Who Can Apply?

Motivated young professionals with leadership potential whose professional activities are related to the main topics of the conference: social innovation, digitalisation and democracy, innovation in housing, urban studies. We accept applications of those who consider themselves young leaders and (soon-to-be) decision makers in the field of urban design and planning, housing, digitalisation, human-machine interactions, modernisation, and the connected social and legal studies. We accept applications from experts with a background in natural and social sciences, who are focusing on the above-mentioned topics in their professional career.

Age Limit: 24-38
Educational Background: MA, PhD (both for ongoing and finished)

DEADLINE OF APPLICATION: 5 February 2019, midnight CET

Application Requirements

  • Young professionals focusing on the above-mentioned topics with experience in the fields of innovation and development related policies (private and public sector), international law, social sciences, economy, natural sciences connected to current topics of YLF
  • Working knowledge of English (C1)
  • Willingness to actively engage both in the programme of YLF and the think.BDPST conference and participate in different on-line and off-line activities before and during YLF

To be considered for this programme, interested parties should submit their application with their up-to-date CV (one page, uploaded in PDF format, including the applicant’s age) by 5 February 2019, midnight CET.


During the application procedure, you have to fill out an online application form that includes questions such as:

  • Personal Information
  • Why would you describe yourself as a young leader?
  • What causes or activities are you passionate about aside from your work/research?
  • What does innovation mean to you?
  • Answer the following questions:
    • (In)security, (in)equality, (in)stability – how does innovation in housing systems affect the living standard in urban areas? Please highlight three key issues.
    • E-democracy=e-engagement? How does the use of technology in politics affect the way we think about democracy?

What does YLF offer?

For selected participants coming from the EU 28, Western Balkans, or Eastern Partnership Countries, the following expenses are covered by the Knowledge Centre:

  • Accommodation with breakfast included
  • Lunch
  • Travel costs (the most economic and direct options only)

For those coming from any other countries, the following expenses are covered:

  • Accommodation with breakfast included
  • Lunch

Please note that the Knowledge Centre does not cover the costs of visa application (where applicable) and insurance of any kind for the participants (regardless of the scholarship granted).

The recruitment for this programme will be conducted on a competitive basis. All applicants will be notified about the results via e-mail.

For further information, please contact our colleagues at ylf@think.bdpst.org.

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