Calls for international programmes for youth


Young European of the Year Award - Travel Grants


The aim of the foundation is to support the development of young people to be politically conscious and responsible personalities and to support the European process.
The Heinz-Schwarzkopf-Foundation Young Europe was founded in 1971 in Hamburg. The Foundation has an office in Berlin to co-ordinate its activities in eastern Europe.

Young European of the Year Award
Since 1991 the Foundation supports the European Youth Parliament. The EYP aims to promote the European dimension in education and to give students in the 18-26 age group the opportunity to participate in a practical, positive learning experience.

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Every year the Foundation awards in co-operation with the European Youth Parliament the "The Young European of the Year". This is an opportunity to nominate a young person between 18 and 26 years old, in the year of receiving the prize, who has dedicated themselves in a voulunteer capacity to foster understanding between peoples and/or European integration. The candidates should have achieved outstanding results and wish to actively promote their ideas in the future.
The award is financed with EUR 5.000 to be used to finance a six-month practical internship at the office of a Member of the European Parliament or another European institution.
It is also possible to use the award to finance a project which promotes European integration. 

Under the nominating persons, the organisers, will award an interrail ticket for 7days of travel within one month.

Deadline to submit nominations: 15 November 2016.
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Travel Grants
Every year the Foundation finances classical travel grants awards (EUR 550) to young people between 18 and 27 years of age and who reside in one of the 47 Council of Europe member states. In cooperation with the Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung, this year especially support will be given to youth from rural areas as well as students from vocational schools, as well as trainees. The grant should enable young people to discover and discuss the different social and political questions in the host country. The trip needs to have a specifically defined research topic regarding a current cultural or political development in the context of European integration or European identity. The journey should last between three and six weeks. For those enrolled in an internship or traineeship programme, if needed, it is possible to shorten the travel period to two weeks.

A final report on the journey and the different experiences should be written afterwards. 
Applications and reports can be submitted in German or English.

Deadline: 19 March 2017.
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Travel grants to Greece
Together with the Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung, the Schwarzkopf Foundation also grants 550 € for journeys to Greece, for people who want to get to know the country and its young people better. The travel report should discuss the topic: “How do youth tackle crises?”

The grant is intended for youngsters and young adults living in Germany for travels between three and six weeks to and inside Greece.
The applicant should not be over 27 years when traveling with this grant.

The travel report should should focus on: “How do youth tackle crises?”. It can be a blog, a vlog, an Instagram or Flickr photo story or a written analytical report. In any case the travel route and the research question should be described in a document of at least three A4 pages. The Schwarzkopf Foundation and the Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung will help the chosen awardees to work further on their report ideas. 
The reports will be published on the social media channels and online portals of the two foundations. 

Deadline: 19 March 2017.
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InterRail-Global Passes 
The InterRail-Global Passes, in cooperation with Deutsche Bahn, is a travel grant giving young people the opportunity to travel into 30 European countries including Turkey and Russia. The The grant consists of 372 € and it allows to travel on 15 days within a month. 
Young people between 17 and 27 years who have permanently lived in the EU, the Russia or Turkey may apply for this grant.
The trip has to be done under the working topic of “Protecting the climate and mobility in Europe - how can we take part in countering climate change?”. Not later than three months after the journey, the stipendiary is requested to submit a detailed report explaining the research topic, the concrete findings and a reflection on the experiences and impressions from the trip.This can be done in the form of an Instagram or Flickr photo story, a blog, a vlog or a written report. The report will be published by the Foundation.

Applications can be submitted in English or German.

Deadline: 19 March 2017, 23:50 CET.  (The trip can’t start earlier than 1st May 2017).
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All details about the travel grants and their application forms are available here.


Heinz - Schwarzkopf - Foundation Young Europe
D-10178 Berlin
+49 30 280 95 146