Call for applications for the NGO LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP


17 – 21 October 2022 | Warsaw, Poland

Since the 24th of February, the start date of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Ukrainian NGOs, as well as NGOs from countries neighboring with Ukraine, are receiving internal (IDPs) and external refugees from territories, which are under warfare.

The 2022 NGO Leadership Workshop is dedicated to these NGOs and is designed to allow them to strengthen their leaders in multiple ways. If you are a leader of an NGO working with refugees from Ukraine, 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 working with refugees from Ukraine to strengthen their capacities in resilience building, avoiding burnout, strategic planning in crisis, digital security, and working with people with PTSD. The Workshop will also take representatives of NGOs from Ukraine, who work with IDPs. In addition, the Workshop will be an opportunity to network and share good practices.

Workshop Program:

• Pre-workshop welcome reception on 17th October. Special guest welcome by Geneviève Zubrzycki, Director of the Weiser Center.
• Day 1, 18th October: Networking and sharing good country practices
• Day 2, 19th October: Digital security by Wojciech Bogusz from the Front Line Defenders
• Day 3, 20th October: Resilience/avoiding burnout/strategic planning in crisis/working with people with PTSD* by Professor Eric Fretz from the University of Michigan
• Day 4, 21st October: Resilience/avoiding burnout/strategic planning in crisis/working with people with PTSD by Professor Eric Fretz from the University of Michigan

*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 from Georgia, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

Priority will be given to persons holding managerial positions at their organization. The workshop is dedicated to NGOs supporting refugees 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 Warsaw, 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 Saturday, 14th September 2022. 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 17th September.


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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