Founders and partners

college of europe

The College of Europe is one of the longest established educational institutions offering one-year postgraduate European studies programs. Today, the Natolin campus is at the cutting edge of academic study of new developments in the European Union, namely the EU’s relations with its neighbours and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). In 2012, the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair was established at the Natolin campus to respond to the increasing needs for a more comprehensive appreciation of the integration process, coupled with an understanding of the EU’s relations with the neighbours. Thanks to scholarships offered by the European Commission and a number of EU Member States, the Natolin Campus hosts a continuously growing number of students coming from the ENP countries.



The Polish American Freedom Foundation

The Polish-American Freedom Foundation was established in the U.S. by the Polish-American Enterprise Fund (PAEF). In 2000, the Foundation opened its Representative Office in Poland. The Foundation finances its activities from revenues generated by its endowment, the source of which is the Polish-American Enterprise Fund. The Fund has so far transferred $250 million to the endowment. Since 2000 the Foundation has disbursed more than $140 million for its programs. The Polish-American Freedom Foundation acts to bolster civil society, democracy and market economy in Poland, including efforts to promote equal opportunities for personal and social development. At the same time, it supports transformation processes in other countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The Foundation pursues its goals through programs implemented in the following areas: initiatives in education; development of local communities; sharing the Polish experiences in transformation. In Poland, the Foundation focuses on initiatives that help level the playing field in education as well as unleash and reinforce citizens’ potential, particularly in villages and small towns. The Foundation’s programs are designed and conducted with the active participation of third sector institutions, which assume the role of managers of the PAFF’s programs.

The Leaders of Change Foundation co-organizes WEASA on behalf of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation.



The German Marshall Fund of the United States

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan.

GMF contributes research and analysis and convenes leaders on transatlantic issues relevant to policymakers. GMF offers rising leaders opportunities to develop their skills and networks through transatlantic exchange, and supports civil society in the Balkans and Black Sea regions by fostering democratic initiatives, rule of law, and regional cooperation.

Founded in 1972 as a non-partisan, nonprofit organization through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has offices in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, and Warsaw. GMF also has smaller representations in Bratislava, Turin, and Stockholm.




WEASA 2018 and 2019 are also supported by the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission


The mission of the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission is to strengthen the cultural and academic ties between Poland and the United States.

The Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission administers the Fulbright Program, the flagship educational and cultural exchange endeavor of the United States. The Program in Poland provides Polish students and academics with competitive, merit-based grants to the United States, and U.S. citizens with similar exchange opportunities to Poland. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Since its inception approximately 400,000 Fulbright grantees have participated in the program, contributing to the increase of mutual understanding across cultures and nations.