Call for Applications: Asia-Europe Public Diplomacy Training Initiative 2017 (Fully Funded) | Diplomacy Opportunities

As a contribution to public diplomacy efforts of the 53 Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Partners, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) established the Asia-Europe Public Diplomacy Training Initiative in 2013, in partnership with the DiploFoundation (Diplo) of Switzerland and the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE) of New Zealand. Partners have since conducted 4 tutored Online Courses and 4 Face-to-face Trainings; 215 young and experienced diplomats and representatives from the civil society have benefited from the training.

The training materials of the Initiative utilise the findings of the ASEF dual perceptions studies, “The EU through the Eyes of Asia” and “Asia in the Eyes of Europe”. The findings are drawn from the results of public opinion surveys, the analysis of news items in major media outlets, as well as insights from face-to-face interviews with influential people from 21 different countries across Asia and Europe. Toolkits and training modules were also designed by public diplomacy experts and practitioners as well as senior diplomats with the support of Asian and European diplomatic academies.

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Through the Online Course and Face-to-face Training participants will gain insights into the current perceptions of diplomacy efforts in Asia and Europe and how to incorporate public diplomacy skills into their daily work:

  • Enable participants to deepen their knowledge of public perceptions of Asia and Europe, and how this affects their work;
  • Provide practical skills to formulate, develop and deliver effective public diplomacy campaigns through real-life examples and case studies;
  • Increase networking opportunity for ASEM diplomats to share their experiences and promote deeper understanding of Asia-Europe relations;
  • Promote awareness of the ASEM process and bi-regional dynamics among diplomats.


Selected participants will take part in a 10-week Online Course and a 4.5-day Face-to-face Training in Indonesia (city is to be confirmed). Participation is mandatory for both the Online Course and Face-to-face Training.

Following the completion of the Online Course, participants will take part in a 4.5-day Face-to-face Training on 9-13 October 2017 in Indonesia (city is to be confirmed). This training will be hosted by the Directorate General of American and European Affairs in collaboration with the Centre for Education and Training of MOFA Indonesia. In the Face-to-face Training, participants will improve their knowledge and skills acquired from the Online Course during interactive discussions and group exercises, as well as build connections with Asian and European counterparts.

TARGET AUDIENCE (up to 25 participants) This Training Initiative is targeted to the following participants:

  • Junior level or early career diplomats in Departments dealing with Asia, Europe, or ASEM in the Ministries of Foreign Affairs or equivalent of the ASEM Partners;
  • Diplomats posted by ASEM Partners to ASEM countries who work on public diplomacy, public affairs, communications or media engagement;
  • Representatives from government agencies (culture, tourism, trade and investment, etc.).

The participants are expected to have the following profiles:

  • MA degree, or equivalent, or BA degree with at least 3 years of diplomatic working experience;
  • Citizen of an ASEM country currently working in the Asian-European context;
  • High proficiency in English;
  • Interest in public diplomacy, public affairs or communications.


The cost of participation in the Online Course is covered by the organisers. To participate in Face-to-face Training, the organisers will cover:

  • Airfare on point-to-point economy class to travel to/from the training venue in Indonesia, through reimbursement;
  • 5 nights of accommodation at the training venue in Indonesia, with check-in on 8 October and checkout on 13 October 2017;
  • Meals and refreshments during the training programme.


  • Submission of nomination by ASEM Ministries of Foreign Affairs should be sent to ASEF and DiploFoundation (see “CONTACT” below) via e-mail, stating the name, position and email address of the candidate.
  • Candidates are required to complete an online registration form and submit a CV and motivation statement of 250 words (What motivated you to apply for the training initiative? How do you plan to apply the skills acquired from/enhanced by the trainings in your daily work?).
  • Deadline of submissions: Monday, 12 June 2017.
  • Notification of selected participants: Monday, 19 June 2017.

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Ms Rebecca STETTER, Project Officer, Political & Economic Department, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Singapore E:; T: +65 6874 9755

Mr Andrej SKRINJARIC, Project Manager, DiploFoundation, Serbia E:; T: +381 64 2425 287

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