Young Leaders Program

The flagship program of the Aspen Institute Romania, the Young Leaders Program (YLP) is designed for young people who have the potential, interest and determination to exercise leadership to the highest standards of civic and corporate responsibility, and according to the ethical values on which the Aspen Institute is based.

The flagship Leadership Program of the Aspen Institute Romania for the last 14 years, the fellowship based Young Leaders Program, has reached its 14th edition in 2020. The Young Leaders Program brings increased regional and sectorial participation and creates additional diversity and relevance for a growing Network of Aspen Fellows already covering 30 countries and over 250 fellows.


The Young Leaders Program gathers each year 20-25 high profile regional young leaders with a clear two-fold goal: to promote and advance progressive leadership within society; and to develop the regional network of Aspen Fellows, based on shared values and common interests. For this reason we offer a program which challenges people to think about the fundamental concepts on which our society is founded. It also makes participants reflect on the challenges and conflicts that leaders must face in deciding policies and strategies for their organizations and their communities in today’s world.

After the end of the program, the participants will become part of the community of Aspen Fellows and are expected to be actively involved in the activities and events of the Aspen Institute Romania, Aspen Fellows Network and Aspen International Network.


The Program addresses people between the ages of 25 and 35, having achieved significant professional positions and accomplished results within their area of activity. Candidates should have demonstrated leadership potential, a record of initiative and entrepreneurship and a proven civic interest.

We welcome candidates from: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Republic of North Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

The program consists of four modules taking place in Romania. Participants are required to have a high level of English fluency, as it is the working language of the program; the Institute will offer accepted candidates a scholarship covering accommodation, meals, moderation, reading materials related costs and the costs of the group transfer from Bucharest to the location of the seminar, leaving participants to only cover their transportation expenses between their places of residence and Bucharest.


Nominations can be made by submitting the following documentation in English: the Nomination Form, a Letter of Recommendation and the candidate’s CV together with a Letter of Motivation.


The call for nominations is usually launched at the beginning of each year.

Considering the yet unclear expectations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic’s evolution, we decided to focus our resources and energy on offering the best Aspen experience for the 2020 generation of the program, who completed their first module last year, online. The remaining 3 modules are scheduled for the 2nd half of the year 2021. Pending the developments, we will hopefully be able to organize the remaining modules in a hybrid/ offline format.

Consequently, the launching of a new edition of the program is postponed, until the circumstances allow it.

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