Call for Participants: Cultural Diplomacy Platform Global Cultural Leadership Programme (GCLP) 2018 (Fully Funded to Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Application Deadline:14 June 2018, 23:59 CET (Brussels) time.

Are you a young cultural manager/practitioner looking to develop and strengthen your cultural leadership skills? Are you excited to be part of a growing international network of young cultural professionals?
The third edition of the Global Cultural Leadership Programme (GCLP) is made for you!

For the third edition of the GCLP, the Cultural Diplomacy Platform is looking specifically for applications from outstanding cultural managers from Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and the USA (3 participants from each of these 10 countries), as well as from the 28 Member States of the European Union (10 participants, each from a different EU country).

The Global Cultural Leadership Programme (GCLP) is a learning programme designed to develop and reinforce knowledge, competences and professional networks of cultural practitioners who are emerging on the international scene. Through its framework, content and methodology, which strongly builds on peer-to-peer learning, reflection and collaborative network building, the GCLP enables young leading managers of cultural organisations to gain fresh insights and develop new approaches to international cultural collaboration practices. The programme offers a set of applied learning modules, tools and manuals for practice-based learning, giving the participants opportunities to build meaningful collaborations at the global level and within the EU.


The participants to the GCLP 2018 will come from different fields of relevant cultural practice in their respective countries and represent sectors that are specifically interested in reaching out with their work globally.

This third edition of the GCLP will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from 27 October to 2 November 2018 (arrivals October on 27 and departures on 2 November).


  • Travel, accommodation and meals are covered by the Cultural Diplomacy Platform.
Participatory group reflections,educational workshops, expert talks and peer discussions will explore a variety of current challenges and opportunities, and provide knowledge and working approaches into:
• Purposes, values and experiences of international cultural collaboration and exchange,
• Practices and principles of cultural diplomacy and cultural relations in a global context,
• Develop practical communication and management approaches on topics that enable young cultural managers to become new players of practice- and reflection-based diplomacy,
• Reflecting on managing/leading cultural organisations in international working relations,
• Developing intercultural competences and working approaches for collaborating with peers in different social and cultural environments, but also with citizens and cultural communities on local and transnational levels,
• Learning how to take risks and embrace uncertainty when collaborating with new partners,
• How to analyse/adopt new trends in international cultural management and identify/link to new international flagship initiatives in the field
Geographical criteria
• are nationals/permanent residents of (and are managing/ working for organisations in)
Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea or the USA
(a maximum of three participants from each of these ten countries will be selected),
• are nationals/permanent residents of (and are managing/working for organisations in) the 28 EU Member States (a maximum of ten EU participants in total will be selected,
each one from a different EU country).
Professional experience
• work for a cultural civil society organisation (NGO), a cultural enterprise (social or for profit-making) or a public cultural institution (such as museums, libraries, or music venues that operate on local, regional and national levels),
• have relevant working experience in the field of at least 3 to 5 years,
• have (some) previous experience in international networking and cultural exchange,
• are working in a field or position that allows them to act as local/national multipliers of new leadership knowledge and global cultural networking, and
• hold a relevant (leading) management position in their organisation.
Thematic interest
• are strongly interested in international cultural collaboration and wish to further develop
professionally in a global working context,
• show a strong awareness of intercultural sensitivities and are passionate about working on cultural issues and topics of global relevance.
Language criteria and age requirements
• have a very good working knowledge of English,
• are (preferably) 25-39 years of age.
The third edition of the Global Cultural Leadership Programme (GCLP) will take place
in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from 27 October to 2 November 2018 (arrivals 27 October
afternoon, departure 2 November by noon) and will include a working visit to Leeuwarden (Friesland), European Capital of Culture 2018 from 1 to 2 November 2018.
Application Procedure:
  • Candidates who wish to be considered for participation in the third edition of the Global Cultural Leadership Programme (GCLP) shall apply through the online application form on the website
  • Please note that candidates will be asked to fill in information on their CV, as well as an expression of interest (approx. 500 words), which should outline the candidate’s motivation, and what he/she can bring to the learning group for sharing with his/her peers during the training. Candidates should also state what they intend to take away from the training to their own working realities back home.
  • In addition, candidates will be asked to upload (in a pdf format) the description of an on going or prospective cultural project (not more than 1.000 words, pictures and media support are also accepted) that is being implemented/to be implemented in the near future. Candidates should specify the following:
  • Background and context
  • Strategic and specific goals
  • Main activities
  • Expected results and impact
  • Individual implication
The deadline for applications is 14 June 2018, at 23:59 CET (Brussels) time.
Selection procedure
  • Candidates will be selected by the management team of the Cultural Diplomacy Platform and selected tutors from the group delivering the programme.
  • Selected candidates (30 from the ten Strategic Partners of the EU, and ten from the EU) will be informed about their participation by late July 2018.
  • The management team will assist selected participants in their travel preparations (including visas) and bookings.


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