Scholarships

Mission statement

It is our core mission to grant scholarships for the annual European Forum Alpbach (EFA) to motivated students and young professionals from the Alpe-Adria region (Carinthia, Northern Italy, Slovenia).

First time in Alpbach?

This scholarship covers the participation fee and accommodation for your entire stay. But this is not all: we will be there to support you during your time in Alpbach! Our team of returners will organise events, such as fireside talks, teambuilding activities, etc. Therefore, a small self-contribution may be asked to cover the club activities during the forum.

Starting off with our welcome meeting in Alpbach, you will attend the forum for at least ten days (seminar week + symposia of your choice). However, we encourage you to stay for the whole 17 days, as you will be having a tough time leaving Alpbach anyways…

Scholarship for returners

The scholarship for returners covers the participation fee for your entire stay. You need to attend the forum at least 9 days. If you wish to come for a shorter period, you are entitled to an 80% discount on any EFA tickets as an alumni of Club Alpbach Senza Confini.

Our team will coordinate accommodation and organise events within our club. Please note, that as a returner you have to cover the costs of your accomodation yourself.

Your application, in ONE PDF, has to include:

1. An updated Curriculum vitae in English WITHOUT a photo

2. A short essay in English with reference to this year’s Forum’s overall theme “Liberty & Security” (max. 500 words)

3. Indicate your date of arrival and departure in your application.

Who can apply?

Everyone aged 18-30 who lives, studies or works in Carinthia, Slovenia or Northern Italy. You can also apply if you have grown up and received most of your education in one of these regions.
NB- a C1 level of English is needed!

If you do not fulfill these requirements, please visit the official EFA scholarships homepage, where you can find all the available scholarship programmes; www.alpbach.org/en.

How to apply?

Please send your written application in ONE PDF format to scholarship@senza-confini.com. The application for the EFA 2019 is open from 10 February 2019 until 31 March 2019, 23:59 CET.

Your application, in ONE PDF, has to include 4 things:

1. Curriculum vitae in English WITHOUT a photo

2. A short essay in English with reference to this year’s Forum’s overall theme “Liberty & Security” (max. 500 words)

3. Academic transcripts of your studies

4. Period of time you intend to stay in Alpbach (min. 10 days –Seminars week included-, but we recommend the whole period!)

We want to especially encourage applications from people with disabilities; from members of ethnic or religious minorities; from people with non-privileged socio-economic or non-academic background, regardless of sexual orientation.

In case you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail.

And do not worry, when the selection process is over we will send you an e-mail no matter the outcome. We valuate your time and efforts. We are looking forward to receive your application!

Selection Process and Criteria

Once the applications have been collected, Club Alpbach Senza Confini board proceeds with the selection of candidates. Each member of the board evaluates each candidate’ essay. Whereas the academic and professional curricula are evaluated by the board members of the candidate’s region.

A preliminary ranking for every region (Austria, Italy, Slovenia) is given according to te evaluation results. From it a list of the top 7 candidates  per region emerges, which is then discussed by the board in a joint session until the winners are defined. In these discussions we take also in consideration the activism and extracurricular activities of the candidates that state a clear commitment to the European values, their potential growth during and after the European Forum Alpbach, and the commitment prospects for the Alpe Adria region.

The winners are announced during the month  of May and invited to the Scholarship delivery ceremony. An event held in July, and attended by local personalities and institutions.

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