European Development Days 2017 (EDD 2017) Young Leaders Programme (Fully Funded to Brussels, Belgium)

Application Deadline: Thursday 9 March 2017 at 1pm (Central European Time)!

The European Commission is looking for 16 extraordinary young people (aged 21-26) from across the world, with proven commitment and community engagement, to represent the work and impact on development achieved by youth. Young people are ‘movers and shakers’ in their communities and countries, and are key to solving the universal challenges outlined in the EDD 2017 programme.


  • The 16 selected Young Leaders will be invited to Brussels, Belgium, and all expenses (Visa, travel, accommodation) will be covered by the European Commission.

• Applicants must be between 21 and 26 at the time of the forum (7-8 June 2017).
• Applications are open to young adults from all around the world, without restriction of nationality.
• Applications must be submitted in one of the following official European Commission languages: English / French /
Spanish. The candidate must be able to speak clearly and comprehensively in one of these languages, as well as
have a mandatory intermediate level of English.
• Applicants must be able to travel to and participate in EDD 2017 in Brussels (Belgium) from 31 May to 10 June 2017.

Debate with global development leaders, actors and stakeholders

As a Young Leader, you will be invited to come to EDD 2017 in Brussels, to speak in the Auditorium panel discussions of the forum, along with key political leaders. You will have the opportunity to present your story and challenging ideas to the audience, and to engage with key global actors, including governments and international organisations delegations.
Each Auditorium panel addresses one of the EDD 2017 topics, which you can read about here.

You will be chosen to speak on one of these topics. You must therefore apply to be considered under at least one of the topics: you can choose up to 3 topics, and according to your expertise and experience, you might be considered for one of them.

In addition to speaking in the forum’s highest-level debates, you will have the opportunity to participate in other sessions to help shape the development policies and practices of the 2030 Agenda.

The Young Leaders Programme lasts for 10 days in total: prior and during the forum, you will have the opportunity to visit the European Union institutions, meet relevant development policy-makers, participate in inspiring workshops and present practices from your region.

How to apply
In order to apply for the Young Leaders Programme, please submit your application before Thursday 9 March 2017 at 1pm
CET (Central European Time). You can follow these easy steps:

  • Go to the EDD website on the Young Leaders page and click on the button APPLY NOW/ Fill out the Application Form
  • If you don’t have a profile, create one on our website, inserting your information, including your email address;
  • Don’t forget to tick the box “I want to apply for the Young Leaders Programme” when you create your profile!
  • You will receive in your inbox a confirmation of the creation of your profile;
  • Click on the activation link, and you will reach your profile page
  • Once you have completed these steps, you will be able to create your application – please note that, in order to be evaluated, your application has to be complete and submitted before the deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.

For Enquiries: [email protected].

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the European Development Days 2017 Young Leaders Programme 


One response to “European Development Days 2017 (EDD 2017) Young Leaders Programme (Fully Funded to Brussels, Belgium)”

  1. Claudia Avatar

    the link to the topics required doesn’t open… where can we get the list of topics?

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