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Apply for the 2021 edition of the European Charlemagne Youth Prize

Aged 16-30 and working on a project with a European dimension? Apply for the 2021 Charlemagne Youth Prize and get rewarded for your project to further develop your initiative.

The European Parliament and the International Charlemagne Prize Foundation of Aachen award the Charlemagne Youth Prize every year to projects run by young people with a strong EU dimension. Applications for 2021 open on 9 November 2020 and run until 1 February 2021.


The prize

The three winning projects will be chosen from 27 projects nominated by national juries in all EU countries. The first prize is €7,500, second prize €5,000 and third prize €2,500.

Representatives of all 27 national winning projects will be invited to the Charlemagne Youth Prize award ceremony in Aachen in May 2020.


The rules

Projects must: meet the following criteria in order to qualify:

  • promote European and international understanding
  • foster the development of a shared sense of European identity and integration
  • serve as a role model for young people living in Europe
  • offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community

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Social media

Join the discussion on social media using the hashtag #ECYP2021.



9 November 2020: launch of the competition

1 February 2021: deadline for submitting projects

March 2021: announcement of the national winners

11 May 2021: award ceremony in Aachen