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Eastern European Academy for Social Democracy

Eighth Eastern European Academy for Social Democracy Program to Germany (Fully Funded)

Deadline: July 28, 2019

The Regional Office “Dialogue Eastern Europe” of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung invites young progressive leaders aged 25-35 to apply for the 8th edition of the Eastern European Academy for Social Democracy, which will take place from 22nd until 28th of September 2019 in Germany (Berlin and surroundings).

The 8th Academy will focus on the issue of gender and equality in the Eastern Partnership Region and Russia. A gender-based approach has become of critical importance in policymaking and the economy in the post-Soviet space. However, the extent to which gender policies have been put on the political agenda varies within the EaP region tremendously. While some countries try to adopt laws and regulations to enhance equal rights, in other states “gender” has turned into a contested term, which allegedly threatens the political and traditional values. The organizers strive to promote a debate about the opportunities and challenges of equal rights based politics with a strong focus on political and economic participation. Furthermore, the seminar is meant to include a discussion of the core elements of a proper social and family policy.


During an intensive 6-day-program, participants will go through a carefully balanced program of discussions with top experts, politicians, and activists of gender issues from Germany and Eastern Europe. The participants will have the opportunity to develop their soft skills and to learn how to reach consensus in a politically diverse environment. Moreover, they are able to take part in the roundtable discussion “Germany and the Eastern Partnership after Ten Years” which will be organized in cooperation with the German Foreign Office.


  • All costs related to the program will be covered by the organizers.


  • Citizenship of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Germany, Moldova, Russia or Ukraine.
  • Between 25 and 35 years old.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Young leaders from progressive political parties or social democratic youth organizations; young members of Parliaments or city councils, junior government officials, and civic activists.
  • Willingness to actively take part in Alumni activities, to constantly support a growing sustainable progressive network of like-minded people and to be involved in the organization of political programs in the respective home countries.
  • Participants of the previous Academies are also welcome to apply.


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For more information, visit Eighth Eastern European Academy .

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