The GLOBSEC Young Leaders’ Forum 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia

Deadline:  7 February 2016
Open to: young leaders between the ages of 25 and 35 years old
Venue: 15 – 17 April 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia


The GLOBSEC Young Leaders’ Forum is a prestigious gathering of young professionals and future decision-makers, it is the only annual and established forum in Central Europe that connects transatlantic leaders of tomorrow. Young leaders with their fresh innovative ideas create a dialogue on current transatlantic and EU issues and build long-lasting networks.  The GYLF will engage its members through a unique platform:
  • Private dialogue and best practices sharing via a Facebook Group
  • Content preparation in GYLF working groups (recommendations for main panel discussions) prior to face-to-face interaction with leaders at the Forum
  • Participation in the GLOBSEC Young Leaders’ Forum 2016
  • Establishing professional contacts with peers and senior stakeholders


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • Between 25 and 35 years of age
  • NATO or PfP country citizenship, Mediterranean Dialogue, or partner (Australia, Japan) citizenship
  • Past experience relating to: security or defence policy; current security issues (ISIL, Ukraine, Russia, migration) adaptation of NATO to the security environment of 21st century,, democratic transitions especially towards EaP countries and Western Balkans; international law; international energy policy; journalism; political and economic development of the European Union; cyber security;  or any other fields of relevance to the transatlantic partnership.
  • Working knowledge of English
  • Willingness to engage in regular online activity over an extended period of time
  • Willingness to write at least one topical article or blog, where GYLF is mentioned before, during or 14 days after the forum
  • Interest in long-term engagement with peers on issues pertaining to transatlantic relations


For those selected, accommodation and board subsidies will be available to help offset the participation cost. The organisers will not cover the transportation costs for participants of GYLF. Travel grants may be available on individual basis and only to selected participants up to the price decided by organizers.



The selection of the 75 participants will be based on responses to essay questions regarding motivation as well as past and future involvement in issues to be tackled during the Summer School.  In addition, the organizers will take a look at your professional and/or educational and/or volunteering background to see how it is positioning you in a way that would help you disseminate what you will learn. Also, the applicants’ level of English proficiency will play a role in the selection process. Lastly, balance in terms of region and gender will be respected in the final selection.

In order to apply, register HERE. and submit following materials:

  • Current CV, including nationality and age;
  • Suggestion for the topic for discussion during the GYLF sessions, including its title, short synopsis and three questions for discussion
  • Short motivation letter (200 – 250  words)

The official web-page.