• October 16 - 19, 2019
  • Fully Funded
  • Vilnius

The call for applications for the 2nd Vilnius Young Leaders Meeting is now open. Inspired by the success of the 1st Vilnius Young Leaders Meeting (VYLM) in Autumn 2017, the Eastern Europe Studies Centre continues the initiative and launches a call for applications for the 2nd Vilnius Young Leaders Meeting. This program is to be held on October 17-19, 2019 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The three-day-long program includes meetings and discussions with renown experts who are leading the fight against disinformation (predominantly from Russia) within their countries and/or represented institutions. During the previous VYLM, experts arrived from Brussels, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United States. The same is aimed for the 2nd VYLM.

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The VYLM focuses on addressing threats posed by disinformation, fake news, propaganda, controlled access to information and discussion venues, and aims to increase societal resilience of targeted communities. To tackle these problems, VYLM uses an approach of sharing expertise and lessons learned by those active in the field. It is also creating a network of like-minded people who are able to work together and construct new innovative approaches. For this purpose young practitioners from different areas, including but not limited to journalists, bloggers, artists, civic activists, scholars and public servants, from following 9 countries: Armenia, Estonia, Belarus, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine are invited to apply for the 2nd VYLM.

Judging Criteria:

Due to high competences of previous VYLM participants, the 2nd VYLM is paying more attention to featuring work and ideas of the participants and to devoting more time to their team-work. The end goal is to facilitate not only participant’s greater understanding about how propaganda, fake news and disinformation works in countries of their fellow-participants, but to also take over successful approaches, to develop professional partnerships and to act together in creating a more open, safe and transparent informational environment and resilience within societies.




The participants will be provided with the following benefits:

  • The opportunity to meet and learn from leading figures in journalism, communication, foreign affairs, and security
  • Accommodation from October 16 to October 20 (4 nights on a double-occupancy basis)
  • Meals
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Visa support, if required


The applicants should meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Professional activities and personal goals should be related to improving media, scholar and the analytical environment in their respective countries and the broader region.
  • Be between 24-35 years old
  • Hold at least a bachelor’s degree
  • Have a minimum of 3 years of work experience in the fields of journalism, communication, political science, or civil society/NGOs
  • English language skills allowing to take an active part in discussions (simultaneous English-Russian interpretation is planned, but may not always be available)

Even if one does not meet all the requirements mentioned above, his/her application is still welcome.

Eligible Regions: Armenia, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.

Application Process

  • Click on “Apply Now” for the application link.
  • Then fill in the application form in English (preferably) or Russian, save it in a Word format and return it to the organizers by email at [email protected]
  • Please indicate VYLM Application in the subject line. Applications that do not include complete answers to all questions will not be considered.


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Application Deadline: August 12, 2019

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