| Deadline: 15 September 2016

KAS Eastern Partnership School of Excellency – Call for applications

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung invites young leaders from politics, law, civil society, media, economy and science from the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia to take part in its programme 'KAS Eastern Partnership School of Excellency', which aims to further the European idea and democratic values through the facilitation of a new generation of elite leaders and future propagators. KAS are looking for the future elites who wish to actively champion for their country within the European context and who have already proven their past engagement in this area.

Participation requirements:

The programme is aimed at about 100 up-and-coming politicians, journalists/bloggers, experts from non-government organisations and think tanks, as well as young academics, legal experts and members of the scientific community from the countries of the Eastern Partnership who meet the following participation requirements:

  • Citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine;
  • Maximum age: 35;
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree;
  • Proven activity within a political youth organisation, NGO, foundation or scientific institution / other sociopolitical engagement;
  • Command of the English language (at least at level B2, verified through individual Skype interviews);
  • Willingness to participate in multiple seminars in various countries over a three year period (about 4 three day seminars per year in Chișinãu, Kiev, Vilnius and other locations.)

The novelty of this excellency programme lies in its aim to connect the future elite from the various countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia with one another in order to consolidate regional exchange. Furthermore, the areas of politics, law, civil society, media, economics and science are not addressed separately. This is based on the understanding that a co-operation between parties, companies, journalists, non-government organisations and the academic world is essential in the current shaping of reforms.

Expenses

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung takes over all visa, travel, accommodation and catering expenses for the individual seminars.

Programme Goals

  • Systematic and substantial intermediation of knowledge and expertise within the focal themes of European values and their realisation in the democratic constitutional political system, international relations and security policies as well as economic systems and policies in Europe;
  • Identification and promotion of excellent junior talent who are well suited to be propagators for the European idea and democratic values and who share the values of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung;
  • Development of a stable network of European-minded up-and-coming talent in the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia who communicate among one another, hold on to the best practices and exchange information with each other when compiling analyses and projects and when designing and implementing reform proposals.

Programme Structure

The Programme is divided into three modules relating to the above focal themes (European values and their realisation in the democratic constitutional political system, international relations and security policy, economic systems and policies), in order to allow for a targeted transfer of knowledge and expertise. All participants take part in a basic module with the following contents:

  • Fundamental features of democracy and constitutionality;
  • Leadership skills and organisational structure;
  • Political communication and transparency;
  • Project management.

Mutual components of the programme, among others:

  • Fundamental features of democracy and constitutionality;
  • Leadership skills and organisational structure;
  • Political communication and transparency;
  • Project management.

The participants can choose one of the following three specialisation subjects within the programme:

  1. European values and their realisation in the democratic constitutional political system
  2. International Relations and security policy
  3. Economic systems and policies in Europe

The seminars consist of shared blocks as well as presentations and exercises aimed at the specific needs of the respective groups. The working language of the programme is English. The participants will receive introductory literature before the seminars and are obligated to prepare their own contributions to the seminars.

Download

Download the full call information in PDF format from the KAS South Caucasus Facebook page.

Application process

Please submit your application by the 15th of September 2016 via this link.

Source: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung South Caucasus


Background

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a German political foundation associated with but independent of the political party Christian Democratic Union (CDU). In Germany, 16 regional offices and two conference centers offer a wide variety of civic education conferences and events. The KAS offices abroad are in charge of over 200 projects in more than 120 countries.