The Leadership Lab is a fellowship program which seeks to empower civically active youth from Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine to increase their capabilities and impact. This program relies on distant learning and two first-hand experiences over the course of one year aimed at preparing and advancing participants in leadership roles.

This program is made possible thanks to the German Government through the KfW Bank for Development.

Application process

Eligible candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a citizen of Armenia, Georgia, Moldova or Ukraine
  • Be between 21 and 30 years old
  • Have been civically active in the past three years
  • Speak English fluently
  • Possess a valid passport 
  • Be able to commit to a one-year program which entails two first-hand experiences and distance learning
  • Be prepared to participate actively in the GMF Alumni Network in the long-term

Exhibit the following characteristics:

  • Integrity
  • Creativity
  • Commitment to the positive development of your country
  • Commitment to democracy and diversity

How to apply

Applications are accepted via the ONLINE PORTAL starting July 19, 2021. 

The portal will close on October 24, 2021. 

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for virtual interviews in early November 2021. Interviews will take place November 22-26, 2021. 

Selection decisions will be announced on December 1, 2021.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Hanna Kovhan at [email protected] 

What you will gain as Leadership Lab Fellow

The Leadership Lab is a unique personal and professional development opportunity. Fellows will have the chance to make lifelong friendships and develop helpful professional contacts. After completion of the program, you will become part of the GMF Alumni Network which spans over the U.S. and Europe, connecting more than 3,000 leaders from government, business, media, and civil society.

What we expect from you as a Leadership Lab Fellow

GMF is looking for future leaders who will actively participate in the Leadership Lab program. Upon completion of the program, our Fellows make a long-term commitment to GMF as members of the Alumni Network by staying in touch, participating in events and continuing to collaborate with other Fellows and Alumni.


List of Fellows

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Alexandru Rotari Adviser   Moldova
Anastasiia Nakrasova Attorney at Law, Criminal & Human Rights Vasil Kisil & Partners Ukraine
Ariadna Shatova International Projects Manager Heritage Ukraine Foundation Ukraine
Irakli Gabiszashvili Graduate Student  Ilia State University Georgia
Lilit Arzoyan Project Manager Eurasia Partnership Foundation Armenia
Maria Stratan Project Coordinator Institute for Public Policy Moldova
Serghei Gherghelejiu Energy Risk Manager Purenergy Associates Moldova
Sofiaa Kryshtal Program Manager NGO Resource Center Ukraine
Tama Mkurnalidze Graduate Student Ilia State University Georgia
Teona Surmava European Integration Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia Georgia
Yevheniia Romanova Project Assistant UN Migration Agency Ukraine