The overall aim of Talent for Governance is to strengthen local governments in developing countries and Eastern European (non-EU) countries.
They aim to achieve this through the training of young civil servants. With the gained knowledge and skills, they can work to alleviate their communities of
widespread poverty and a lack of basic services.
The Hague Academy for Local Governance, The Hague, Netherlands
Talent for governance is accepting applicants for two Talent programmes organised on the following topics,
based on the training course part of the programme:
• Climate Change & Resilient Cities – 29 September to 17 October
• Local Economic Development – 17 November to 5 December
The amount of placements will depend on the funds and internship placements in Dutch local governments.
Young civil servants working for local governments in developing countries or Eastern European (non –EU) countries.
The Talent programme will generally cover all basic living expenses during the stay in the Netherlands, travel costs and the training course fee of the chosen
training course. The talent must cover any additional costs from their own resources, and also contribute 100 Euros or 200 Euros to their programme costs.
You are eligible for applying for this international talent programme if,
• work for a local government ( 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;
• have at least two years of work experience in local governance and have the intend 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 and vocally defend his/her motivation for- and the 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 he/she will write a Back-Home-Action Plan during the
• have complete support of the employer to participate in the programme and to implement the
Back-Home-Action plan when returned home.
Please download and read the Rules_and_
Regulations_Talent_for_Governance_2014 ( which has, among other, important information on application procedure, accommodation, allowances
and criteria) before you start filling in the online application form. The deadline for applications is 13 July 2014.
It is important to visit the official website (link found
below) to access the online application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this
Talent For Governance Scholarships site