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Club Alpbach Brussels Scholarships to attend the European Forum Alpbach

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Application Deadline: April 30th 2016

Club Alpbach Brussels awards scholarships to attend the European Forum Alpbach to students and recent graduates who study or work in Belgium. This year’s general topic is ‘Enlightenment’ and it runs from the 17th August to the 2nd September 2016.

scholarship covers the conference fees. We will also reserve a space for you in our shared club accommodation (bed and breakfast in double or triple rooms). The costs for accommodation (roughly €600) and travel are usually not included, though additional funds may be available. If you need help with these costs, please indicate this in your application.


Often called the European version of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the European Forum Alpbach has been attracting leading thinkers and practitioners since 1945: economist Friedrich Hayek, physicist Erwin Schrödinger and philosopher Theodor Adorno attended regularly, as have more recently UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and economist Jeffrey Sachs.

Every year, about 4,000 participants from over 60 countries meet in the picturesque village of Alpbach in the Austrian Alps to discuss emerging trends in eight broad fields: technology; law; European and international affairs; financial markets; the economy; public health; higher education; and architecture and urban planning. Each of these fields has a dedicated “symposium” in the conference schedule. All of the events, however, are united by a loose, overarching theme: in 2016, the European Forum Alpbach will discuss the “New Enlightenment”.


  • All students and recent graduates up to the age of 30 who study or work in Belgium are eligible to apply.
  • looking for individuals who represent a wide spectrum of opinions, and academic and professional backgrounds.

  • Ideally you plan to be in Brussels from September 2016, as we hope you will continue to play an active role in the Club. However, this is no mandatory requirement to apply.

  • In particular, we are looking for individuals who enjoy interdisciplinary debates with a broad variety of people are outgoing and interested in making contacts across Europe have shown engagement beyond their work and study commitments (in extracurricular activities, university societies, charitable work etc.).

How to apply:

The application deadline for the European Forum Alpbach 2016 is the 30.04.2016.

To apply, please send an email to, containing the following documents:

•    Motivation letter – or link to a youtube motivation video –  answering each of the following questions in 200 words (so max. 800 words in total):

o    your reasons for applying

o    which aspects of this year’s conference programme you find particularly interesting o    why we should pick you

o    what you plan to do after graduating (if applicable), and whether you plan to be in Belgium from September 2016

•    Your CV (no photo; max. two pages), preferably in Europass format

If you receive a scholarship from the Non-Profit Foundation of the European Forum Alpbach but want to get to know us and ask us questions beforehand just get in contact with us and we are happy to help.

Please be aware that by applying for a scholarship you allow us to share your CV with our sponsors.

 For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Club Alpbach Brussels Scholarships

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