Our Mission

The Schwarzkopf Foundation’s vision is a Europe of openness, solidarity and democracy and a tolerant, open-minded and pluralistic European civil society. We want to empower young people from all backgrounds to be active European citizens contributing to a pluralistic, democratic society and mutual understanding.


Our events promote the dialogue between young people, decision makers, experts and time witnesses and create a space for the exchange of ideas.

European Youth Parliament

The peer-to-peer network of the EYP aims to inspire and empower young Europeans to become open-minded, tolerant and active citizens.


Our seminars grant the participants a wide ranging training offer about democracy and diversity in Europe.

Awards & Travel Grants

Annually we grant the Young European Award, the Schwarzkopf Europe Award and the Margot Friedländer Award. In addition, we support ca. 80 travel grantees on their journey through Europe.

Young Islam Conference

Our new programme line promotes dialogue between young people and takes up questions on our migration society.

Target group

All young European between 14 and 28 are welcome to join our programmes. You can actively shape our projects as a participant, a trainer or as a multiplier.


Through our projects we offer young Europeans a platform for encounters and exchange. By doing so we try to foster their personal development and give them possibilites to engage further in the civil society.

Your voice counts

We believe in a close and open dialogue with young persons from all over Europe. This grants us an insight into the topics that are most relevant to you.

We mourn for Ilka Keuper

The Schwarzkopf Foundation has the sad duty to announce the death of its long-standing managing director llka Keuper, born 22.3.1943, died 11.11.2020. The foundation is deeply thankful for her long lasting and outstanding commitment and her dedication for a liberal, peaceful Europe. We will not forget her.

We are looking for the Young European of the Year 2021

You know someone, who is dedicated to fight for a more just, pluralistic and solidary European society? Then nominate the Young European of the Year 2021. The deadline for nomination is 14 February, for more information click here.

Fellowships 2021

In cooperation with SPIEGEL Ed and Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, we offer two Fellowship-Programs for young educators in 2021. Awardees are given the possibility and support to develop new low-threshold & diversity-oriented workshops for students on digitalization, media and democracy. For more information on the programs and on how to apply can be found here.

Veranstaltung 'Demokratie foerdern, Vielfalt gestalten, Extremismus vorbeugen' in Berlin, 23.01.2020. Copyright: Florian Gaertner/ photothek.net

Competence network starts

Together with four other organizations, the Schwarzkopf Foundation will become part of the competence network “Living Together in the Immigration Society”, funded by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs and Senior Citizens within the framework of the federal program “Demokratie Leben!”. More information can be found here.

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