In August 2023, information about the EU4Youth scheme of full scholarships offered at the College of Europe in Natolin to candidates from the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries was featured in several media outlets and languages.
The scheme, designed to empower young minds, has brought remarkable transformations, exemplified by the stories of three beneficiaries of the EU4Youth scholarships. You can read the full account here to delve into the detailed story (also in Armenian, Azeri, Georgian, Romanian, Russian, and Ukrainian - the latter also on TSN.ua).
Applications for the 2024/25 academic year are to be open in October 2023. The key criterion is a demonstrated interest in European affairs. Applicants must also meet language proficiency standards in English and French. This additional scheme of full scholarships for the postgraduate advanced Master of Arts in European Interdisciplinary Studies in 2024/25 is proposed to young candidates coming from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. The scholarships cover tuition fees, full board, and lodging on campus.
They are funded under the "EU4Youth phase III Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship" program, which receives funding from the EU and is co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania. While all candidates with the above-indicated nationalities are eligible, the priority in assigning the EU4Youth scholarships shall be given to those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The EU4Youth programme's impact continues reverberating, opening doors to knowledge, empowerment, and growth. Thus far, approximately 40 recipients from the EaP countries have seized this opportunity across three program iterations.