Visegrad School of Political Studies Meets Russia aims at supporting civil society, combating stereotypes and strengthening ties between young social and political leaders from the Visegrad Group and Russia. Thanks to generous support from the Council of Europe and the Department of Public and Cultural Democracy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, the program is a full scholarship initiative, with all costs including travel covered. The sessions are organized by the European Academy of Diplomacy in cooperation with our Russian partner.

The program focuses on Eastern European experiences in the formation of institutions of civil society, the development of civil society and fostering participatory democracy, as well as social and cultural initiatives as a mechanism towards cooperation and public diplomacy.

Who can apply?
The rogram is addressed to aspiring journalists, local and regional media representatives, and activists from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Russia. The ideal candidate has a proven track history of involvement and engagement within their community, demonstrating leadership potential and the desire to take an active role in positively shaping the world around them. Participants should be between the ages of 26-40 with 3+ years of working experience and a proven track history of involvement and engagement within their community society (i.e. involvement in the NGO sector, student unions, local and national political parties). English language competency level C1 is required. The program targets a minimum of 50% female participants.

The program is a scholarship initiative covering all costs except for visa (if applicable). Participants will be accommodated in twin occupancy, same gender rooms.

6 – 10 June 2016 
5 – 9 September 2016

Recruitment is not yet available. Please check back on our website soon!