Global Cultural Leadership Programme: Call for Applications

About the Programme 

Are you a young cultural practitioner looking to develop and strengthen your cultural leadership skills? Then the Global Cultural Leadership Programme is designed for you.

The Global Cultural Leadership Programme specifically aims to improve skills of cultural managers, enhance collaborative peer-to-peer learning, network building and enable you to develop fresh insights into international cultural collaboration practices.

It offers a set of learning modules, tools and manuals for practice-based learning, giving you opportunities to build meaningful collaborations at the global level and within the EU.

Who can apply

For the first edition of the programme, the Cultural Diplomacy Platform is looking specifically for applications from outstanding cultural managers from the 10 Strategic Partners of the EU (three participants from each of these 10 countries: Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and the USA), as well as from EU Member States (10 EU participants from different EU counties). The participants to the Global Cultural Leadership Programme will come from different fields of relevant cultural practice in their respective countries and represent sectors that are specifically interested in reaching out with their work globally. 

This first Global Cultural Leadership Programme will take place in Valletta, Malta from October 16–21.

How to apply

Candidates who wish to be considered for participation in the first edition of the Global Cultural Leadership Programme shall submit an up-to-date CV (not more than two A4 pages and using the format below), expression of interest (not more than 500 words) and a project description (not more than 1,000 words).

For further information on expected outcomes, content, methodology and application procedure please download the Call for participants document and template below.

Applications (preferably in .pdf format) and inquiries shall be sent by e-mail to: Deadline for submitting applications is August 1st at 23:59 CET (Brussels) time.


The Global Cultural Leadership Programme is a component of the Cultural Diplomacy Platform launched in March 2016, to support the European Commission with the implementation of a new 'Strategy for international cultural relations'. The Platform aims to carry out activities in order to enhance the EU’s cultural engagement with third countries and their citizens. BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, British Council, EUNIC GlobalEuropean Cultural Foundation and Institut français, have formed a consortium, led by Goethe-Institut, to support the implementation of the Cultural Diplomacy Platform.