European Union Youth Sounding Board for International Partnerships in Belgium 2021

The European Commission invites applications for the European Union Youth Sounding Board for International Partnerships in Belgium in 2021.

Youth empowerment is a top priority for EU Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, and the EU believes that young people must be involved in shaping and implementing its external action. The Youth Sounding Board aims to create a real, fundamental, long-lasting change in how the EU engages with young people in its development cooperation.

At least four meetings will take place every year – virtually and, when the situation allows, in-person in Brussels. The Youth Sounding Board members will commit for two years, for about 15 days a year.

Worth of Award

YSB members will serve an unpaid mandate of two years. However, travel and other related expenses will be covered. They will engage in activities aiming at:

  • providing advice to the Commissioner and DG INTPA on policies related to youth and especially on youth participation and empowerment through international partnership;
  • supporting DG INTPA and the Commissioner in monitoring the rollout and the use of tools strengthening youth participation and empowerment.


All candidates must fulfil the following eligibility criteria

  • be between the age of 18-30 at the end of the application period.
  • have a good command of English.
  • hold the nationality of or be a resident in one of the eligible countries.
ALSO READ:   Education for Sustainable Development ESD Okayama Award in Japan in 2021

The Youth Sounding Board will be composed of 25 young people from across the world (EU and non-EU countries),
in particular:

  • 15 individuals with practical experience in youth participation processes and youth policies.
  • 10 representatives of youth organisations/ networks.

It will include motivated young people from

  • Africa,
  • the Middle East, Asia,
  • the Pacific and
  • Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as
  • Europe.

For this purpose, the YSB members will, among others:

  • hold at least 4 meetings per year;
  • discuss and deal with ad-hoc issues or requests using online tools and platforms;
  • build links with similar structures and existing youth initiatives at the international, regional and country level, both in the EU and in the partner countries.

How to Apply

Candidates can choose one of the following two options:


Individual candidates can apply to become members of the European Union Youth Sounding Board. They will be selected based on:

  • Experience in youth participation and youth empowerment;
  • Outreach and youth engagement skills and experience, including work with youth organisations and experience with youth that are in disadvantaged or vulnerable situations;
  • Communication skills including language skills and experience with traditional and social media;
  • Creativity and motivation, including ideas for YSB functioning and activities.
ALSO READ:   DAAD Scholarship for BIGS-DR Doctoral Programme at University of Bonn in Germany 2022


  • Youth organisations can nominate two individuals, preferably with a diverse profile both in terms of age and gender, to become members of the YSB on their behalf.
  • Each nominated candidate must apply individually.
  • Candidates will be requested to upload a pdf-scan of the signed nomination letter and provide further information about their organisation. 

Deadline: April 26, 2021.

Click here for more details and to apply