Czech-German Young Professionals Program

CGYPP 2019: Bridging the Gaps

The city vs. rural areas, the poor vs. the rich, locals vs. outsiders, elites vs. the ordinary, us vs. them. After decades in which our democratic societies seemed to smooth down their differences and bridge some of their gaps, we are facing a sudden rise of new conflicts. Are we witnessing the inevitable breakdown of the values and principles upon which our Western society was built? Is the reality indeed as bleak as it seems? Or does the current polarisation offer us a chance to forge a new way ahead? Are there ideas, concepts and initiatives fostering the coherence of our society under the new circumstances? Is there a possibility to provide space for public dialogue in today’s split society? Are there new opportunities for possible cooperation between state and private actors?

These and other topical questions will be addressed at the 10th year of the Czech-German Young Professionals Program (CGYPP). We want to engage in a creative, interactive and polemical discussion with a wide spectrum of political and economic leaders, prominent journalists and distinguished experts. We want to dig deeper into challenges and chances of today’s world and share our knowledge with the general public.


  • Czechs and Germans with open mindset in the age of 25-40 with varying professional backgrounds (from the fields of academia, business, media, politics, public administration and NGOs)
  • Selected 12-14 young professionals for one programme year become Alumni after full attendance of the three program units

Who can apply:

  • Young professionals with at least 3 years’ work experience from the Czech Republic and Germany with strong interest in cross-sector and cross-border cooperation, who speak fluent English.

How to apply:

  • Application for 2019 is closed now

More information can be found here: and here.


In case of your acceptance, we charge a one-time participation fee of 150 EUR (50 EUR per unit). We cover your program arrangement, travel expenses, accommodation, and board. You are expected to attend all program component units in full. Send us your CV and short motivation letter (both in English).


The Czech-German Young Professionals Program (CGYPP), established in 2008, is an international network for young experts, multipliers, movers and shakers from Germany and the Czech Republic. The program interlinks the fields of academia, business, media, politics, public administration and NGO.

Each year, 12-14 young professionals from Germany and the Czech Republic are invited to participate in a series of workshops, and to collaborate on relevant economic, political and social issues.

CGYPP connects people with different professional backgrounds. By exchanging and sharing experiences and perspectives, the participants not only broaden their horizons, improve communication and intercultural skills but also increase their social capital.

CGYPP was founded by the Association for International Affairs (AMO) and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and supported by the Czech-German Future Fund , Robert Bosch Stiftung and Fereal Foreign Office.

Since 2014, CGYPP has been jointly organized by AMO and the European Academy Berlin (EAB) . It is financed by the Czech-German Future Fund and the Federal Foreign Office.



➤ More information on CGYPP can be found here.


Podcasts: Czech-German Perspectives

Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 1:

Interview with Vladimír Handl (IIR) on the state of Czech-German Relations

CGYPP participant Andreas Graf interviews Vladimír Handl, Research Fellow at the Institute of International Relations in Prague.


Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 2:

What would YOU do (differently) if you received an unconditional basic income?

In this episode, Sarah Polewsky, a CGYPP participant, talks about the unconditional basic income.


Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 3:

Refugees in Bavaria: experiences and challenges. A family story

In this episode, Petra Kouřimská talks about experience of one family living and taking care of refugees in Bavaria.


Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 4:

The hidden secrets of Smetana’s Vltava

Simon Backovsky explores Europe’s cultural heritage and German-Czech connection in classical music.


Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 5:

Service for all

In this episode, Jürgen Gradl argues that an obligatory social service would strengthen solidarity in Europe.


Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 6:

Digitalization and Work Life Balance

Franziska Stölzel’s podcast is about the impact of digitalization on our work/life balance


Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 7:

Digitalization of Education

Kateřina Šustrová explores the challenges of the digitalization of education.


Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 8:

Historical Burdens and Potential Digital Solution

In this episode, Vladimír Hurych explores historical burdens and how their digital solution could look like.


Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 9:

Food Industry Digitalization

In this episode, Mark Friedrich talks about how digitalization is used in the food industry.


Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 10:

Digitalization and smart cities

An expert on smart cities is being interviewed in this episode.


Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 11:

Digitalization of work

This episode’s topic: digitalization of work and how it affects us.


Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 12:

Foreigners in the Czech Republic

Tereza Blahoutová asks herself the questions: Are foreigners welcome in the Czech Republic? How do they change the country ? How does the country change them?


Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 13:

Innovation Barriers in Central and Eastern Europe

What are the reasons for the endurance of barriers for innovations in Central and Eastern Europe? Jana Lachmann gives answers.


CGYPP 2015 - Great Energy Challenge
CGYPP 2017 - Solidarity, stability and security in post-factual times