XIX Summer Seminar for Young Public Policy Professionals

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is now accepting applications for the 19th edition of its traditional Summer Seminar for Young Public Policy Professionals from South Eastern Europe and the Black Sea region. SS2018, entitled “Public Policy Challenges – European and Regional Dimensions”, will be held in the period May 28 – June 1, 2018 at Albena resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast (close to the city of Varna).


SS2018 is part of the official calendar of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU.


SS Concept

After a competitive selection process the regional seminar will bring together a diverse group of 40 outstanding young public policy professionals from state institutions and policy-oriented think-tanks/research centers from South Eastern Europe (SEE) and the Black Sea region. During the five-day international forum they will meet distinguished international experts and practitioners, discuss specific issues concerning good governance practices and public policies challenges in the light of the current European political, economic and security developments as well as issues of regional significance. Beside the key-notes and lectures, the event, which serves also a platform for exchange of expertise and ideas, will feature intensive discussions in a working-group format and tailor-made interactive modules.


SS 2018 Program Overview is available here.


Eligibility Criteria

SS2018 welcomes applications from young professionals from SEE and Black Sea countries who meet the following eligibility criteria:


  • to be aged 25 – 35 years;

2) to possess proven expert background;

3) to have excellent written and spoken command of English.


Eligible Nationalities: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine


Selection Procedure

SS2018 participants will be selected through three independent application processes in an effort to ensure the optimal mix of professionals and favorable group dynamics.

Please, submit the online application form that best describes you as a candidate:


Type A: Public servant from state administrations of SEE & Black Sea countries


Type B: Public servant from state administration of Bulgaria


Type C: NGO/Think Tank & Academia representative from all eligible countries


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with a final deadline by April 20th, 2018.

Selection results will be announced via e-mail by April 25th, 2018.


Financial Assistance

Each year a limited number of full and partial scholarships as well as travel subsidies are available for specific groups of candidates. Detailed information on participation costs, financial assistance and eligibility criteria is provided in the online application form for each cohort of candidates.


Candidates planning to apply for full scholarship support are strongly advised to submit their applications as early as possible. EPI encourages applicants to seek other alternatives before requesting a travel subsidy (only for eligible candidates).


SS History

The forum was launched back in 2000 in order to contribute to the capacity-building and regional cooperation among young state officials from Bulgaria and Romania working in the field of EU integration. Throughout the years, this regional initiative broadened significantly its scope and geographical coverage (to 15 countries), thus, building a unique professional network of 600+ alumni so far who make it a well-known and highly recognized regional initiative.


Browse the SS website for further information about previous editions, speakers, participants and follow-up publications with seminar proceedings: http://summer-seminars.epi-bg.org/


Contact with organizers:

Ms. Mariana Trifonova, Senior Project Expert

Economic Policy Institute (Sofia, Bulgaria)


E: summer_seminars@epi-bg.org

T: +359 2/952 29 47