The YSC is a community of practice and exchange. Throughout the year, YSC fellows and members work together on specific issues related to the ongoing security policy agenda, as well as during YSC workshops and events. A call for applications is published once a year and we invite all young professionals to resolve some key issues our communities face. 

The YSC Fellowship programme will focus on a plethora of issues related to the future of European strategic autonomy and European Affairs. During the one-year programme, fellows will have the occasion to present their ideas, works and proposals, to discuss and exchange with leading experts, panelists, and academic advisors. 

Our programme is fast-growing and soon coming to European cities. All workshop sessions will be open to the fellows, the entire alumni of the YSC, and – if the current situation allows – to the public. Fellows will shape the design of the entire programme and develop the workshops together with other members of the community. 

The online stream is live through different media channels to make the workshops accessible to European and international audiences. The training sessions will follow the YSC conference happening in Munich. 

Depending on the respective situation and ongoing pandemic, one of the training sessions will be organized physically. 

YSC 2022 Fellowship events

7:30 pm CET, 8th December 2022: Rethinking Security in Europe and Beyond

Do you want to discuss the future of European security in the context of a post-war Ukraine outside of dominant discourses? Then you should join us for our upcoming event “Rethinking Security in Europe and Beyond”. During the event, we will question: 

If there is no democratic Russia in the foreseeable future, how should Europe respond to the great power game?

If European security is intrinsically linked to the US, how should Europe think about the post-war future of Ukraine? 

As such, this event intends to highlight various conflicting concepts within the European project and strives to develop avenues for rethinking the future of EU’s security. The webinar will be organised with breakout sessions, so that participants, YSC Fellows and speakers can work together and discuss new ideas.

To register for this event, please email


Dr Alina Nychyk is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester and a Ukraine Fellow at the Research Center for the History of Transformations, the University of Vienna. Currently, she works on her book “Ukraine vis-à-vis Russia and the EU in the first year of the war (February 2014 – February 2015). The story of misperceptions in foreign policy”. Apart from her academic work, Alina is a social activist, and she is currently an elected member of the board of Professional Government of Ukraine.

Kirill Shamiev, PhD Candidate, Central European University, member of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, editorial board member at Riddle. He published his articles in the Armed Forces & Society journal, CSIS, Riddle, RUSI and gave comments to Russian and international media, such as The New York Times, iNews, Kurier, La Stampa, Meduza, TV Rain (TV Dozhd), etc.

Doris Wydra (senior scientist and executive director of the Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies) holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science and a doctorate in Law from the University of Salzburg. She has worked for TACIS projects in Ukraine and Russia. Her research focus is on democracy and human rights promotion as aspects of external governance of the European Union, the European neighbourhood policy and the relations between the European Union and Russia. She has published on the question of the democratic development in Russia and Ukraine, minority legislation in Russia and in 2008 a book on the Autonomous Republic of Crimea from the perspective of international law. She is also a member of the publishing committee of the Austrian Journal for Political Science (Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft).


Zdeněk Rod is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the Department of Politics and International Relations of West Bohemian University in Pilsen, a research fellow at the Centre for Security Analysis and Prevention in Prague and a researcher and lecturer at the Ambis university in Prague. His PhD thesis focuses on implementing security-development nexus approaches in a post-conflict environment. He is also interested in the People’s Republic of China’s role in world affairs and hybrid warfare. He has studied at universities in Ljubljana, Budapest, and Brussels, and conducted several research visits, for instance, to the NATO CIMIC Centre of Excellence in the Hague. He also worked at the Czech Ministry of Defence.

Elena Ostanina is currently a political and security risk analyst at IHS Markit, focusing on Russia and the Eastern Partnership countries. At the Hertie School, she studied international affairs with a specialisation in international and nuclear security. Elena is also a scholar of the IAEA Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme. Elena holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and pursued a 12-year career in national and international journalism as a political and economic reporter. She has experience in conducting field research in war-affected areas, such as Ukraine’s Donbas conflict zone.

Sergej Sumlenny is a journalist, political scientist and writer. He is the founder of European Resilience Initiative Center, an Independent Eastern Europe Expert and former Regional Director Ukraine and Belarus at the Heinrich Böll Foundation (2015-2021). He previously worked in Moscow for leading German TV broadcaster ARD and was a chief editor of a news programme at Russian business broadcaster RBC-TV. He has researched political journalism in post-war Germany and held a German Federal Chancellor’s Fellowship. 

Previous Fellowship events

8 November 2021: EU, US, NATO & Security: on the future of the transatlantic alliance. 

You can re-watch the workshop here!

Dr. Aylin Matlé, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung eV (KAS), deputy office manager of the foundation’s Israel office in Jerusalem; also member of Women in International Security and Kölner Forum für Internationale Beziehungen und Sicherheitspolitik e. V. (FKIBS);​

Jessica Berlin, founder and Managing Director, CoStruct; board member at EuropaNova; German and American geopolitical expert and a commentator at Deutsche Welle News;​

Ben Hodges, former commanding general of US Army Europe, Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies at the Centre for European Policy Analysis; ​

Dr. Dalibor Rohac, Senior Fellow for Foreign and Defence Policy at the American Entreprise Institute;​

Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff, Vice-President and head of GMF Berlin Office.​

Moderation: Dr. Markus Faltermeier, Trade and Security Policies and Academic Projects at the Amerikahaus Munich; Alberto Cunha, Academic Director at EuropaNova Germany & Dr. Daniel Gheorghe​, Academic Advisor at EuropaNova Germany.

13 December 2021: Franco-German Relations – The French Council and the EU agenda.

Workshop organized in cooperation with the Embassy of France in Germany

Dr. Christian Deubner, professor of European Integration Politics, New York University.

Gen. Jean Pierre Metz, the Embassy of France in Germany.

Diplomat Lauriane Louis de Devoize, the Embassy of France in Germany.

Moderation: Amélie Jaques-Apke, Co-Founder & Director General at EuropaNova Germany.

19 February 2022 – Side event at the 2022 Munich Security Conference: “Crop Apartheid? Rethinking Geoeconomics and the Unintended Consequences of the EU’s Structural Power”

You can re-watch the side event here!

Olivia Lazard, visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe.

Jovan Ratković, Expert in Security and Foreign Policy.

Moderation: Fabian Keske, Co-Founder & Director General at EuropaNova Germany.