• Fellowship Digital Europe

    Empowering European educators to promote democratic values in digital spaces

What is the Fellowship Programme Digital Europe?

In the Fellowship Programme Digital Europe, Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and Schwarzkopf Foundation jointly support efforts by European educators to promote democratic values in digital spaces. To this end, we shall award four fellowships in 2021 to young European educators. During the six-month programme, the fellows will develop new workshop formats for students 13 years and older, focusing on democratic citizenship in the digital public sphere, and put them into practice. These new workshops and their didactic approaches should be diversity-oriented, easily accessible and open to the interests and lives of young people.

Why a Fellowship Programme Digital Europe?

By developing these new formats and introducing them to classrooms, we aim to strengthen the democratic competencies of students and young adults in the digital age. The workshops are intended to provide young people with the opportunity to learn about risks and opportunities for democracies in Europe that have resulted from the increasing digitalisation of the public sphere. For young Europeans, the workshops create a space to reflect and to discuss topics such as democratic participation in digital spaces, the online representation of marginalized groups, or the role of social media for social movements. The programme offers its fellows a distinct opportunity to professionalise their social commitment and passion for accessible and diversity-oriented educational work.

How does the Fellowship Programme Digital Europe work?

The fellowship is primarily aimed at young Europeans between the ages of 18 and 27 who have some practical experience in diversity-oriented educational work – preferably in the field of peer education. Applicants should be willing to use and reflect upon their knowledge of representation and participation, diversity in the European context, power structures, anti-discrimination, antiracism, anti-Semitism, and empowerment. Hands-on experience in the usage of audio-visual media is considered an asset for the creation of new workshops but is not a must. Multilingualism is a plus.

The duration of the fellowship is six months from April to September 2021. During that period, the fellows receive financial support in the amount of 450 Euro per month as well as pedagogical support from the Schwarzkopf Foundation. Additionally, there will be many opportunities to network, to learn about different issues such as inclusion, and to acquire new skills, for example in media production. At the end of the project, the results of the fellows' work will be published as Open Educational Resources.
To learn more about the fellowship programme Digital Europe, click here. For additional questions, please contact Antonia Marx.

Due to restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, activities organized in the context of the fellowship will take place digitally until further notice. We will keep you informed about further relevant decisions as soon as possible.

Apply now for the fellowship programme Digital Europe!

The call for applications is now open until 21st of February 2021. The application will be handled by the Schwarzkopf Foundation. Please find the application form here.