European Charlemagne Youth Prize 2019


Creative Ideas Grant

Location (s):

  • Belgium
  • France
  • Germany
  • Online
Aachen, Brussels, Strasbourg


Are you aged between 16 and 30 and have a project with a European dimension? Apply for Charlemagne Youth Prize and win a trip to Aachen and more.


The 'European Charlemagne Youth Prize' is awarded to projects, which:

  • 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 and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community.

The projects can focus on the organisation of various youth eventsyouth exchanges or online projects with a European dimension.

The three winners will be chosen from the projects nominated by national juries and representatives from all countries will be invited to the award ceremony in Aachen in May 2019.


  • 11 October 2018: launch of the competition 
  • 28 January 2019: deadline for submitting projects 
  • 15 March 2019: announcement of the national winners 
  • 28 May 2019: award ceremony in Aachen 

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Participation requirements

Applicants must be between 16 and 30 years old and must be citizens or residents of one of the 28 member states of the European Union.

Participants can apply, either individually or in groups; in the case of group and cross-border projects, the project can only be submitted in one country which is closely linked to the project.

Applications in all official languages of the European Union are eligible.
The projects submitted for the competition must have started and:

  1. Have finished between 1 January 2018 and 29 January 2019 or
  2. Be still running.

Selection process

The winner of the European Charlemagne Youth Prize will be selected in a two-step process.

First step: national juries consisting of at least two Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and one representative of a youth organisation will select one national winner from each of the 28 member states by 15 March 2019.

Second step: the European jury, consisting of three MEPs, the President of the European Parliament and four representatives of the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen will select the winner from the 28 projects submitted by national juries by 11 April 2019.

The decision of the European jury is final. The jury reserves a right to reject any entry that does not comply with the requirements of the competition.


Deadline: January 28, 2019

Cost/funding for participants:

The prize for the best project is €7.500, the second, €5000 and the third, €2500.

One representative of each of the 28 national winning projects will be invited to the award ceremony on 28 May 2019 and a stay of several days in Aachen, Germany.

The prizes for the best three projects will be presented by the President of the European Parliament and representatives of the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen. As part of the prize, the laureates will be invited to visit the European Parliament (in Brussels or in Strasbourg).

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