Are you ready to become an agent of
progressive change in your community?

Application Deadline: Wednesday, December 17, 2017


Participants wishing to apply to Bright Start must be current university students enrolled in a Macedonian university during the 2017-2018 school year. Additionally, applicants must me fluent in English at least at the B2-level, as the program will be conducted in English. Students from any university in any faculty in any school year studying for any degree program. You may apply if you are a studying for a master’s degree at the faculty of chemistry in Bitola, as long as you can justify how this training will be a benefit to you and others in the future.


All students accepted to attend Bright Start will receive a full scholarship to the program that covers all necessary costs, aside from personal costs and incidental expenses. The scholarship covers the following costs:
– Program tuition and supplies.
– Accommodation between Thursday, February 8, 2018, and Monday, February 12, 2018
– Three meals a day between dinner on Thursday, February 8, 2018, and breakfast on Monday, February 12, 2018.
– Transportation costs to and from the location of the participants’ university and the Phase II location.

Eligibility to apply for a grant of up to ten thousand Macedonian Denars to fund a community activism or human rights education project.


Program Requirements

In order to participate in Bright Start and complete the program, students are required to do the following:
– Complete the required readings and assignments in the first phase of the program, which will take about two hours a week.
– Participate fully in the summit during the collaborative learning phase from the evening on
Thursday, February 8, 2017 to the morning on Monday, February 12, 2017.
– Complete pre-program, mid-program, and post-program surveys.


University students wanting to apply to the program must fill out an application at the following link:

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, December 27, 2017, by 23:59 Macedonia time. Students will be notified of their application status as accepted, wait-listed, or not accepted by Saturday, December 30, 2017.

Selection of Participants:
Participants will be selected based on their ability to use this training in the future for the benefit of others. While this training is primarily focused on empowering future leaders to participate in community activism and future teachers to conduct human rights education in their future classrooms, the organizing team encourages anyone to apply who believes this training will enable them to help others in the future.

Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:
– Commitment to the value of respect for all peoples, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or class.
– Willingness to take a stand for the rights of others.
– Interest in inter-ethnic understanding, tolerance, and human rights.
– Motivation to improve their community by advancing mutual understanding, tolerance, and knowledge of human rights within their community.
– Active involvement in their own communities.
– Potential to foster inter-ethnic understanding, tolerance, and human rights in their own communities.