August 22, 2017

MENA Program Call for Applications – September 10, 2017 Deadline

Promotion of think tank work on migration and socio-economic challenges in Morocco

As part of its project on promoting think tank work in the Middle East and North Africa, including Morocco, the DGAP’s MENA program aims to strengthen the scholarly and technical capacities of actors from both regional and EU civil society who are engaged in research, policy analysis, and advising.

The project’s objectives are:

  • to analyze pressing issues and developments in selected countries and the region as a whole;
  • to provide training to develop new as well as to enhance existing policy analysis and advice capacities;
  • to network with peers, political decision-makers, and senior experts to exchange experiences and increase visibility and credibility.

Morocco: Target Group and Thematic Focus

The main target group are mid-level professionals from Morocco and Europe who work in the field of policy analysis and advice in think tanks, academic research institutions, or comparable organizations. The thematic points of focus are migration and socio-economic challenges in Morocco. This can include, but is not limited to, questions regarding the integration of the informal economic sector, reforms of the education system, Morocco’s challenges as both a "sending country" and a "receiving country" for migrants, as well as links between smuggling, human trafficking, and terrorist networks.

Applicants must have a background relevant to these topics and should demonstrate in their application how participation would benefit their professional activities.


Applicants commit to participate in two four-day workshops, one in Berlin (December 7–10, 2017) and one in Rabat (March 15–18, 2018).

Between the two workshops, each participant will write a policy paper (in English) on an issue of their choice related either to migration or to socio-economic challenges in Morocco (approximately 17,000–20,000 characters).

Selected applicants must submit a first draft (approximately 9,000–12,000 characters) at the latest three weeks before the first workshop in Berlin.

Participants will receive guidance and feedback on their papers during the workshops and the main writing phase between mid-December 2017 and early March 2018.

The final draft must be submitted before the second workshop in Rabat, during which all papers will be presented to the group and a selection of papers will be discussed with relevant Moroccan and European decision makers and senior experts. The DGAP may publish high-quality papers online.

Travel Costs and Accommodation

The organizers cover accommodation and provide for travel subsidies based on participants’ country of residence.

Berlin workshop: Participants travelling from Morocco may receive a subsidy of up to 500 euros; participants travelling from the EU, may receive a subsidy of up to 200 euros.

Rabat workshop: participants residing in Morocco are eligible for a subsidy of up to 50 euros; participants travelling from the EU may receive a subsidy of up to 500 euros.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed separately after each workshop.

Workshop in Berlin: December 7–10, 2017

  • Two days of topic analysis and discussion with external experts and presentation of first drafts
  • Two days of training on policy-paper writing and research

Workshop in Rabat: March 15–18, 2018

  • Presentation of final papers to the group and relevant decision makers
  • Two days of training on policy advocacy and communication

The working language is English. Participation in both workshops and submission of a final paper are mandatory.

How to apply

Applications must include:

  • completed application form
  • CV (max. three pages)
  • letter of motivation

Please send your application to An application form is available for download below this entry. Kindly note that only complete applications in English can be considered. The deadline for applications is September 10, 2017.

The project is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

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