We are pleased to announce that the European Health Forum Gastein will once more offer a limited number of scholarships to young professionals working in the field of health to enable their participation in the #EHFG2017 conference as Young Forum Gastein scholars and introduce them to the YFG Network.

Opportunities for young professionals from the public sector, science & academia and civil society organisations

For young professionals coming from a university or national research institute, a ministry or an administration body or from a non-governmental organisation - the scholarship covers the EHFG conference registration fee, travel and accommodation expenses and participation in the tailor-made YFG programme 2017.

Opportunities for young professionals from the private sector

Since the private sector constitutes one of the four EHFG pillars, it is beneficial to also welcome young professionals from the industry to the YFG programme. This ensures a well-rounded exchange of experiences and ideas.
If you are interested in applying, please note that your employer will be asked to cover the costs of your participation. When applying, please submit an expression of interest, as per the requirements below, confirming that your employer will support your participation (est. up to. 1.800 EUR, incl. reasonable travel costs).

Programme duration

The Young Forum Gastein programme at #EHFG2017 commences one day before the official start of the EHFG conference, on Tuesday 03 October 2017. Activities will take place up to and including the evening of Friday 06 October, with travel home on Saturday 07 October. Depending on flight availability some participants may need to arrive on Monday, 02 October 2017.

Application criteria

Scholarship applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • citizenship of one of the 28 EU Member States or candidate countries or EFTA countries;
  • 35 years of age or under (on 03 October 2017);
  • proficiency in English (oral & written);
  • Master’s degree in a health-related subject;
  • relevant work experience of at least 2 years (full-time) in the field of health/public health (policy or research);
  • proof of current work in the field of public health (for public sector applicants) – proof of current work in a health role (for industry/private sector applicants).

By applying the applicant confirms his/her availability to undertake an active role in the YFG programme, before and during the EHFG conference. This is a pre-condition for being accepted. Activities may include participation in presentations, panel discussions, reporting on the event, contributing to the conference blog, conducting interviews etc.

Application materials

To apply, please fill out & complete the following materials:
Personal Details Form, available online here and collectively submit the following documents (in English):

  1. full Curriculum Vitae;
  2. proof of English proficiency: a proof of very good command of oral and written English (i.e. native speaker, OR a formal certificate/qualification demonstrating proficiency in English OR proof of publications or other written work in English OR employer confirmation of your English ability and regular use of English in your day to day work);
  3. passport or identity card scan;
  4. Letter of Support: a short letter from your manager (on official letterheaded paper) confirming that:
    a) you are working in the field of public health and have at least 2 years’ work experience in this field;
    b) your manager supports your application and if you are selected your organisation will grant you leave on the following days: 03-07 October 2017, to participate in the YFG programme and the EHFG conference;
    c) applicable only to applicants from the private sector: confirmation that your employer has agreed to cover your costs if selected (est. up to 1.800 EUR).

Please fill out the online form and submit the documents listed above in electronic format to Josef Wenninger, by Wednesday, 10 May 2017 (by midnight!).

Only full applications will be considered. Applications will be evaluated considering the maximum number of scholarships available and a balanced participation from across countries and professional sectors.
All applicants will be informed of the outcome by the end of June 2017.

This year's Young Forum Gastein was made possible by funding from the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

get in touch

If you are submitting your application, wish to apply but still have some questions or if you would like to know more about the Young Forum Gastein Network, please contact:

Josef Wenninger, MSc
E: josef.wenninger[at]ehfg.org
T: +43 662 4224 0012
M: +43 664 2444 998

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