Eastern European Academy for Social Democracy

Deadline: 15 October 2016
Open to: participants between the ages of 25 and 35 years,  from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Germany, Moldova, the Russian Federation, or Ukraine
Cost: all costs related to the programme will be covered by the organizers


The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung invites progressive young leaders between 25 and 35 years to apply for the first edition of the Eastern European Academy for Social Democracy, which will take place from 20th to 27th of November 2016 in Germany (Berlin, Schwerin).

The Goals of the programme includes:

  • Besides promoting peaceful dialogue, mutual understanding and the exchange of social democratic policies the academy offers participatory workshops on practical key competences and soft skills;
  • Furthermore, the programme will provide a deep insight into the political situation of the respective host country and high level discussions with politicians and civil society experts;
  • As an expected outcome the Academy wants to create a growing, sustainable network of Eastern European future leaders who are willing to facilitate dialogue orientated processes in connecting young, committed, and progressive people who are open to find new ideas on how to cooperate within Europe.

Participants of the first edition are welcome to apply for future editions as well. The sustainable work with alumni as well as the creation of a strong progressive network within the project region will play a significant role and require a long-term commitment by the participants. That includes willingness and competence in organizing political contact programmes in your country on the national and regional layer  together with the organizers of the programme


  • Citizenship of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Germany, Moldova, the Russian Federation, or Ukraine;
  • Between 25 and 35 years of age;
  • Command of English language;
  • Young leader in a progressive political party or a social democratic youth organization; young member of Parliament, junior government official or activist in civil society;
  • Willingness to support organizing an interesting and target orientated programme in the candidate’s own country for the other participants of the programme when the academy will take place there;
  • Willingness to actively take part in alumni activities in order to help to create a growing, sustainable network of alumni.


All costs related to the programme will be covered by the organizers.

How to Apply?

Submit a letter of motivation and a one-page CV to Olga Melykh: [email protected]. The letter should include not only your personal motivation but also 2-3 ideas why the creation of a network like this is meaningful for future cooperation in Europe. The motivation letter should not exceed two pages.

Please Note. Short listed candidates will be invited to a Skype interview throughout October and note the organizers aim is to ensure a gender balance of participants in the program..

For more information please visit the official web page.

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