Hague Academy for Local Governance Talent for Governance programme in Netherland. (All Expense Paid)

Application Deadline: July 13 2014

The Hague Academy for Local Governance organises practice-oriented training courses and knowledge exchange activities for people involved in local governance.

The Talent programme generally consists out of three components that are all connected by an overall theme: a practical training course at The Hague Academy, a short internship at a Dutch local government, and Talent for Governance network activities.

The programme will give the talent knowledge, tools, ideas and experiences to use in their work towards a better living environment for their community. They will write and implement a back-home-action plan about a real-life case project from their local government.

Talent for governance is accepting applicants for two Talentprogrammes organised on the following topics, based on the training course part of the programme:


To be considered for participation in the Talent for Governance programme a candidate needs to:

  • work for a local government  ( e.g. district, municipality, city, region, province, water board etc.)
  • work in one of the countries listed on the  DAC countrylist;
  • be 37 years of age or younger;
  • have at least two years of work experience in local governance and have the intend to work there for at least two years more;
  • speak and understand the English language well (all programmes are in English);
  • be able to write and vocally defend his/her motivation for- and the relevance of  the specific programme;
  • be able to identify an issue/project as a Real-Life-Case within the theme of the programme for which he/she will write a Back-Home-Action Plan during the Talent programme;
  • have complete support of the employer to participate in the programme and to implement the Back-Home-Action plan when returned home;


  • The Talent program me will generally cover all basic living expenses during the stay in the Netherlands,
  • Travel costs and the training course fee of the chosen training course (exactly what costs are specified elsewhere in these regulations).
  • The talent must cover any additional costs (e.g. weekend outings or social drinks, souvenirs etc.) from their own resources , and also contribute 100 Euros or 200 Euros

International travel

  • The Hague Academy will arrange for a return ticket from the International airport nearest to the talents place of residence to the International airport nearest to the location of the training course. Under no circumstances may airline tickets be redeemed for cash.
  • The Hague Academy will also make arrangements for providing the necessary information and instructions regarding visa requirements, travel to the destination and accommodation in the Netherlands or at the training course location.

Apply Now for the Talent for Governance Programme




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