Fellowship 2023

Thinking of Europe in Times of Transformation

In cooperation with the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft , the Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe awards four fellowships for network members across Europe for 2023. The funding supports young educators between the ages of 18 and 27 who deal with issues related to Europe, participation, social justice, and the climate crisis.

Content and goals

This year each of the four Fellows will work on one of the following course topics: Europe, Participation, Social Justice and Climate Justice. Based on a needs analysis they will conduct within the network, they will update the courses (on the basis of our toolbox structure) with new perspectives, examples, methods and inclusive approaches. For the Fellows, the program offers a distinct opportunity to professionalize in the area of ​​​​​​​​diversity-oriented non-formal education and format development and to contribute to the success of our course offer for schools.

Funding and support

The Fellows receive financial support of €450 per month for a funding period of half a year as well as pedagogical counseling from the Understanding Europe team and mentors (experts in educational matters and on the respective topics).

Project stages

The Fellowship consists of the following project stages: after carrying out a needs analysis with the network the Fellows will updating one of the four courses of Understanding Europe. Then, they will test the reworked courses at schools and with the network. In a last step, the Fellows present the new courses at the European Summer School (August 24-27 in Berlin).

Obligations as a Fellow

  • You produce monthly short videos or social media posts (including 5-7 interviews with selected experts and civil society)
  • You are required to participate in the three main events

How can I become a Fellow?

The next call for applications will be published in early 2024. If you have any questions or need more information about the program, please feel free to contact our project manager Ane Cenecorta .

Fellows 2023

Daniela Cappuccio

"Being part of this fellowship represents an opportunity for me to optimize the huge already existing potential of Understanding Europe and make the project even more of an engaging, fun, diverse and formative educational experience. Understanding Europe, in addressing the topic of Europe, offers an important tool to face today and tomorrow's challenges as young, aware and active citizens."

David Yildirim

“As an indigenous person and journalist, one of my main concerns is to highlight the complexity of social injustice in Europe. It is essential for the further development of Europe to convey these mechanisms of oppression and lived realities of marginalized people to younger Europeans in an appropriate setting so that life in Europe can be perceived in its entirety.”

Julia Kikel

“In an era of climate change, I believe raising awareness of climate (in)justice is a vital step in taking shared responsibility to look after our planet and to adopt more sustainable lifestyles. I am therefore looking forward to helping establish the existing courses addressing climate justice more firmly in our course repertoire.”

Mariana Baptista

“I am thrilled to have been selected for this fellowship program as I will be able to contribute to the future of the network, by revising the participation workshop, while investing in my personal and professional growth.”