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Selection of applicants

The selection of applicants follows a three step process.

As the number of participants is limited, fulfillment of the eligibility criteria does not guarantee admission to the programme, and further selection steps are taken.

In the first step of the selection process, complete applications that fulfill the eligibility criteria are assessed based on a numeric scoring system. Scoring of applicants is mainly oriented towards their qualification, motivation, leadership potential, commitment of the employing institution to support the applicant’s participation in the programme, quality of endorsement letters and the transfer project concept.

In the second step, shortlisted applicants are contacted by phone, in order to clarify any open questions and to receive more information on the applicant.

In the third step, a total of 20 participants is selected from the shortlisted applicants, using additional criteria in order to achieve a balance regarding the distribution of countries and regions, gender, and governmental versus non-governmental backgrounds among participants.

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