Swedish Institute Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP) Western Balkans

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 governance? This is the programme for you.
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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 you and your individual capabilities to meet the requirements of a modern governance structure. As a participant of SAYP, 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 Swedish institute and Swedish universities. The specific topics of the SAYP modules may vary from year to year. Topics this year are:

  • Innovation Ecosystems & Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable e-Government for Resilient and Innovative Democratic public administration
  • Sustainable Public Management

It is possible to attend one out of three modules. Read more about the thematic modules and the organisers under ‘How to apply’. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the modules in SAYP 2020 will be delivered with a modified design.

SAYP is also conducted in the Baltic Sea Region and EU’s Eastern partnership countries. You may read more about the programme here.

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
SAYP participants. Lecture at the department of Political Science at Lund University. Foto: Aline Lessner

Can I apply?

You can apply if you are:

  • Citizen of and currently working in one of the selected countries
  • Have good command of English language
  • Have a relevant higher education (at least three years)
  • 35 years or younger (born 1985- )
  • 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 government agencies)
    3. Civil society workers (CSO/NGO employees)


What's included

Preparatory meetings

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

Thematic module

This is followed by an intense thematic two-weeks-module during the period of May – October. The thematic module is held in Sweden or in one of the programme countries. Read more about the thematic modules under ‘How to apply’.

How to apply


Four persons in a meeting room speaking to one another over a white table. They look very engaged. mix of men and women.
Meeting at a workplace in Sweden Photo: Lieselotte van der Meijs
Do you want to apply for peer shadowing?
Read more about the exclusiv offer available for SAYP alumni.
About peer shadowing