The third Eastern European Academy for Social Democracy

Eastern European Academy for Social Democracy offers dialogue and qualification programme for young leaders of progressive parties or social democratic youth organizations, young members of Parliament, junior government officials or active citizens of civil society from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Germany, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine through a Call for Applications. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung invites progressive young leaders between 25 and 35 years to apply for the third edition of the Eastern European Academy for Social Democracy, which will take place from 14th till 20th of May2017 in Chisinau, Moldova.

Program overview

• The Academy takes place three times per year in different countries of the region with changing topics and workshops.• It is based on 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. • Each academy includes not only an exchange on a certain thematical issue, but also practical courses and trainings on soft skills such as strategic planning, moderating or conflict management. • Participants of previous editions are welcome to apply for future Academies as well. The sustainable work with alumni as well as the creation of a strong progressive network within the project region plays a significant role and require a long-term commitment by the participants. That includes willingness and competence in organizing political contact programs in your country on the national and regional layer – together with the organizers of the program. • The overall working language is English. All costs related to the program will be covered by the organizers.

Candidates’ requirements for participation

• 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 program in the candidate’s own country for the other participants of the program 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.

Process of application

• To apply, please fill in the application form by April, 25, 2017. • Short listed candidates will be invited to a Skype interview throughout April-May 2017. • Please note that the organizers aim to ensure a gender balance of participants in the program.