Young Leaders Visitors Program 2014

Deadline: December 13, 2013
Open to: Young leaders and democracy workers from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, West Bank-Gaza, Yemen or Sweden
Venue: Sweden May 19-June 6, 2014 and Middle East and North Africa November 2-8, 2014

The main aim of YLVP is to lay a foundation for dialogue, mutual understanding and knowledge sharing among young leaders from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, West Bank-Gaza, Yemen and Sweden. YLVP strives to strengthen the participants in their aims to drive processes for social change in their respective contexts.

Program structure

Module 1: YLVP in Sweden (three weeks) May 19-June 6, 2014 
Intercultural leadership training with lectures, seminars and workshops providing the participants with new skills and perspectives in the fields of transparency, democracy and human rights. Practical group assignments and project work run throughout the module in combination with tailor-made study visits to relevant Swedish authorities, organizations and institutions.

Module 2: YLVP in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region (one week) November 2-8, 2014
Offers an opportunity to maintain, build and expand your network. All participants, including those from Sweden, will regroup to discuss and evaluate their involvement in the program and report back on the development of the individual project works. Workshops and seminars with experts from the region, including representatives from the YLVP alumni network, who are invited to share their expertise and practical experience from work in the field.

Eligibility

  • You are an engaged leader within the spheres of society, culture, politics or media.
  • You are working actively for democracy and human rights.
  • You are between 20-32 years old (at the time of the start of the program).
  • You have a good working knowledge of both written and spoken English.
  • You are from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, West Bank-Gaza, Yemen or Sweden.

Application process

Submit your application by sending the YLVP Application form 2014 together with your CV in English to YLVP13@si.se by December 13. Only applicants who have submitted a complete application will be considered for the program. A complete application consists of:

  1. A completed YLVP Application Form 2014 in English, including your contact details and the contact details of two reference persons.
  2. An updated CV in English

Please note that the reference persons should be someone who knows your work in the areas of democracy and human rights. We may contact the reference persons of the applicants who are selected for an interview. We only need the contact details of the references (name, job title, telephone number and email), i.e. no letters of recommendation. We accept references who speak English, Arabic or French. If you have any questions regarding the application form, please contact ylvp@si.se.

Due to the large number of applications that we receive, we are unfortunately not able to send personal replies to all applicants. Hence, if you have not heard from us by February 27, 2014, you have not been accepted to the Young Leaders Visitors Program. However, you are more than welcome to apply again for next year’s program.

Costs

Accommodation, food and travel
All costs related to accommodation, food and transport during the YLVP are covered by the Swedish Institute. The Swedish Institute will also arrange and pay for your air travel to and from Sweden and to the location of the second module of the program in the MENA region. Participants are themselves responsible for costs related to transport within their own countries.

Insurance
During the program in Sweden all participants will be insured against acute illness and accident through the Swedish State Group Insurance and personal insurance by The Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Service Agency (Kammarkollegiet). For the second module somewhere in the MENA region, all participants are kindly requested to purchase a travel insurance in their respective countries. The Swedish Institute will reimburse participants for the cost of the insurance later.

Visa
Participants are responsible for obtaining their visas in good time before departure to Sweden and other relevant countries. The Swedish Institute will contact all concerned embassies in order to facilitate the application process. When applying for a visa the Swedish Institute will provide the participants with a letter of invitation and an insurance certificate, and will also cover the application cost. A link to Swedish embassies and consulates can be found in the right-hand menu.

Important dates

  • Deadline for applications: December 13, 2013
  • Skype interviews: 27 January-7 February
  • Accepted applicants will be informed by: 27 February
  • YLVP module 1 in Sweden: May 18-June 6, 2014
  • YLVP follow up in the MENA region (location to be confirmed): November 1-7, 2014

For more information, please visit the official website. 

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