Do you want to gain new perspectives and become a part of a vibrant Czech-German Network? Are you interested in cross-border and cross-sector cooperation? Are you a young professional with at least three years of working experience and good English skills? Apply for the Czech-German Young Professionals Program 2021!
During the program year you will be invited to three intense and high-quality units consisting of seminars, on-site visits and team-building activities (4 days each, in Berlin, Prague and other cities) and will become a part of a growing international network of committed and talented people from the Czech Republic and Germany. Please note that the program may be affected by COVID-19 pandemic.
The deadline for applications is February 14, 2021. Find the application form here.
The program is initiated and financed by the Czech-German Fund for the Future.
Please, find here CGYPP 2021 call poster
What is CGYPP?
Established in 2008, a growing international network of committed and talented people from the Czech Republic and Germany (more than 130 in 2020).
What does CGYPP offer each year?
- Three intense and high-quality units consisting of seminars, on-site visits, peer-learning and intercultural team-building activities (program may be affected by COVID-19 pandemic, our priority is the safety and health of all participants).
- Interaction with a broad range of distinguished German and Czech experts.
- The opportunity to develop one’s own initiative or project (podcast).
- Improvement of presentation, leadership, intercultural and media skills.
- Stimulus for a future professional career.
- Membership in a prestigious alumni network.
What is the CGYPP 2021 Topic?
Ways out of the crisis: The Covid-19 pandemic has all of a sudden turned our lives upside down. Our society has switched to crisis mode, newspapers and political speeches are dominated by Covid-19, its worldwide implications and consequences. But what kind of crisis are we actually facing right now? And what are possible ways to overcome it? The pandemic has brought to light a whole range of multi-faceted challenges. Not only are we witnessing the worst economic crisis since the depression of the 1930s. We are also confronted with a deficient health care system. More than ever before we are experiencing the urgent need to catch up in terms of digitization – also in the educational sector. To some extent, we are facing a lack of solidarity within the European Union. Is the Covid-19 pandemic the accelerator of deglobalization? If so, is it a big threat for Germany and the Czech Republic? And finally, the number of those who feel left behind and restricted in their personal freedoms is increasing, which has led to a certain crisis of confidence in our democratic system. First immediate measures have been taken, focusing particularly on restoring the economic strength. The task is now to develop long-term strategies. But do we really want to return to the status quo ante? Or are we willing to rethink our traditional answers when facing new challenges and questions?
The European Union’s answer to the crisis is the coronavirus recovery plan. It foresees €390bn in grants and €360bn in loans for struggling EU states. The EU has finally agreed on taking on common debt – and is thinking about raising common taxes, such as a Europe-wide financial transaction tax, a digital tax or a carbon tax, in order to finance it.
These and other topical questions will be addressed at the 12th year of the CGYPP. We want to discuss the challenges posed by the current crisis and possible answers creatively, interactively and polemically in a Czech-German context, with a wide range of political and economic leaders, leading journalists and experts – and we want to share our insights with the general public. We are convinced that – especially now that Czech-German dialogue is disrupted by the pandemic – debate is more important than ever.
Where and when will CGYPP take place?
- 1. Prague, April 29 – May 2, 2021 (Thursday afternoon – Sunday noon)
- 2. Berlin, June 17 – 20, 2021 (Thursday afternoon – Sunday noon)
- 3. Ostrava, September 9 – 12, 2021 (Thursday afternoon – Sunday noon)
- Please note that the program may be affected by COVID-19 pandemic, our priority is the safety and health of all participants.
Who are the participants?
- Czechs and Germans with open mindset in the age of 25-40 with varying professional backgrounds (from the fields of academia, business, media, politics, public administration and NGOs)
- Selected 12-14 young professionals for one programme year become Alumni after full attendance of the three program units
Who can apply?
Young professionals with at least 3 years’ work experience from the Czech Republic and Germany with strong interest in cross-sector and cross-border cooperation, who speak fluent English.
How to apply?
To apply go to www.cgypp.eu/join-us and fill in the application form by February 14, 2021.
1) Cover letter in English (2 pages max.)
2) CV in English (in tabular form)
In case of your acceptance, we charge a one-time participation fee of 200 EUR. We cover your program arrangement, travel expenses, accommodation, and board. You are expected to attend all program component units in full. In justified cases (e.g., employees in non-profit organizations) the participation fee may be reduced. In this case, please contact us by email.
Why is it worth it?
Who are the contact persons?
- For Czech candidates: Michael Murad, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel.: +420 721 823 366
- For German candidates: Claudia Fedur, email@example.com, Tel.: +49 (0)30 89 59 51 37
Who are the organizers?
Czech Association for International Affairs (AMO)
German European Academy Berlin