Countering Hate Speech and Radicalism

Deadline: 31 January 2018
Open to: applicants with some knowledge of the issues of hate speech and far-right radicalism
Costs: fully funded


In recent years, the increase of hate speech throughout Europe has contributed to electoral victories of nationalist parties and the radicalization of far-right movements, fueling hate crimes and violence towards marginalized groups. From forcible evictions of Roma people to stigmatization and attacks of LGBTQI+ and minority faith communities, the hate narrative gradually weakened the social cohesion between communities. Besides, it challenged democracy, equality and the rule of law across the continent. The current political framing, shaped by hate speech and far-right proponents, led national governments to make policy choices that often restrain fundamental rights of people in Europe. As illiberal democracies seem to be on the rise, we are once again moving into a period of strengthening domestic positions through demonizing minority groups, undermining the conditions for transnational, open and democratic societies to thrive. To counteract those trends, European Alternatives is looking for activists and citizens from Central and Eastern Europe willing to stand against those trends and to organize for open societies. Read more

IFS Individual Research Grants


Applications are invited from early-career scientists in IFS eligible developing countries to apply for IFS Individual Research Grants.  These grants are open to carry out research projects for a period of up to 3 years. An applicant must have at least an MSc/MA and must do the research project in an IFS eligible country. Grants are awarded on merit basis which amounts up to USD 12,000. The deadline for submission of research grant applications is  December 31, 2017. Read more

Europeans for Peace

Deadline:  22 January 2018 Open to: schools, in particular, lower or middle secondary schools comprehensive, vocational or special schools and non-school educational institutions from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe or Israel, together with a partner organization from Germany Grant: travel expenses, costs of accommodation and board (programme costs),  materials for developing and presenting the results, feesDESCRIPTION EUROPEANS FOR PEACE wants to get young people interested and invested in human rights, moral courage, and social commitment. In joint project work, young people address diversity, respect and social cohesion.

The projects can be implemented from July 2018 to August 2019. Historical or contemporary approaches are suitable for the project work.

The exchange projects strive for open and diverse societies in a future-oriented and active manner. The young people address sociopolitical subjects such as equal opportunities, inclusion, and participation. They reflect on their own experiences, develop a critical attitude towards discrimination or implement social commitment on the ground. Read more

Think Like a 21st Century Economist

Economics matters enormously for the future, but its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date.

No one can deny it: economics matters. Its theories are the mother tongue of public policy, the rationale for multi-billion-dollar investments, and the tools used to tackle global poverty and manage our planetary home. Pity then that its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date yet still dominate decision-making for the future. Read more

Mediators and Mediation Support

Mediating a peace process requires more than a mediator who is winning the trust of conflict parties and guiding them towards an agreement. Successful mediation typically involves a number of experts that support, develop and strengthen the mediation process. Over the past 10 years, mediation support has become an important feature in international conflict mediation. However, to make mediation support more effective we have to address some shortcomings. A new blog series from EIP’s Mediation Quality Programme. Read more

WBF: First Call for Project Proposals

Western Balkans Fund (WBF) is pleased to announce the First Call for regional Project Proposals. Following the WBF objectives and scope of work, the call aims to promote cooperation and strengthening the relations between Contracting Parties by sharing common values between citizens, civil society and non-profit organizations in the region, and improving the people-to-people contacts Read more

Critical Thinking in the Age of Emoji’s

Fake News. Echo Chambers. Viral Posts. Society looks at Education to help student navigate this “brave new world”. Citizenship is seen as the place to deliver Media Literacy. But Maybe History can Play a Role? The Digital Age has after all brought a lot of tools to the history educators, including easy access to billions of sources…How to choose? What to do? What to teach? Read more

UNESCO Research on Social Media

Does social media lead vulnerable individuals to resort to violence? Many people believe it does. And they respond with online censorship, surveillance and counter-speech. But what do we really know about the Internet as a cause, and what do we know about the impact of these reactions?

Violent extremism is becoming a major challenge for many societies today and is threatening the security and fundamental rights of citizens all over the world. Violent extremism is an affront to the principles of the United Nations, embodied in universal human rights and fundamental freedoms. With a mandate to foster cooperation and solidarity through communication and information, UNESCO supports its Member States and civil society actors in responding to extremism and radicalization on the Internet. Read more