Apply for the The European Union Global Cultural Relations Programme 2023 for young creative professionals (Fully Funded to Madrid, Spain)

The Global Cultural Relations Programme (GCRP), the Cultural Relations Platform’s flagship training program, is a once-in-a-lifetime event that brings practitioners from all over the world together to make important relationships and debate cross-cultural cooperation. The GCRP has announced a shift in focus for the 2018 GCRP edition. Previous versions were geared toward cultural and artistic professionals. The Cultural Relations Platform has opened the program to participants working on climate change and environmental issues for the 2023 edition of GCRP.

Apply now for the chance to gain lifelong skills, expand your knowledge, expand your international network, and participate in interdisciplinary cross-cultural collaboration. The GCRP will take place in Madrid, Spain from 10 – 13 October 2023 and will be conducted in English.

Who can apply for the program?

  • Cultural and creative sector professionals
    * This includes but is not limited to:
    • Architecture
    • Audiovisual & Cinema
    • Books & Publishing
    • Cultural heritage
    • Cultural management
    • Design
    • Media
    • Music
    • Performing arts
    • Visual arts
  • Professionals working in the field of climate change and environmental issues
    * This includes but is not limited to:
    • Circular economy
    • Climate & health
    • Climate adaptation
    • Climate charities, campaigns & activist groups
    • Climate finance
    • Climate heritage
    • Climate justice
    • Climate law & policy
    • Climate mitigation
    • Environmental engineering
    • Geography (physical, human, environmental)
    • Indigenous groups & stewards of community-owned heritage
    • Loss and damage
    • Sustainable food systems


The Cultural Relations Platform is looking for 40 individuals and entrepreneurs who work in the cultural and creative sectors OR who are concerned about climate change and the environment. We prioritize individuals who work in either of these two industries.
You must be between the ages of 25 and 39 and have at least three years of experience in international/cross-cultural engagement.
You could work as a freelancer or for a public, private, or civil society organization.
You must be able to commit to the program for the entire term of 10-13 October 2023, including travel time to and from Madrid.

program Timeline:

  • Early to mid-July: Selected participants are informed via email
  • September: Selected participants are announced online
  • Monday 9 October: Participants arrive in Madrid
  • Tuesday 10 October – Friday 13 October: Four full days of programming
  • Saturday 14 October: Participants departure from Madrid.
  • For More Information: Visit the Official Webpage of the EU Global Cultural Relations Programme 2023. Application Deadline:  May 28th, 2023

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