Opens for applications in February


The SI Summer 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. Examples of topics which the modules previously have touched upon are migration, e-governance, innovation ecosystems & entrepreneurship.

SAYP has two regional focuses:

  1. Baltic Sea region and EU’s Eastern Partnership countries
  2. Western Balkans.

Information about modules included in SAYP 2020 will be published in connection to the call for applications.

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 in Malmö Photo: Johan Bävman

Can I apply?

You can apply if you are:

  • Citizen of and currently working in one of the selected countries
  • 35 years or younger (born 1985- )
  • Have good command of English language
  • Have a relevant higher education (at least three years)
  • 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)

Citizens of other countries in the regions who are currently employed in one of the participant countries may also apply, but will not have priority in the selection.


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 on one of the programme countries. Information about the thematic modules for SAYP will be found closer to the date for the call for applications.