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GRF Young Professionals Program

GRF Young Professionals Program

Participants of the GRF Young Professionals Program are expected to have four years of work experience, and to be no older than 38. The program brings together individuals for whom it is second nature to think comprehensively, to share their opinions with modesty, and to consider the opinions of others with curiosity.

Participants of the GRF Young Professionals Program are individuals for whom it is second nature to think comprehensively, to share their opinions with modesty, and to consider the opinions of others with curiosity.

General Framework of the Program

It is crucial for the diversity of the group that participants in the program have different educational backgrounds and pursue different career paths. Participants are expected to have four years of work experience, and to be no older than 38. Each year, a maximum of 2 qualified participants can be selected for the program without meeting the work experience requirement. Please click here for the list of previous participants.

Each term, the total number of meetings is determined by the number of admitted candidates. The program is comprised of at least four full-day meetings about three months apart. The meetings take place on weekends (Saturday). At each meeting, 2-3 participants will hold presentations on a topic selected from the list below and the presentations will be followed by a group discussion.

Following is the list of topics which will be covered in the 2018-2019 term of the Young Professionals Program

• “Technology & Values”
• “Technology & Security”
• “Technology & Human”
• “Technology & Socioeconomic Order”

For their presentations, each participant is assigned with primary and secondary books on the basis of their topic. Participants are expected to read the books, and use them in preparing their presentations.

Participants who complete the program successfully become members of the GRF Community and will have the opportunity to participate in some of GRF’s activities.

Please click for past events.

Application Process

Applications, together with the documents listed below, must be sent to yprbasvuru@gif.org.tr within the application deadlines. Documents can be in English or Turkish.

• CV
• A cover letter explaining which of the above listed topics the participant would like to bring forward and why (maximum 500 words)
• A letter of intent explaining why the participant would like to attend the program along with the participant’s expectations from the program (maximum 500 words)
• One letter of recommendation (optional, but recommended)

Selection Process

Participation in the GRF Young Professionals Program is possible through personal application or by nomination of GRF corporate members.

Personal Application

Candidates interested in the program can apply by completing the application process detailed above, on condition that they are no older than 38 years of age and have worked in a private company, a public institution, or an NGO for at least four years. A maximum of 2 qualified participants can be selected for the program without meeting the work experience requirement.

Corporate Application

The corporate application alternative is only available to the corporate members of GRF. Conditions that apply to personal candidates are also valid for corporate candidates.

Professionals employed by one of our corporate members are eligible to apply personally for the program if they have not been nominated by their company.

Application Calendar

The applications for the 2018-2019 Term are now closed.

Please follow our website for application deadlines.

Admitted candidates will be given detailed information concerning the content of the program and the dates of the seminars.

Candidates who are not accepted are eligible to apply for the program the following year.