The new application call for Young European Ambassadors will open in autumn 2023. Please check this website for updates or subscribe to our news alerts.


What is the eligibility criteria?
  • You are a citizen of one of the European Union Member States, the UK or one of the six Eastern partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova or Ukraine).
  • You are between 16 and 26 years old.
  • You have a good level of English.
  • You are interested in EU affairs and the partnership and cooperation between the EU and Eastern Partner countries.
  • You are interested in public diplomacy and public outreach activities, and are ready to share knowledge, experience and information with your peers and wider public.
  • You are motivated in contributing to the development of your community and country.
  • You are interested in voluntary activities and ready to dedicate sufficient time to be part of civic engagement activities.
How long does the process take to become a Young European Ambassador?

After the call for applications is closed, there are few more steps to follow, which require further input from the candidates. Selected candidates will be invited to an interview, afterwards, candidates who successfully pass the interview will be invited to provide additional information (e.g. provide a profile photo, sign consent forms, develop a description for the website profile etc.) and as a final step, their profiles will be sent for further approval (to the institutional stakeholders). The process from the date when the call for applications is closed until the final results takes approximately eight weeks.

How many Young European Ambassadors will be selected during each intake?

The YEAs initiative is a proactive one. As many interested candidates will be selected as are judged to be active, show interest and pass all the necessary stages.

I will be 16 very soon. Can I still apply to become a Young European Ambassador?

If you will be 16 within one month of expressing your interest in becoming a Young European Ambassador, then you are able to apply. Please note that selected candidates aged 16-17 will be exclusively eligible for online engagement and local activities in their respective countries, not for international travel.

I am 25 but very soon will be 26. Can I still apply to become a Young European Ambassador?

If there are more than six months until you turn 26 then you can apply.

What happens once I turn 27 as a YEA?

One of the determining factors of this initiative is its youth-focused approach through a network of YEAs in a similar age range. The YEAs initiative has from its inception been designed for young people aged between 16 and 26, and the majority of our civic engagement activities target youth within this age range. After an individual Young European Ambassador turns 27, they will no longer be a YEA and therefore will be unable to participate in/launch any civic engagement activity or participate in international events with the programme. They will also be removed from the official communication and respective chats. However, everyone, whatever their age has the opportunity to continue supporting the initiative in a new role by becoming a mentor or trainer. The EU NEIGHBOURS east team and Young European Ambassadors in-Country Coordinators will discuss these options with the prospective candidates on an individual basis. We do this to maintain the overall character of this initiative and offer the YEA experience to as many young people as possible across the EaP region, in the EU and the UK. The programme and its YEAs initiative will continue to keep in touch with the former YEAs in their future endeavours as young professionals and leaders of their communities.

How does COVID-19 affect YEA activities?

As the COVID-19 restriction have eased, YEAs organise multiple activities offline and online However, in case of any measures imposed by the country authorities due to COVID-19, all YEAs groups are requested to comply with the national guidelines.

  • Please note that any activities and actions will be organised on a voluntary basis and will not involve any remuneration or title. We acknowledge that you might be studying/working, thus the YEAs initiative has been designed to be flexible.
  • Please note that you must be 18 years old to participate in activities involving international travel. Selected candidates aged 16 to 17 will be exclusively eligible for online engagement and local activities in their respective countries.
  • Please note that the Young European Ambassadors initiative is an inclusive initiative committed to diversity. Young people from all backgrounds are invited to apply.
  • The Young European Ambassadors initiative is a non-political initiative. Any views expressed by the YEAs do not represent the overall opinions of the initiative, the EU NEIGHBOURS east programme or any EU institutions and agencies.

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