Programme for Young Government Officials

Deadline: 20/09/2010
Open to: Civil Servants of ministries in the Western Balkans
Fund: 1,500 euros and travel, food and accomodation expenses

Fellowship Programme for Young Government Officials from the Western Balkans – Supporting Excellence and Leadership in Governance is looking for the decision-makers of tomorrow who want to shape regional and European collaboration using their energy and enthusiasm.
Date: April 2011 – July 2011

The Programme aims to contribute to the development of effective and efficient state administrations in the region by offering a tailor-made fellowship and training programme for highly qualified young professionals from the central government (including cantonal level government in Bosnia Herzegovina and regional level government of Vojvodina in Serbia) of the countries of the Western Balkans.

20 Scholarships

Up to 20 scholarships are made available for civil servants from the Western Balkans to spend a three-month fellowship in government institutions in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.
By participating in the Programme, the Fellows have the opportunity to:

  • get professional experience in EU countries’ federal or state government agencies,
  • gain peer-to-peer exchange of experience,
  • receive training on EU (and other international) issues,
  • receive training on their respective field of expertise,
  • acquire leadership and management skills at seminars,
  • have an opportunity to get closely acquainted with their colleagues from the region as well as the EU, and thus
  • create links between administrations through individual networks,
  • serve as ambassadors of their respective countries,
  • learn a foreign language
  • participate in the alumni network.


Civil Servants of ministries in the Western Balkan countries can apply.
The Programme is specifically designed for civil servants from the central government
(including cantonal level government in Bosnia Herzegovina and regional level government
of Vojvodina in Serbia) who have several years of professional experience in public
administration and have already assumed initial managerial responsibilities or are preparing
for a position of leadership. Basic knowledge of the workings of the European Union is
required and personal enthusiasm for the European idea is essential.

Click here for the prerequisites.

Finance and Benefits

During the Programme duration, fellows receive a monthly stipend of 1,500 euros from the European Fund for the Balkans in addition to the re-allocation fee. The costs for language training are also reimbursed up to the fixed sum of 1,500 euro. Travel, accommodation and any other essential maintenance costs relating to seminars and other compulsory events are also covered. The EFB supports the fellows with organisational issues.


The application process for the Fellowship Programme consists of three phases:
•    Online application:
•    Submitting additional documents via E-mail (upon request)
•    Interview

Applications will be made exclusively through the online application form and must be submitted before September 20, 2010

For more details, click here.

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