Young European of the Year 2022

Nominations for this year's award are closed. The winner will be announced shortly!

We are looking for young, committed young people between the age of 18 and 26 who make Europe a better place through their engagement to a pluralistic, open European society of solidarity or to fight against injustice and all forms of discrimination. Through their commitment and dedication, they inspire other young people and show leadership and responsibility in their field of engagement.

Last year’s award winner is Constantin-Alexandru Manda from Romania, who is campaigning for fair and equal education for all children in his country. In 2013, at just the age of 14, he founded one of Romania’s first student associations and succeeded in getting the Romanian government to guarantee a minimum scholarship for every child in need. Find out more about Alexandru and other awardees of recent years here.

What is there to win?

The prize is endowed with 5000 €, which can be used for an internship in a European institution. It is also possible to use the grant to finance a project which promotes European integration and solidarity. Such a project must follow the aims of the Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe and needs the approval of the Foundation’s board to be accepted.

In addition, the winner will automatically be part of the jury of the Schwarzkopf Europe Award. We will promote visibility for their cause through events, our large European network and support in public relations.

Who can win the Award?

To be eligible for nomination, the nominee must be between 18 and 26 years old and active in at least one of the member states of the Council of Europe in the ways described above.

Who is part of the jury?

A jury consisting of the managing director of the Schwarzkopf Foundation, a representative of the European Commission in Germany, a representative of the European Youth Forum and former award winners will decide who will receive the award.

We are looking forward to receiving your nominations!

Any questions?