The European Charlemagne Prize Fellowship is an endowed 1-year programme of the European Charlemagne Prize Academy, consisting of individual research, the fulfilment of personal milestones, networking events, as well as a final publication and the presentation of the prospective research results at a conference summit.
The application period for the current year starts in June and is followed by the selection procedure from August until October. The grants will be awarded on the basis of the relevance of the research question and the professionalism of the research proposal. A high-level selection committee, representing various perspectives and backgrounds will decide on five outstanding applicants, who will receive financial -, administrative - and academic support during the following months. All applicants will be informed about the selection outcome by the end of October.
Within this programme, the mentioned support comprises the amount of 25,000 € per project, academic mentoring and networking opportunities, especially concerning the connection of each Fellow with a distinguished Charlemagne Prize Laureate.
With the grant agreement, the Fellows will agree on milestones that they want to achieve after each research quarter. These could for example comprise surveys, short articles or workshops, which will support the personal research project and aim for societal relevance. Furthermore, each Fellow can decide to carry out their project independently, as part of a group or within an academic, political, economic or cultural institution or organisation. In addition, the Fellow can choose to implement their project with the help of a self-selected mentor or in cooperation with an institution or mentor from the Charlemagne Prize network.
The Fellowship itself will start with the conference summit in November, comprising first thematic discussions, networking events and the grant-award ceremony. In course of this summit, the Fellows will firstly meet the patrons of this year’s programme, their mentors, the committee members, partner institutions and representatives from academia and politics.
The topic-related tasks will then be carried out independently by the candidates under academic supervision and support in their respective home countries or at the local offices of their institution of choice. During the Fellowship, different additional opportunities for networking and exchange will be organised by the Charlemagne Prize Foundation and its partner organisations, creating the chance to present the individual research progress in front of a larger audience. With the completion of the research project after 10 months, the Fellows and the Foundation will work on a joint publication to present their findings, data and comments on future developments in Europe.
The concluding summit will present the possibility to discuss and implement individual findings and to create exchange between the Charlemagne Prize Fellows and decision makers on a European scale. Afterwards, the Fellows will become part of our Alumni-network and will get the chance to continue personal and professional connections.