 11,250 / EUR 1,500
  • • Grant type 2 (theoretical/research): HRK 9,375 / EUR 1,250

Fellowship duration 

  • • Fellowship period is four months: Sep – Dec 2017

EWI Fellowships conditions 

Each selected candidate/EWI Fellow:

  • • nominates a reader (to be approved by EWI) to act as mentor and editor;
  • • completes the research and submits the finished article in the given period;
  • • submits the article in Croatian or Bosnian or Serbian;
  • • is responsible for the professional editing and proofreading of her article following EWI approval and before final submission;
  • • retains the right to use and publish her article elsewhere, noting that the work was created in collaboration with the EWI.

EWI bears responsibility for:

  • • translation and proof reading of the approved article into English;
  • • grant payment which is made following submission of the final approved article;
  • • payment of the Reader honorariums following submission of the final approved article;
  • • e-publication of both language versions of the approved articles on the EWI website.

EIŽ: Četvrt kralja Slavca 3, 21310 Omiš – Hrvatska Tel: +385 21 862 599 Fax: +385 21 757 085 e-mail:


1. Expression of interest – free form 

2. Full application – Application Form 

1. Expression of interest 

Send your expression of interest – maximum 1 page – taking care to include: 1) grant type applied for, 2) selected theme, 3) the problem researched, questions it aims to answer and hypothesis and 4) approach methodology. Expressions in either Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian or English should be sent by Monday 10th July 2017 to .

2. Full application 

1. In EWI’s invitation, applications must be submitted using the set format by Monday 28th August 2017 to

2. Applications must include:

– Curriculum vitae including a list of publications and/or research projects (if applicable)

– Letter of motivation (specifically highlighting any work or projects related to EWI themes, and a summary of relevant papers and publications)

– Writing sample (can be a published text) of at least five pages.

Selection and approval 

Screening of all applications will be led by an external expert engaged by EWI to manage and steer the Fellowship Programme during this anniversary Call. The external expert also approves the final article prior to grant payments in collaboration with the five ordinary members of the EWI Assembly.

For any additional information, please contact the EWI office.

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