Deadlines: 01 March or 01 September
Open to: young person between 18 and 28 years old who has dedicated themselves in a particular way to European communication and integration
Grant: InterRail-Global Pass for 30 European countries, including Turkey, equivalent to 399,– €
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 16-22-age group the opportunity to participate in a practical, positive learning experience. For further information on this WEBPAGE
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 28 years old who has dedicated themselves in a particular way to European communication and integration. The award is financed with EUR 5.000 to be used to finance a six-month practical traineeship with 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.
Every year the Foundation finances 20 to 30 travel fellowships for young people (EUR 550). The Fellowship should enable young people to discover and discuss the different social and political questions in the host country. A final report on the journey and the different experiences should be written afterwards. There is a contest on the best travel reports at the end of every year.
Non-German young people may only get funding for travelling in Germany and should have a certain knowledge of the German language.
The deadline for applications for travel scholarships are each year on 1 March and 1 September.
Applications should arrive approximately eight weeks before the start of the journey.
The application forms are in German. For the Young European of the Year Award you may also contact the European Youth Parliament in your country. You can find a list of addresses on WEBPAGE
The InterRail-Global Passes is a travel grant giving young people the opportunity to travel into 30 European countries including Turkey during a period up to one month.
The ticket is usually sold for EUR 399.
Young people between 17 and 25 years who have permanently lived in the EU, the Commonwealth of Independent States or Turkey for at least six month at the time of application may apply for this grant.
The trip needs to have a specifically defined research topic regarding a current cultural or political development in the context of European integration which needs to be explained and elaborated in the application. 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.The report will be published by the Foundation.
The trip has to be planned and needs to last a minimum of three and a maximum of six weeks.
Find out more on WEBPAGE