Travel Grants

The Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe believes that European diversity can best be understood by experiencing it. Our travel grants seek to enable young Europeans to explore and discover their continent, while tackling current political or social questions. By travelling, grantees becomes ambassadors for a united Europe.

The application process is now closed. Thank you for the great applications! We are currently reading the applications and will inform the awardees via E-Mail from 20th May onwards. We kindly ask you to refrain from messages concerning the application status due to high application numbers.

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Travel grants 2019

+++ Application closes 1st May, 2019, 23:59 PM CET +++

You are adventurous and want to explore Europe?
You have not been able to travel much internationally so far?
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 member states of the EU, Russia or Turkey?

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 travellers 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 travelled abroad only for a short period of time. Applications by young people with a migration history, those living in rural areas, those attending vocational school, and those with a non-university track are explicitly welcomed. Most of our travel grants also require to be between the ages of 18 and 27 and to live in one of the member states of the EU, Russia or Turkey.

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 travelling 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 travellers 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, 2019 and be completed by December 30th, 2019, if no other agreement has been made. 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 two 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.

“What connects Europe?” – travelling with the Interrail-Global Pass (Deutsche Bahn)

In cooperation with Deutsche Bahn, the Schwarzkopf Foundation awards 35 Interrail-Glabal Passes in total, enabling you to travel up to 30 countries in Europe for up to one month. This travel grant focuses on “What connects Europe?”. Travellers do independent research on this topic by applying their own focus and document their findings on video. Applicants can choose between a 2-month, 15 day-travelling pass or a 1-month, 7 day travelling pass. In any case, this has to be stated in the application. Applicants have to reside in one of the member states of the European Union, Russia oder Turkey.
 More information on the Interrail-Global Pass travel grants 

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

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

o Labour mobility in the EU – Importance of cross-border work for employees and companies
o Chances of digitization for economy and working world

Travellers also share their impressions and experiences in regular photo posts. Applicants have to reside in one of the member states of the EU.

More information on the travel grants on the topic “Future of Europe” 

How can I apply?
You can apply by filling out the form on our Website. 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 travellers 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 1st May , 11:59 PM CET. If you have Questions beforehand, feel free to contact travelgrants(at) Decisions on winners of the travel grants will be communicated mid-May.

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