Call for Applications

2018 Swedish Institute (SI) Summer Academy for Young Professionals in Western Balkans

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Application Deadline: 15th May 2018.

Are you under 36 years old, and interested in building networks and increasing your knowledge of transparent, efficient and resilient public administration? Do you currently work with public administration, in politics or within the civil society? Apply today to the first SI Summer Academy for Young Professionals in Western Balkans (SAYP WB) 2018.

The Swedish Institute (SI) is pleased to welcome applications to SAYP WB from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Sweden. The call for applications is open between 11 April – 15 May 2018.

SAYP is a leadership and training programme developed to build awareness, capacity and resilience in the practice of governance in countries of Western Balkans. The programme attempts to strengthen young professionals and their individual capabilities to participate in the process of developing a more sustainable governance structure.

Participation in SAYP starts with a thematic module (usually some 30 participants, and about two weeks in duration), which is free of charge and includes food, accommodation and flight tickets. The module is focused on:

  • Network-building
  • Experience-sharing
  • Development of new knowledge


The programme targets young professionals (up to 35 years old) already employed either in the state structures (state, regions, municipalities) or in political organisations, parties or movements. Also civil society workers and employees of public companies may apply. In SAYP 2018 applicants from the following categories have priority:

  • Policymakers (politicians, government officials, employees of political parties)
  • Public servants (non-political civil servants working at government agencies)
  • Civil society workers (CSO/NGO volunteers/employees)

​Young professionals who do not belong to any of the categories above, e.g. employed in the private sector, or working as independent consultants/freelancers, may also apply but will not be prioritized in the selection.

Participants will learn by taking part in practical tasks, exchanging experiences and finding common solutions to challenges within modern governance.


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the SI Summer Academy for Young Professionals in Western Balkans

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