Barvalipe Roma Pride Summer School

The Open Society Foundations are pleased to announce the Barvalipe Roma Pride Summer School, organized by the Roma Students Initiative for Barvalipe, a group of former Barvalipe participants and Roma students from Central European University.

This international summer school, held in the picturesque mountains of Montenegro, intends to encourage young Roma to serve as role models, political leaders, and civic activists able to advocate for themselves and their communities. Participants will explore Roma identity with distinguished Roma professors and civil leaders.

The 10-day program includes a two-day study trip to the Jasenovac concentration camp in Croatia, where approximately 20,000 Roma and Sinti died during World War II.

Eligibility Criteria
  • We welcome young Roma from 20 to 30 years of age.
  • Candidates must be proficient in English, with the ability to speak, write and take an active part in discussions.
  • Candidates must be from countries participating in the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005–2015 (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Spain) or from Kosovo, Moldova, Russia, Turkey or Ukraine.

    Selection Criteria

  • Participants will be selected on the basis of the quality of their applications, motivation letters, and interviews.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have received scholarships from the Roma Education Fund or previously participated in programs of the Open Society Foundations.
  • The principles of gender and geographical balance will also be applied in the selection of participants.

The deadline for the 2013 summer school has passed. Please check back in early summer 2014 for the next call for applications.