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CEU Democracy Institute Leadership Academy (DILA)

CEU Democracy Institute Leadership Academy (DILA)

2022 autumn program 

 

The Democracy Institute Leadership Academy (DILA) is a unique, 12-week part-time English-language leadership training program offered by the CEU Democracy Institute for a new generation of public leaders in Central and Eastern Europe. The course addresses the needs of mid-career local, municipal and national leaders, political party representatives, policy experts working at parties, in civil service and think-tanks, and civil society activists who seek to promote democratic change

The 2022 DILA program explores current challenges political parties and activists face in European democracies - in cities, in national and in European politics with the guidance of our leading international faculty of scholars and experienced trainers. The curriculum covers topics on democratic governance and policy design, and equips fellows with a wide range of leadership and strategic skills that are instrumental for a successful career in public life.

Format:

The 12 week-long hybrid course will run between September 8, 2022 and November 27, 2022.

The three residential sessions (September 8-11, October 14-16 and November 24-27) will take place in Budapest at the CEU Democracy Institute. Between residential sessions, weekly interactive online sessions will take place once on a weekday (8.00 am-12, four hours). 

Eligibility:

The 2022 program is designed for mid-career public leaders from the
Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. 

Costs:

The program is free. Travel costs to Budapest, accommodation and meals during the residential sessions are covered by the DILA program.

The language of the program is English.

The program is funded by generous support from a European family foundation.

Application:

Interested candidates should apply with a Curriculum Vitae, a two-minute motivation video, a democratic innovation project idea and a letter of recommendation. The online application form is available here.

Application deadline: 30 June, 2022. 

Should you have any questions, please contact us at dila@ceu.edu.  

FAQ  

What does the Democracy Institute Leadership Academy offer to its fellows? 
  • Our intensive, part-time, modular training program focuses on current challenges political parties and political activists face in European democracies - in cities, in national and in European politics; 
  • Interactive course work and mentoring modules address democratic practices: deliberative and participative methods; policy design, democratic mobilization, efficient interest representation in different national and European contexts;
  • CEU’s international faculty will provide insights into the intellectual context of contemporary debates such as climate change, geopolitical and domestic divides, migration, inequality and technological change;
  • Our team of experts is committed to developing a wide range of practical governance, leadership and political skills to assist participants in their daily work, such as strategic foresight, negotiation skills, polling and data literacy and resource mobilization;
  • Our program fosters opportunities for networking through peer-to-peer learning and social events in a politically diverse international environment;  
  • Fellows completing the course will receive a certificate of participation awarded by the CEU Democracy Institute. 
What is the structure of the DILA program?
  • Fellows will participate in a twelve-week-long hybrid program between September 8, 2022 and November 27, 2022.  
  • Residential sessions will be held on September 8-11, October 14-16 and 24-27 November 24-27 in Budapest at the campus of the Central European University 
  • The online, weekly interactive sessions take place once on a weekday (8.00-12.00 am) between the residential sessions.
  • Fellows should assign another half-day each week for individual and team assignments.  
Who is eligible for the fellowship? 
  • Governmental and municipal leaders, political party representatives, governmental and think-tank policy experts and civil society activists with 5-10 years of political or professional experience. 
  • We are accepting applications from the following countries: Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Who is an ideal candidate for the fellowship?

DILA fellows are leaders with integrity and a strong commitment to democracy who align with causes greater than themselves. They recognize the reality of transnational interconnectedness and openness for collaboration. DILA fellows value personal experience and learn through exposure, dialogue, and reflection.

An ideal DILA candidate has

  • A profound sense of integrity; 
  • Between 5-10 years of professional or political experience; 
  • A commitment to democracy and diversity across profession, gender, race, ethnicity and political ideology; 
  • A desire to affect real and sustainable change in a democratic society; 
  • The ability to apply knowledge and leverage networks; 
  • A working level (reading and speaking) skill in English language.  

How to apply? 

Candidates should apply online by filling in the online form and by providing the following: 

  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of recommendation by a professional superior
  • A motivation video
  • A description of a democratic innovation project idea

You will receive instructions on how to upload your files once you submit the application form.

Click here for the application form

Curriculum vitae
  • The document must be formatted in MS Word Document (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat PDF (.pdf), all other file types will not be accepted.
  • The English language resume should list in order of priority the following:
    • Your educational credentials, including all degrees earned
    • Awards and honors if applicable
    • Publications if applicable (please do not include an exhaustive list)
    • Your professional experience with your most recent position listed first and dates of employment

  • Please do not send CVs longer than 3 pages. Please note that once you submit the application you will not be able to make any changes. We ask that you carefully review the form before submitting it.

The motivation video

  • Candidates are expected to record a maximum two-minute motivation video
  • The video should explain why the applicant is interested in applying for the fellowship, why she/he/they thinks is the best person to be selected and how she/he/they plans to apply the new knowledge and skills in her/his/their future work. 
  • Using the webcam, cell phone or video camera, please record yourself presenting your responses to the questions above. All videos should be titled with your full name.  
  • The maximum size is 600 MB. You will receive instructions on how to upload your video once you submit the application form.

A democratic innovation project idea

A democratic innovation idea can be anything that strengthens or rejuvenates democratic action or decision-making in a local or national community.
Examples of the possible projects include: crafting a democratic narrative against illiberal tendencies; fostering a more democratic community; initiation of a democratic participation project, for example a citizens` consultation; planning a digital democracy project; designing an online counter-tool against fake news, or any other innovative idea.

Please limit the description of your project idea to 300 words.   

Reference letter

Candidates will need to request one letter of recommendation from the applicant’s professional environment to support their application to the program. 

  • Letters must be submitted in English in MS Word Document (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat PDF (.pdf)
  • Letters should be written on official organization letterhead, and signed with the name, official position, and contact information of the referee.

Selected candidates will be invited for an online interview. All interviews take about 20 minutes in English language.  Working knowledge of English is an important prerequisite for participation in the program.

All applicants will be contacted regarding their application status by e-mail. 

Application deadline: 30 June, 2022. 

Who evaluates the applications?

Applications will be evaluated by a committee drawn from CEU Democracy Institute senior management. All application materials and the committee’s evaluations remain confidential. 

Applicants will be selected based on leadership potential, professional and academic merit, as well as the project they are proposing to work on during the program.  


The privacy of your personal information is very important to us. We collect, use, and store your personal information in accordance with the requirements of the applicable data privacy rules, including specifically the General Data Protection Regulation. To learn more about how we manage your personal data during the recruitment process, please see our Privacy Notice at: https://www.ceu.edu/recruitment-privacy-notice. (Hungary: Közép-európai Egyetem, Central European University).

Internship Opportunity at the CEU Democracy Institute Leadership Academy - CLOSED

We invite applications for a part-time internship position in Budapest, with the possibility of working remotely for some parts of the program.

Call for Applications: CEU Democracy Institute Leadership Academy - CLOSED

The CEU Democracy Institute invites applications for a unique leadership training program for a new generation of public leaders in Central and Eastern Europe.