Become a Horizon Europe Young Observer

Published: 21. apr. 2022

As part of the European Year of Youth 2022, master's students in the EU are invited to become "Young Observers" in Horizon Europe proposal evaluations. This means you will see how the EU selects projects for funding. Once selected as a Young Observer you will be invited to participate in Horizon Europe call evaluations taking place from September 2022. The evaluations cover all fields of science in the broad sense, ranging from social sciences and humanities to natural sciences and engineering. You will take part from the beginning of the evaluations of the relevant call to the recommendation of funded proposals in the so-called ‘panel meeting’. The evaluations take place online, but in limited cases an onsite evaluation meeting in Brussels might take place. In case of onsite participation, the travel and accommodation costs and a daily allowance will be covered by the European Commission. You will receive an introductory seminar that will cover all aspects of the evaluation, including practical training and ethical issues (confidentiality, conflicts of interest, code of conduct, etc.) to help you become sufficiently familiar with the process and topics evaluated and make the most of your experience. From the start of your observation of the evaluation process, you will be matched with a mentor from the European Commission, who will accompany you throughout the process.

Who can apply?

Students currently enrolled in a master’s programme, in any discipline, at a university in an EU Member State can apply to this initiative. Students from disadvantaged and diverse backgrounds or belonging to vulnerable and marginalised groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

How to apply?

If you are eligible, you can apply by filling your profile in the Horizon Europe Funding and Tenders Portal, following the guidance:

You also need to include a short description of your motivation to become a Young Observer explaining why you should be selected, as well as enclose a recommendation letter from your supervisor/professor. The selection process for the Young Observers is continuous, from the opening of the call (1st April 2022) to call closure (14 December 2022).

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