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. 

Deadline to submit nominations: 15 December 2017, 23:59 CET.
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Travel Grants
Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe and Airbnb are awarding travel grants (EUR 550) to young people between 18 and 27 years of age and who permanently reside in one of the Council of Europe member states or Kosovo. 
The grant should enable young people to explore Europe and personally document it. The trip needs to have a specifically defined research on one of the following questions:

– What makes you feel welcome in a city and how does a city welcome you?
– How can you meet people in a new city?
– How can you connect with others and seek contact to them?
– What helps you to feel connected to the city?
– Where do you look for information on social events and how do you join them?
– How did you experience the idea of European identity on your trip?

The report can be submitted as a photo report with background information, a video diary, a blog series, or a written report.
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.

The travel grant amounts to 550 € (five hundred and fifty euros). The grantee will be paid 400 € at the beginning of the journey and 150 € after presenting the report.
The travel grants don’t cover the travel costs of conferences, language courses or traineeships, but only for travel projects in Europe. 

A final report on the journey and the different experiences should be written afterwards. The report needs to include an explanation of how the research topic was addressed, the concrete findings and reflection on the experiences and impressions from the trip. 

Applications and reports can be submitted in German or English.

Deadline: 6 August 2017, 23:59 CEST.
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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.