Call for applications for the NGO LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP 2023


17-21 September 2023 | Lublin, Poland

Since the 24th of February, the start date of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Ukrainian NGOs are facing a number of new challenges answering needs which never should have appeared.

The 2023 NGO Leadership Workshop is dedicated only to leaders of Ukrainian NGOs and it is designed to allow them to strengthen in multiple ways. During the selection process priority will be given to leaders of organisations which:

  1. work in communities which have accepted a significant number of IDPs and the NGO is working on addressing their needs or social cohesion in this community;
  2. were relocated (as organization) to a different region of Ukraine due to military activities;
  3. work near the frontline or for and with liberated (deoccupied) communities.


If you are a leader of a Ukrainian NGO and want to take part in this event, apply for the NGO Leadership Workshop and join us!

The objective of the Workshop is to empower selected civil society representatives to strengthen their capacities in well-being, resilience building, avoiding burnout, strategic planning in crisis and working with people with PTSD. In addition, the Workshop will be an opportunity to network and share good practices.

Workshop Program:

  • Pre-workshop welcome reception on 17th September. Special guest welcome by Geneviève Zubrzycki, Director of the Weiser Center.
  • Day 1, 18th September: Networking and well being
  • Day 2, 19th September:  Avoiding burning out and working with people with PTSD*
  • Day 3, 20th September: Strategic planning in crisis and organization resilience building
  • Day 4, 21st September: Wrap up & Feedback

*Participants will learn about resilience and avoiding burnout, strategies around self-care, interpersonal skills along with some effective tips to be successful. The topic of „working with people with PTSD” will, in a similar fashion, expose participants to a baseline of terms and definitions then talking about practical “non-clinician” ways to think about the issue, how to be helpful/non-hurtful, as well as having access to a lot of resources and tools.



The Workshop is open to 25 NGO leaders Ukraine.

Priority will be given to persons holding managerial positions at their organization. The workshop is dedicated to NGO leaders from Ukraine.

Participants will be selected through an open application process and those selected will receive the training at no charge.



The training itself is free of charge. Accommodation is provided by the organizer. The Poland-based organizer will reimburse the travel costs of the selected participants to and from Lublin, including visa costs and local travel, which are directly related to the NGO Leadership Workshop, according to the guidelines obtained after receiving confirmation of acceptance. The organizer will give approval for the proposed travel and will reimburse the costs. You will be required to keep all original receipts, tickets, and boarding passes for financial reimbursement. At least one dinner and four lunches and coffee breaks will be provided by the organizer. Breakfast is included for the participants staying at the hotel. Participants are expected to cover the costs of other meals during the week. Organizers will provide accommodations of single rooms for participants in the hotel.



Upon completion of the Workshop, participants will receive a certificate jointly issued by the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia at the University of Michigan (WCEE) and the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan (WDI).


Application Process:

The deadline for applying is Tuesday, 20th June 2023. The application form is available here.

We highly recommend you get familiar with the application first, then you can draft your answers in a separate file, which you can save on your device, and after you are satisfied with your answers, you can copy your answers to the online form. This solution is recommended especially for those of you who work with limited or unstable internet.


If you have any questions regarding the application process please contact us at with the subject ‘Application’. The applications will be evaluated and participants will be selected by the WCEE and WDI. All applicants will receive a response by 7th of July.



The working language of the Workshop is English. Therefore, advanced English language skills are required for successful completion of the Workshop.


More Information:

For more information about the Workshop, please contact us at



The NGO Leadership Workshop brings together two organizations at the University of Michigan, both focused on strengthening democratic accountability – the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia (WCEE) and the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan (WDI) – as well as the local insight of the Poland-based NGO. The Workshop is funded by the WCEE.

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