Is my project good enough for the competition?
We are looking for projects that: promote European and international understanding; promote shared sense of European identity and European integration; encourage other young people in Europe to get involved in our democracy; offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community.
Your project can take any form. For example, it could focus on the organisation of various youth events such as (but not limited to) youth exchanges, simulation games, youth political festivals, exhibitions, trainings, online projects, or similar exercises. You are free to be creative and employ new frameworks for your project, as long as it fits the criteria mentioned.
For projects that are not eligible, please see question 2.
I am not sure if my project would be eligible. How can I check?
The following projects are not eligible for the European Charlemagne Youth Prize:
- Projects in the planning stage or in the first stages of implementation for which no results can be identified at the start of the application procedure;
- Projects submitted by individuals working in a European institution or for the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen;
- Academic theses and publications;
- Projects that have already received a prize awarded by a European institution, body, office or agency;
- The three European winners of previous editions of European Charlemagne Youth Prize;
- Activities that have profit-making as their primary objective;
- Activities by governmental organisations.
If you or your project falls under one or more of these categories, then your project will not be eligible for the prize.
Can I submit a recently completed project?
Yes. However, please consider that the project should be sufficiently mature so the jury can evaluate its results. If, for example, your project has just started or if is still an idea, we suggest you wait to submit it for next year’s edition of the Prize.
Is there a maximum number of applications?
No. Applicants are not limited in their number of project submissions.
How do I submit my project?
To submit your project, please go to the online application form
You can fill in the application in any EU language, and you may upload documents and pictures illustrating your project.
When is the deadline for submission?
13 February 2022 (23:59:59 CET)
Who should submit the application?
It is up to the project’s team to decide. In some cases, it may be the team leader, a programme manager, a communication officer or even a regular participant. Keep in mind that to be eligible, an applicant should be a resident in an EU Member State and be between 16 and 30 years of age.
In which language can I submit the application?
The application form is available in all official EU languages.
In which Member State should I submit my project?
If your project takes place in just one Member State, you should submit it in that Member State.
In case of a transnational project (being implemented in more than one Member State, or having participants from several Member States), the project should be submitted in one Member State which is most closely linked to the project. This decision must be made by the applicant.
Can I submit a project that has already been submitted in a previous edition of the competition?
Yes. Projects that are not amongst the three final winners of previous editions of the Prize can be submitted again.
Can I send the application by email?
No. We suggest you prepare your application offline with the requested data, which you can then copy into the online application form.
Do I have to submit my application at once?
Yes. You must submit your application in one sitting as it is not possible to save the application and to return to it at a later stage. We suggest that you prepare your application offline with the requested data, which you can then copy into the online application form.
Why do I have to fill out two project descriptions in the application form?
One description is a short summary of your project. This should be in English, French or German, as it will allow the Prize Secretariat to refer to it in future communication about your project.
A full project description can be written in any of the official EU languages. This description will be used to assess the project, so it should show how your project: promotes European and international understanding; shared sense of European identity and European integration; encourages other young people in Europe to get involved in our democracy; and offers practical examples of Europeans living together as one community. The jury will also evaluate how well these criteria have been achieved, as well as the creativity and innovation of the project.
What happens once my project is submitted?
National juries composed of Members of the European Parliament and representatives of national youth organisation will decide upon the national winners in all Member States within one month following the submission deadline, at which point we will contact the winners and inform them of the next steps.
After that, the European jury will gather to select three European winners out of 27 national winners. The winners will be announced during the Award Ceremony in Aachen in May.
What happens if I’m selected as a national winner?
One representative per project will be invited to the Aachen Winners’ Week from 23rd to 26th May 2021, where they will be able to meet each other, as well as with former European prize winners. Costs for the participation in this event are borne by the European Parliament and the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen. All project representatives will also receive a certificate from the European Parliament President and the Chairman of the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen.
The prize for the top European project is €7500, the second €5000 and the third €2500. As part of this prize the three European laureates are invited to present their projects in the European Parliament in Brussels or Strasbourg.
Who can I contact if I have questions?
Please send your enquiries in English, French or German about the application process by e-mail to email@example.com.