Fellowship “Thinking of Europe“

Social justice, the climate crisis and digitalisation

In cooperation with the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, the Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe is awarding six fellowships across Europe in 2022. Funding is available for young educators between the ages of 18 and 27 who deal with the 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.

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 application deadline for the Thinking of Europe Fellowship 2022 is January 31, 2022. If you have any questions or need more information about the program, please feel free to contact our project manager Martha Manuela Bienert.

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Fellowship „Digital Europe“ 2021

Farah Abdi

“I am excited to be a part of this fellowship because I believe in a diversity-oriented approach when it comes to education. This is the only way we will be able to find solutions to the problems facing the world in these challenging times.”

Davit Manukyan

“In Armenia, the youth is facing obstacles in terms of self-realization in civic activism due to the lack of awareness and understanding about the political landscape and policy-making processes. I'm very happy to become a Digital Europe fellow and to have the opportunity to design a workshop that will enable young people to get involved using digital tools.”

Elena Popescu

„Being part of the Fellowship programme "Digital Europe" on democratic citizenship education brings me great happiness. One of my main goals is to design activities that treat students fairly and equally and incorporate them into the lesson plan for my NGO's future projects. So here I am, ready to take on a new challenge.”

Kansu Ekin Tanca

"I am excited to be the Digital Europe Fellow and to work on digital participation as a way to enhance democracy in the digital world. With this fellowship supported by the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and the Schwarzkopf Foundation, I will dig deeper into the rights-based approach to digital literacies for youth, develop diversity-oriented workshops and turn my insights into action."

Sounding Board 2021

Ruben Brave

“I am delighted to join the Sounding Board of the Fellowship Digital Europe because as many opportunities the European digital public sphere offers as many challenges it entails. Therefore, I want to share my experiences and expertise with the Fellows in order to prepare our youth to tackle these challenges.”

Monika Ladmanova

“Pleased to become the member of Sounding Board of the Fellowship Digital Europe and discuss how to protect democracy in the digital age.”

Andreea Belu

“I am very excited to join the Sounding Board of the important "Digital Europe" fellowship. As the European digital public sphere becomes a space of reflection and action, the role of younger generations is crucial in building a future that serves the interest of all people in the digital age. I trust the work of "Digital Europe" fellows will contribute to this goal and I am looking forward to supporting their journey.”

Mariya Atanasova

“I believe in the youth’s capacity and participation. Therefore I am happy to join the Fellowship Digital Europe as a Sounding Board member and to support our fellows and their ideas!”