Fellowship “Digital Europe”

The digital public sphere and participation of young people in Europe

In cooperation with Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, the Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe awarded 4 fellowships across Europe for the first time in 2020. The program supports young educators between the ages of 18 and 27 who want to explore topics related to the (European) digital public sphere and participation, and seek to professionalize their low-threshold and diversity-oriented educational work.


Over a period of 6 months (April to September 2021), the Fellows will develop their own 45 to 90-minute workshops for students aged 13 and older, aiming to strengthen their democratic competence. The new educational formats are meant to create a space in which together they can address topics such as democratic participation in the digital space, the representation of marginalized groups through digitization, and the role of social media and social movements in a digital Europe.

Funding and support

The Fellows receive financial support of €450 per month 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. The Sounding Board supports the Fellows throughout the program, assisting in the publication of their workshop formats and providing additional content-related expertise.

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 call for applications is expected to take place in early 2022. If you have any questions before then or need more information about the program, please feel free to contact our project manager Evin Demir.

Digital Europe Fellows 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!”