A Program for Supporting Local Social Projects in Turkey

The SivilLAB program focused on social processes outside of Turkey’s biggest cities. Three young, socially committed people from Germany were sent as Robert Bosch SivilLAB Fellows to Central and Southeastern Anatolia from May 2016 to July 2017 to conceptualize and implement projects that contribute to strengthening civic cooperation at the local level. The fellows stayed in Eskişehir, Kayseri, and Istanbul/Diyarbakır. They were hosted by a local institution - the Tepebaşı Municipality in Eskişehir, the Abdullah Gül University in Kayseri, and Anadolu Kültür in Istanbul/Diyarbakır.

In close collaboration with the host institution and local initiatives, the fellows developed and carried out innovative projects, gave new input to the societal discourse, supported the professionalization of local civic structures, and initiated networking at a local and international level in order to create sustainable collaborations between Turkey and Germany.

The fellows got the opportunity to gain practice-based advanced training in international project management.

SivilLAB was a collaboration of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Goethe-Institut Ankara. The Goethe-Institut Ankara supported the fellows and was responsible for the coordination of their stay.


Goethe-Institut Ankara
Nurlana Jalil Akar
Phone: +90 (0)312 4714141-229

Contact at the Foundation

Eva Gondorová
Phone: +49 (0)711 46084-858