Deadline extension at the Changemaking program call for individuals

November 9, 2020

The Changemaking Program at Central European University (CEU) is a new initiative designed to invite entrepreneurially minded individuals to join a start-up project team working to increase job creation amongst Roma communities in Hungary. The Romani Studies Program extended the deadline of the application until December 6, 2020. 


The Challenge

Changemaking participants will develop and apply their entrepreneurial skills to an innovative Roma job creation initiative established by “Igazgyöngy Alapítvány” (Real Pearl Foundation). The Foundation’s job creation program works with the parents of children from disadvantaged backgrounds to create employment opportunities, balancing commercial viability with Romani social mobility. Changemaking participants will coordinate with a project team to increase access to high quality employment and harness existing but underutilized skills within the Romani community. Through the program, participants will benefit from a tailored upskilling and professional development plan, including:


·      Business planning training

·      High quality teaching and resources 

·      Coaching & mentorship

·      Global networking opportunities 

·      Bespoke guidance on how to turn ideas into actions


The six-month program will be delivered online by CEU’s Romani Studies Program and the CEU Innovation Lab (the iLab), with the possibility of blended learning dependent on COVID-19 restrictions. CEU’s iLab was established to create economic opportunity in Central and Eastern European by nurturing a culture of entrepreneurship and linking academia with industry, and was recently voted Hungary's best incubator at the Central European Start-up Awards.


Eligibility Criteria and Application Process

Applications are open to individuals who are interested in joining an existing project team established by the iLab and Romani Studies Program at CEU. Successful applicants will work collaboratively to develop the Real Pearl Foundation’s job creation program and, through social entrepreneurship, will have a significant impact on Roma employability in Hungary. Participants will be expected to work on their project for at least 8 hours per week. CEU’s Romani Studies Program and iLab will oversee pre-selection.


Please submit your application no later than December 6, 2020 to and attach the following as a single PDF file:


·      CV of no more than two pages

500-word motivation letter which outlines how your skills, experiences and competencies would contribute to a social entrepreneurship project to further Romani access to employment.  

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