Application Requirements


Young professionals ready to shape the future and drive positive changes in the field of innovation are welcome to apply. YLF connects experts from the fields of social science, natural science, and legal studies to create a bridge between these fields and to provide young decision makers with an opportunity to make their innovations more effective and successful.

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


DEADLINE OF APPLICATION: 20 September 2021, midnight CET



  • Young professionals, having an educational background in the above-mentioned areas, with practical or theoretical experience in the fields of innovation, technology, digitalisation, e-Governance (and its security aspects), environmental science or energy studies (focussing on topics, such as sustainable energy policies/ practices and/or energy efficiency and renewable energy), and other study areas connected to the 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 be involved in a dynamic network of young experts ready to share their experiences, expertise, and knowledge.
  • 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 and nationality) by 20 September 2021, midnight CET.


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

  • Please introduce yourself shortly and tell us why you describe yourself as a young leader.
  • What causes or activities are you passionate about aside from your work/research/studies?
  • What does innovation mean to you?
  • Answer the following questions:
    • Please describe in a few sentences what you are planning to present during the elevator pitch. Let us help. An elevator pitch (or 3-minute challenge) is a short summary of an idea, product, or plan that explains the concept in a way that any listener can understand in a short period of time. Your elevator pitch is a way to share your expertise and explain your research plan/ idea/ initiative/ product quickly and effectively to an audience (or a person) that does not know you. During YLF, a professional coach will help you to prepare for this pitch, however, right now we are curious about the idea you would like to share.
    • You have to choose to answer either one of the following questions:
      • Threats to network and digital security are continually changing, and as a consequence, the vulnerability of governments and individuals is becoming more and more relevant. According to your opinion, what are the main challenges for e-Governance/digital security? Please mention three examples shortly and also one possible solution to tackle one of the three threats.
      • What could be the main drives of the green energy transition in the V4 region, and what do you think are the main challenges in achieving this shift in the energy infrastructure? Please mention two green alternatives that could be adapted in the region and also the major obstacles that may hinder their realisation.


Scholarships are available for participants coming from the EU. Applications submitted by participants from the V4 countries enjoy priority during the evaluation as the Forum has a strong focus on the Central European region. Participants coming from V4 and other EU countries have the opportunity to receive a full scholarship that includes: accommodation with breakfast, lunch, and travel costs. The type of scholarships will be announced based on the candidates’ competencies, professional achievements, and educational background.

For participants of Hungarian or foreign nationality residing in Budapest, the scholarship does not automatically include breakfast and accommodation. For those candidates applying from Hungary who do not reside in Budapest, accommodation will be available, and travel costs within Hungary will be covered. All selected participants will attend the think.BDPST conference to be held on 14 October 2021.  The recruitment for this programme will be conducted on a competitive basis. All applicants will be notified about the results via e-mail. 


Please note that we are planning to organise the event in a hybrid format (involving speakers online and in-person) and, in case international travel is allowed, we will welcome foreign participants in accordance with Hungarian and international measures valid in October 2021. We kindly ask you to consider the current roles/restrictions valid in your country before submitting your application.

Deadline for application:  20 September, midnight CET

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, AJKC, as event organiser, is responsible to ensure a safe environment with appropriate measures taken. As a part of this, AJKC is entitled to require the showing of immunity certificates of attendees of the live event (YLF and think.BDPST), including immunity cards, either in a printed or online format through QR code that is available in the official application, or the EU Digital COVID Certificate, and inspect the appropriate use of facemasks, social distancing etc. Please kindly note that these may be subject to change due to the rapidly changing circumstances brought about by the pandemic, therefore, we suggest that you visit our webpages, and, prior to the event to learn about any changes that might occur regarding on-site health and safety measures. We kindly ask you to consider the above requirements before submitting your application, as we will be unable to host you in the absence of the above document.

The online application form is available here.

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