Swedish Institute Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP) Western Balkans


Trainings & Fellowships

Location (s):

  • Georgia
  • Online
  • Sweden


The Swedish Institute Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP) is a training programme developed to build awareness, capacity and resilience in the practice of governance. Are you a young professional in Western Balkans and want to deepen your knowledge about modern sustainble governance? This is the programme for you.


The Swedish Institute Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP) is a training programme developed to build new networks, knowledge and practices for increased transparency, efficiency and resilience in public administration. The programme also aims to strengthen your individual capabilities to meet the requirements of a modern governance structure. As a SAYP participant, you will be able to expand your own contact networks and share ideas, experiences and challenges with other like-minded professionals.  

SAYP is a collaboration between the Swedish Institute (SI) and Swedish universities, responsible for developing and organising training modules. The modules rely on a mix of modern teaching methods with emphasis on interactivity, collaboration and problem-based learning. The training programme may include webinars, interactive lectures, small-group discussions, study visits and other learning activities allowing to deepen and practice your knowledge. This year, it is possible to apply for the following thematic modules within SAYP: 

  • Collaborative Governance in a Digital Era, Halmstad University Note: this module is open for applications until 3 May

The programme  runs between  April  and  November 2021  and corresponds to approximately two weeks of intensive  training.  To learn more about the timelines and  structure of specific modules, please visit  the website of  the respective host universities  via the  links under  ‘How to apply’.  

SAYP will give you:

  • Opportunity to develop your professional skills
  • Tools to apply in your own organisations and local contexts
  • Knowledge within sustainable modern governance
  • Experience of cross-sectorial work environment
  • Personal and professional network
  • Lifelong membership in the SI Alumni Network
  • Exclusive access to Peer Shadowing and other tools for continued learning

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

You can apply to SAYP if you:

  • Are a citizen of and currently working in one of the following countries Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia
  • Have good command of English language
  • Have a relevant higher education (at least three years)
  • 35 years or younger (born 1986)
  • Employed in one of the following groups:
    1. Policymakers (politicians, government officials, employees of political parties)
    2. Public servants (non-political civil servants working at public organisations)
    3. Civil society workers (CSO/NGO employees)


Deadline: May 03, 2021

Cost/funding for participants:

  • Participation in SAYP is free of charge.
  • All costs, including meals, accommodation and travel in case of on-site activities, are covered by the Swedish Institute. SI also provides health insurance for the participants from the countries outside of the EU, covering the period of their stay in Sweden
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