December 14, 2015

Talent for Governance Training Scholarships for Developing Countries

Talent for Governance Training Scholarships

Course(s) Offered: Governance
Course Level: Training, Internship
Provider: The Hague Academy for Local Gov
Country to Study in: Netherlands

Scholarship Description
Under the Talent for Governance programme, The Hague Academy aims to enable young civil servants from developing countries and Eastern European (non-EU) countries to participate in a specially designed exercise which provides opportunities for knowledge exchange and training so that they can develop their skills and realise their ambitions.

The Programme generally consists of four different components that are all connected by an overall theme: a practical training course at The Hague Academy, a short internship at a Dutch local government, network activities and the back-home-action plan.

Application is possible if you:
  • work for a local government (not an NGO or private enterprise) e.g. district, municipality, city, region, province, water board etc.;
  • work in one of the countries listed on the DAC country list;
  • be 37 years of age or younger when you apply;
  • have at least two years of work experience in local governance and prove your commitment to
  • work there for at least two years more;
  • speak and understand the English language well (all programmes are in English);
  • be able to write down and orally defend your motivation for and relevance of the specific programme;
  • be able to identify an issue/project as a real life case within the theme of the programme for which you will write a Back Home Action Plan during the Talent programme;
  • have written support of your employer to participate in the programme and to implement the Back Home Action Plan when you return home.
Eligible groups
Young civil servants working for local governments in a developing country - see current list above

Participating Institutions
The Hague Academy for Local Governance, The Hague, Netherlands

Fields of study
The talent programme is organised two or three times a year. All talent programmes are organised around a different local governance theme, linked to the theme of the training course that will be followed at The Hague Academy for Local Governance.

To apply for the 2016/17 Talent programme, candidates need to choose one of the following programme themes:
  • Citizen Participation & Inclusive Governance – Programme from 23 May – 10 June 2016, (more information about the training course part of the programme)
  • Local Economic Development – Programme from 19 September – 7 October 2016, (more information about the training course part of the programme)
  • Local Service Delivery- Programme from 3 – 21 October 2016, (more information about the training course part of the programme)
Number of awards
The amount of placements will depend on the funds and internship placements in Dutch local governments.

Sponsorship duration
The training is a three weeks programme

Scholarship benefits
The Talent for Governance programme is almost completely cost covering. The talent programme covers cost of tuition fee, travel costs, accommodation and living expenses in The Netherlands. The talent must cover any additional costs from their own resources, and also contribute 100-200 Euros to their programme costs.

Method of Application
All applications must be on the online application form. Please do not submit a separate application form for the specific training course of your choice through the website of the Hague Academy for Local Governance. Only applications made through the online application form will be considered. Before applying, it is strongly adviseable to first read the Rules and Regulations Booklet 2016.

It is important to read the Rules and Regulations Talent for Governance 2016 and visit the official website (link found below) to access the online application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

The new application period for the programmes in 2016 will be open from Monday October 5 2015 until the deadline for applications on Friday 29th of January 2016

Talent for Governance believes that strong local governments are key in creating better living conditions in countries worldwide. That is why The Hague Academy for Local Government invests in young talented civil servants who need support to realize their ambitions and their communities ambitions. These civil servants often work in extremely difficult circumstances.

Application Deadline: 29 January 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes (ONLY 'Country List' above)

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: Scholarships in the Netherlands for International Students

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