Salzburg Global Seminar – Asia Peace Innovators Forum 2020 for Mid-career Professionals (Fully-funded to Austria)

Salzburg Global Seminar – Asia Peace Innovators Forum 2020 for Mid-career Professionals (Fully-funded to Austria)

Deadline: October 31, 2019

Applications for the Asia Peace Innovators Forum 2020 are now open. Salzburg Global Seminar is seeking mid-career professionals who have the aspiration and potential to be the next generation of senior leaders in mediating peace and promoting reconciliation.

Launching its first workshop on March 5-9, 2020 at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria, the Asia Peace Innovators Forum aims to shape long-term peace, stability, and regional cooperation in Asia by building a network of mid-career professionals working in different sectors and countries to exchange knowledge, community-driven approaches, and best practices.

Participants in the Forum will gather at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria to exchange experience and innovation relevant to geopolitics, historical legacies, demographics and migration, climate change, and natural resource management. Fellows will identify lessons for success to be shared broadly via multiple media and will devise plans to seed new projects to advance peace and mitigate conflicts in the countries in which they work.

The Forum will encourage networking between Fellows participating in its first three workshops via an online platform and other collaboration opportunities, and the most promising and most actively engaged Fellows will be selected to take part in follow-up programs to be held in Asia in 2021 and 2022.


All costs – program fee, materials, accommodation, meals and travel – will be covered thanks to the generosity of The Nippon Foundation.


Applicants should be active in promoting peace mediation and reconciliation in one of the following sectors:

  • Civil society, including from religious institutions and philanthropic organizations;
  • Local public and private sector institutions, including from municipal offices, local government, small businesses, and entrepreneurs;
  • Media, including journalists, social media influencers, thought-leaders, and public intellectuals;
  • Education, including teachers, school principals, technical and vocational skills providers, sports trainers, academics, and museum directors; and
  • Arts and culture, including artists and cultural innovators, who serve as creative practitioners and designers across disciplines to harness the transformative power of the arts for inclusive societal change.

One-fifth of the Fellows will be selected from each of the following geographies:

  • Myanmar;
  • South Thailand;
  • Sri Lanka;
  • Other countries in South and East Asia; and
  • The rest of the world.

Each country/regional grouping will include a cross-sectoral, gender-balanced mix of Fellows. Read the application requirements in full on the program page, which is available here.

Additional Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to peace mediation and reconciliation in their home country or region;
  • Show creativity in approach and openness to innovation, demonstrated through goal-oriented and action-oriented approaches, risk-taking, networking, and passion for their work;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to building crosssectoral and cross-cultural collaborations, and openness to learn about and share new and different approaches;
  • Be energetic and curious, unafraid to ask uncomfortable questions and able to motivate others to implement unconventional measures;
  • Have a desire to become an active member of the Asia Peace Innovators Forum network and to commit time, energy, and resources to sustaining collaborations throughout the coming years;
  • Be proficient in English, the working language of the Forum.


All applicants must submit the following information online using the registration form below

  • A 500-word personal statement explaining:
    • Your motivation for applying to the Asia Peace Innovators Forum;
    • A description of the biggest challenge currently facing you in your work;
    • What experience and skills you will contribute to the Asia Peace Innovators Forum network;
    • How your participation will impact your own contribution to the promotion of peace;
  • A brief bio;
  • A headshot photo;
  • A full CV/résumé.

Applicants will be selected by Salzburg Global Seminar. Selection will take into consideration geographic diversity and gender balance.

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit Salzburg Global Seminar.