The SI Summer Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP)

The SI Summer Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP) is a training programme developed to build awareness, capacity and resilience in the practice of governance in the Baltic Sea region and the countries in the EU Eastern Partnership.

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

SAYP is part of the SI Baltic Sea Region Cooperation and is a result of the increased focus on the EU Eastern Partnership, which aims to develop and strengthen relations between EU and its eastern neighbours.


SAYP welcomes participants from Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Sweden and Ukraine.

Who can participate?

The programme is targeted primarily at young professionals (up to 35 years old) already employed in the state structures, working with development of policy and measures to create a more transparent, resilient and efficient public administration. Young professionals from the following groups are welcome to apply:

  • public servants (non-political civil servants working at government agencies)
  • policymakers (politicians, government officials, employees of political parties)
  • civil society workers (CSO/NGO volunteers/employees)

The application period for SAYP 2017 will be 16 January – 19 February 2017. Detailed information and instructions for the application can be found here.

Programme outline

The programme consists of three main components; the first takes place in the participants’ home countries in the form of preparatory meetings and/or reading of material provided by the thematic module organisers. This is followed by a two-week intense thematic module in Sweden during June–August, which is followed up in the participants’ home countries during the autumn, for example in the form of study visits or workshops.

Participation in SAYP is free of charge and includes meals, accommodation and travel. All participants will also become members of the SI Alumni Network, a vast professional and global contact network meant to keep building good practices and mutual learning processes for a sustainable future. As member of this network, participants have the opportunity to participate in upcoming alumni events and workshops on themes relevant to their area of expertise.

Peer shadowing (only offered to previous participants)

Peer shadowing is a short-term mobility grant exclusively for SAYP alumni, which allows for week-long visits to an organisation in another country, where the visiting peer can closely follow/shadow one or several colleagues to observe/study how their workplace/organisation is structured and functions in practice. Peer shadowing may focus both on routines/practices (how), and on content (what – aims/goals, activities/operations, thematic scopes etc).

Peer shadowing is also expected to include discussions about the observations made, comparisons and suggestions. Ultimately, peer shadowing enables experience sharing and provides prospects for mutual learning and changes/improvements in all organisations involved.

Please read the instructions carefully before sending an application to, complete with the following documents enclosed:

  • application form
  • letter of invitation (from the inviting host organisation – maximum 2 pages)
  • letter of support (from the applicant’s home organisation – maximum 1 page)
  • peer shadowing agreement

The application period is 1 September 2016 – 30 October 2017. SI accepts applications and takes decisions on an ongoing basis throughout the application period. Please note that only previous participants of SAYP are eligible to apply for peer shadowing. 

Thematic module organisers

Swedish actors, primarily universities, have the opportunity to apply for support to arrange a training session with preparatory and follow-up activities, within the SAYP programme framework. The call for applications for thematic module organisers is held during the autumn for modules taking place the following year.

Contacts at the Swedish Institute

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