The Policy Designers NetworkThe Policy Designers Network (PDN) fellowship brings together young policy professionals from Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine to equip them with skills and resources to advance democracy and economic development, to expand their knowledge about regional, European, and transatlantic issues, and to strengthen their networks.
The Policy Designers Network (PDN) fellowship brings together young policy professionals from Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine to equip them with skills and resources to advance democracy and economic development, to expand their knowledge about regional, European, and transatlantic issues, and to strengthen their networks.
A leadership development program, PDN is a fellowship structured around workshop-style learning sessions and active participation in a transatlantic or regionally focused conference. The learning sessions will concentrate on empowering the fellows to assume greater leadership roles in their organizations or communities, strengthening their skills to lead collaboratively while addressing issues of public concern, to leverage media to advance policy solutions, and to write policy papers.
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Eligible candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Have up to 5 years of professional experience which has offered them an insight into policy making and formulating in various fields such as foreign policy, energy, business, creative arts, and industries, media, etc.
- Be between 25 and 35 years old
- Have fluency in English
- Be a citizen of Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, or Ukraine
- Possess a valid passport
Exhibit the following characteristics:
- Profound sense of integrity
- The desire to create a positive impact
- Commitment to democracy and diversity
- Commitment to share and apply new knowledge and to engage in the PDN network upon the program’s completion
- Commitment to transatlantic and global engagement
How to Apply
Applications are made through our online application portal. If you experience technical difficulties with your application submission, please email [email protected]. Due to the large volume of applicants, we are unable to accept submissions via email or respond to inquiries regarding the status of applications.
Applications are accepted starting July 1, 2022 until October 28, 2022.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for virtual interviews by November 10, 2022. The interviews will take place as following:
- Armenian candidates – November 24, 2022
- Georgian candidates – November 25, 2022
- Moldovan candidates – November 28, 2022
- Ukrainian candidates – November 29, 2022
Selected candidates are announced by December 9, 2022.
What will you gain as a member of the Policy Designers Network
The Policy Designers Network is a unique personal and professional development opportunity. After completion of the program, you become part of the GMF Alumni Network, which spans over the United States and Europe, connecting more than 3,000 policy and decisionmakers, business, media, academia, and civil society representatives.
What we expect from you as a member of the Policy Designers Network
GMF is looking for future leaders who will actively participate in the Policy Designers Network. 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.
The third iteration of this fellowship took place from October 2 - December 11, 2021.
- Armenuhi Nikoghosyan
- Ani Hovsepian
- Ashot Gevorgyan
- Karen Tovmasyan
- Sona Mkhitaryan
- Mariam Eliadze
- Badri Belkania
- Ketevan Goletiani
- Tako Jobava
- Erekle Iantbelidze
- Igor Serotila
- Olga Anghelici
- Yuliia Zemlytska
- Olha Nykorak
- Iryna Domnenko
- Dmytro Tuzhanskyi
- Yaromyr Udod
- Nataliia Vyniarchuk
The second iteration of the Policy Designers Network took place from September 29 - October 3, 2020.
- Heghine Poghosyan
- Samvel Grigoryan
- George Melashvili
- Giorgi Andguladze
- Givi Silagadze
- Mariam Chachua
- Rusudan Zabakhidze
- Marin Marcel
- Rodica Pargari
- Daria Kirsych
- Kostiantyn Donchenko
- Mariia Zaiets
- Roksolana Ivanova
- Viktoriia Kotlubei
The first iteration of the Policy Designers Network took place from October 15 - 18, 2019.
- Alina Poghosyan
- Ani Grigoryan
- Hasmik Khachatryan
- Lilit Avdalyan
- Ruben Elamiryan
- Lasha Zivzivadze
- Nona Kurdovanidze
- Tamar Bazgadze
- Tamar Jangulashvili
- Larisa Guzun
- Valeriu Pasa
- Anna Iemelianova
- Artem Shaipov
- Maryna Vorotniuk
- Oksana Khomei
- Oleh Pylypchynets
- Stanislav Sokur