Call for Applications: GMF Policy Designers Network



The Policy Designers Network (PDN) is a fellowship program aimed at bringing together young policy professionals from Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine to advance democracy and economic development, to expand their knowledge about regional, European and transatlantic issues, and strengthen their networks.

The first iteration of the Policy Designers Network took place on October 15-18, 2019 in Bucharest, Romania and brought together 18 policy professionals from Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine for 3 days of learning and networking with high-level officials, policy experts, journalists, business, and civil society representatives from the United States, Europe and Asia.

The second iteration of the Policy Designers Network will take place on September 29 - October 3, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.

The program of the fellowship is structured around workshop-style learning sessions and participation in “Europe’s Eastern Partners: Strengthening common ground, addressing common challenges,” a conference in Berlin organized by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The learning sessions will focus on strengthening the fellows’ skills to develop policy solutions, write policy papers, and engage with media actors. Additionally, the fellows will benefit from customized leadership development activities.

The participation costs will be covered by the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

This program is made possible thanks to the German government through the KfW Bank for Development.


Application Process

Eligible candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Have up to 5 years of professional experience which has offered them an insight into policy making and formulating in various fields such as foreign policy, energy, business, creative arts, and industries, media, etc.
  • Be between 25 and 35 years old
  • Have fluency in English
  • Be a citizen of Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, or Ukraine
  • Possess a valid passport

Exhibit the following characteristics:

  • Profound sense of integrity
  • Creativity
  • The desire to create a positive impact
  • Commitment to democracy and diversity
  • Commitment to share and apply new knowledge and to engage the PDN network upon the program’s completion
  • Commitment to transatlantic and global engagement


How to Apply

Please fill out the three essay questions in our application portal and upload your resume.

The application portal will be accepting applications between May 8, 2020 and July 4, 2020.


Please take some time to look over this form in advance and draft text for these categories separately to allow you to complete and submit the form in one sitting.


Selection Process

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews. Interviews are scheduled to take place during the weeks of July 20 - August 7, 2020. All interviews are conducted online and in English.

Selected candidates will be notified by mid-August 2020.

The four-day program will take place on September 29 - October 3, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.


What will you gain as a member of the Policy Designers Network

The Policy Designers Network is a unique personal and professional development opportunity. After completion of the program, you become part of the GMF Alumni Network, which spans over the United States and Europe, connecting more than 3,000 policy and decision makers, business, media, academia and civil society representatives.


What we expect from you as a member of the Policy Designers Network

GMF is looking for future leaders who will actively participate in the Policy Designers Network. Upon completion of the program, our fellows make a long-term commitment to GMF as members of the Alumni Network by staying in touch, participating in events and continuing to collaborate with other fellows and Alumni.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Hanna Kovhan at