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Swedish Institute Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP)

The Swedish Institute Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP) is a Swedish Institute training program developed to build awareness, capacity and resilience in the practice of governance in the Baltic Sea region, countries in the EU Eastern Partnership, as well as the Western Balkans.

The aim of SAYP is 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. During SAYP, participants will be able to expand their own contact networks and share ideas, experiences and challenges.

There are two different modules of SAYP 2022: Migration and Integration for participants from the Eastern Partnership and Baltic Sea Region, and Migration and Integration for participants from the Western Balkans. Scroll down to read more about the respective modules below.

Eastern Partnership and the Baltic Sea Region:

Migration and Integration: Challenges and Good Practices for the Development of Inclusive Societies (November 7-18, 2022 in Tbilisi, Georgia)

In 2022, the School of Public Administration at the University of Gothenburg and the School of Social Sciences at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs are organizing a thematic module within SAYP focusing on Migration and Integration: Challenges and Good Practices for the Development of Inclusive Societies.

The module is open for applications for persons from Armenia, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Sweden and Ukraine. 

Applicants from Ukraine do not need to currently reside in Ukraine in order to apply.

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.

We welcome applications from:

  • Public servants (non-political civil servants at local, regional or central level)
  • Policymakers (politicians, government officials, employees of political parties)
  • Civil society workers (CSO/NGO volunteers/employees)

You can apply if you are age 35 or younger.

Module Details

Migration and integration are once again at the very top of the agenda throughout the European Union, the Baltic Sea Region, and Eastern Partnership countries. The ongoing war in Ukraine is already resulting in vast numbers of Ukrainians who are either internally displaced or seeking a safe harbor abroad. States, regions, municipalities, and civil society organizations suddenly find themselves mobilizing to address immediate reception needs, and also to begin planning how medium- and long-term initiatives can be developed and put into place.

At the same time, other pressing challenges remain. These include ongoing work in the EU to foster increased integration for the large number of refugees who arrived from Syria and other countries in 2015, contentious majority-minority relations involving ethnic Russians in the Baltics, the needs of internally displaced Georgians in the wake of recent wars, substantial brain drain in Moldova, and recent developments in Belarus that have highlighted how states can use refugee flows to pursue political aims.

Module aims

The first aim of this Swedish Institute Academy for Young Professional module is to assist public servants, policymakers and civil society workers in developing a more comprehensive understanding of the diverse political, societal, and administrative challenges associated with migration and integration relevant to Eastern Partnership countries and the Baltic Sea Region. The second aim is to focus on identifying good practices, all levels of governance both within these regions and the broader EU. Such practices can serve as concrete inspiration for public servants, policymakers and civil society workers in a range of settings, allowing for more coherent and sustainable responses to migration and integration challenges, and ultimately resulting in more inclusive societies.

Module organization

The module relies on a mix of lectures, problem-based learning exercises, seminars and project work, providing participants with a rich analytical and practical toolkit for addressing migration and integration issues of relevance. To achieve this, we examine cases within the Eastern Partnership, the Baltic Sea Region, the European Union, and other countries. Understandably, internal displacement and refugee flows as a result of the war in Ukraine will receive particular attention. While in Tbilisi, there will be an opportunity for study visits highlighting how practical ways in which good practices can be developed to assist refugees and IDPs. The module will include a preparatory activity that allows participants a chance to reflect on, and inform one another about migration and integration issues in their own counties, and follow-up activity options focused on developing case-based learning initiatives or taking part in an arts-based knowledge transfer project.

About the organizers

The School of Public Administration at the University of Gothenburg is the leading Swedish academic department training students for careers in Swedish public administration, and has a well-established track record of providing commissioned education to public actors throughout Sweden seeking to increase staff competency. School staff have been actively involved in a variety of initiatives focusing on migration and integration policy. These include externally funded international research projects, courses and international summer schools, and cooperation with major European cities to develop more effective integration policies.

The School of Social Sciences at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs features staff with wide-ranging practical and research experience in integration policies, with a particular focus on the refugees and internally displaced peoples. School staff are actively involved with an extensive network of practitioners in both the public sector and civil society who work with migration and integration initiatives throughout Georgia and beyond. Staff at the School have been the recipient of multiple program grants focusing on the development of educational, economic and civic initiatives for refugees and IDPs.

Practical matters

Round-trip airfare, meals and accommodation in Tbilisi are included. Accommodation will be shared double accommodation in a local hostel.

The language of instruction is English.

Applications are made directly to the module co-organizer, Professor Gregg Bucken-Knapp (School of Public Administration, University of Gothenburg) starting March 3, 2022 and must be sent by email to gregg.bucken-knapp@gu.se. The application period closes on April 22, 2022 at 23.59. Please note that the subject line for the email to Professor Bucken-Knapp including your application materials must read: SAYP2022 APPLICATION.

Your application must contain the following documents, all of which can be downloaded here.

  • Motivation letter: Make sure to read the questions thoroughly and be specific and personal in your reasoning. Without exception, answers may not exceed the allowed number of characters (letters and spaces) for each question.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) in the Europass format of maximum 3 pages. A CV submitted in any other format than the Europass is NOT valid. Additional pages will be disregarded.
  • Letter of Reference. Remember that a letter of reference that is not signed is NOT valid. Only one letter of reference is required.
  • English language certificate
    • To participate in SAYP 2022 we will require at least English 6 or Independent User B2 (in average) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This must be verified in one out of three ways mentioned here:
    • If you have completed a BA/BSc, master’s- or PhD degree in English, you may use the diploma as a certificate.
    • If you have other certificates that can prove your level of English, this will be also be accepted. It should include contact details to certifying authority. Your certificate should be issued no later than 5 years ago.
    • If you do not have an English language certificate, kindly prepare the template for English language certificate to be submitted with your application. An English language teacher or other professional who has studied English language (higher education), may evaluate your language proficiency and sign the template.

Further details can be found at the SI Academy for Young Professionals website.

If you are interested in learning more about the module and the application process, there will be two information sessions held on Zoom, where the organizers will hold a short presentation about the module and there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Please register for one of the meetings using the links below:

March 14, 2022, 17.00-18.00 CET

March 28, 2022, 17.00-18.00 CET

Migration and Integration: Challenges and Good Practices for the Development of Inclusive Societies is funded by the Swedish Institute as a part of SI Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP).

Western Balkans:

Migration and Integration: Challenges and Good Practices for the Development of Inclusive Societies (June 6-17, 2022 in Tallinn, Estonia)

In 2022, the School of Public Administration at the University of Gothenburg and the Integration Foundation of Estonia are organizing a thematic module within SAYP focusing on Migration and Integration: Challenges and Good Practices for the Development of Inclusive Societies.

The module is open for applications for persons from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

We welcome applications from:

  • Public servants (non-political civil servants at local, regional or central level)
  • Policymakers (politicians, government officials, employees of political parties)
  • Civil society workers (CSO/NGO volunteers/employees)

You can apply if you are age 35 or younger.

Module Details

The Western Balkan states of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia continue to face pressing migration and integration challenges stemming from multiple legacies: the wars involving successor states to the former Yugoslavia from 1991 to 2001 that resulted in vast numbers of internally displaced peoples (IDPs) and a substantial diaspora, the consequences of the Syrian War that has seen large numbers of refugees attempting to make their way to the European Union through the Western Balkans, the recent impact of COVID-19 on IDPs and refugees in the region, plus a growing brain drain as a young workforce emigrates in search of employment opportunities abroad.

Yet, the migration and integration challenges facing the Western Balkans are not unique.  Indeed, many of them are present to different degrees in various European Union countries and also in post-Soviet states within the region.  Moreover, the ongoing war in Ukraine is already resulting in vast numbers of Ukrainians who are either internally displaced or seeking a safe harbor abroad. States, regions, municipalities, and civil society organizations suddenly find themselves mobilizing to address immediate reception needs, and also to begin planning how medium- and long-term initiatives can be developed and put into place.

As such, the focus of this module is on concrete good practices that have been developed to address migration and integration challenges in the European Union, with a particular emphasis on Baltic and Nordic states, and considering how these might be adapted for use in the Western Balkans. 

Module aims

The first aim of this Swedish Institute Academy for Young Professional module is to assist public servants, policymakers and civil society workers in developing a more comprehensive understanding of the diverse political, societal, and administrative challenges associated with migration and integration of particular relevance to the Western Balkans. The second aim is to focus on identifying good migration and integration policy practices, at all levels of governance and from different parts of the world. Such practices can serve as concrete inspiration for public servants, policymakers and civil society workers in the Western Balkans, allowing for a more coherent and sustainable set of responses to migration and integration challenges, ultimately resulting in more inclusive societies.

Module organization

The module relies on a mix of lectures, problem-based learning exercises, seminars and project work, providing participants with a rich analytical and practical toolkit for addressing migration and integration issues of relevance, with a particular emphasis on how these challenges are being addressed in Baltic and Nordic states. Understandably, internal displacement and refugee flows as a result of the war in Ukraine will also receive particular attention. While in Tallinn, there will be an opportunity for multiple study visits to different locations in Estonia, each highlighting specific challenges and practical responses.  The module will include a preparatory activity that allows participants a chance to reflect on, and inform one another about migration and integration issues in their own counties, and follow-up activity options focused on developing case-based learning initiatives or taking part in an arts-based knowledge transfer project.

About the organizers

The School of Public Administration at the University of Gothenburg is the leading Swedish academic department training students for careers in Swedish public administration, and has a well-established track record of providing commissioned education to public actors throughout Sweden seeking to increase staff competency. School staff have been actively involved in a variety of initiatives focusing on migration and integration policy. These include externally funded international research projects, courses and international summer schools, and cooperation with major European cities to develop more effective integration policies.

The Integration Foundation of Estonia (INSA) is a center of excellence focusing on skills and knowledge associated with integration and migration activities, as well as providing assistance to those involved in the migration process. INSA and its cooperation network effectively implement diverse activities that promote integration and adaptation, with an emphasis on Estonian language education, national minorities, and activities involving people returning to Estonia, as well as new migrants. 

Practical matters

Round-trip airfare, meals and accommodation in Tallinn are included. Accommodation will be shared double accommodation in a local hostel.
The language of instruction is English.

Applications are made directly to the module co-organizer, Professor Gregg Bucken-Knapp (School of Public Administration, University of Gothenburg) starting March 3, 2022 and must be sent by email to gregg.bucken-knapp@gu.se. The application period closed on April 1, 2022 at 23.59. Please note that the subject line for the email to Professor Bucken-Knapp including your application materials must read: SAYP2022WB APPLICATION.

Your application must contain the following documents, all of which can be downloaded here:

  • Motivation letter: Make sure to read the questions thoroughly and be specific and personal in your reasoning. Without exception, answers may not exceed the allowed number of characters (letters and spaces) for each question.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) in the Europass format of maximum 3 pages. A CV submitted in any other format than the Europass is NOT valid. Additional pages will be disregarded.
  • Letter of Reference. Remember that a letter of reference that is not signed is NOT valid. Only one letter of reference is required.
  • English language certificate

To participate in SAYP 2022 we will require at least English 6 or Independent User B2 (in average) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This must be verified in one out of three ways mentioned here:

If you have completed a BA/BSc, master’s- or PhD degree in English, you may use the diploma as a certificate.

If you have other certificates that can prove your level of English, this will be also be accepted. It should include contact details to certifying authority. Your certificate should be issued no later than 5 years ago.

If you do not have an English language certificate, kindly prepare the template for English language certificate to be submitted with your application. An English language teacher or other professional who has studied English language (higher education), may evaluate your language proficiency and sign the template.

Further details can be found at the SI Academy for Young Professionals website.
If you are interested in learning more about the module and the application process, there will be two information sessions held on Zoom, where the organizers will hold a short presentation about the module and there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Please register for one of the meetings using the links below:

March 15, 2022, 17.00-18.00 CET

March 29, 2022, 15.00-16.00 CET

Migration and Integration: Challenges and Good Practices for the Development of Inclusive Societies is funded by the Swedish Institute as a part of SI Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP).