Fellowships for young educators


What issues around digitalisation and social media matter to young people? How should Europe respond to the climate crisis and what role does the younger generation have to play? What social inequalities exist in Europe and how can marginalised groups be supported?
We work with young Europeans to come up with answers to these and other questions, and present visions of Europe from diverse perspectives. Since 2021, the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and the Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe have been awarding fellowships to young people from across Europe who actively engage with social and political issues. In our fellowship programmes Thinking of Europe and Digital Europe, they develop peer education workshops for other members of the younger generation.
Our fellowship programmes help to strengthen young Europeans’ representation and participation in political processes. Peer-based democratic education by and for young people helps to give them a sense of agency and empowerment.


In 2023, the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and the Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe are awarding four fellowships.

This year’s focus will be on enriching and refining the existing workshop modules and topics. The four fellows, who will be selected from the Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe’s existing Understanding Europe (UE) network, will be working on one of the following topics: Europe, participation, social justice, climate justice. Based on a needs analysis conducted within the UE network, the fellows will update the workshop modules with new perspectives, examples, methods and inclusive approaches. This will be done using the UE toolbox.

The fellows will receive training, coaching and mentoring. They will also have the chance to meet other young educational experts at a kick-off workshop and at the European Summer School in Berlin from 24 to 27 August.

The programme offers fellows a unique professional development opportunity. They will gain experience developing and delivering non-formal educational content with a diversity focus, and make a valuable contribution to the UE schools workshop programme.

For further information please contact Christopher Büdeker.



Daniela Cappuccio

Daniela Cappuccio from Pordenone/Italy, is half Italian and half Colombian and as such values the importance of being openminded. For her, the fellowship is an opportunity “to optimize the huge already existing potential of Understanding Europe and make the project even more of an engaging, fun, diverse and formative educational experience.”

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Julia Kikel

Julia Kikel studies Psychology at the University of Vienna and is already for many years an active member of the Understanding Europe Network. For the the fellowship is a chance to further engage with the topic of climate justice:

“In an era of climate change, I believe raising awareness of climate (in)justice is a vital step in taking shared responsibility to look after our planet and to adopt more sustainable lifestyles. I am therefore looking forward to helping establish the existing courses addressing climate justice more firmly in our course repertoire.”

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Mariana Baptista

Mariana Baptista from Portugal studies international law and is currently doing an Erasmus semester at the Bocconi University in Milan. About her participation as a fellow she said:

“I am thrilled to have been selected for this fellowship program as I will be able to contribute to the future of the network, by revising the participation workshop, while investing in my personal and professional growth.”

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David Yildirim

David Yildirim from Göttingen has German as well as Kurdish roots. Next to his studies in political science and English philology, he helps refugee children. For him the fellowship is a chance to continue his fight for more social justice:

“As an indigenous person and journalist, one of my main concerns is to highlight the complexity of social injustice in Europe. It is essential for the further development of Europe to convey these mechanisms of oppression and lived realities of marginalized people to younger Europeans in an appropriate setting so that life in Europe can be perceived in its entirety.”


Photo: Stefanie Loos | Schwarzkopf-Stiftung Junges Europa