SeGRID Baltic Region and Eastern Partnership 2022

The SI Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP) is a training program developed to build awareness, capacity and resilience in the practice of governance. The program welcomes participants from countries in the EU Eastern Partnership. The digital module 20 May-21 June and the on-campus week will be held 7-13 August in Sweden.

The aims of the module

It is important to continuously strive for a more sustainable e-government, where resilience and innovation are guiding the modern democratic public administration. The aim of this module within the program SI Summer Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP) is to develop skills and address challenges around sustainable e-government in a digital society through an interactive learning anchored in both theory and practice.

Today, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 global Sustainable Development Goals raises awareness of, and a need of balance between the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Hence, the 2030 Agenda emphasizes equity and justice as a mean of building a better world. As international, national, and non-governmental stakeholders need to work and collaborate in the strive towards a sound societal development, the work with the 2030 Agenda calls for strengthening the global capacity at all levels to ensure that the goals are met.

Building the much-needed capacity for change starts with government. Sustainable Development requires new means of governance and puts emphasis on creating societal resiliency. The many issues that surround Sustainable Development calls for governments to be more proactive and have the ability to transform procedures and routines to better align with sustainability initiatives. The complexity of the Agenda also challenges the traditional landscape for societal governance as governments must manage and incorporate the views of different stakeholders, across all levels, to meet the demands for increasing sustainability. To address these issues, digital government can help strengthen the implementation of Sustainable Development. The use of technology in government gives us the ability to connect and interact, making digitalization schemes a key component for bringing successful societal change to all. During the modules of SeGRID you will be served a smorgasbord of perspectives and tools on working with digital government to address issues of sustainable development within your home country. This will enable yourself and your organization to act as catalyst for Sustainable Development.

Are you ready to tackle the challenges of the twenty first century? Sign up today!

Who can participate?

We welcome all the key actors involved in digitalization of public administration and public services. Our module turns essentially to:

  • public servants, decisions-makers and policy makers in public administration
  • employees in civil society organizations

In order to be eligible, you also have to:

  • be a citizen of one of the following countries: Armenia, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Georgia, Moldova, Sweden or Ukraine.
    • Due to the current situation in Europe, you do not need to be currently residing in your country of citizenship. Citizens of other countries in the regions who are currently employed in one of the participant countries may also apply, but will not have priority in the selection of candidates.
    • Due to the current situation in Belarus, SI took the decision that, as of 1 October 2020, we will not provide financial support to Belarusian state employees for on-site activities within SAYP. As a consequence of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and Belarus’ active cooperation in it, it is either no longer possible for the state employees from Belarus to participate in the on-line activities within SAYP.
  • have good command of the English language.
  • have a relevant higher education (at least three years).
  • be 35 years or younger (born 1987- ).

The advanced character of the lectures, the assignments and the discussions presume that the participants possess a certain knowledgeability of – and experience of - working with e-government or e-services. Otherwise, they should show an advanced interest in discussing e-government as an enabler in addressing challenges of transparency, equality, effectiveness and resilience in a more sustainable public administration. They should also express an intention to apply the acquired learning and experience in their activities back home.

Practical Information

Practical Information

Dates: 30 May – 21 June (online for weekly 2-hour session) & 7-13 August (Sweden)
Number of participants: 25
Cost: The participation in SAYP is free of charge and includes meals, accommodation and travel
Accommodation: Linköping Valla Folkhögskola near LiU Campus Valla Linköping
Language of instruction: English 
Application period: 3 March – 1 April (until 11.59 pm)


Questions about the application: Contact the Project team at Linköping University,

How to Apply

Application form

To apply for one of the SeGRID training programs at Linköping University you need to complete the application form

You must also send the following four documents (the templates are found at SI, at the link below) in addition to the application form:

Send the required documents to the following e-mail address: with the subject title with the module the Eastern Partnership (EP) and your name.

For example: EP Sally Smith. Name the attachments the same way.

Please notice that without these four attachments your application will not be complete and will not be considered in the selection process.

The attachments must be sent before the deadline 1 April. More information about the SAYP programme is found at SI for the Baltic Sea Region and Eastern Partnership.     

In the application form we ask for contact information and personal details of relevance for the program, like area of work and residence. We will conduct a brief online interview for the selection process and a meeting link will be sent to your email address.  

Code of Conduct

By applying to SAYP you also agree to follow the Code of Conduct of the program. The success of the module rests upon all participants’ open-mindedness, tolerance and willingness to work and collaborate with people of different ethnic or cultural backgrounds and/or sexual orientations, as well as of different political or religious belief.   
The Swedish Institute condemns all forms of harassment and discrimination and will not tolerate it within the context of its program. No individual or group, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, status, political beliefs or the physically challenged, shall be discriminated against. No person should be subjected to sexual harassment, neither physically nor psychologically. This can include touching, groping, jokes, suggestions of a sexual nature, stares or exhibiting sexually explicit pictures. The person exposed to it, is entitled to decide whether such behavior is acceptable or not. If it comes to the Swedish Institute’s attention that an infringement has occurred, it will result in immediate action and possible exclusion from the program.

During your stay in Sweden, you are expected to contribute to the module by actively attending lectures, seminars and study visits.

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