European Commission


Application Deadline: September 14th 2018

In 2018 the European Commission launched for the first time ever a European Sustainability Award to reward the efforts and creativity of European people, businesses and organisations.

The ambition of this award is clear: championing inspiring cases of initiatives that are turning the global Sustainable Development Goals into concrete solutions and opportunities.

Given the cross-cutting nature of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Sustainability Award focuses on a specific theme, linked to the annual theme chosen by the High Level Political Forum of the United Nations.

For this year’s edition, the theme of the award is “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”.

The competition is open to 4 stakeholder categories:

  1. Youth;
  2. Public bodies;
  3. Private bodies;
  4. Civil society.

The winners will be announced by the European Commission First-Vice President Frans Timmermans and Vice-President Jyrki Katainen during a high-level ceremony in spring 2019. The award is immaterial and brings high visibility in the form of renewed public interest and increased media coverage.

Application Procedure:

Interested? Then don’t wait any longer and find out how to enter the competition here. The deadline for applications is 14 September 2018. You may be the next European Champion of Sustainable Development!

For any questions on the award, please contact the Secretariat-General: SG-STAKEHOLDERPLATFORM-SDG@ec.europa.eu.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the European Sustainability Award 2018 

Application Deadline:September 20th 2017

The second European Vocational Skills Week (VET Week), organised by the European Commission, will take place on November 20-24, in Brussels.

The European Commission is looking to involve young people from all over Europe in the events that will take during the VET Week.

The selected young people will have the opportunity to attend the events, conferences and debates organised in Brussels from November 20 to November 24, and actively contribute to the interactive parts of the agenda.

The VET Week aims at improving the attractiveness and image of vocational education and training, by showcasing excellence and quality, as well as by raising awareness of the wide range of opportunities that VET can offer.

This year, the main themes will be: mobility of VET learners and quality apprenticeships; partnerships between businesses and VET providers, and sectoral approaches to address skill mismatches.

More information about the 2017 VET Week can be found on the website of the European Commission: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=1261 and http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=1261&moreDocuments=yes&typeId=126

Information about last year’s VET Week can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=1261&newsId=2707&furtherNews=yes
Theme: VET; education; training; apprenticeships; mobility
Selection criteria: To apply for participation in the 2017 VET Week, you need to fulfil the following criteria:
– Be nominated by a YFJ member organisation.
– Be able to work effectively in English.
– Priority will be given to participants with VET experience.

It is not compulsory for selected participants to take part to the 2017 VET Week in its entire duration, but applicants should at least be available on November 20 and 21 and commit to take part to a short coordination meeting that the Youth Forum will be organising (during these two days).

The 2017 VET Week is an event organised by the European Commission, therefore the YFJ is not directly involved in the process – the YFJ will provide a list of potential participants to the Commission, who will then send out invitations.
Number of participants: 20


  • Additional infos: The European Commission will cover the travel and accommodation costs for all participants, for as much of the VET Week as they are present for.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the European Commissions’ Call for Participants: European Vocational Skills Week 2017

Application Deadline: 6 November 2015 00.00 CET

Sport brings educational benefits because of the values it promotes such as respect, tolerance and self-control. As such, it can bring about positive social change and be used as a tool of prevention and education for topics such as discrimination, racism and violence.

Are you running a social integration project through sport that you wish to make known at the European level? Why not apply through one of the five categories of the European Prize for Social Integration Through Sport?

The European Prize for Social Integration Through Sport is organised by Efus in the framework of the Sport+ project, in partnership with the ASBL Fan Coaching-Eurofan (Belgium), the University of Saragossa (Spain), the Italian Forum for Urban Security (FISU), The Netherlands Institute for Sports and Physical Activity (NISB), and the Higher Institute for Police Science and Internal Security (Intituto Superior de Ciências Policiais e Segurança Interna, ISCPSI, Portugal).

The Sport+ project seeks to promote initiatives that foster social integration through sport, through promoting  values such as respect and tolerance. This project is co-financed by the European Commission.


  •      Prevention of and fight against racism
  •      Promotion of gender equality
  •      Integration of marginalised populations
  •      Integration of populations at risk
  •      Education about active citizenship or fair play

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Participation in the European Prize is open to local and regional authorities, the voluntary sector, non-governmental organisations and private organisations from any of the 28 European Union Member States.


  • The winner in each category will receive financial support (up to €8,000) to be used to organise a local event to promote their project.
  • The five winning projects as well as any other project deemed particularly interesting by the jury will be featured in a publication focused on the role of sport as a tool to strengthen social cohesion, which will be targeted at European political decision-makers.


Applications will be examined by a jury composed of the Sport+ project’s partners and Efus. A support committee composed of sport and crime prevention professionals will have a consultative role.

The jury will apply seven selection criteria:

  1.     Overall quality of the project
  2.     Relevance within the chosen category
  3.     Innovative character
  4.     Transferability
  5.     Sustainability
  6.     Quality of the partnership
  7.     Cost-benefit relation

How to Apply:

  • Submit your project by filling the application form (in French or English only). ]
  • A Word version of the application form is available upon request.


Apply Now for the 2015 European Prize for Social Integration Through SportFor More Information:Visit the Official Webpage of the European Prize for Social Integration Through Sport


Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs helps provide aspiring European entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to start and/or successfully run a small business in Europe. New entrepreneurs gather and exchange knowledge and business ideas with an experienced entrepreneur, with whom they stay and collaborate for a period of 1 to 6 months. The stay is partly financed by the European Commission.

Who can participate:
  • Start Up Entrepreneur
You can participate in the programme as a new entrepreneur if:

  • You are firmly planning to start a business, based on a viable business plan;
  • You have started your own business within the last 3 years.

Your (future) company or activity can be in any sector and there is no age limit.

However, you must also:

  • Be a permanent resident in one of the Participating Countries;
  • Have a concrete project or business idea, reflected in a business plan;
  • Be motivated and committed to collaborate during your stay with an experienced entrepreneur from another Participating Country; be prepared to contribute to the development of the host entrepreneur’s business and make your skills and competences available;
  • Be ready to complement the programme funds as needed to cover the costs of your stay abroad.

Experienced Entrepreneur:

As a host entrepreneur you can participate in the programme if:·

  • You are a permanent resident in one of the Participating Countries;
  • You are the owner-manager of a small or medium enterprise OR a person directly involved in entrepreneurship at SME board level;
  • You have been running a company for more than 3 years;
  • You are willing to share your knowledge and experience with a new entrepreneur and act as a mentor.

How to Participate:
1. Prepare your application documents: curriculum vitae, motivation and, in addition for the new entrepreneurs, a business plan;

2. Register via the online form (link) and submit your CV and business plan (for new entrepreneurs only);

3. Build a relationship with a new or host entrepreneur abroad (two options):
a) You suggest to your local contact point a new or host entrepreneur with whom you are already in contact, or
b) You look for a new or host entrepreneur in the online catalogue with the help of your local contact point.

4. Reach an agreement with your new or host entrepreneur about the work and learning project (i.e. about the dates, objectives and activity plan of the exchange) and submit the details to your local contact point;

5. Signature of Commitment to Quality: A Commitment to Quality (link) should be (digitally) signed by all partners involved in the relationship. As a new entrepreneur, you should equally conclude a funding agreement with your local contact point;

6. Start of the stay abroad: The duration of the exchange may be from 1 to 6 months with the possibility of dividing the stay into weekly slots (providing the time span does not exceed a total of 12 months);

7. The financial assistance to the new entrepreneur will be provided in several payments, according to the agreement signed with his/her local contact point.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Erasmus European Exchange Programme

Application Deadline: Friday, June 5th, 2015, 17.00 pm CET

Duration of the project: May 2015 – June 2016

With the support of the Public Health Program of the Open Society Foundations, EPHA (the European Public Health Alliance)– Europe’s leading NGO advocating for better health– launches a one-year fellowship programme (2015-2016) to train and mentor up to two Roma health EU advocates.

The fellowship aims to empower Roma Health Advocates from CEE countries to develop the necessary tools to engage with European policy makers and to increase the capacity of the Roma community for leadership on Roma health at EU level.

The two fellows (and their sending organisations) will get the opportunity to develop their professional skills with a practical and European orientation, and develop contacts and cooperation with the most important European actors (e.g. European Commission, Members of the European Parliament and European networks of NGOs interalia).

Qualifications and requirements for fellows:

  • Candidates from Central and Eastern European Countries
  • Fluency in English is a must
  • Active in civil society sector on Roma health and health related rights for a minimum of two years OR past experience University degree
  • Understanding of Roma health issues is valuable strong plus
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Strong analitycal skills
  • Ability and commitment to work independently and from distance
  • Creative mindset and strong motivation and initiative
  • Proficiency in multitasking
  • Previous experience in advocacy (influencing decision making at local, regional, national or European level), MA in health or social sciences as well as understanding of Roma health issues would be an advantage.
  • The ideal candidate would be a “young Roma leader”. In case there are more suitable candidates than available places, priority will be given to female candidates.
    How to apply:

Please send your CV, your motivation letter and a cover letter (written by the organization where you are currently working) explaining your interest and how your organization could benefit from this experience.
In case you are not employed at the moment please provide a reference letter from your past employer or from a university professor. It is of particular interest for us to see how your organization and yourself are already working or are committed to work on Roma health-related issues and how this fellowship could contribute to it.
Send your application to romahealth@osi.hu and zoltan@epha.org with “Roma Health Fellowship Program– application” in the subject line by Friday June 5, 2015.
Selection procedure:

EPHA and the OSF Roma Health Programme will do a pre-selection of candidates based on the applications received. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a telephone/Skype interview.

The selection will be made without regard to race, religion, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Roma Health Fellowship Program

Submission Deadline: April 2015

UN Women together with the European Commission, the Belgian Development Cooperation, and UNRIC is organizing a Comic and Cartoon Competition on Gender Equality.

Show us what comes to your mind when you reflect on women’s rights and empowerment and on the relationship between women and men. Get familiar with the Beijing Conference and its outcome document, the Beijing Declaration and its Platform for Action. Seek inspiration for your drawings in the 12 Critical Areas of Concern of the Beijing Platform!

The Competition is open to comic and cartoon artists and art students, from 18 to 28 years old, who are residents of an EU member state.

Please note that your comic or cartoon must be without words.

Finalists will be selected by a jury composed of professional comic artists, gender equality experts and communication experts:

  • Pierre Kroll, Belgian Comic Artist, Member of Cartooning for Peace
  • Marlène Pohle, Comic Artist, Vice-President of Federation of Cartoonists Organisations
  • Salla Saastamoinen, Director for Equality, European Commission
  • Alexander de Croo, Minister of Development Cooperation of Belgium
  • Sylvie Braibant, Editor-in-Chief TV5MONDE
  • Nanette Braun, Chief of Communications and Advocacy, UN Women


  • The five finalists will be invited to Brussels to the Competition awards ceremony in summer 2015. The costs for travel and stay will be borne by the Organising Entities. In addition, the finalists’ and semi-finalists’ drawings will be published in a booklet and may be considered for exhibition as well as for further publication.

For More Information:

Application Deadline: January 5, 2015.

When: March 20-22, 2015
Where: Brussels, Belgium

Brussels Forum’s Young Professionals Summit (YPS) is an annual flagship event of the German Marshall Fund of the United States where the future generation of leaders meets with the most influential politicians, thinkers, journalists, and business representatives to discuss pressing policy challenges for the transatlantic community. In addition, the program will feature sessions on leadership training and peer-to-peer learning.

The German Marshall Fund selects young professionals age 33 and under emerging in all sectors who possess the following characteristics:

• Leadership capacity in their community or profession;
• Interest in policy issues affecting transatlantic relations;
• Intellectual curiosity;
• Professional growth;
• A commitment to transatlantic and global engagement.

The Agenda and Format

The Young Professionals Summit will be held March 20-22, 2015 in Brussels. The Summit convenes about 70 high-potential young professionals with the goal of fostering dialogue between generations and building new connections across sectors and nations. Participants first engage in a tailor-made program, and also join the larger Brussels Forum on Saturday night, March 21 and Sunday, March 22.

YPS sessions are designed to promote frank exchange among panelists and participants.

Snapshot of Speakers 2010-2014

Carl Bildt, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sweden
Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister, the United Kingdom
Joyce Chang, Managing Director, Emerging Markets Strategy, JP Morgan
Iain Conn, Chief Executive of Refining and Marketing, BP
Lyse Doucet, Presenter and Correspondent, BBC News
Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, European Commission
Rosalind Hudnell, Vice President, Human Resources, Director, Communications and Diversity, Intel Corporation
David Ignatius, Columnist and Associate Editor, Washington Post
Toomas Ilves, President, Republic of Estonia

Fawzia Koofi, Member, Afghanistan Parliament
Tatiana Lacerda Prazeres, Secretary of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Development, Industry, and Foreign Trade, Brazil
Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation
Mahmoud Salem, Blogger and Writer, Egypt
Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Department of State, United States
Mosharraf Zaidi, Campaign Director, Alif Ailaan, Pakistan


Apply Now for the 2015 Brussels Forum Young Professional Summit

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2015 Brussels Forum Young Professionals Summit

Deadline: 7 December 2014. Selection and matching: December 2014 – January 2015. Travelling period: February – June 2015.

Worth: (a travel lump sum of 1000 EUR and a monthly allowance of 250 EUR).

CONNECT is targeted at European new entrepreneurs starting up businesses with the potential to grow internationally.  Selected entrepreneurs will embark on a fulfilling exchange scheme in Brazil, where they will have  the opportunity to work alongside and learn from an experienced host entrepreneur.

First wave candidates have been selected and matched with a host entrepreneur in Brazil. Applications are now open for the second wave of the programme!

CONNECT promotes the exchange of new entrepreneurs between the Federative Republic of Brazil and Europe. It aims to support promising entrepreneurs and SMEs to grow and develop their international outlook and competitiveness, promoting an exchange of experience between Brazil and CIP participating countries and enhancing entrepreneurship overall.


  • CONNECT is open to entrepreneurs all across Europe, with limited places available.
  • A high quality application will give you a higher chance to be selected.
  • CONNECT will select 50 highly motivated European new entrepreneurs to enroll in a business mobility scheme in Brazil.
  • It will offer them the unique opportunity to collaborate and exchange knowledge with an experienced and successful host entrepreneur in Brazil, for a period of generally 3 months (minimum: 1 month; maximum: 6 months).
  • The stay will be partly financed by the European Commission.

CONNECT is financed by the European Commission and operates across CIP Participating Countries and the Federative Republic of Brazil. The activities are coordinated at European level by EBN – European Business and Innovation Centre Network.

First wave candidates have been selected and matched with a host entrepreneur in Brazil.
The second wave competition is now open!
Deadline for submitting applications: 7 December 2014
Selection and matching: December 2014 – January 2015
Travelling period: February – June 2015 (minimum: 1 month)

Apply Now for the Connect Programme for Europeans

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the CONNECT Europe Programme

Application Deadline: 1st November 2014

Agricultural Transformation by Innovation (AgTraIn) is a three-year world-class Joint Doctoral Programme (180 ECTS). AgTraIn is part of the Erasmus Mundus programme initiated by the European Commission to enhance and promote European higher education throughout the world

The AgTraIn programme provides you with a single entry-point access to top-level and up-to-date research on agricultural transformation within the scientific fields of the programme. The programme is jointly developed and delivered by a six-university consortium consisting of

  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Universita degli Studi di Catania, Italy
  • University College of Cork, Ireland
  • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Montpellier SupAgro, France
  • Wageningen University, The Netherlands

In addition, a string of globally important institutions and networks in the AgTraIn scientific fields have joined AgTraIn as Associate Partners:

  • Institute Agronomique et Veterinaire Hasan II, Morocco
  • Kasetsart University, Thailand
  • Makerere University, Uganda
  • University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), Uganda
  • Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Philippines
  • Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Costa Rica
  • CGIAR Challenge Programme on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Denmark
  • Promoting Local Innovation (PROLINNOVA), The Netherlands
  • Young Professionals Platformon Agricultural Research for Development (YPARD), Germany


Every year approximately 8-10 fellowships will be available to academically outstanding applicants. There is one annual call for applications; short-listed applicants are invited to present and discuss their proposals.


Apply Now for the AgTrain Joint Doctoral Programme