Fellowship “Thinking of Europe“

Social justice, the climate crisis and digitalisation

In cooperation with the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, the Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe has awarded five fellowships across Europe for 2022. The funding support young educators between the ages of 18 and 27 who deal with issues related to social justice, the climate crisis and the digitalisation of Europe; and for those who want to professionalise their commitment to diversity-oriented educational work.

Content and goals

Over a period of six months (March to August 2022), the Fellows will develop their own 45- to 90-minute workshops aimed at students aged 13 and above. The aim is to strengthen the democratic competence of youth and young adults through these new formats and to create a space where they can together address questions such as: How can social justice be strengthened in Europe? How can we tackle the climate crisis? What role does digitalisation play for young people? For the fellows, the programme offers a distinct opportunity to professionalise their social commitment, activism and passion for educational work.

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Our 2022 Fellows introduce themselves. Video: Laurent Hoffmann | Music: Joakim Karud

Funding and support

The Fellows receive financial support of €450 per month for a funding period of half a year as well as pedagogical counselling from Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and the Schwarzkopf Foundation. The program also includes networking and training seminars in which the Fellows are advised by pedagogy and media experts (e.g. journalists, video and audio producers) on inclusion and media education.

Project stages

The Fellowship consists of the following project stages:

  • During the conception phase, the Fellows develop their workshop idea and test it in heterogeneous learning settings at secondary, vocational and comprehensive schools. Based on the insights gained from this testing, the workshop’s content and didactic methods are evaluated and developed further.
  • At the European Summer School, the Fellows present their workshops to experienced Peers from our network. In an open discussion, the new formats are examined together to provide the Fellows with more perspectives and ideas on how to improve their projects.
  • At the end of the program, the workshops are published and made available as an Open Education Resource in order to benefit as many students as possible.

How can I become a Fellow?

The next round of applications will take place in spring 2023. If you have any questions or need more information about the program, please feel free to contact our project manager Martha Manuela Bienert.

Fellows 2022

Sefa Adzua

“As a woman of color I believe that the topic of social injustice needs to be talked about more. We live in a society, where everyone is responsible for everyone.”

Lisa Glybchenko

“As an artist and peacebuilder, I am very excited to create new artistic digital educational experiences about visual peace technology for young people across Europe and beyond.”

Thanh Nguyen Van

“The mix of networking and media trainings will allow me to design an interesting workshop. I am very curious to which degree I am able to transfer new impulses on the top challenges of our century to young adults.”

Samira Brahimi

“I’m thrilled to be an Understanding Europe Fellow and to create an educational format focused on inclusivity and racism because this approach was missing in my educational experience.”

Leonor Amaral

This fellowship will allow me to combine my educational experience and my identity to create a space for young people on the topic of disability – a space, which is very needed in the lives of young Europeans.
“Digital Europe“

Our 2021 Fellowship

Our 2021 Fellowship Programme supported four Fellows in strenghtening the democratic competences of young people in the digital space. They developed workshops on digital participation, the representation of marginalized groups through digitization, and the role of social media and social movements in a digital Europe. Get to know the Fellows and their workshops here!