Call for Applications, Turkey Europe Future Forum 2018

Deadline:  18 February 2018
Open to: applicants with a German or Turkish passport or one from an EU member state
Venue1-8 July 2018 in Paris, France and Berlin, Germany


The Turkey Europe Future Forum is a project of Stiftung Mercator in cooperation with TUSIAD, under the patronage of Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs.

Since 2015, The Turkey Europe Future Forum has been bringing together dedicated young leaders from Turkey and Europe for intensive dialogue in Turkey, Germany and other European countries.

The next Turkey Europe Future Forum takes place from July 1-8, 2018in Paris and Berlin. The topic will be "Rethink Europe's Future" and tackles questions like these: Which scenario for the future of the post-Brexit EU will prevail? Will Emmanuel Macron's pro-European tendencies lead to the strengthening of the Franco-German axis many have been awaiting? What will be the official German position in the aftermath of the post-election standstill? What consequences may the changes within Europe's framework have for neighbours and accession candidates, especially Turkey?

Every year, the Turkey Europe Future Forum enables 30 outstanding young leaders from Turkey, Germany and other European countries to benefit from an intensive exchange of ideas, substantial training measures and access to an important network. Costs for travel and accommodation are covered.

During the Future Forum, participants attend eight days of workshops, lectures and intercultural trainings about a current issue and debate it from their country- and sector-specific perspectives. In addition, top-level guests, speakers and dialogue partners provide exclusive insights into the politics, economy, culture and society of the participating countries. Ümit Boyner, former president of TÜSIAD and one of Turkey’s most successful entrepreneurs, and Ruprecht Polenz, long-time member of the German Bundestag and former chair of the German Foreign Affairs Committee, are the programme deans. Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Parliament is the Future Forum’s patron.

The goal of the Turkey Europe Future Forum is to reinforce networking and enhance mutual understanding among future decision-makers of Turkey, Germany and other European countries. The programme encourages all actors to adopt a European perspective and strengthens their ability to act, especially across sectors. The Future Forum provides fresh impetus to the Turkish-European debate.


  • Between two and ten years’ professional experience in the fields of politics, economics, administration, culture, media, science or civil society (Note: Internships do not count)
  • Outstanding academic and professional qualifications
  • Turkish, German or another European citizenship
  • A university degree (preferably Master's degree or diploma)
  • Very good English skills
  • Strong interest in the respective topic of the Future Forum as well as European-Turkish relations


All project related expenses will be covered for participants of the programme. These include travel expenses from Europe and Turkey to the venue of the Forum (economy/coach class)*, public transportation to and from the airport to the hotel, accommodation**, meals during the conference, and other project related expenses. The Forum does not cover any travel or additional costs incurred through participants' personal expenses.

*We will provide you with information on the respective caps closer to the start of the programme.

**Accommodation expenses cover the nights from July 1-8, 2018.

Note:  After the end of the programme we will ask you to fill in and send us a reimbursement form together with all original receipts and/or invoices to prove your expenses. We will transfer the money to your bank account afterwards. In case you need an earlier reimbursement of your expenses please let us know.


Applications are accepted online only, using our online application tool. After registering for the tool, you will be asked to fill out the required information and to upload your CV and motivation letter. Applications sent via mail or by any method other than our online system will be deemed ineligible. If you have trouble accessing the online application tool please contact us well before the deadline.

Once you have submitted a complete application you will receive an electronic confirmation via e-mail. If you do not receive the confirmation within 24h, please contact our TEFF-Team via

In order to apply please fill the online application.

If you have been nominated you will be invited to the interview if you fulfil all necessary criteria. In order to be invited, please register in our online application tool and submit your CV and motivation letter after your nomination. It helps us to prepare the interview with you. Please note: In order to ensure a fair competition among all applicants, nominated candidates are not automatically selected for participation. 

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section or write to:

For more information please visit the official web page.