Forum of Young Cultural Innovators


To qualify, all applicants must:

  • Be 25–35 years of age.
  • Be proficient in English, the working language of the Forum.
  • Have at least 2–3 years of professional experience in the arts and culture sector.
  • Want to become an active member of the YCI global network, and be prepared to commit time, energy, and resources to sustaining this.
  • Aim to create social change and strengthen the position of the arts and cultural institutions within your community.
  • Demonstrate creativity in approach to work, openness to innovation and risk-taking, action-orientation, and entrepreneurial inclination.
  • Have a cross-sectoral approach to work and demonstrate an interest in building cross-sectoral alliances/partnerships beyond the cultural sector.
  • Exhibit passion, enthusiasm, and leadership potential with prizes, awards, recommendations, citations confirming this.


All applicants must submit the following information online using the registration form at

A personal statement (approx. 500 words) detailing:

  • Your motivation for applying to the Young Cultural Innovators Forum; A description of the biggest issue facing you in your work;
  • What you will contribute to the local and global YCI network;
  • How your participation will have an impact on your local community.

A brief bio (sample on application form).

A headshot photo of yourself.

A CV/Resume including name and email address of 2 references.


Please see the below the calls for applications for funded scholarships from existing YCI Hubs:

Cape Town Call for Applications to the 2019 YCI Forum

Nairobi Call for Applications to the 2019 YCI Forum

Deadline: August 30, 2019

Detroit Call for Applications to the 2019 YCI Forum

Memphis Call for Applications to the 2019 YCI Forum

New Orleans Call for Applications to the 2019 YCI Forum

Salzburg Call for Applications to the 2019 YCI Forum

Seoul Call for Applications to the 2019 YCI Forum

Upper Midwest USA Call for Applications to the 2019 YCI Forum

Deadline: September 9, 2019

In order to increase the cultural and geographic diversity of the Forum we are this year opening the call for applications to young cultural innovators not associated with an already existing YCI Hub. This call is for applications from young cultural innovators not based in an area where a YCI Hub already exists. Please be aware that Salzburg Global does not have funds available to cover the participation or travel costs of applicants to this call.

General Call for Applications to the 2019 YCI Forum

Deadline: August 30, 2019

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