The Contest

Join our tri-national competition for young people from Germany, France and Poland!

Are you under 21 years old, coming from Germany, France or Poland and enthusiastic about European issues? Then take part in our tri-national competition Young Europeans Award and win a trip to Warsaw with award ceremony in autumn 2018!

Classes and out-of-school groups in which young people from Germany, France and Poland collaborate on a joint project on the topic “To be or not to be… a European” may participate in the competition. The contributors may freely choose the thematic focus of their project: they may for example engage with the geographical, cultural, artistic, journalistic, societal or political aspects of the question in a variety of creative forms (such as written texts, photography, video and audio recordings, artistic presentations, performances, websites, etc.).

Each edition of the contest will have a focus on a fourth guest country outside of the European Union. During the contest period 2017-2018, the United Kingdom will be invited to participate as a guest country. Contributions also involving young people from the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) are thus very welcome as well.

Participation in the competition is free of charge. If the project is to be carried out in the context of an international youth encounter/exchange, it is possible to submit a request for funding from the respective organization, either French-German Youth Office (DFJW/OFAJ) or German-Polish Youth Office (DPJW/PNWM).

Applications should be submitted by no later than March 1, 2018.

>> Terms and conditions for download

Thematic Focus

The main topic “To be or not to be… a European” can be discussed with the thematic focus and in the creative form of your choice. It is important to us that you are given the space to explore your creativity and your knowledge of the topic. Thus, we are happy to welcome your very individual ideas. For example, you might consider the following questions while planning your project: What do you think is a European identity? What can we learn from each other? And how can we shape the European community in the future? You are, of course, free to tackle the topic in any other way, too.


There is no limit to the size of a group. However, your team should be composed of at least 6 to 8 people, including at least two participants from France, Germany and Poland, respectively, and possibly two people from the guest country. Whether you are a tri- or quadri-national team has no impact on the winner selection process.

Your Project(s)

Interested in contributing your answer to “To be or not to be… a European”? Tell us what you think! Perhaps you already have an idea and are eager to get started together with your friends from France, Germany, Poland and perhaps UK? Or maybe you have completed a project within the last year that addresses that question and has not yet won another contest? We are excited to learn about it!

For more information please have a look at the terms and conditions.

>> Terms and conditions for download

Here is a small checklist to ensure that you do not forget anything before handing in your project; deadline: March 1, 2018.

  • Online form with contact details completed
  • Abstract in English
  • Full description in, French, German, Polish or English
  • Uploaded files (if applicable)
  • If online source (blog, video etc.) insert link

Guest Country

For each edition of the contest, we choose a fourth country from outside of the European Union to accompany us through the thrilling process of intercultural encounters. This year, we are happy to announce the United Kingdom as the guest country of this YEA contest edition, thus participants from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The winning team from Germany, France and Poland will make new friends with a group from one of those countries during their trip, if they haven’t been part of the team from the very start of the project.

The Award – A Unique European Experience

The winning team will spend fascinating days in Warsaw, Polish capital and European metropolis. The programme for the stay consists of political, historical and cultural visits and encounters with important people in the European decision making process.

You and your project partners will have the unique opportunity to present your project to the jury members and important politicians during the award ceremony. We want you to use this politically significant setting to exchange opinions and impressions on your vision of Europe.

Of course, the programme is designed for you to have fun, and there will be time to get to know each other better during all points of the programme, including sightseeing and shared leisure time. The trip will be documented and its highlights published on the YEA website.