Applications open for the European Leadership Programme

The call for applications for the European Leadership Programme (ELP) will close in less than a month, remaining open until the 8th February 2019.

The ELP is a Brussels-based project where emerging leaders can develop skills through theoretical and practical methodologies by living together with their fellows for six months.

Designed as a training programme on EQF-level 7, continuing from Bachelor programmes on level 6, the ELP is interdisciplinary, as contributions from fields of political science, European studies, economics, law and other social sciences and humanities converge in it.

To be eligible, students must hold a Bachelor’s degree in any science filed from an accredited higher education institution. Criteria for candidate selection are academic performance at Bachelor level (final grade, exam grades), motivation letter, letter of reference, results of a personal interview and English language proficiency.

“We offer committed young Europeans a fellowship experience of professional training that will help them learn to guide our society with political virtue and Christian principles,” Peter Rožič SJ, Director of JESC, comments on the programme.

The activities consist of five interrelated segments:

  • immersion in the administrative and political life of E.U. institutions, with the opportunity to meet with political leaders in Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg and beyond;
  • participation in modules and workshops presented by high profile academics and practitioners in order to develop personal leadership skills and stimulate reflection and discussion;
  • a voluntary experience of living in and serving a marginalised community;
  • spiritual guidance and discernment training;
  • living and enjoying a community of friends that is located in the heart of Brussels.

The goal of ELP is to contribute to the formation of spirituality and to build on own calling, this way gaining tools for managing the life of a leader.

Thanks to retreats, on-going formation, spiritual direction, sharing of experiences in groups and community life, those chosen will enhance their self-knowledge so as to understand others in a deeper way.

An essential element of ELP is the experience of living together under one roof as a community. This experience will focus on building character through community life and common policies, such as spiritual training, environmental vigilance and international hospitality.

“The Programme’s final aim is no less than to help reform the spiritual, social and political life in Europe, reorienting it towards an ever-greater quest for the common good” says Fr. Martin Maier SJ, JESC’s Secretary for European Affairs.

Find out more about application criteria and procedures

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