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

The programmes "Innovation Ecosystems and Entrepreneurship" and "Perspectives on Multi-level governance, Decentralisation and Human Rights" are funded by the Swedish Institute as a part of the SI Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP). SAYP is a training programme organised by Swedish universities and 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 experience, building knowledge and networking around public governance issues. SAYP is designed to strengthen participants’ ability to lead the change in their regions.

Innovation Ecosystems and Entrepreneurship (Western Balkans)


Dates: 24 May–11 June 2021 (online) 
Target countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia 
Application period: 15 February– 22 March 2021

For your application for Innovation Ecosystems and Entrepreneurship, please use these templates:

Perspectives on Multi-level Governance, Decentralisation and Human Rights (Baltic Sea Region/EU Eastern Partnership)


Dates: 21 June–2 July and 3–14 September 2021 (both online) 
Target countries: Armenia, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Sweden and Ukraine
Application period: 15 February–22 March 2020

For your application for Perspectives on Multi-level governance, Decentralisation and Human Rights, please use these templates:

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 websites: 

Testimonials about the SAYP-programmes

The Swedish Institute (SI) conducted interviews with two participants who have studied the programmes "Innovation Ecosystems and Entrepreneurship (Western Balkans)" and "Perspectives on Multi-level Governance, Decentralisation and Human Rights (Baltic Sea Region/EU Eastern Partnership)"'. You will find the full interviews below.