Young European of the Year

About the award

The award for the “Young European of the Year” is given to young Europeans aged between 18 and 26 years who have distinguished themselves in an exemplary manner concerning their honorary commitment and dedication in the support of international understanding and/or the integration of Europe.

The award sum is € 5.000. The award is intended to finance a six-month internship with a Member of the European Parliament or at another European institution. It is also possible to use the grant to finance a project which promotes European integration. Such a project has to follow the aims of the Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe and needs the approval of the Foundation’s board in order to be accepted.

Speeches and laudatios for the past Young Europeans of the Year can be found here.

Call for nominations: Nominate the next Young European of the Year 2019!


Everyone can be nominated who

… is at least 18 years old and not older than 26 by the end of 2019

… shows a remarkable commitment to European integration or international cooperation in Europe

… active in at least one of the member states of the Council of Europe


You can nominate a candidate here until December 31, 2018. The top nominees will be invited to an individual interview in Berlin in front of a jury in spring 2019. The jury consists of representatives of the European Youth Forum, the Representation of the European Commission in Germany, the Schwarzkopf Foundation and former awardees and will decide who will be the Young European of the year 2019. The award ceremony will take place in Brussels in April 2019.

Why Young European of the Year?

The winner will receive 5,000 euros for an internship at a European institution or for his or her own project. Furthermore, the winner will get access to a huge European network and will be part of the group of young dedicated Europeans.

Who is responsible for the award?

The European of the Year Award is a cooperation between the European Youth Forum, Representation of the European Commission in Germany and the Schwarzkopf Foundation.

Any questions?

Ask your questions here:

Before 2008:

2007 – Paul de Kuijer (the Netherlands)

2006 – Burcu Becermen (Turkey)

2005 – Tamas Boros (Hungary)

2004 – Anar Jahangirli (Azerbaijan)

2003 – Adrian Langan (Ireland)

2002 – Mjellma Mehmeti (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

2001 – Daciana Oana Mailatescu (Romania)

2000 – Tobias Bütow (Germany)

1999 – Lola Stoppleman de Almudévar (Great Britain)

1998 – Michael Schmitt (Germany)

1997 – David Stulik (Czech Republic)

The “Schwarzkopf Europe Award” is awarded to institutions or public figures who have distinguished themselves in an outstanding way by a committed and dedicated service to either European understanding or the growing together of Europe.

The Margot Friedländer Award calls on young people to deal with the Shoah, remembrance work and human engagement against exclusion, anti-Semitism and racism in the present.

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.

Curious how the foundation developed from its founding by Pauline Schwarzkopf 1971 in Hamburg and becoming the umbrella organisation for the EYP in 2004? Find out more about the foundation and its motivation.

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