Call for Applications: Become a YPAN Peace Fellow

Youth Peace Ambassadors
5 min readJan 16, 2023


Building Competencies in Peace-Building — Promoting culture of peace via strengthening cooperation of youth peace workers

For the “Peace fellowship” program, we are

looking for: 24 peace fellows;

being residents in one of the partner countries: Germany, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, Kosovo*, France, and Poland;

when: first training 26 March — 02 April 2023 (including travel dates);

Where: Germany and Poland;

Deadline for application: 6th February 2023

Link to apply: HERE

Why does this project take place?

In the times like these, when violence is escalating all around the world and many people are affected by wars and violent conflicts, talking about peace education and culture of peace has never been more important. Choosing nonviolence and human rights respect became crucial in order to foster nonviolent actions and nonviolent conflict transformation processes. Therefore, we created a project “Peace fellowship” in order to support processes of building peace and develop the competencies of future peace-builders.

If becoming a peace-builder has been something you always dreamed about — this is a chance for you!


The project “Peace Fellowship” — Promoting culture of peace via strengthening
cooperation of youth peace workers — aims to build the capacity of the partnering organizations and the Youth Peace Ambassadors Network in general, to increase the quality of their work and share innovative practices through developing the Peace Fellowship and empowering the Fellows with peace-building instruments in their communities.


  • To increase partner organizations’ capacity and knowledge on: human rights, peace education, conflict management, research methods, and advocacy campaigns.
  • To allow organizations to boost their cooperation, bring innovative approaches to their work, and increase the quality of their activities through developing the Toolkit of practices and methods of Peace Fellowship.
  • To gain a better understanding of country-specific human rights issues. Introduce Fellows with existing instruments and best practices for solving these issues and stir up networking with local and national experts, stakeholders, and decision-makers.
  • Raise public awareness around human rights issues in local communities through educational activities, advocacy campaigns, and other actions.


“Peace Fellowship” is a long-term program. When applying for it, it means you are willing to take part in:

  1. E-Learning;
  2. Two training courses:

Training “Transforming Conflicts — Building Communities” (26.03. — 02.04.2023, Brandenbur; Germany);

Training Course “Advocacy for Peace” (Autumn, Poland);

3. Follow-up actions: mapping local realities, planning and implementing local actions.

Fellowship Activities


For the “Peace Fellowship” Programme we are looking for:

  • youth workers and youth leaders working in the field of human rights and peacebuilding;
  • staff and professionals involved in education, and training who are willing to improve their competencies in activism and peace education;
  • trainers or educators in non–formal education;
  • young people who believe in positive changes in their communities;

Also, future peace fellows should be:

  • mostly aged between 18 and 35 years (exceptions are possible if duly justified);
  • able to work in English;
  • residing in Germany, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, Kosovo*, France, or Poland;
  • available and fully committed to taking part in the whole duration of the project (e-learning, two training courses, local actions implementation);
  • curious, open-minded, appreciate diversity, and learn about each other’s realities;
  • motivated to learn and apply the gained competencies in their work

As a YPAN Peace Fellow, you will 👇

  • improve your knowledge of Human rights and human rights protection, peacebuilding, and conflict transformation;
  • develop practical skills in identifying issues, planning and implementing advocacy and awareness-raising campaigns online and offline;
  • contribute to the development of the competency framework for peace education;
  • be supported in your further engagement through the online learning process and your further engagement with the Youth Peace Ambassadors Network and your local organization.


The “Peace Fellowship” Program will be e based on the principles of non-formal education.

We will implement the basic elements of non-formal education, such as the education being voluntary, organized with educational objectives, participatory and learner-centered, about learning life skills and preparing for active citizenship, based on involving both individual and group learning with a collective approach, holistic and process-oriented, as well as based on experience and action (we will plan the follow-up activities) and starts from the needs of the participants.

Basically is a peer-to-peer (you teach & learn from others) approach. 😊


Access to free education and empowerment is one of our main principles. That’s why, through the support of the ERASMUS + program, we are able to provide this training for you for FREE.

And a bit about ourselves 👇
Youth Peace Ambassadors Network

The Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (YPAN) is an informal network of 118 young peacebuilders from across Europe who work with and in conflict-affected communities.

The majority of the members of the network are trained on human rights, non-formal education, and conflict transformation by the Council of Europe in the long-term project (2011–2014).

Our Mission: The YPA Network wants to develop a culture of peace by empowering young people, and promoting human rights, dignity, equality, and respect for diversity through education, advocacy, and other non-violent actions through projects at the local and international levels.

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Peace Up! — Verein für Friedenspädagogik und gewaltfreier Konflikttransformation

Peace Up! is an organization established in 2020, with objectives to promote the theory and practice of peace education, non-violent conflict transformation and reconciliation work at local, national, and international level and to raise public awareness of the ideas of peace work and non-violence. Peace Up! is engaged in organizing and implementing seminars, workshops, training courses and further education and scientific papers and cultural products in the theory and practice of peace education, youth work, non-violent conflict transformation and reconciliation work.

DEADLINE — 6 February 2023


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“Peace Fellowship” is a project financed by the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme.



Youth Peace Ambassadors

The YPA Network is an informal network of 114 youth leaders and peacebuilders, from diverse backgrounds working for peace.