FELLOWSHIP THINKING OF EUROPESocial Justice, Sustainability and Digitalisation
THINKING OF EUROPE FELLOWSHIP
Thinking of Europe is a fellowship programme jointly offered by the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and the Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe, which awards six fellowships to young educators so that they can share their knowledge with other young people. The fellows develop and deliver workshops on one of the following three topic areas:
- European climate policy and climate justice
- Diversity and social inequalities in Europe
- Digitalisation and (social) media in Europe
The fellowship programme aims to promote education on democracy and Europe, and to strengthen young people’s participation and agency.
During the six-month fellowship, the fellows receive a monthly stipend of 450 euros as well as advice and support from the project partners’ educational experts. The programme also includes networking and training seminars where the fellows can learn more about inclusion and acquire advanced skills in areas such as media production. At the end of the project, the results of their work are published.
WHO CAN APPLY?
The fellowship is aimed at young Europeans aged 18 to 27 who already have some initial practical experience in diversity-oriented educational work, preferably in the field of peer education.
Previous practical experience with audio-visual media would be helpful for the task of creating new workshops, but is not essential. Being able to speak multiple languages would be a plus.
HOW IS THE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME STRUCTURED?
The fellowship consists of three project stages:
- Conception phase: The fellows develop their workshop idea and test it at various types of secondary school. Afterwards, the workshop’s content and teaching methods are evaluated and refined.
- European Summer School: The fellows present their workshops to members of the educational network Understanding Europe.
- Closing event: At the end of the programme, the workshops are published and made available as open educational resources.
Leonor is currently studying in The Hague/Netherlands and is looking forward to combining her educational experience and identity to create a space for young people to get introduced to the topic of disability. "In our path towards Disability Justice, it is important to introduce it to young people, so we can destigmatise it to create an equal tomorrow," Leonor says.
Sefa is currently studying in Vienna/Austria and wants to deal with the issues of social injustice and its impact on society. "We live in a society, where everyone is responsible for everyone, which means holding people accountable for the actions, yet also speaking out in situations of injustice," Sefa says.
Samira is currently studying in Verona/Italy, and is motivated to create an educational format focused intensely on inclusivity and racism. 'We can't just spread the mantra 'Racism is bad' in education; we have to explore the causes deeply, the effects and how it is shown, applied, and perpetuated,' Samira says.
Lisa is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Tampere/Finland and wants to focus on the power of art in the context of peacebuilding. "I want to create new artistic, digital educational experiences about visual peace technology for young people across Europe and beyond," says Lisa.
Maryse is currently studying in Paris/France and wants to focus on the rise of anti-semitic content during the pandemic and how we can prevent extremism on social media. "I strongly wish to pursue this commitment through the rightful values transmitted by the European Union," Maryse says.
Thanh is currently working in Munich/Germany and wants to explore digitalization and its opportunities in an educational context. "I am convinced that we need to inspire young people to use interactive and digital tools. That's the only way Europe's youth will become a digital youth", Thanh says.