Applications for the 8th Cohort will open on May 30

The European Leadership Programme (ELP) opens one Cohort for each five months, per academic semester. ELP is a Brussels-based, non-accredited formation programme and requires the applicants to be based and work or study in Brussels to undertake the Fellowship. Applications for the 2022 Fall Cohort starting in October 2022 will open run from 30 May to 15 September 2022.


  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Be based in Brussels to enroll in the Programme
  • Hold a university level diploma to a Master’s Degree level
  • Present an English proficiency level (C1 or equivalent) or proof of studies in English
  • We advise you to be enrolled in a traineeship at any organization in the Brussels bubble, but we also consider your application if you currently have no job yet, or if you pursue a post-graduate study such as PhD. This means ELP has lifted the mandatory traineeship element as a condition of application. However, you have to commit to stay in the programme for the five month period, with or without a job.

After the confirmation of the enrolment, the ELP office will provide the applicants information about our accommodations, community living, bureaucratic requirements, and all the services offered to ELP fellows.

Applicants must be aware of the fact that at least 80% attendance to teaching activities is required. Secretary of ELP can allow further absence in special circumstances to be discussed on an individual basis. Failure to meet this requirement will lead to exclusion from the ELP Programme and services offered by the Programme.

Minority groups are encouraged to apply: this includes but is not limited to racial, ethnic, geographic, and gender minorities.

Dates and Timeline

The ELP Programme takes place for a period of five months:

  • Fellowship period from 1 March 2022 – 31 July 2022: Apply from 8 December 2021 to 15 February  2022
  • Fellowship period from 1 October 2022 – 28 February 2023:  Apply from 30 May to 15 September 2022

ELP Fellowship Timeline

Below is a general timeline for the 8th Edition cohort of the ELP Fellowship Programme.

  • 30 May 2022: Applications Open
  • Continuously: Notifications of finalist selections are sent via email
  • Continuously: Finalists participate in the interview process
  • Continuously: Notifications of selected Fellows are sent via email
  • 1st October: ELP starts with the ELP Inauguration

Application Documents

The ELP Selection Committee is composed by the JESC Director, the Secretary of the ELP and two further ELP contributors. The Selection Committee will examine the documents provided and interview the applicants. The selection will be held during late January and late August each calendar year. The Committee will rank the applicants through the evaluation of the documents submitted.

Applicants will be given a total score from 0 to 10 from each of the ELP Selection Committee members. All scores from the ELP Selection Committee members will be put together and applicants with the highest scores will be selected. The ELP Selection Committee will ensure equal opportunities in the selection process. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the selection in order to be able to proceed to formalize their enrolment to the Programme.

  • Fill the Application Form
  • Maximum two-page resume that highlights your leadership skills 
  • Explain why you want to become an ELP Fellow
  • Highlight your motivations, as well as your background, experiences and skills that will help you succeed
  • English language certificate (C1 or equivalent) or
  • Proof that your MA level studies included at least one semester in English language
  • Select recommenders who can explain why you are uniquely qualified for the fellowship
  • If you were enrolled in a degree program within the last two years, the letter can be from a professor or faculty member who knows you
  • If you have been in an online program, you may select an individual who is familiar with your academics
  • From a representative of a Catholic recognised institution


The total tuition cost of the European Leadership Programme (ELP) is 13,500€ per Fellow for the full period of the five-month Fellowship (please note that this tuition rate includes housing). Thanks to the generosity of our coaches and donors, we are able to offer full tuition waivers for some, while for others only a decreased tuition. You are able to submit your tuition-related request (full or part waiver, justification, resources) in your application form. We are committed to offer the formation as equitably as possible. We have designed this Programme for future leaders who are ready to invest in their vocation timewise and as well contribute with their engagement and motivation.

The total cost of the Programme concerns the living costs (ELP house) and the tuition fees. The final cost corresponds to the total duration of the Fellowship (5-months).

  • Cost of the Programme per month: 650€ (this amount includes rent and charges)
    Inscription fee: 250€, to be paid only once after being accepted to the Programme. The transfer should be finalized in seven days the latest after having been notified about the positive decision.
  • Monthly tuition: between 25€ and 2000€, unless full waiver has been obtained by the Fellow.
  • Total cost of the Programme: 3,250€ for the five-month rental costs including charges and a further amount to be decided on an individual basis related to the tuition.

The European Leadership Programme is committed to building the leaders of tomorrow. Invest in your future and receive formal training and critical on-the-job experience.