Call for applications: Leaders in Democracy

Call for applications: Leaders in Democracy

Robert Schuman Institute (Budapest, Hungary) in cooperation with its partners including the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Belarus, the National Democratic Institute the Eduardo Frei Foundation (the Netherlands) and EDUCATIO: Institute for Development and Training (Lithuania) announces open the application process for our traditional series of seminars titled “Leaders in Democracy”. The two rounds will be held in Trakai (Lithuania) for the same group of 16 representatives of present or aspiring leaders of democratic Belarusian organizations.

Aim of the Project

Three years after the stolen election in Belarus and a year since the start of the brutal and unprovoked war on Ukraine by Russia we find Belarusian democrats forced in exile and a Europe struggling with the impact of war. The main objective of the event is to offer value-based perspective on development for the present and future elites of Belarus, committed to the European integration / fruitful EU-Belarus partnership.

This is to be achieved by introducing and debating Belarus interests in Europe, building trust, importance of political work, coalition building, advocacy and other topics.

Another important objective is to support the interaction of the Belarusian participants with likeminded communities abroad by connecting with the representatives of relevant partner organizations, to give them a chance to learn from each others’ experiences and current issues of concern.

Target Group

16 selected participants have to be active members of democratic opposition, where they are present or aspiring leaders, stakeholders and NGOs’ representatives below age 40.

Length of the Project


  • Seminar I. May 29 – June 1, 2023
    Note: Arrivals are one day before (May 28, Sunday) and departures one day after the program (June 2, Friday morning).
  • Seminar II. 17 – 20 July, 2023.
    Note: Arrivals are one day before (16 July, Sunday) and departures one day after the program (21 July, Friday morning).

Location: Trakai region, Lithuania

Working Language: English (no interpretation will be provided)

Main topics to be covered (please note that these are tentative and changes in the program agenda might apply):

  • Values in Action, Personal Effectiveness, Team Management;
  • The International Context of Eastern European Transition after the Invasion to Ukraine;
  • Belarus’ Interests Representation in the EU Institutions;
  • Building Trust, Action Plan for Small Changes;
  • Work with Donors Cooperation Online (social media, de-conflicting of the aims, attractive agenda building);
  • Human Work. The Political Party as a Tool for a Society that is Future Proof;
  • Coalition Building, Inter-Organization Cooperation;
  • Horizontal Organizing: How to Organize Campaigning and Activities;
  • Advocacy Training on How to Use of Media;
  • How to Build a Stronger Belarus-EU Cooperation through Networking, Branding, Social Media Marketing;
  • How to Reach out for a Broader Audience?
  • Digital Security and Online Safety;
  • Training Protocol in Practice: The Dos and Don’ts that Make or Break your Cause;
  • Importance of Communicating with International Media and Partners;
  • Political Debating;
  • Lithuanian, Hungarian, German and Dutch Experience in Overcoming Challenges in State Building/Crises.


  • Active members of democratic opposition’s political parties/organizations;
  • Was not a participant in the previous Leaders in Democracy courses;
  • Only applicants living outside of Belarus can apply;
  • University/college degree (or at least two successfully completed semesters, by the start of the seminar) is an advantage, but not a prerequisite.

Online application form can be found HERE

Documents to upload include

  • Biography (Curriculum Vitae);
  • 1 letter of reference, signed & printed with official letterhead from the delegating organization, signed by a responsible official such a Member of the Board, International Secretary, etc. In this letter organization guarantees that its delegate will participate in the full length of the series (both courses);
  • Up to 2-minute video recording in English, stating which initiative you are active in that aims the democratization of Belarus, and what is your role in it, as well as your main motivation and expectations from the seminars;
  • Copy of diploma or a certificate issued by applicant’s university (only if applicable);

Only complete application packages received before the deadline will be considered.

Conditions of Participation: Attendance of every session of both seminars is mandatory as this is essential for efficient team-work and achieving aims of the program.

Deadline for applications: 10 AM, 8 May 2023

Contact persons: Course Leader Vaidas Augūnas, [email protected]
Coordinator Alen Sofić, [email protected]