GRF Young Scholars Program

GRF Young Scholars Program

We are currently in the process of reconceptualizing the GRF Young Scholars Program and as such, are regrettably not accepting applications at this time. Please follow our website and social media for any upcoming announcements.

Please send your contact information to to receive updates about the program.

In 2010, Global Relations Forum started the GRF Young Scholars Program for undergraduate students studying in the leading universities of Turkey, and GRF Young Scholars Abroad Program for students from Turkey studying in distinguished universities abroad. These two separate seminar programs were merged into a single program in 2015.

The General Framework of the Program

The program was created to provide its participants with a platform where they can analyse and discuss global issues in a free, rational and constructive manner. The meetings are organized in three sections:

The first section brings together students and GRF members. Invited as guest speakers, our members share thoughts on topics of international affairs that they have selected based on their own career paths and areas of interest. This gives the students the opportunity to benefit from the wisdom and experiences of GRF members, who have represented Turkey in international fora and have played and are still playing, a personal role in the shaping of events in Turkey and the world. In turn, our members find the opportunity to enrich their ideas with the questions and comments of the young participants, who have minds shaped by the challenges of our day and an interest in a wide array of subjects resulting from their intellectual curiosity. In short, this section of the program is about the exchange of knowledge and experience between generations.

The second section of the program consists of meetings where GRF members who have experience with the subjects at hand, and GRF executive staff convene with students. The discussions in these meetings revolve around the articles written by leading academics and intellectuals of the world and require the active and sustained participation of students. One of the important goals of this section is to enable students to form connections, on a macro scale, among many different aspects of the global agenda, from economy to technology and from law to politics. Additionally, this section of the program aims to provide students with the tools to understand central debates concerning the world’s future in a 50-100 year time frame; and help them shape their professional and personal ideals as well as their dreams of contributing to their countries and the humankind.

In the third section of the program, students are expected read a book written by leading intellectuals of the world on global issues, and selected by GRF. They are then expected to write a book review, and participate in “Book Discussion Panels” to be held during the December part of the program.

Upon completion of the program, students who have attended the meetings, written their book reviews, and participated in the discussion panels will:

• Join GRF community as “Young Scholars”.
• Be invited to a variety of GRF events featuring world leaders and internationally renowned experts.
• Merit priority when applying for GRF internships.

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Seminar Details

• The program consists of two 3-day sessions to be held in Istanbul.  

Application Process

• Regrettably, we will not be taking applications for the Young Scholars Program’s June 2019 term. Please send your contact information to to receive updates about the program.
• The program is only open to undergraduate level students
• GRF Young Scholars groups consist of maximum 20 students. A balance will be sought between the number of students from Turkish universities and that of students from the universities abroad.
• All applications must be sent to The required documents are as follows:
  ◦ Application Form
  ◦ Transcript
  ◦ A 1-2 page statement of purpose for the students to introduce themselves, state their motivation to participate in the program, and describe their academic background as well as areas of interest
  ◦ A 1-3 page sample analysis essay on a global issue of the participant’s choosing (optional)
• Applicants may provide supplementary documents to strengthen their applications such as letters of recommendation, CV, etc. to their applications.
• Applications can be in Turkish or English.