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.

Photo: Iisa Arvelin

+++ Application closes March 18th, 2018, 23:59 PM CET +++


You are adventurous and want to explore Europe?

You are interested in getting to know a new country or culture and want to report on it?

You are between 18 and 27 years of age and live in one of the 47 countries part of the Council of Europe?

You have not been able to travel much internationally so far?

A  travel grant of Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe could be a perfect match for you!


Why travel grants?

Europe means diversity. Experiencing this diversity is corner stone of European integration. Many young Europeans, however, do not get to travel internationally. For them, Europe remains unknown. By awarding travel grants, the Schwarzkopf Foundation seeks to enlarge the number of young travelers in Europe, which in turn fosters European integration and peaceful cooperation on our continent.

Who can apply?

We explicitly want to sponsor young Europeans, who so far have not traveled abroad only for a short period of time.  We are also particularly looking for applicants with a migration background, those living in rural areas, those attending vocational school, and those with a non-university track. Most of our travel grants also require to be between the ages of 18 and 27 and to live in a European country. All details on this can be found in the grants’ terms & conditions.

Who should not apply?

We want to enable more Europeans to travel. Thus, if you have already traveled much privately or if you have been part of exchange programmes such as ERASMUS+, our travel grants are not for you. You should also not apply, if you are looking for a way to cover international traveling costs for attending a third-party event, such as a conference, a summer school, or other personal plans.

What is expected of me?

Our travel grants enable young Europeans to experience Europe. This should always take place by addressing a specific topic or question. The bigger topic is provided by our project partners (more on that below), the specific research focus, however, is up to you. All travelers should conduct their independent research (interviews, surveys, etc.) and document their findings. The documentation can take the form of a written report, but can also be a series of photographs, a series of meaningful Instagram posts, a vlog, or a diary. You are responsible for planning your trip, finding accommodation, and selecting your travel destinations. All travels should be completed individually, e.g. not with friends or as part of a bigger group.

When should the trip take place and how long should it last?

All sponsored trips should not start before May 1st, 2018 and be completed by September 30th, 2018. Trips should be between three and six weeks long. If you are enrolled in a vocational training, a trip of two weeks is also acceptable.

What travel grants can I apply for?

We have five travel grants you can choose from. All of them seek to foster European youth mobility. However, there are some differences in regards to thematic focus as well as some additional requirements and applicants’ profiles.  You can only apply for one travel grant.

Travel grants on the topic of “Populism in Europe” (Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung)

In cooperation with the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, the Schwarzkopf Foundation awards 40 travel grants worth 1200€. This grant focuses on various forms of populism in Europe. Travelers address this topic independently and pick their own approach and specific focus. Additionally, travelers are required to attend a preparatory meeting in Berlin 27-29 April, as well as a debrief meeting 12-14 October (tbc). This grant specifically calls for youth with migration or refugee background to apply.

Travel grants to Greece (Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung)

In cooperation with the Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung, the Schwarzkopf Foundation awards travel grants worth 600€ to visit and explore Greece. Travelers must have permanent residency in Germany and should address this question: “How do young people in Greece deal with the crises?”

“Open Borders in Europe” – traveling with the Interrail-Global Pass (Deutsche Bahn)

In cooperation with Deutsche Bahn, the Schwarzkopf Foundation awards Interrail-Glabal Passes, enabling you to travel up to 30 countries in Europe for up to one month. This travel grant focuses on “open borders in Europe”. Travelers do independent research on this topic by applying their own focus and document their findings on video.

Travel grants on the topic “Future of Europe” (Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände (BDA))

In cooperation with the Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Arbeitgeberverbände (BDA), the Schwarzkopf Foundation awards travel grants worth 600€ to research relevant trends and future developments in Europe. Travelers pick their own topic in regards to one of these questions:

  1. What effects do open borders have on life in Europe?
  2. What opportunities come along with digitalization in the workplace?
  3. Vocational training in Europe – what works well?
  4. What projects support combating climate change in Europe?

Travel grants for young people without a university track (Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung)

In cooperation with Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung, the Schwarzkopf Foundation awards travel grants worth 600€ to those young people, who do not hold an Abitur or an equivalent high-school degree allowing university track. Of course, everybody may apply for any travel grant, however, this one explicitly sponsors non-university-track youngsters. Travelers must have permanent residency in Germany.

How can I apply?

You can apply by filling out this form.

Before starting the form, decide which travel grant you want to apply for (you can only file one application). Read the terms and conditions of that travel grant carefully. Think about your research focus with the bigger topic of the travel grant in mind. Also, prepare ideas regarding the documentation of your research – will you use photos, videos, regular blog posts, or a written report to summarize and analyze your findings?

The Schwarzkopf Foundation supports selected travelers to further develop their ideas and research project. However, you should really give this part of the application some thought, as it is most relevant in the selection process.

Application ends March 18th, 2018, 11:59 PM CET.

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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.