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Swedish Institute Academy for Young Professionals

Swedish Institute Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP) is carried out by Lund University on behalf of the Swedish Institute.

SAYP participants doing group work
Swedish Institute Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP). Photo: Johan Bävman

Lund University’s training programme 'Perspectives on Multi-level governance, Decentralisation and Human Rights' is carried out with financial support from the Swedish Institute as a part of SAYP. SAYP is aimed at young policymakers, public servants and civil society actors from selected countries in the Baltic Sea Region, the EU’s Eastern Partnership and the Western Balkans. The purpose of SAYP is to serve as a platform for sharing experiences, building knowledge and networking on public governance issues. 

Please note that this year's applicants do not need to currently reside in their country of citizenship in order to apply to the programme.

Western Balkans

Perspectives on Multi-level Governance, Decentralisation and Human Rights

Dates: 1-2 June 2022 (online) and 14–23 June 2022 (on-site in Lund, Sweden)
Target countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia 
Application period: 3 March–1 April 2022

For your application for the Western Balkans, please use the following templates:

Baltic Sea Region/EU Eastern Partnership

Perspectives on Multi-level Governance, Decentralisation and Human Rights

Dates: 1-2 June 2022 (online) and 21 June–1 July 2022 (on-site in Lund, Sweden)
Target countries: Armenia, Belarus (more information below), Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Sweden and Ukraine

Due to the current situation in Belarus, SI took the decision that, as of 1 October 2020, financial support will not be provided to Belarusian state employees for on-site activities within SAYP. As a consequence of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and Belarus’ active cooperation in it, it is no longer possible for state employees from Belarus to participate in the online activities within SAYP either.

Application period: 3 March– 1 April 2022

For your application to the programme for the Baltic Sea Region/EU Eastern Partnership, please use the following templates:

General information about SAYP programmes

Please note, there are different programmes at different universities within SAYP. You can apply to more than one. However, it is recommended that you apply to a maximum of two programmes/universities. You can only be admitted to one. Read more about this on the Swedish Institute’s webpages: 

Testimonials about the SAYP programmes

The Swedish Institute conducted interviews with participants of the programme "Perspectives on Multi-level Governance, Decentralisation and Human Rights"'. You will find the full interview below. 

Full interview about Perspectives on Multi-level Governance, Decentralisation and Human Rights (Baltic Sea Region/EU Eastern Partnership) on SI's website