Middle East Mediterranean (MEM) Summer Summit 2020 in Lugano, Switzerland (Funding available)

Middle East Mediterranean (MEM) Summer Summit 2020 in Lugano, Switzerland (Funding available)

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Applications are open for the Middle East Mediterranean (MEM) Summer Summit 2020. The Summit – designed as an intellectual and social exchange across borders, cultures and languages – is composed of two parts: an eight-day Seminar and a two-day Forum. The emphasis is on the need and ambition to pursue an incisive analysis and reflection on the complex challenges facing the extended Middle East Mediterranean region.

The main objectives are:

  • to offer a safe space for dialogue between young change-makers from the Middle East Mediterranean region where to lay out a vision for common future of the region, by starting from the present
  • to build a common ground and intergenerational exchange between young people and decision-makers, public and private institutions, non-profit organisations, social enterprises
  • to develop novel approaches to tackle persisting critical issues
  • to act as a breeding ground for developing across border and multilateral project proposals
  • to initiate collaboration and start networks among several actors in the region

Cost and Funding

  • Tuition fees for the MEM Summer Summit 2020 are CHF 2,300 a head. This includes plenary sessions and workshops of the Seminar, panels of the Forum, all cultural activities during the Summit, lunches, and coffee breaks. It does not include: travel costs, accommodation, visas, health insurance, and dinners.
    • The MEM Summer Summit offers a limited number of partial or full grants for participating in the MEM Summer Summit 2020:
    • Full grants cover travel, accommodation and tuition fee
    • Partial grants cover tuition fee and/or accommodation


The MEM Summer Summit welcomes applications from candidates:

  • Aged between 25 and 35
  • From the Middle East Mediterranean region and Europe and/or with a proven interest in the region and engagement in the society
  • With diverse educational backgrounds and work experience (professionals with careers in business, media, human rights and non-governmental work as well as artists, intellectuals, students and researchers). Multidisciplinarity and heterogeneity of experience are enriching and crucial to approaching the complex issues from plural perspective
  • Interested and willing to work on project-proposals with an across border approach with participants coming from all over the region
  • With the ability to work as part of a diversified team
    • With a strong knowledge of English; knowledge of French is an asset


Applicants must submit a complete application on the online YCM platform.

In addition to completing the forms on the platform, applicants must upload the following documents:

  • A Letter of Intent of no more than two pages describing current interests and plans in the MEM region, suggesting how the MEM Summer Summit may help further those interests and plans
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A short introduction video in English (up to two minutes long), in which the applicant introduces themselves, briefly state why they are the right candidate and how they can contribute to the Summit
  • The names and contacts of two referees

Click here to apply

For more information, visit MEM Summer Summit.