Travel grants

Our travel grants are designed to give young people the opportunity to travel in other European countries. They aim at promoting deeper understanding of specific cultural or political aspects of European integration on the ground.

The application period for 2017 is now closed. Successful applicants will be contacted by mid-April. The next application round will start in March 2018.

The regular travel grant: 550 €

You decide how you will spend the 550 € on your trip. You will receive 400 € at the beginning of your journey, and the other 150 € after submitting your travel report. The grant holders can decide freely which part of the travel costs will be covered by the grant. More Information on this travel grant you can find here.
In cooperation with the Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung, we will this year especially support youth from rural areas as well as students from vocational schools, as well as trainees.

Travel grants to Greece

Together with the Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung we also grant 550 € for journeys to Greece, for people who want to get to know the country and its young people better. Call for travel grants to Greece

The InterRail Global Pass: traveling in 30 European countries

Additionally, the Schwarzkopf Foundation offers InterRail Global Passes, which young people can use to travel for one month in 30 European countries including Russia and Turkey. For more information on the InterRail Global Passes read here

What should you do while traveling?

The journey should take place in 2017 and shouldn’t start later than September. You are free to choose your own travel destination(s) but also have to book the necessary accommodations and plan the whole journey by yourself. It’s important that you are willing to produce a travel report on a question which is relevant on a European level. You should do your research on one of the following questions:

How are young people in Europe handling the current (economic/ political/refugee etc.) crises?
What is part of European identity?
How do young people participate in society?

The report can be submitted as an Instagram or Flickr photo story, a video diary, a blog series, or a written report.

How to apply

Fill in the application form. Before starting please think about a good topic for your research and also consider what kind of documentation you would like to submit (Photos, Videos, Blog etc.). The Schwarzkopf Foundation helps its grant holders to further develop their ideas for the travel reports, but still you shouldn’t underestimate this part of your application because it, together with your motivation to do the trip, are important criteria that we take into account when choosing this year’s grantees.
The Deadline is March 19, 2017, 11:59 pm. If you have any open questions, please contact Anna Saraste at a.saraste(a)

Other conditions

It is only possible to apply for a travel grant if you have permanent residence in one of the Council of Europe member states. The travel grants don’t cover the travel costs of conferences, language courses or traineeships, but only for travel projects in Europe. You should travel alone, since we don’t issue travel grants to working pairs or groups. For financial documentation we only ask for some receipts from your trip as proof of travel.
It is not possible to combine the InterRail Global Pass and the regular travel grant. Please choose which one you apply for.

Did not find on this page an answer to what you were looking for? It that case please consult our travel grant FAQ.

Travel Reports

        • Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetAfter the journey, our grantees are requested to submit a detailed report, not only reflecting on their experiences and impressions from their trips, but also explaining how they approached their research topic and what they found out. Here, you can find a selection of past reports.


Please contact Ms Anna Saraste.