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.


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

The three residential sessions (September 8-11, October 21-23 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). 


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


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.


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: 20 May 2022. 

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