About SI Summer Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP)

The SI Summer Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP) is a training programme developed to build awareness, capacity and resilience in the practice of governance in the Baltic Sea region and countries in the EU Eastern Partnership. Starting 2018, there is also a SAYP programme targeted at Western Balkan.

The aim of SAYP is also to strengthen young professionals and their individual capabilities to meet the requirements of a modern governance structure. The overall thematic framework is sustainable modern governance. In the SAYP, the participants will be able to expand their own contact networks and share ideas, experiences and challenges.


Who can participate?

The programme is targeted primarily at young professionals (up to 35 years old) already employed in the state structures, working with development of policy and measures to create a more transparent, resilient and efficient public administration. Young professionals from the following groups are welcome to apply:

  • public servants (non-political civil servants working at government agencies)
  • policymakers (politicians, government officials, employees of political parties)
  • civil society workers (CSO/NGO volunteers/employees)

The application period for SAYP 2019 is closed and successful candidates have been informed.

The programme is open for participants from the following countries:

  • Belarus
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Moldova
  • Sweden
  • Ukraine
  • Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Kosovo
  • North Macedonia
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia

Programme outline

The programme consists of three main components;

Preparatory meetings and readings

The first component takes place in the participants’ home countries in the form of preparatory meetings and/or reading of material provided by the thematic module organisers.

Thematic two-week module

This is followed by an intense thematic two-week module in Sweden or in a programme country  during the period of June–August. Participation in SAYP is free of charge and includes meals, accommodation and travel.


The participants, together with the module organisers plan and arrange follow-up events in the participants’ home countries during the autumn. The events could be for example study visits or workshops.

After the programme

All participants will also become members of the SI Alumni Network, a vast professional and global contact network meant to keep building good practices and mutual learning processes for a sustainable future. As member of this network, participants have the opportunity to participate in upcoming alumni events and workshops on themes relevant to their area of expertise.

Peer shadowing

Peer shadowing is a short-term mobility grant for SAYP alumni, which allows for week-long visits at an organisation in another country, in order to closely follow one or several colleagues, observe/study how their workplace/organisation is structured, and functions in practice.

Read more about the offer and how to apply in this broschure.

Peer shadowing application template

Peer shadowing agreement for host organisation template

Thematic module organisers

Swedish actors, primarily universities, have the opportunity to apply for support to arrange a thematic module with preparatory and follow-up activities, within the SAYP programme framework. The call for applications for module organisers is held during the autumn/winter for modules taking place the following year. The call for applications for organisers is posted on our Swedish website each autumn/winter.


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