Who can apply

The FutureLab Europe programme is aimed at bright, ambitious young Europeans aged 20-30 who want to play an active role in shaping the future of Europe by implementing a project with a civic impact. Projects ideas can include (but are not limited to!) a blog series, volunteering activities, a picture exhibition, artwork, short movie, school visits, a series of debates and should be connected to the programme’s focal topics:

  • Democratic values in Europe – What can we as young Europeans do to ensure that Europe’s democratic values are at the basis of our societies?
  • Equal opportunities for young people – How can we as young people overcome the multiple barriers we face and ensure that our society and economy offer the same opportunity to all of us?
  • European identity – Has European identity meaning for us as young people and how can we contribute to further foster it?

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. Applicants should be nationals of Council of Europe Member States.

What the programme offers

FutureLab Europe offers participants financial support for the concrete implementation of their projects, 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 and put in practice their own projects.

FutureLab Europe aims to give a voice to young people who are actively involved in their local community and/or in national initiatives, supporting their actions and encouraging them to develop ideas on how both public policies and citizens themselves could address the challenges European democracies are facing through participatory, discursive, artistic or educational approaches.

The 2018 edition of the programme will kick off with a four days-long forum in Brussels in January 2018 (click here to read about last year’s programme). 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 an Autumn event in Brussels, , the writing of individual blogs as well as the participation in major European conferences, workshops and future scenarios.

During the annual forum in Brussels, all non-travel programme-related costs (accommodation, food, course material, supervision etc.) are covered by 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.

The programme calendar

The programme is structured around two annual events: the Annual Forum and the Autumn Conference.  Selected participants will convene to Brussels for the Annual Forum – a four-days long programme during which FutureLabbers will meet and learn from each other, discussing relevant topics on the European agenda with Brussels stakeholders. During workshop sessions, participants will present the project ideas they applied with, debate them, test them, and develop a limited number of final projects to be implemented over the course of 2018 together with other participants. Participants will then return to their homes, work together towards the successful implementation of their projects. The project results will be presented at the Autumn Conference, when FutureLabbers will reconvene to Brussels. Check out the projects FutureLab Europe participants implemented in 2017!

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 process for the year 2018 has closed in September 2017.

Selection criteria

In order to qualify for the programme, applicants must be young Europeans aged 20-30, who are citizens of a Council of Europe member state. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of applicants’ communication skills, civic engagement, European commitment and ideas to implement a concrete activity impacting the debate on the programme’s focal topics. Affiliation to one of the foundations financing the programme, possession of particular artistic skills and/or belonging to a minority group will be considered advantages.