Youth4Regions is the European Commission programme helping journalism students and young journalists to discover what the EU is doing in their region.
The application period for the Youth4regions programme will start on 10 April 2023. Follow this page and @EUinMyRegion for updates on the upcoming Youth4Regions competition.
Until when can I apply?
The application period runs from 10 April until 10 July, 17:00 CET.
Are there any age limitations or other criteria which will determine the eligibility of candidates?
The application criteria are: EU or neighbouring country citizenship, age 18 to 30 years and to demonstrate a real interest in journalism through studies and/or work experience. Applications from former participants are not accepted.
Besides EU Member States and the United Kingdom, which other countries are accepted in the programme?
European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine*, Syria and Tunisia, as well as Armenia and Azerbaijan), EU candidate countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Türkiye and Ukraine) and potential candidates (Georgia, Kosovo**), European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) and the UK.
I am studying journalism in a communications degree. Am I eligible?
I am working part-time for a news outlet. Am I eligible?
I am no longer working as a journalist, but I used to study journalism 3 years ago. Am I eligible?
No. Only applicants with up to 2 years since graduation (calculated until the moment of the closing of the application period) are eligible.
I have been working as a journalist for 3 years. Am I eligible?
No. Only journalists with up to 2 years of experience (calculated until the moment of the closing of the application period) are eligible.
What themes should I focus on in my article and video report?
You must send a short article (2500 – 6250 characters), a photo report (three pictures) or a short video report (2 – 3 minutes) covering a project co-financed by the European Union (except for Erasmus+ study abroad projects). The article, photo or short video must cover the following topic: SKILLS.
What costs associated with coming to Brussels in October will be covered by the European Commission?
The Commission covers travel, food and accommodation. Most meals are also provided during the programme in October.
If selected, how long will I be in Brussels for?
You must come to Brussels from 7 to 13 October.
* This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue.
** This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.