Dear ELP applicants and interested parties:

Here you will find the selection criteria and procedures for the European Leadership Programme (ELP).
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Applications will be open from the end of November to early January (for the Spring period) and from mid-May until early August (for the Autumn period).

The Jesuit European Social Centre AISBL (JESC) will be in charge of the technical management of applications and of the examinations of their eligibility (internship in any EU institution, language requirements[1], etc.). Applications will be uploaded with the required documents, on this Website (, fully accessible to all Selection Committee members.

ELP is an interdisciplinary programme with contributions from fields of political science, European studies, economics, law and other social sciences. To be eligible to the ELP, students must hold at least a master’s degree in any science field from an accredited higher education institution.

Criteria for candidate selection are academic performance at Master level (final grade, exam grades), motivation letter, letter of reference, results of a personal interview and English language proficiency.

Each application has to include the following documentation/proofs:

  • Standardised Application Form (here);
  • CV;
  • Motivation letter with emphasis on social involvement (up to two A4 pages);
  • English language certificate or proof that MA level studies included at least one semester in English language;
  • Copy of the Master Degree and transcript of records;
  • Letter of Reference from: a) person who holds a recognised position in the society or b) representative of a Catholic recognised institution.

The ELP Selection Committee is composed by the JESC Director or the Secretary of the ELP, and two other academics. The Selection Committee will examine the documents provided and interview (via Skype) the applicants.

The selection will be held during late January and late August each calendar year. The Committee will elaborate a ranking of applicants in terms of:

  • Motivation;
  • Letter of reference;
  • Interview;
  • English language level.

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 selection process.

Immediately after the ELP Selection Committee meeting, applicants will be informed by the JESC-ELP administration of the outcomes of the selection in order to be able to proceed to formalize their enrolment to the programme.

If selected, applicants will be enrolled to the ELP program.

The JESC-ELP office will provide the applicants the information about accommodation, 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.

* No applicant will be admitted with a level of language competence lower than B2. In terms of international certification: Cambridge English First (FCE), BEC Vantage, IELTS 5-6.5, TOEFL iBT 87-109, Michigan ECCE, PTE General Level 3, PTE Academic 59-75, Trinity ISE II.

Late-bird applications open*
Apply here.

* Application remains open for Bluebook and Schuman candidates until Jan 27.


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