The SI Summer Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP) 2017

The SI Summer Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP) 2017

Closing date: 19 February 2017

The Swedish Institute (SI) invites young professionals to apply for participation in SAYP 2017.

SAYP is a training programme developed to build new networks, knowledge and practices for increased transparency, efficiency and resilience in public administration in the Baltic Sea region and in the EU Eastern Partnership countries. The programme also aims to strengthen young professionals and their individual capabilities to meet the requirements of a modern governance structure.

This year, the programme offers three different thematic modules that applicants may choose from, depending on which topics within sustainable modern governance they are interested in.

The programme consists of three main components; the first takes place in the participants’ home countries in the form of preparatory meetings and/or reading of material provided by the thematic module organisers. This is followed by an intense thematic two-weeks-module in Sweden during the period of June–August. The module is followed up in the participants’ home countries during autumn, in the form of, for example study visits or workshops.

After participating in SAYP, all former participants become members of the SI Alumni Network, a vast professional and global contact network meant to keep building good practices and mutual learning processes for a sustainable future. SI also offers SAYP alumni exclusively the opportunity to apply for Peer shadowing, a short-term mobility grant which allows for week-long visits to an organisation in another country, where the visiting peer can closely follow/shadow one or several colleagues to observe/study how their workplace/organisation is structured and functions in practice.

In 2017, SAYP offers three separate two-week thematic modules with 30-35 participants each. The modules, which have different topics/focus, are held at Malmö University between 13-24 June, at Linköping University 7-18 August, and Lund University 14-25 August.

The application period for SAYP 2017 is 16 January – 19 February 2017.

Who can apply?
The programme is targeted primarily at young professionals (up to 35 years old) already employed in the state structures, working with development of policy and measures to create a more transparent, resilient and efficient public administration. But SAYP has a cross-sectoral ambition and we also welcome participants from other parts of the society, if the thematic focus of the module is relevant for the candidate’s professional development, and to the work at his/her home organisation.

In 2017, we are focusing on young professionals from these groups:

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)
A general requirement for any applicant is a good command of English language and a relevant education, consisting of at least three years of previous studies. Previous participants of SAYP are not eligible to apply.

Eligible countries
Citizens of Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Sweden and Ukraine up to 35 years old may apply to SAYP. Young professionals employed in any of the above-mentioned countries but with a citizenship of another country in the Baltic Sea region are also qualified to apply. Young professionals currently not working in any of the eligible countries according to the above cannot apply.

Practical details
Participation in the programme is offered free of charge and includes, meals, accommodation and travel expenses to Sweden. Some minor expenses may be expected during the stay in Sweden, depending on what the participants choose to do in their spare time and during the free days in the weekend.

Find more information and apply here

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