Application Portal is now closed!
Our application portal is now closed. We would like to thank you very much for the numerous applications. All documents are now under review.
We are excited to see which exciting project proposals were handed in this year and hope that we will be able to inform the selected candidates very soon.
Shaping the Change - How Can Europe Succeed in a World of Transformation?
The global pandemic, which has been ongoing for more than a year, has shifted priorities and made creative solutions to unexpected challenges more welcomed than ever. Being titled as crisis,as social break or as challenge in the course of the new decade, with effects for our future that seem hardly foreseeable, the current situation brings with it opportunities and risks to react to innovations, to implement them and to anchor significant changes. Yet, in this time of upheaval,where does Europe stand?
While the debates are dominated by questions and problems of the near future at the moment, beit with regard to joint solutions for mutual support in the fight against the pandemic or for uniform approaches in the return to pre-pandemic life, the crisis has also worked as an accelerator, which puts a high number of issues to the test. The ongoing period of uncertainty has made it clear to us that it is important to identify issues and solutions today that could challenge us in the further future. By generating thoughts on what the Europe of tomorrow might look like,taking into account different perspectives and areas, there is now an opportunity to develop scenarios at an early stage that identify problems and solutions in order to shape the prospective change we’re currently facing.
How can Europe – its people, companies, institutions, youth and partnerships - succeed in meeting the demands of these and forthcoming times in a way that is prompt, relevant, modern and feasible for all?
While the current crisis has slowed down social interaction, it has intensified previously timid transformation processes, whose success also define the overall outcome for society. Now, with the Conference on the Future of Europe, the European Union is already taking a first step towards addressing how the EU can strengthen its joint capacity to act and move forward in expanding the involvement of the European people. Another task will be to regularly revise the requirements to which Europe will have to respond, as well as to integrate new input for the discussions that are yet to come.
Therefore, we’re looking for research projects that offer proposals, approaches, ideas and actual role models on how Europe can succeed in responding to the future challenges and harness the drive for change. The fellowship programme is open to projects of all forms and disciplines that offer concrete, innovative and feasible solutions to the European challenges of tomorrow. We are highly encouraging interested young researchers of all fields
The International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen
Founded by a citizens' initiative, the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen has been awarded annually since 1950 to personalities or actors who have rendered outstanding services to Europe and European unification. Due to the outstanding importance of the laureates and their special services to Europe and European unification, the Charlemagne Prize has developed into a highly prestigious award and is today regarded as the most important European prize – with high prestige and political weight.
With its award ceremonies and laureates, the Charlemagne Prize vividly reflects the history of the European unification process. The founding fathers of the United Europe – Schuman, Monnet, de Gasperi, Spaak, Adenauer – were honoured just as much as the bearers of hope of enlargement and deepening, those responsible for the democratic institutions, the protagonists of the reunification of East and West, the European thinkers, achievers and initiators on an intellectual, cultural and social level.
The Charlemagne Prize Foundation represents a long-term development process of expanding the International Charlemagne Prize from a (one-day) award ceremony to a (perennial) platform for intensive discourse on the progress of European integration. The latest project of the Charlemagne Prize Foundation is specifically aimed at young academics: Within the framework of the (virtual) Charlemagne Prize Academy established in 2019, important future topics of the European Union are to be defined and innovative approaches to solutions for the challenges ahead are to be developed. This initiative complements the Foundation's various programmes, such as the broad public Side-Programme, the Karlspreis-Europa-Forum or the Charlemagne Youth Prize.