Call For Nominations: Young Leaders Program 2019

The flagship Leadership Program of the Aspen Institute Romania for the last 12 years, the fellowship based Young Leaders Program, has reached its 13th edition. The 2019 Young Leaders Program will bring increased regional and sectorial participation and create additional diversity and relevance for a growing Network of Aspen Fellows already covering 28 countries.

What is it about?

The Young Leaders Program gathers each year 20-25 high profile regional young leaders with a clear two-fold goal: to promote and advance progressive leadership within society; and to develop the regional network of Aspen Fellows, based on shared values and common interests.

This Program is designed for people who have the potential, interest and determination to exercise leadership to the highest standards of civic and corporate responsibility and according to the ethical values on which Aspen is based. For this reason we offer a program which challenges people to think about the fundamental concepts on which our society is founded. It also makes participants reflect on the challenges and conflicts that leaders must face in deciding policies and strategies for their organizations and their communities in today’s world.

After the end of the program, the participants will become part of the community of Aspen Fellows and are expected to be actively involved in the activities and events of the Aspen Institute Romania, Aspen Fellows Network and Aspen International Network.

Who can participate?

The Program addresses people between the ages of 25 and 35, having achieved significant professional positions and accomplished results within their area of activity. Candidates should have demonstrated leadership potential, a record of initiative and entrepreneurship and a proven civic interest. We welcome candidates from: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

The program consists of four modules taking place in Romania. Participants are required to have a high level of English fluency, as it is the working language of the program; the Institute will offer accepted candidates a scholarship covering accommodation, meals, moderation and reading materials related costs, leaving participants to only cover their transportation expenses.


Nominations can be made by submitting the following documentation in English: the Nomination Form, a Letter of Recommendation and the candidate’s CV together with a Letter of Motivation. The documents are to be sent to Ms. Ioana Antonescu, Leadership Programs Coordinator, at, in PDF format, by January 21st, 2019. Interviews will take place between February 15 –28, 2019 in Bucharest. For candidates not residing in Bucharest, the interviews can be conducted via Skype.

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