think.BDPST Young Leaders’ Forum

Deadline: 25 January 2019
Open to: young professionals between 24-38 years old
Venue: 2-5 April 2019 in Budapest, Hungary


The think.BDPST Young Leaders’ Forum features outstanding young professionals (aged 24-38) soon to become important actors and decision-makers in the field of innovation, urban design, transport, automotive industry, informatics, and the connected social sciences and legal studies.

The main purpose of YLF is to foster a lively dialogue among young innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs, PhD researchers, policy experts active in public administration, and young professionals working at companies that are investing in innovative projects. During the four-day event, participants have the opportunity to exchange best practices, experience, ideas, and knowledge, and improve their skills through panel discussions and workshops.

The programme of YLF 2019 focuses on the issues connected to smart societies. There are two main topics to be discussed in different formats during the forum: innovation in the housing system and the effects of cyber developments and digitalization on democratic political systems. For more information about the programme please visit:


Motivated young professionals with leadership potential whose professional activities are related to the main topics of the conference: social innovation, digitalization, and democracy, innovation in housing, urban studies. They accept applications of those who consider themselves young leaders and (soon-to-be) decision makers in the field of urban design and planning, housing, digitalization, human-machine interactions, modernization, and the connected social and legal studies. We accept applications from experts with a background in natural and social sciences, who are focusing on the above-mentioned topics in their professional career.

  • Age Limit: 24-38;
  • Educational Background: MA, Ph.D. (both for ongoing and finished).

Application Requirements

  • Young professionals focusing on the above-mentioned topics with experience in the fields of innovation and development related policies (private and public sector), international law, social sciences, economy, natural sciences connected to current topics of YLF;
  • Working knowledge of English (C1);
  • Willingness to actively engage both in the programme of YLF and the think.BDPST conference and participate in different on-line and off-line activities before and during YLF


For selected participants coming from the EU 28, Western Balkans, or Eastern Partnership Countries, the following expenses are covered by the Knowledge Centre:

  • Accommodation with breakfast included;
  • Lunch;
  • Travel costs (the most economic and direct options only).

For those coming from any other countries, the following expenses are covered:

  • Accommodation with breakfast included;
  • Lunch.

Please note that the Knowledge Centre does not cover the costs of visa application (where applicable) and insurance of any kind for the participants (regardless of the scholarship granted).

The recruitment for this programme will be conducted on a competitive basis. All applicants will be notified about the results via e-mail.

How to apply?

To be considered for this programme, interested parties should submit their application with their up-to-date CV (one page, uploaded in PDF format, including the applicant’s age) by 25 January 2019, midnight CET.

For more information, please visit the official web page or contact