Applications for the 9th Cohort will open on the 5th of December for the March 2023 - July 2023 cohort

The European Leadership Programme (ELP) opens one cohort each five months, per academic semester. ELP is a residential post-graduate formation programme which requires the applicants to be based in Brussels to undertake the Fellowship. Applications for the 2022 Fall Cohort starting in October 2022 will run from 30 May to 15 September 2022.


  • Be aged between 22-35.
  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree diploma.
  • Present an English proficiency certificate (min. B2 or equivalent) or a proof that at least 1 semester of studies were carried out in English.
  • Submit a CV, motivation letter and letter of recommendation.
  • We advise you to be enrolled in a traineeship/job/volunteering activity at any organisation in Brussels, but we also consider your application if you currently do not have an occupation or if you pursue a postgraduate study such as PhD. However, please be aware that by signing the Fellowship Agreement you commit to stay in the programme for the five month period, with or without an occupation.

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


You should apply if…


  • You value human-spiritual guidance and appreciate having a group to reflect on your own vocation.
  • You feel yet unconvinced about the job you do and prefer to discern your career direction and goals.
  • You feel somehow trapped between the academia and the labour market.
  • You are ready to invest into your personal development in order to become a leader for the European Common Good.
  • You have the curiosity to listen to other leaders and how they found mission and sense in what they are engaged in.
  • You are ready to appreciate the 500 years of experience of Jesuit tradition in formation.
  • You want to belong to an international Ignatian-affiliated community built on diversity, dialogue, acceptance, and open-mindedness.


Then we invite you to apply to this unique post-graduate non-accredited residential formation program.

Dates and Timeline

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

  • Fellowship period from March – July 2023: Apply from December 5th 2022

ELP Fellowship Timeline

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

  • 5 December 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
  • March 4th: 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 in 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 (B2 or equivalent) or
  • Proof that your 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
  • It can be 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).

  • Rent per month: between 645€-695€ (depending on the size of the room, this amount includes the monthly 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: depending on the individual situation of the Fellow (please see the info above). If full waiver has been obtained the only amount payable is the rent.
  • Total cost of the Programme: between 3,225€- 3,475€ for the five-month rental costs including charges plus the monthly tuition calculated on an individual basis.

“The above explained values may suffer changes due to high inflation and rising cost of living”

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.