Application for the 2015 programme
Who can apply
The FutureLab Europe programme is aimed at bright, ambitious young European professionals aged 20-30 who want to play an active part in shaping the future direction of Europe. In order to qualify, applicants must have taken part in one or more programmes run by one of the partner foundations that support FutureLab Europe in the framework of the European Alliance for Democratic Citizenship. Commitment to the European ideal, the capacity to formulate and defend one's positions and ideas on questions of European relevance, and a significant level of civic engagement are required. Familiarity with European issues and readiness to take action in support of the European ideal are a precondition for participation. The working language of FutureLab Europe is English.
What the programme offers
FutureLab Europe offers participants a unique opportunity to interact with international decision-makers, to enhance their credentials as European citizens, to take action in support of the European idea and to develop their own skills, ideas and networks.
Each year, the programme kicks off with a week-long forum in Brussels in September/October (click here to read about last year's programme). This year, the annual FutureLab Europe forum will take place from 20 to 26 September 2015. Participants are expected to attend the entire forum. Potential applicants who cannot attend the whole week should not apply. The forum programme is followed by a spring event in Brussels, the Europe@debate-events, the writing of individual blogs as well as the participation in major European conferences, workshops and future scenarios. Participants are also encouraged to organize projects and activities by themselves. Funding for these is available on a case-by-case basis.
During the annual forum in Brussels, all non-travel programme-related costs (accommodation, food, course material, supervision etc.) are covered by the European Alliance for Democratic Citizenship, as funder of the programme. During the follow-up Europe@debate events in Brussels and across Europe, all programme-related costs (including travel) are covered by the Alliance.
What participants contribute
FutureLab Europe participants are expected to commit themselves equally to all programme elements. They are also expected to contribute actively to the FutureLab Europe online community.
Participants are responsible for covering their own travel costs in connection with attendance at the Annual Forum in Brussels. However, a limited number of travel bursaries is available for participants who are not able to pay for some or all of these travel costs. These are allocated on the basis of motivated requests made following acceptance onto the programme.
The application is open from 19 January to 16 March 2015 here.