Who is the programme for?

The Women’s Academy for Rural Innovation is specifically designed for women over 18 years old, connected to rural areas and with an interest in harnessing the potential of technology within their communities. No matter their background or experience to date, the programme is looking for women who want to make a difference – whether they are specialists in agriculture, engineering, or eco-tourism, or whether they regard themselves as farmers, businesswomen or digital nomads. The programme welcomes everyone and is tailored to helping participants acquire the skills needed to lead Europe’s rural areas into the forefront of the digital revolution.

Who created this programme?

In an effort to support European talent and foster innovation throughout the Union, it is the goal of HUAWEI’s EU Office to design and fund initiatives aimed at providing training, upskilling and reskilling opportunities to European citizens, so that they can harness the full potential of the digital era.

How do I apply?

You can apply right from this website! All you need to do is to complete the online application and submit your form by 27th of September 2022, 23.59h CET.


What is the application deadline?

The final day for submissions for The Women’s Academy for Rural Innovation in its inaugural edition is 27th of September 2022, 23.59h CET.

What happens if I am selected?

If our distinguished Jury considers that you are the most suitable candidate from your country to participate in the programme, you will receive a full scholarship covering all expenses - including travel to Spain and back; accommodation, transportation and meals in Spain; conference materials and any other important elements.

Once you receive the notification and accept to join the programme, you will be contacted by an agent to proceed with your travel arrangements. You will also receive a participants’ kit with all the information you will need to prepare for your trip.

How will my application be judged?

Our judges will be looking for candidates that demonstrate initiative and are eager to make a difference in their region. They will be interested in the work you have undertaken to date and in your future plans and ambitions for your rural area. They will want to learn about you and understand what motivates you and drives you forward. So don’t hold back – give a clear explanation of your situation, your ideas and your aspirations.

When will I know if I have been selected?

All applicants will receive an email from us by early October 2022. The email will let you know whether or not you have been selected to join the programme. If you cannot find this email in your inbox, try the spam folder or give the system time to refresh. Once all emails have been sent out, an announcement will also be posted on the European Leadership Academy’s social media accounts. Make sure you follow them to stay up to date.

How much does the programme cost?

Nothing! Participation is free and all the selected participants will receive a full scholarship to attend. This is a core pillar of our equal opportunities policy, and a key part of our ongoing efforts to make sure that no one is left behind in the digital era.

Who will be teaching the courses?

Because our programme is unique, we have been able to attract numerous top-level experts, business professionals and policymakers from across Europe who will be able to share their knowledge and act as mentors in helping you to unleash your full potential.

What is in it for me?

The week-long programme is designed to open your eyes to the possibilities that exist in the digital era. Expert mentors and teachers will guide you in understanding how you can take advantage of new technologies and innovation to make real advances in your rural area. Advances in the type of work that you do and also in the opportunities open to other women and future generations.
You will network with experts and also learn from the other participants as you share experiences and create friendships.
At the end of the programme you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Huawei EU, confirming that you have followed the course and have an understanding of key policies and economic principles that will be valuable in placing your area on the map.