Academy of Political Management (APM)

The definition of social democracy stresses the importance of all sectors of society being involved in shaping decisions that affect their lives, be it at the local, national or international level. Therefore, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung supports efforts of civil society to qualify people from all walks of life to participate in politics. Our special focus is on young people.

Young people comprise the majority of the population but are largely excluded from political decision-making. While spaces for political participation exist, these are often accessible to a limited number of young people and thus do not maximize their inherent empowering functions. FES contributes to expanding opportunities by both capacitating young people to become respected political dialogue partners as well as to providing spaces to advocate their concerns, both in a national and international level.

This is where the Academy of Political Management (APM) comes in. By providing a capacity-building program for second-liners of progressive organizations, as well as a platform for dialogue among young progressive leaders, APM is a venue for training of potential leaders and second-line cadres who can perform both organizational and political tasks.

Academy of Political Management 2020 Call for Applications (Open)


The Academy of Political Management is a leadership-training course for second-line leaders of progressive organizations and/or individuals who are committed to the values of freedom, equality, social justice and solidarity, and plans to pursue social and political development work and political management positions.

This is a program fully supported and managed by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Philippine Office. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is a private, not-for-profit, public interest cultural-educational foundation committed to the ideals and basic values of social democracy. FES has been active in the Philippines since 1964. In its cooperation with civil society organizations, labor groups, the academe and the government, it seeks to contribute in consolidating democratic institutions and in strengthening an inclusive political system and a people-centered economic development.

Format of the Academy

The program covers themes and topics which are grouped into five (5) sessions, consisting of 3-day modules, spread over a calendar year. The topics were chosen and developed in close coordination with partners to suit their organization’s needs. The five sessions are:

Cluster 1: Personal Development Skills
Cluster 2: Political Communication Skills
Cluster 3: Political Systems and Theories
Cluster 4: Economic Literacy and Political Economy
Cluster 5: Project Management Tools and Skills 

The APM is now on its ninth cycle and the first cluster is tentatively scheduled on 27-29 March 2020 (Friday-Sunday). The rest of the clusters will be spread out  in 2020. The participants are required to attend all sessions.

General Criteria:

The Academy accepts 25-30 participants per year. Nominees from FES partner organizations are prioritized in filling up the first 10-15 slots while the remaining slots are open to the public. 

Below are the general criteria for the application:

  • 20-35 years old;
  • Young professionals working in government or non-government organizations, student leaders, activists and advocates engaged in social-political campaigns in the Philippines. Individuals from the partner organizations of FES are especially encouraged;
  • Can communicate in English;
  • Committed to the values of freedom, equality, social justice and solidarity, and plans to pursue social and political development work and political management positions.

Special Considerations for the Selection Process

Diversity among the participants and representation of various regions and cultures are encouraged by the Academy. Hence, applicants from various backgrounds (geographical location, sex, gender orientations, ethnic and religious groups in the Philippines) are encouraged to apply.

All applications are still subject to the selection process of the Academy.

Application Requirements:

Your application should contain the following documents:

  • Letter of Application addressed to FES Resident Representative Johannes Kadura
  • Accomplished Application Form (Download format here)
  • Letter of Recommendation (Download format here)
  • Interview time slot (please see “Interview Process” below)

Please send the above-mentioned documents by emailing them to You may also fax them to (632) 8632-0697 or mail it to:

Rafaela David
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Philippine Office
Unit 2804 Discovery Centre
#25 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center
1600 Pasig City, Metro Manila

Letter of Recommendation

At least one (1) letter of recommendation (download template here) should be written by a person of authority who has worked with the applicant in a particular project and/or advocacy. Please use the official recommendation letter template.

Please inform the person giving the recommendation to send the letter directly to FES via fax to (632) 8632-0697 or email it to They may also properly seal it in an envelope, sign across the seal, and (1) give it to the applicant directly for submission, or (2) mail it to: Ms. Rafaela David, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Philippine Office, Unit 2804 Discovery Centre, #25 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, 1600 Pasig City, Metro Manila.

Deadline of Application:

All application documents should be passed to FES by 25 February 2020 (Tuesday) at 11:59PM. Incomplete applications will not be entertained.

Interview Process: 

Interviews are scheduled on 05 - 06 March 2020 (Thursday-Friday). All applicants will be interviewed by the 5-member APM Selection Panel. Each interview will last for around 10-15 minutes. Please indicate your time slot in your application form (“interview time slot” section).

To check which time slots are still available, please check below in the "Interview Time Slots"  before sending your application form. We will email or call you to confirm your time slot at least 3 days before your scheduled interview.

For applicants based in Metro Manila: Interviews will be in person at the following address:

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Philippine Office
2804 Discovery Centre
#25 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center
1600 Pasig City, Metro Manila

For applicants based outside Metro Manila: Interviews will be done via Skype. Please add skype ID: rafaela.mae.david.

Please be at the FES Office at least fifteen (15) minutes before your interview. Similarly, please contact Skype ID: rafaela.mae.david at least fifteen (15) minutes before your interview.

Contact Information

For any queries or clarifications you may have, you may contact us through the following details:

Contact Person:

Rafaela David
Project Coordinator, Academy of Political Management
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Philippine Office

Mailing Address:

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Philippine Office
Unit 2804 Discovery Centre
#25 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center
1600 Pasig City, Metro Manila

+63 917-864-0143
(+632) 8634 6919
(+632) 8632-0697

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