Young Leaders Program

The flagship program of the Aspen Institute Romania, the Aspen Young Leaders Program (AYLP) 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 17 years, the fellowship-based Aspen Young Leaders Program reached in 2023 its 16th edition.

The Aspen Young Leaders Program brings increased regional and sectorial participation and creates additional diversity and relevance for a growing Network of Fellows and Alumni of the Aspen Institute Romania Leadership Programs, already covering more than 40 countries and more than 1100 individuals from across the globe.


The Aspen 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 YLP Fellows, based on shared values and common interests.

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.

The program consists of four modules (three 1-week modules and one 1-day module) taking place in Romania throughout 1 year. Full attendance to the modules of the program is necessary in order to successfully complete the Aspen YLP.

After the end of the program, the participants will become part of the community of Aspen Fellows and Alumni 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. Participants are also required to have a high level of English fluency, as it is the working language of the program.

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 Institute will offer accepted candidates a scholarship, covering the costs of accommodation, meals, moderation, reading materials and group transfer between Bucharest and the locations of the modules, while the participants will only cover their transportation expenses between their places of residence and Bucharest.


Nominations can be made by submitting the following documentation in Englishthe Nomination Form (template provided in the Call for nominations), 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.

The Selection process includes an eliminatory screening of the nominations and an interviews phase.

The Call for nominations for the 16th edition of the Program is now closed. For the current edition, the deadline for the submission of the nominations through the online Registration Form was February 27, 2023, at 23:59 EET (Bucharest time).

The next edition of the Program will be launched at the beginning of 2024.

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