You want to travel through Europe to meet new people and understand them better? If you are between 17 and 27 years old and you are looking for a way to fund your journey, you can apply for a Schwarzkopf Foundation travel grant until March 19, 2017. Since 1971 the Schwarzkopf Foundation works to involve young people in politics and spark enthusiasm for European integration. You decide how you will spend the 550 € on your trip. You will receive 400 € at the beginning of your journey, and the other 150 € after submitting your travel report. The grant holders can decide freely which part of the travel costs will be covered by the grant.
In cooperation with the Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung, the Foundation will this year especially support youth from rural areas as well as students from vocational schools, as well as trainees. The journey should take place in 2017 and shouldn’t start later than September. You are free to choose your own travel destination(s) but also have to book the necessary accommodations and plan the whole journey by yourself. It’s important that you are willing to produce a travel report on a question which is relevant on a European level. You should do your research on one of the following questions: How are young people in Europe handling the current (economic/ political/refugee etc.) crises? What is part of European identity? How do young people participate in society? The report can be submitted as an Instagram or Flickr photo story, a video diary, a blog series, or a written report reflecting on their experiences and impressions from their trips, but also explaining how they approached their research topic and what they found out.
Think about a good topic for your research and also consider what kind of documentation you would like to submit (Photos, Videos, Blog etc.). The Schwarzkopf Foundation helps its grant holders to further develop their ideas for the travel reports, but still don’t underestimate this part of your application because it, together with your motivation to do the trip, are important criteria that the Foundation take into account when choosing this year’s grantees. It is only possible to apply for a travel grant if you have permanent residence in one of the Council of Europe member states. The travel grants don’t cover the travel costs of conferences, language courses or traineeships, but only for travel projects in Europe. You should travel alone, since there are no travel grants to working pairs or groups.
The deadline to submit the online application form is March 19, 2017, 11:59 pm.
For more information, please see the official announcement.