March 19, 2011

Open Ukraine Foundation Writing Competition 2011

Within the framework of the Kyiv Security Forum (KSF), the Open Ukraine Foundation of Arseniy Yatsenyuk  announces a writing competition among young researchers (under the age of 35) from the Black Sea littoral states and also all the other BSEC member-states. The competition is supported by the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation – A Project of German Marshall Fund of the United States.

The Writing Competition 2011 appeals to stimulate regional cooperation in the research field and to promote collaboration among young researchers from the Black Sea region. The prize will be attributed to two researchers who jointly have produced the most innovative and sophisticated analysis of the common security concerns in the Black Sea region with inventive suggestions for resolutions of these issues. 

Ø     The 2 authors of the best paper selected by the Board of Experts will be awarded a stipend that allows them to participate in a thematic event in the International Neighborhood Symposium on 28 June 3 July 2011 in Turkey;
Ø     Three best papers selected by the Board of Experts will be published on the KSF website and widely disseminated via the KSF network, including partner-institutions in each of the Black Sea states and relevant international institutions.

Topic: Any topic addressing current issues of Black Sea Security that have a significant impact on the European and regional security. Papers covering any of the following are eligible:
1.    How the different versions of security – hard and soft (smart) – coexist or complement each other in the Black Sea region?
2.    Marginalization of the Black Sea region in the context of ongoing North African developments: would it be possible to keep the Black Sea security challenges on the radar screen?
3.    How could cooperation among individuals complement the ongoing state-led efforts to deal with the Black Sea region's security challenges?
4.    Innovative and efficient human security strategies in the wider Black Sea region.
5.    Violence and terrorism in the wider Black Sea Region: repercussions for regional and European security.

Eligibility: The competition is open to young researches (under age of 35) from the BSEC member-states (Albania, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Romania, Ukraine, Turkey). Submitted papers must be prepared together by two researchers from different countries and primarily focus on the Black Sea security issues and challenges and the ways of their resolution. They have to represent the most innovative analysis of common security concerns in the region.

Submission requirements:
Ø     Papers must be submitted by the deadline in Word format. A submission identification number will be assigned to you by the Competition Administrator. Include your names, affiliation, contact information and the title of your paper in the body of the e-mail. The names of the researchers should not otherwise appear in the paper text or footnotes of the paper.
Ø     Papers shall not exceed 6-8 typewritten pages in length (18000 symbols) double-spaced (Times New Roman or Arial typeface), including footnotes and appendices (both of which may be single-spaced). 12 point font size shall be used for text and appendices; 10 point or 12 point font size may be used for footnotes. Same-page footnotes are strongly preferred instead of endnotes. Proper citation forms must be used.
Ø     Papers should be prepared in pairs and submitted in English.
Ø     No more than one paper may be submitted by the same pair of researchers. 

Cover page information: Each submitted paper shall have a cover page which includes (i) the title of the paper; (ii) the names, affiliation, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and scanned copy of the IDs of the submitting researchers.  

Deadline for submission:  All papers submitted for the Competition must be received by the Foundation no later than 6:00 p.m. CET, 2 May 2011. They should be transmitted electronically, in MS Word, to Ms. Mariya Heletiy, Program Manager at the Open Ukraine Foundation, at: or at
Selection of winners: Papers will be judged based on criteria including: originality, timeliness of topic, quality and creativity of analysis, knowledge of common security concerns in the wider Black Sea region. Winning papers will be selected by the Board of Experts, comprising of the 9 distinguished experts in the field of the Black Sea security. Competition winners will be notified before on May 31st, 2011, and an announcement of the winners will be sent to all entrants shortly thereafter.

Inquiries: Any inquiries regarding the Competition should be directed to Ms. Mariya Heletiy, at +380 44 235 95 68 or For additional information visit: or

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