Here you will find answers to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the European Leadership Programme (ELP). ​If you have more questions, please contact us at assistant@jesc-elp.eu.

The duration of one semester is 5 months. There is a possibility to prolong your stay for another 5 months, as second semester fellows. The applications for the second semester take place during the last month of the first semester.

  • 1 March to 31 July
  • 1 October to 28 February

This Programme is dedicated to young professionals who are already working in Brussels or who are coming for a period of, at least, five months. As a post-graduate looking for new challenges, you are welcome to apply under age 35.

The total value of the European Leadership Programme (ELP) is 13,500€ per Fellow for the full period of the five-month Fellowship. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are currently able to subsidise this fee. The amount payable remains the rent including utilities (living in the ELP community is a mandatory element of the programme) which is subject to yearly indexation and varies according to the size of the allocated room. Additionally, there is a one-time administrative fee of 250€ to be paid at the beginning. 

For the 2023 Spring cohort the cost of the rent is between 650-750 /month.

For calculating living cost expenses let us draw your attention to the following website: https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/

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 as contribute with their engagement and motivation.

If you are not employed, we invite you to look at the Traineeships offered by our partners.

Yes, you should. ELP is designed to offer programs in the afterwork hours and weekends.

You can apply to any traineeship/job/volunteering activity based in Brussels. 

Our partners also offer exclusive traineeship positions for future Fellows. For more information on the currently available posts and ideas where to look click here. 

Yes. Your accommodation (room in the ELP house) might be ready for use a couple of days before the ELP period begins. You will be advised in your welcome letter about the specific recommended arrival day.

Yes. We accept applicants from locations all over the world.

Yes. You can apply as many times as you want.

Yes. You may withdraw your application by informing the ELP applications team at info@jesc-elp.eu at any stage of the application process. In such a case, you will be excluded from further stages of the process. You may re-apply for a subsequent training period with a new application and supporting documentation in the following editions.

Yes. We encourage all young professionals occupying any Brussels-based EU-related jobs to apply (e.g., interns, trainees, assistants, junior professionals, etc.).

The shared community accommodation is a mandatory element of the Programme, part of the Community Segment. The accommodation is available only for the duration of the Programme.

It means that you are going to live in one of the ELP houses, staying in a separate single bedroom. The kitchen, bathroom, the common spaces and a small garden are shared.

The lodging rights, duties and obligations are settled in the rent contract, but the rules of cohabitation are drafted by the Fellows agreed on by the ELP Team.

The working language is English. However, we advise you to have at least some basic knowledge of French.

No. You must have your own insurance or a work related health insurance.

Once admitted to the ELP, you will be signing two contracts with JESC, containing strong and inseparable legal links to each other:

The first contract is the “ELP Fellowship Agreement”, related to the ELP project as a whole.

The second one is the “ELP Rent Agreement” concerning specifically the lodging rights, duties and obligations of the Fellow.

The events taking place on weekdays are usually between 18:00 to 21:00. On average, one evening is taken weekly. There are regular weekend Programmes on average once a month. Your coaching and mentoring sessions, as well as the service to people in need also require your time, 2-3 hours weekly. All in all, ELP is a dynamic and intensive programme, the more you invest, the more you benefit. Therefore we invite you to apply if you can dedicate yourself to the ELP adventure!

The dress code is business casual.

No. This is not a requirement, however you have to accept that the Programme is based on Ignatian leadership and spirituality, designed and run by the Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC).