Call for application for CEPS Youth Policy Dialogues

Deadline: 11 December 2022 (23:59 CET)


Applications are open for our next cohort of Young Thinkers! CEPS people are looking for a group of around 30 young people from various academic fields who will take part in the CEPS Youth Policy Dialogues.


CEPS Youth Policy Dialogues (YPDs) will convene approximately 30 Young Thinkers each year to discuss pressing policy issues and elevate the voices of young professionals working across various policy areas in international affairs.


The upcoming YPD will run from January to June 2023 and will be organised around four policy areas:

  • Democracy and Institutions
  • Energy and Climate
  • Security and Defence
  • Trade and Technology


Each YPD will consist of a small group of 5-7 Young Thinkers, who will meet on a regular basis to discuss international developments and concrete policy ideas. Their final deliverable will be to draft one policy paper per YPD, which will be published on the CEPS Young Thinkers website and promoted through various channels. The CEPS team will organise meetings between the Young Thinkers and senior experts working on specific policy areas, as well as training sessions relevant to their activities, such as critical thinking and policy brief writing sessions or thematic discussions relevant to the topics covered.


These policy papers will be presented during an in-person public event organised by CEPS in Brussels in June 2023. All travel and accommodation expenses for YPD participants will be covered by the project. Selected participants might also be offered the opportunity to travel to Brussels (all expenses covered) on 28 February and 1 March 2023 to present preliminary findings of their YPD cluster at CEPS’ flagship event Ideas Lab.


What’s in it for you as a CEPS Young Thinker? 

  • Publish a policy brief on the CEPS YT website
  • Meet young people interested in key EU policy issues and build your network
  • Participate in a trip to Brussels (all expenses covered by CEPS) and present your work at a CEPS public event
  • Take part in trainings, briefings and meetings with senior experts
  • Participate in more online and in-person events throughout the year


What will you have to commit to as a CEPS Young Thinker

  • Participate in regular virtual meetings from January to June 2023 (around one meeting per month)
  • Co-draft a timely and topic-relevant policy paper about EU policy
  • Travel to Brussels in spring/ summer 2023 to share the activities of your Youth Policy Dialogue, visit the heart of the EU, and network with other CEPS Young Thinkers


Selection criteria 

  • Being enrolled as a student or a young professional (max. 3 years of work experience)
  • Demonstrated interest in a relevant policy area (see above for this year’s thematic clusters)
  • Intellectual curiosity and motivation to learn
  • Collaborative spirit


Minorities and candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Deadline: 11 December 2022 (23:59 CET)
Notification of results: 19-21 December 2022


Please follow the link here to learn more about CEPS and the Young Thinkers Initiative and apply for the opportunity.