Talent for Governance
Talent for Governance
Talent for Governance is the scholarship programme of The Hague Academy for Local Governance. It provides practice-oriented learning
experiences to young, accomplished local government practitioners. The
programme consists of
a training course;
an internship with a Dutch municipality; and
access to a global network or professionals.
Through these activities and experiences, young talents increase their
knowledge and skills to promote better local governance in their respective
In many parts
of the world, local civil servants work under difficult circumstances. The
communities for which they work are sometimes characterised by poverty, a lack
of basic services, high unemployment rates and environmental challenges.
Moreover, their organisations often lack the financial resources needed to deal
with these challenges.
Still there are many young, ambitious civil servants that strive for
better services and the development of their local communities. Talent for
Governance supports them by providing opportunities for knowledge exchange and
training so that they can develop their skills and realise their ambitions
during a training in the Hague, the Netherlands.
The talent programme will be organised three
times in 2018 and each programme will revolve around a different local
governance theme. There will be just one application period.
To apply for the talent programme candidates need to choose one of the
following programme themes. These themes are based on the topics of the
training course at The Hague Academy which is part of the
Citizen Participation and Inclusive Governance – Programme from 5th March 2018 to 22nd March 2018, (more information about the training course part of the programme)
Local Service Delivery – Programme from 18th June to 5th July 2018, (more information about the training course part of the programme)
Local Economic Development – Programme from 1st October to 18th October 2018, (more information about the training course part of the programme)
An application is possible if you: work
for a local government (not an NGO or private Enterprise. We
focus on administrative staff, not elected officials. And although we
acknowledge the great work of civil servants like school and university
teachers, nurses, doctors, soldiers, police, civil servants at central and
state government level they do not form the focal point of this training
and internship programme (which takes place in a Dutch municipality), and
therefore have no chance of being selected) ;
work in one of the countries listed on the DAC country list;
be 37 years of age or younger when you apply;
have at least two years of work experience in local governance and prove
your commitment work there for at least two years more;
speak and understand the English language well (all programmes are in English);
be able to write down and orally defend your motivation for the programme
and its relevance to your own community;
be able to identify an issue/project as a real-life case within the theme
of the programme for which you will write a Back Home Action Plan during the
have written support of your employer to participate in the programme and
to implement the Back Home Action Plan when you return home.
Test your English
Prepare for your study by taking one of the most popular and most accepted English language proficiency tests.
Travel, training, accommodation, internship, meals and DSA
Only applications submitted through the online application form will be accepted. You will find a link to the application form on this page at the end of October 2017.Applications will be screened for completeness of the form and basic eligibility of the candidates. – You need to upload a copy of your passport as well as an employer statement according to this format
. Within one month after the application deadline, only the candidates that are accepted into the next round will be contacted by Talent for Governance.To apply, you can follow this link: http://fd8.formdesk.com/thehagueacademyforlocalgoverna/TfG_application_2018