Call for applications: World Forum for Democracy 2019 in Strasbourg, France

Deadline:  12 July 2019 CET 13:00 (1 p.m.)
Open to: participants between the ages of 18 and 30 years old
Venue: 4 - 5 November 2019 (Youth training); 6 - 8 November 2019 (World Forum for Democracy) in Strasbourg, France


The World Forum for Democracy is a unique platform for political decision-makers and activists to debate solutions to key challenges for democracies worldwide. By identifying and analysing experimental initiatives and practices, the Forum highlights and encourages democracy innovations at the grassroots and their transfer on a systemic level in order to strengthen the foundations of democratic societies. The Forum thus contributes to the evolution of democracy towards more participatory and inclusive structures and institutions.

“Democracy and information” is the theme of the World Forum for Democracy in 2019 with two main threads:

  • Democracy dies in darkness: are we getting the information we need?
  • Information and the Future: lost in space or masters of our own fate?

To best prepare for the World Forum, selected participants will gather in Strasbourg two days before the start of the World Forum to learn about the Council of Europe and it’s work with youth, to get to know each other, to develop their ideas, plan their actions and work together with the guidance of an international team of trainers. During this time, participants will be informed about the different labs and side events that will take place during the World Forum and will be invited to choose their preference for attending. They can contact the organising bodies which will implement the initiatives (labs) to receive further information about their structures. All selected participants should arrive on Sunday 3 rd November and depart on Saturday 9th November. The youth preparation meeting will take place for all participants on Monday 4 th and Tuesday 5th November in the European Youth Centre before the World Forum begins on 6th of November 2019.

During the World Forum, the youth participants will join the different labs and side events. Participants may be given particular roles in the labs and side-events according to their interests and competences (rapporteurs, moderators, audience...). Altogether, the youth participants should be active partners and contributors to this World Forum, bringing in their own ideas and initiatives. Beyond the labs and side-events, the participants may organise parallel activities to make their voices heard and present their visions on fake news and democracy.


In order to be selected and participate in the World Forum 2019, youth applicants should:

  • Be aged 18-30 (exceptions can be made in special cases);
  • Be able to communicate and work in English;
  • Be actively involved in civil society democracy initiatives;
  • Be motivated to contribute to developing new ideas on youth and democracy;
  • Be ready to share own challenges faced in relation to media, fake news, information and its effects on democracy;
  • Be ready to adopt a solution-oriented approach by bringing in new ideas and visions on the question of media, fake news, information and democracy;
  • Be available to participate fully in the World Forum for Democracy and the preparation process beforehand.

The youth representatives will be chosen on the basis of these criteria and a video to be submitted. The Council of Europe welcomes applications from all candidates who fulfil the above mentioned profile, irrespective of gender, disability, marital or parental status, racial, ethnic or social origin, colour, religion, belief or sexual orientation. A few limited places will allow for participants from the previous editions of the World Forum to participate.


Cost & Scholarship

Travel expenses and visa costs will be reimbursed upon presentation of the relevant receipts, according to the rules of the Council of Europe. Only the participants who attend the entire event (pre-Forum meeting and World Forum) can be reimbursed. The payment will be made by bank transfer after the World Forum. Prepaid tickets for travel can only be arranged in exceptional and justified cases.​

Board and lodging are provided and paid for by the Council of Europe (arrival on Sunday 3rd November and departure on Saturday 9th November). Participants will be accommodated at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg (EYCS). You might be requested to share a room. The EYCS is fully accessible to young people with disabilities and ready to adapt to young people's special needs in order to ensure full inclusion and quality working conditions. Wi-fi is provided in the rooms.


All candidates must apply in 2 parts:

  1. An online application form should be completed via this link:
  2. A short 1 minute video should be posted on YouTube, with the link attached to the online application form (see instructions below).

 The application form must be submitted on-line before Friday 12 July 2019 CET 13:00 (1 p.m.), together with a support letter from your NGO/sending organization if this is appropriate.   In case of technical problems with the use of the platform, please send an e-mail to .

 Read call document

The official web-page.