Germany Meets Turkey – A Forum for Young Leaders

14th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) and the Robert Bosch Stiftung in cooperation with the Istanbul Policy Center of the Sabanci University is issuing a call for applications for this year's program.

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) is pleased to announce that it is now taking applications for this year’s round of the Germany Meets Turkey - A Forum for Young Leaders (GMT) program. Six Turkish and six German participants will be selected and together with an already established group of twelve young leaders, they will take part in a week-long exchange to Germany in the beginning of September 2009. In 2010 the twelve new participants will return for a one-week exchange to Turkey and in doing so they will join another newly selected group of twelve young leaders.

Germany Meets Turkey is an interdisciplinary networking program, which in addition to the week-long study tour, includes additional local events, to be organized by network members in the form of leadership initiatives.

We welcome applications from young leaders between the ages of 28 and 38 from all fields, including business, politics, science, education, culture and media, and who are interested in building a sustainable interdisciplinary network as the basis for a solid, long-term relationship between the two countries.

The selected participants will spend one week touring Germany, visiting the cities of Munich and Berlin. The interdisciplinary program will include: guest speakers from the fields of business, politics, academia, science, culture and media; exposure to various aspects of national culture; formal discussions focusing on German-Turkish relations and other topics determined by representatives of business, politics, culture, science and the media; informal discussions among the young leaders and the planning of joint initiatives to take place after the study tour (leadership initiatives); Germany Meets Turkey is a joint program of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The program’s Turkish partner is the Istanbul Policy Centre of the Sabanci University in Istanbul.

Participation in the program is free of charge. Accepted participants, however, will be responsible for travel expenses and travel organization to and from the study tour. Upon acceptance to the program, applicants may request financial assistance on an individual basis.

Additional information about the program, the application and the selection process are now available online at Applications must be submitted no later than April 30, 2009.

For further information, please contact:

Matthias Bär or Necdet Yildiz , Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, Keithstr. 14, 10787 Berlin, Germany. Phone: +49 30 2360 768 – 0; Email:

Christina Bache-Fidan, Istanbul Policy Center, Sabanci University, Orhanli – Tuzla, Istanbul, Turkey. Phone: +90 (216) 483 91 16; Email:

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