The Turkey Europe Future Forum is a project of Stiftung Mercator in cooperation with TUSIAD, under the patronage of Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs.

Since 2015, The Turkey Europe Future Forum has been bringing together dedicated young leaders from Turkey and Europe for intensive dialogue in Turkey, Germany and other European countries.

For any questions about the Future Forum please contact Annkatrin Kaiser.

Future Forum 2017: ‘Reflecting Change’

The Turkey Europe Future Forum 2017 took place from 2 to 9 July on the topic 'Reflecting Change' in Izmir and on the Greek Island of Chios. Democracy, for a long time believed to be the most wanted and valued form of government, is currently coming under fire in many European countries as well as in Turkey. How can we encounter threats for democracies such as system changes, propaganda or populism? How do democracies cope with the era of “post-truth”, populist backlash accompanied by the decline of welfare safety-nets, shifting employment opportunities abroad and perceived threats from immigrants? Which role do civil society, political parties and the media play? Questions like these were at the core of the Turkey Europe Future Forum 2017.

 At the end of this year’s Future Forum an Alumni Weekend took place to which around 30 participants of previous years came to Izmir as well. During the Alumni Weekend the role of culture and arts as actors of societal change was discussed. In addition the group engaged in establishing a sustainable network of European-Turkish young leaders.

Exchanges between Young Leaders from Turkey, Germany and other European Countries

Every year, the Turkey Europe Future Forum enables 30 outstanding young leaders (28 to 38 years of age) from Turkey, Germany and other European countries to benefit from an intensive exchange of ideas, substantial training measures and access to an important network. Costs for travel and accommodation are covered.

Eight Days of Thematic Dialogue in Turkey and in Europe

During the Future Forum, participants attend eight days of workshops, lectures and intercultural trainings  about a current issue and debate it from their country- and sector-specific perspectives. In addition, top-level guests, speakers and dialogue partners provide exclusive insights into the politics, economy, culture and society of the participating countries. Ümit Boyner, former president of TÜSIAD and one of Turkey’s most successful entrepreneurs, and Ruprecht Polenz, long-time member of the German Bundestag and former chair of the German Foreign Affairs Committee, are the programme deans. Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Parliament is the Future Forum’s patron.



Think Like Europeans – In All Sectors

The goal of the Turkey Europe Future Forum is to reinforce networking and enhance mutual understanding among future decision-makers of Turkey, Germany and other European countries. The programme encourages all actors to adopt a European perspective and strengthens their ability to act, especially across sectors. The Future Forum provides fresh impetus to the Turkish-European debate.



Application Requirements

  • 28 to 38 years of age
  • At least two years’ professional experience in the fields of politics, economics, administration, culture, media, science or civil society
  • Outstanding academic and professional qualifications

  • Turkish, German or another European citizenship
  • A university degree
  • Very good English skills

  • Strong interest in the respective topic of the Future Forum as well as European-Turkish relations

Online Application

Applications for the Future Forum must be made online during the application period. 


The application period for the Turkey Europe Future Forum 2018 will start in Januar 2018.

Dates & Deadlines

  • January 2018: Start of application period
  • 1 - 8 July 2018: 4th Turkey Europe Future Forum


You can apply with a German or Turkish passport or one from an EU member state. Holders of multiple passports need to clarify to which contingent they are applying. If you come from a European country that is not an EU member state please specify your interest in your application. We will elaborate on your individual case.

We select 30 participants each year and try to include one third each from Germany, Turkey and other European Countries.

No, as long as you can make a case for your interest in the Forum’s topic there are no restrictions on the issue of professional experience or disciplines.

You can download the full FAQ document here:  PDF 



Applications are accepted online only, using our Online Application Tool. After registering for the tool, you will be asked to fill out the required information and to upload your CV and motivation letter.

Applications sent via mail or by any method other than our online system will be deemed ineligible. If you have trouble accessing the Online Application Tool please contact us well before the deadline.



All project related expenses will be covered for participants of the programme. These include, among others, travel expenses from Europe and Turkey to the venue of the Forum (economy/coach class), public transportation to and from the airport to the hotel, accommodation and meals during the conference. The Forum does not cover any travel or additional costs incurred through participants' personal expenses. As a selected participant of the programme, you will receive more detailed information about the expenses covered together with the confirmation of participation.

No. However, the Future Forum is willing and open to discuss options regarding local child care services for parenting participants. If this is the case, we advise successful candidates to notify us at the earliest date possible to discuss and make the appropriate arrangement. For example, in the past we made sure that participants with children could be accompanied by their partners or parents, who then took care of the children during the programme.

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