The ambition of the EUTOPIA Young Leaders Academy (YLA) is to support research exchanges between high-potential, early to mid-career researchers from all EUTOPIA partner universities and support their career development.

Members of the EUTOPIA Young Leaders Academy will constitute a community of promising independent research leaders at the scale of EUTOPIA, sharing and promoting European values and the EUTOPIA vision of an interconnected academic environment.


EUTOPIA Young Leaders Academy Fellows will be given the opportunity:

  • To develop their research leadership skills through a dedicated training programme;
  • To take part in interdisciplinary scholarly exchange and research networking activities, among Fellows and with the broader EUTOPIA research community;
  • To initiate research collaborations within the EUTOPIA Alliance
  • To contribute to the development of a challenge-based and student-shaped curriculum, through the development of research-led learning units open to undergraduate and graduate students;
  • To act as EUTOPIA ambassadors, contributing to the Alliance’s activities and fostering the emergence of an integrated research community at the EUTOPIA scale.

Young Leaders Academy is open to early to mid-career researchers, preferably between 2 to 12 years after PhD completion. YLA Fellows will be appointed for a period of 2 years.

Applicants should already be formally appointed with one of the Universities of the EUTOPIA Alliance and hold a tenured or tenure-track position or major research fellowship; 

 Opening date for applications: 30 April 2021
Closing date for applications: 30 June 2021 

For full information on the call and the application and selection criteria,
please consult the documents below:



The EUTOPIA Young Leaders Academy will enrol the first cohort of 18 Fellows, starting in September 2021. A second call for applications is scheduled to open in early 2023.

Contact Information for local managers of the EUTOPIA Young Leaders Academy: