Applications for the 6th Edition are closed

The European Leadership Programme (ELP) opens one Cohort for each five months, per academic year.  ELP is a Brussels-based Programme and requires the applicants to be based and work in Brussels to undertake the Fellowship. Applications for the Fall Cohort (October 2021 – February 2022) as well as early bird applications for the 2022 Spring Cohort (March 2022 – July 2022) are open until 15 September 2021. Our Programme runs in parallel with your job or internship.


  • 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
  • Be enrolled in a traineeship (EP Schuman, EC Blue Book or any other private or public institution in town) or being a young professional working in Brussels. If you are not employed or you don’t have a traineeship yet, we invite you to visit the paid Fellowships that our partners offer.

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 October – 28 February:  you can apply from 1 June to 15 September 2021
  • Fellowship period from 1 March – 31 July:  you can apply from 1 November to January

ELP Fellowship Timeline

Below is a general timeline for the 5th Edition cohort of the ELP Fellowship Programme.

  • 1 June 2021: 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
  • October 2021: 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 (available when the Applications Open)
  • 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 cost of the European Leadership Programme (ELP) is 2,500€ per Fellow for the total period of the five-month Fellowship (please note that this tuition rate include housing). Thanks to the generosity of our coaches and donors, we are able to offer this Programme at a highly subsidized rate. We are committed to providing leadership-level formation as equitably as possible. We have designed this Programme for leaders who do not have access to robust professional development resources.

The total cost of the Programme concerns the living costs (ELP house) and the tuition fees. The total cost of the Fellowship is divided by the total duration of the Fellowship (5-months).

The monthly parcel that the Fellow pay is 500€:

Price of the ELP house: 100€
Price of the Fellowship: 400€

This gives a total of 2,500€ for the five-month Fellowship Programme.

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.