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Abigail Browne Fellowship - Invitation to apply for 2017/2018 edition

Cullen International announces a new fellowship in memory of Abigail Browne (1976-2015). The fellowship remembers Abigail's life and recognises her work in the field of communications regulation, which had a particular focus on European countries outside the EU.


The aim of the fellowship is to promote the exchange of perspectives and best practices in the field of communications regulation among European states, including building on the EU’s common regulatory framework for electronic communications.


Candidates are therefore invited to submit their ideas for a research project to improve the understanding of communications regulation, contributing to the more efficient or effective regulation of the sector and/or the sharing of best practice (telecoms, media, digital economy, postal regulation and competition law).

Current areas of particular interest could include: the future development of the EU’s common regulatory framework for electronic communications; how different patterns of infrastructure investment affect competition and access regulation; the need for and benefits of a regionally harmonised regulatory approach; and the interaction of technology developments and regulation. However, other research topics are equally welcome so long as the research meets the fellowship criteria of improving the understanding of communications regulation and promoting the exchange of ideas and best practice.  

Compensation & Timing

The successful candidate will receive a fellowship of €4.5K and be given the opportunity to work at Cullen International’s offices in Brussels for three months (or more depending on academic requirements) in the first half of 2018, with access to our extensive database of regulatory research. Travel and accommodation expenses will also be covered, in the amount of up to €3K. 

Presentation of the research in September 2018

At the end of the fellowship period, the successful candidate would be expected to present his/her research findings to an invited audience of regulatory experts.

Applications for the 2018 fellowship are now closed!

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Past research topics and selected candidates


Catalina Capatina was awarded with the fellowship in January 2017. Her research theme was about the GDPR (Digital Economy):

The Right to be Forgotten is here... to stay

After four years of negotiations and talks, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was adopted in April 2016, and will apply from May 2018. The new Regulation replaces the existing Data Protection Directive created in 1995. The GDPR includes an important and very often cited right to be forgotten (RtBF) that received the most attention particularly following the CJEU decision in the Google Spain case. In the GDPR, this right means that, when an operator has made personal data public and is obliged to erase the data, it will have to inform other operators processing the data (e.g. a search engine provider) that an individual in question has requested the erasure of any links to or replication of that data.

Catalina Capatina holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies - Internet, Media & Globalisation Track - from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. At the same university she is completing her Master's Degree in New Media and Society in Europe. Her research interests lie in the area of privacy, data protection, cybersecurity and internet governance.

She has worked previously as an intern at the Institute for European Studies on projects related to internet governance, migration and gender diversity. Romanian is her mother tongue and she also speaks Dutch, English, French, Italian and Russian.  

Read the final publication


 In memory of our dear colleague, Abigail, who sadly passed away in May 2015. Abigail was following telecoms regulation in Turkey, Estonia, Latvia and the UK. She was lead author of the quarterly Central & Eastern Europe Telecom Update. She is      deeply missed as a member of our team, a highly gifted analyst, and as a friend.


*Current CEPT member states that are not in the EU are: Albania, Andorra, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Vatican.