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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. Applications for the program’s 2021-2022 term are now open, with the deadline extended to April 20, 2021.

General Framework of the Program

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. 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 two months apart. The meetings take place on weekends (Saturday). At each meeting, 2-3 participants will hold presentations on topics related to the below-mentioned theme, and the presentations will be followed by a group discussion.

Meetings for the 2021-2022 term of the program will revolve around discussions surrounding the changing dynamics brought on by technological advancements, and how they may shape the established social, economic and political structures. 

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 GRF’s various activities and studies, as well as be considered for GRF membership processes.

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 letter of intent explaining why the candidate would like to attend the program, their expectations from the program, and what aspect of the above-mentioned theme the candidate is interested in and why (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.

Accepted candidates will receive a detailed schedule explaining the structure of the program as well as the meeting dates at a later date.

Candidates who were not accepted into the program are eligible to apply again for the subsequent term.

Due to the official language of the program being Turkish, only Turkish-speaking candidates will be considered.

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.