Civil Society Leadership Programme for Ukraine

Are you a leader of a formal civil society initiative or non-governmental organisation (NGO) based and active in Ukraine? Are you seeking to further develop your organisation, enhance your management skills, personal resilience, and network within the civil society sector? Then consider applying for a scholarship for the Civil Society Leadership Programme for Ukraine (CLPU).

The Civil Society Leadership Programme for Ukraine is a comprehensive 10-day capacity-building programme, taking place in Austria and designed to support and strengthen civil society organisations and their leaders in Ukraine. The programme is developed by NGO Academy, a joint initiative of ERSTE Foundation and the Vienna University of Economics and Business active in 14 European countries.

Operating in a dynamic and strained civil society, Ukrainian civil society leaders face demands from many directions, requiring them to transform, grow and steer their organisations with high pace. Against this background, the CLPU aims to strengthen management and organising capabilities, personal resilience and expand networks within the Ukrainian civil society sector. By providing the time and space to learn, build new skills and facilitate dialogue with experts and peers, it will support you to build expertise and gain new perspectives on key organisational issues. Blending theory and practice, you will be offered insights from management research alongside inspiring practical examples and tested tools as well as be invited to reflect and apply the gained knowledge to your own organisation.

Part I
Payerbach, Austria

14 – 18 October 2024

The programme starts outside of Vienna in the eastern edge of the Alps, to enable you to work and exchange in a retreat atmosphere with sessions on strategic management, governance, fundraising and more.

18 October: Transportation to Vienna and free day

Part II
Vienna, Austria

19 – 23 October 2024
Workshops and field trips

The second part of the 10-day module will take you to Vienna, covering topics like project management, monitoring, communication and more.

Part III

November – December 2024
Individual online coaching sessions

Get expert feedback and advice from recognised academics and practitioners in up to two optional 1-on-1 sessions.

Content of the Programme

The first part of the module focuses on the organisation’s key resources. Starting from the possibilities of strategic orientation and questions of governance in the organisation, the focus will also be on the financial and human resources of the organisations themselves, but also on your personal resources, being exposed to particular pressures as NGO managers.

The second part focuses on various dimensions of organisational development with sessions on project development, communication and leadership in NGOs. Additionally, the schedule includes a day reserved for field trips to allow insights into the practical and successful implementation of selected projects. 

Finally, the end of the module will give space for reflection on a personal and group level and include a joint outlook on the online coaching sessions.

The programme offers a balanced mix of theory and practice. In the proposed sessions you will receive both insights into research and explore different practical approaches and tools. The link between theory and practice is also reflected in the choice of lecturers, who are both academics and practitioners, and who provide comprehensive feedback to participants.


The faculty for this programme consists of renowned experts from research and practice, including:

  • Michael Meyer (WU Vienna)

  • Lisa Ringhofer (Triple Minds)

  • Erwin Glatter (Simply Deep Academy)

  • Mathias Haas (SuperSocial)

  • Yana Barinova (ERSTE Foundation)

  • Paul Rameder (WU Vienna)

  • Julia Rappich (Trainer for organizational, team and personal development)

  • … and many more!


Marianne Mann

Marianne Mann

Programme Coordinator

Yvonne Reif

Programme Coordinator

Martin Mehrwald

Programme Coordinator

Klara Lentz

Programme Coordinator

Peter Vandor

Academic Director

Reinhard Millner

Academic Director

The application is open until 31 May 2024, 11.59 pm (CEST). Before applying, please read the call for applications for the NGO Academy Civil Society Leadership Programme for Ukraine carefully.

Information for applicants

Fill out the online application form (link below) and submit required documents including letter of motivation addressing professional challenges and expected benefits from the programme, a short video presenting why participation is important for you, your CV and a legal document stating your organisation’s official data and registration.

Selection Criteria: Applicants undergo a selection process based on English language ability, societal impact of the organisation’s work, position in the organisation and personal motivation. The composition of the group is also taken into consideration during the selection process.

Selection Process: The selection process consists of the following steps:

  1.  Review and assessment of applications and accompanying documents (June 2024)

  2.  Individual online interviews with shortlisted applicants from first screening stage in case of open questions (June/July 2024)

  3.  Notification of the outcome of the application (July/August 2024)

Please note that the timeline provided is approximate and subject to change. We appreciate your patience and understanding throughout the selection process.

Application for the NGO Academy Civil Society Leadership Programme is open for leaders of civil society organisations and NGOs based and active in Ukraine. The programme is aimed at members of the top management of their organisation, who are in a position to actively influence and change the internal structures and processes of an organisation. In addition, English skills at minimum B2 level are required for participation.

  • You will acquire and develop skills in developing your organisation and in implementing and managing projects.

  • You will expand your knowledge with the support of international experts.

  • You will learn how to apply your creative ideas effectively in your daily life and work environment.

  • You will expand your network with international experts and peers from the social sector.

  • You receive individual online coaching after the programme.

The workshop language is English. Proficiency in English at B2 level is necessary for active participation in the programme.

The following costs are covered by NGO Academy:

  • Tuition fee

  • Participation in side events

  • Board and lodging (single room)

  • Travel costs

  • Certificate upon successful completion

Yes, there are. The NGO Academy Civil Society Leadership Programme is a high-quality programme that is accessible to selected applicants via scholarships. In return, we expect you to take this offer seriously. Therefore, if you do not inform us in advance of your inability to attend a session, we reserve the right to exclude you and your organisation from all future NGO Academy programmes and to reclaim any travel expenses.