Talent for Governance is The Hague Academy’s scholarship programme. It provides practice-oriented learning experiences to young, talented local government practitioners. The programme consists of a training course, an internship in a Dutch municipality and network support in implementing a community project in each participant’s home country.

Talent for Governance only selects people who possess a strong motivation to make a difference for their community. Selected ‘talents’ develop their knowledge and skills on issues to help them deal with the challenges they face in their daily work. During the three-week programme, the talents work on the design of a project plan together with the trainers, experts and fellow participants in the Netherlands. Back on the job they will do homework assignments and implement their project plan with the support of their employer and The Hague Academy.

>> Since the start of Talent for Governance programme in 2009, 60 Talents have participated in our programme. Learn more >>

Talent for Governance relies on the financial support from organisations and individuals committed to the importance of good local governance. By means of their donations, they help strengthen the capacity of villages, cities and countries to improve services for their citizens and foster sustainable economic development.

  • For more information about our talent programme, click here.
    (Please note that application for our 2017 Talent programme is closed. The deadline was 18 November 2016.)