The Swedish Institute Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP) is a two-week intense training programme held in Sweden at Malmö University, developed to build awareness, capacity and resilience in the practice of governance in the countries in the Baltic Sea region and the EU Eastern Partnership. The programme Sustainable Public Management will be held at Malmö University 12–13 May 2022 (online), and 13–24 June 2022 (in Malmö). Participation in the Academy is free of charge and include meals, accommodation and travel.

Travelling to Malmö

We look forward to welcoming you to Malmö University between 12 June and 25 June.

The focus of SAYP is to strengthen young professionals and their individual capabilities to meet the requirement of a modern governance structure. The participants will also be able to expand their own contact networks and share ideas, experiences, and challenges.

The programme includes possibilities to participate in follow-ups and thematic workshops afterwards, as fellows of the Swedish Institute alumni network – a vast professional and global contact network meant to keep building good practices and mutual learning processes for a sustainable future. 


SAYP participants 2015. Photo: Aline Lessner


SAYP represents a great opportunity to study and explore common problems faced by our local and national government with colleagues from neighbouring countries. Through lectures, group work, study visits and constant discussions you will get a deeper understanding of the issues we all struggle with and potential solutions based on the Swedish model. After the course I took advantage of the opportunity provided to put into practice new knowledge and skills by developing and implementing a project idea. This helped the NGO I work for accelerate our work in the area of citizens’ access to information.

Cristina Voroneanu, Good Governance Advisor, Primaria Mea, Chisinau, Moldova

SAYP definitely will broaden your scope, both professionally and personally. The areas and topics covered by the SAYP provide a broader view of various public administration processes basing on deeply rooted Swedish experience in the good governance practice. Cooperation and experience sharing with other participants enriches the experience gathered through SAYP. You grow not only professionally, but also personally. SAYP is definitely an opportunity to acquire new knowledge, shape your mind, experience diversity, find new contacts and networks for future projects. Distance learning brought us even closer. Zoom in on new knowledge, friendship and opportunities by being part of the SAYP-community!

Anete Kopštāla, Health Promotion Coordinator at Liepaja City Municipality Administration, Latvia


Who can apply?

We welcome applications from young professionals from Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus*, Ukraine*, Moldova, Armenia and Georgia:

  • Public servants (non-political civil servants at local, regional or central level)
  • Policymakers (politicians, government officials, employees of political parties)
  • Civil society workers (CSO/NGO volunteers/employees)

You can apply if you are born 1987 or later. Due to the current situation in Ukraine the Swedish Institute has decided to simplify the process for all applicants, we are changing the eligibility criteria for all participants to citizenship in the eligible country as the only requirement.

A general requirement for any applicant is a good command of the English language (the degree of proficiency should be specified in the application) and a relevant education, consisting of at least three years of previous studies. 

If you are applying from Belarus

* 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 activities within SAYP. None-state actors from Belarus are welcome to apply.

* Due to the attack on Ukraine we are opening the possibility for all Ukrainian citizens, independently where they are, to apply to SI Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP) 2022. 

The programme Sustainable Public Management will be held at Malmö University 12–13 May 2022 (online) and 13–24 June 2022 (in Malmö). The first track is structured thematically and will cover topics such as: public management, governance, transparency, leadership, gender equality and public ethics. Each topic is introduced by a short lecture, followed-up by a group seminar, and completed with a practically oriented seminar with representatives from a Swedish governmental agency or civil society organisation. The second track is oriented towards project management and group-work. Specific focus will be directed towards cross-sector collaboration and social- and public innovation.

Through the course each student will participate in a multinational  group exercise working with specific tasks to facilitate mutual learning processes. At the end of the course groups will deliver a presentation. The group work will be facilitated by a series of lectures on project management.

After finishing the course, the participants shall be able to:

  • Discuss and understand the values of sustainable public management, especially concerning the role of management in governance structures and in promoting change
  • Make relevant value judgements within the public sphere, such as equality, transparency and public ethos
  • Formulate a project aimed at cross-sectoral collaboration and social- and public innovation within set timeframes and, as a part of a team, prepare and present this project
  • Actively use one´s specific skills and knowledge to contribute to a process of mutual learning
  • Discuss effects of bad governance and present practices of how bad governance can be countered

How to apply

Apply to the SAYP Baltic Sea and Eastern Europe 2021 programme. 

Application period: 3 March – 1 April 2022.

Apply here

Read more on the Swedish Institute's website

Submit documentation

For your application to be processed you must submit supporting documentation. Download and fill out the templates below and submit in the next step. 

Please note!
Please also send in your CV in word- or pdf-format (there is no template for CV)

Schedule and Literature list

Due to the current situation a new revised schedule will be uploaded shortly.

Schedule 2021

Baltic Sea Eastern Europe literature list

  • Dahlström, Carl, Viktor Lapuente & Jan Teorell (2011) The Merit of Meritocratization: Politics, Bureaucracy and the Institutional Deterrents of Corruption, i Political Research Quarterly, Vol. 20, N. 5: Sida 1-13.

  • Fukuyama, Francis (2013) Democracy and the Quality of State, i Journal of Democracy, Vol. 24, N. 4: Sida 5-16.

  • Länsstyrelserna (2008) We work for sustainable development

  • Meier, Petra & Karen Celis (2011) Sowing the Seeds of Its Own Failure: Implementing the Concept of Gender Mainstreaming, i Social Politics, Vol. 18, N. 4: Sida 469-489.

  • Meijer, Albert J. (2012) Introduction to the special issue on government transparency, i International Review of Administrative Sciences, Vol. 78, N. 1: Sida 3-9.

  • Sorin, Dan & Christopher Pollitt (2014) NPM Can Work: An optimistic review of the impact of New Public Management reforms in central and eastern Europe, in Public Management Review, Vol. 16.

  • Statskontoret (2013) Swedish Public Administration from an International Perspective, Stockholm: Statskontoret.