Apply to join the AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub 2018 (Fully funded)

About

The Hub is a multi-stakeholder initiative – with youth at its core – seeking to test new approaches to common challenges facing the AU & EU.

The AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub will enable 42 selected young Africans, Europeans and Diaspora to work with the African Union, the European Union and other relevant stakeholders in developing new approaches, defining the scope of pilot projects and monitoring their implementation in six areas:

  • Business, Job Creation & Entrepreneurship
  • Culture, Sports & Arts
  • Education and Skills
  • Environmental Preservation and Climate Change
  • Governance, Political Inclusion & Activism
  • Peace and Security, including Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism.

The AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub builds on the unprecedented experience of the AU-EU Youth Plug-In Initiative (YPII) which led the development and presentation of the AU-EU Youth Agendaat the 5th AU-EU Summit in Abidjan in 2017. The YPII itself built on the Abidjan Youth Declaration.

Eligibility

Any person between the ages of 18-35, African, European or Diaspora, interested in Africa-EU cooperation as well as knowledgeable in one of the six areas.

As a Youth applicant, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a citizen of an African Union or European Union Member State
  • Aged 18-35 upon applying
  • Proven knowledge, practical experience and demonstrated impact in one of the six thematic areas
  • Additional knowledge/experience of minimum one of three cross-cutting thematic areas is desirable: Gender, Migration, and/or Digitalisation
  • Interest in and knowledge of Africa-EU relations
  • Experience in working in international and multicultural teams is desirable
  • Ability to work effectively in either English or French, and possessing an adequate understanding of the other language
  • Writing skills and public speaking skills are desirable.

Why should you apply and get involved

  • Because you are passionate about youth involvement in AU-EU policy issues and want the youth voice to be heard and taken into account.
  • Because your hard work in your community is linked to one of the 6 cluster topics and you want to share and bring your knowledge to the table.
  • Because you believe in AU-EU cooperation.

Benefits

Selected Youth Fellows will be divided into clusters, 7 Youth Fellows per cluster.

Youth Fellows, with the guidance of the experts, will work together using a virtual platform and be expected to produce regular deliverables linked to their cluster topic.

The 42 Youth Fellows will meet and spend 10 days in Addis Ababa (27 October to 4 November) for a first consultative meeting, in partnership with GIZ.

Possible field visits will take place twice a year (2019 & 2020).

Flights, accommodation, meals and local travel expenses are covered.

How to apply

Apply online at https://www.aueuyouthhub.org/application/

Project Timeline

From October 2018 until the 6th AU-EU Summit in 2020.
Opening of Applications : 4 September 2018

Applications Deadline: 4 September – 17 September 2018 (1:00 pm CEST)

Youth Fellow Selection : Autumn 2018

First Consultative Meeting in Addis Ababa : 27 October and 4 November 2018
Up to 2 Working Sessions per Year (2019 & 2020) : Each lasting approximately a week with online preparation before the meetings. Possible field visits may be organised as part of the monitoring once projects unfold.
6th AU-EU Summit 

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