FAQ – ELSA Delegations
Who can apply for participation in a delegation?
ELSA and ELS members may apply to be part of an ELSA delegation.
It is an advantage if you have been active in ELSA, but this is not essential. In addition, you should have some interest and knowledge about the theme of the session and the organization holding the session. If you are not a member of ELSA find the ELSA local group from your university here: http://www.elsa.dk/localgroups/.
How do I apply?
The electronic application forms can be found at the announcement on https://delegations.elsa.org/
Note that application deadlines are typically just 2 weeks. Appointment to the conference takes place within another 2 weeks.
Here https://files.elsa.org/Selection.criteria.pdf you will find the Selection Criteria guide in order to submit the application for the delegations.
I am new to ELSA; do I have a chance to join a delegation?
A high motivation could compensate for lack of ELSA experience, if you express why you believe you should be appointed. If you have little or no prior ELSA experience you should express how you will be able to represent the organization and how you will gain the necessary knowledge on ELSA prior to your participation.
Tips for applicants with little to no ELSA-experience:
- The reason this is weighed in applications is mainly because all participants will be associated with ELSA as part the delegation.
- Explain whatever positive experience you have with ELSA, even if you have not been active at all. You might support ELSA’s vision or simply have heard of an event they held at your university.
- Leave a professional expression.
- Show respect for ELSA’s corporate identity by indicating that you are willing to gather the necessary knowledge to leave externals with a good expression about ELSA.
- If you consider being active, highlight a position you may aspire to run for in the future. There could be many reasons why you are not active yet. You might for example be on your first year and focus elsewhere for the moment.
How do I find out if I have been admitted to a delegation?
The names of the selected participants will be published on www.elsa.org
In addition, ELSA will send an email to all successful applicants with further details about the conference and technical matters.
Will I be notified if my application is declined?
Unfortunately, ELSA does not send e-mail to declined applicants. In addition, you can check http://www.elsa.org for further information about the selected applicants.
In each selection process, ELSA International sees many good applications from our members. However, spots are limited and theywe can select only a few delegates each time. A rejection does not mean that you are not eligible to attend other meetings in the future.
If not selected, you are welcome to submit a new application at our next call or choose to apply for another delegation. If you think your experience might not be enough to be chosen as a delegate, try to enhance first before you re-apply.
Can I cancel my application to a delegation?
Yes, you can cancel your application before the expiration of the application deadline by writing an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens if I cancel my delegation after I have been admitted to a delegation?
You need to contact ELSA Delegations prior cancelling your application, as it may affect your future application.
Is it possible to get financial support from ELSA in connection with your expenses for accommodation and transportation?
Unfortunately, ELSA does not provide any financial support, but there might be a chance to get accommodation from ELSA local groups from the city where the delegation will be held. Further information about the opportunity of accommodation will be sent to all applicants.
Can I apply for several sessions?
It is possible to apply for several sessions. If you do so, please state in which order you wish to attend the meetings and if you wish to attend several meetings if selected. Please only state that you are willing to go as a delegate to several sessions if you are 100 % sure that this is the case. If you withdraw after the selection, this could result in you taking up a spot in a delegation on someone else’s expense
NB! Make sure to submit the correct motivation letter for each session if you apply for more than one.
Who makes the selection?
ELSA International selects the participants based on the received applications in accordance to the Selection Criteria https://files.elsa.org/Selection.criteria.pdf.
In each selection process, we see many good applications from our members. However, our spots are limited and we can select only a few delegates each time. A rejection does not mean that you are not eligible to attend other meetings in the future