Call for Applications: “21st Century Europe Talent Award”, Deadline February 28 (CIDOB, Barcelona)

CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs) and Fundació Catalunya Europa, with the support of the Banco Sabadell Foundation, call for entries for the second “21st Century Europe Talent Award”.

The “21st Century Europe Talent Award” recognises high quality academic work that takes an original analytical approach and includes research applied to the present challenges Europe must face, both internal and international.

The award seeks research on European issues, with a focus on:
– The challenges of European integration
– European policies in the economic, social and political fields
– The European Union as a global player

– Candidates must be younger than 45 years old on December 31st 2021
– The research may be academic work, doctoral theses, final master’s projects or other research written in the past year that has not previously won a prize or been published
– The works should be of between 10,000 and 15,000 words
– The works must be individual
– The works must include applied research and innovative proposals
– The research may be submitted in Catalan, Spanish or English
– Only one work per author will be considered in the “Programa Talent Global” call

The call will open on November 1st 2021.
The submission deadline is February 28th 2022.
The works must include a title and reference to one of the themes identified in this call.

Documentation to submit:
– One bound copy and one digital copy of the work. All copies must be anonymous
–  A summary of the work (approximately 300 words) including an explanation of its appropriateness and impact

The documentation, including the title of the work, the thematic area of the research and the candidate’s personal details and CV, should be submitted in a sealed envelope to CIDOB’s headquarters (C/Elisabets, 12, 08001 Barcelona) by post or in person between the hours of 8am and 8pm. The digital copy (PDF format) should be sent to seleccio[at] with the title “21st Century Europe Talent Award”.

Format and style:
The works should be submitted in Microsoft Word documents, Times New Roman 12 or Arial 11 font with 1.5 line spacing. If the material contains graphics and figures, they should be in .jpg or .xls format and numbered consecutively within each chapter. A complete list of references should be included at the end of the text and cited in the body of the text in the format (surname, year: page).

Selection and notification process:
The award will be judged by a jury formed of a member of the CIDOB management, a member of Fundació Catalunya Europa, a member proposed by the Banco Sabadell Foundation, and three experts on the themes of the call. 

The award may be declared void if the works submitted do not reach the required standards. 
The results of the award will be announced by May 31st 2022.

Endowment of the award:
The “21st Century Europe Talent Award” is endowed with a €2,500 prize. Once the winner has been announced and the author has signed the corresponding contract in accordance with the applicable law, the prize money will be sent by bank transfer. The applicable taxes will be deducted. The winning work may be published as part of the editorial output of CIDOB and/or the Fundació Catalunya Europa. Before publication, changes and modifications may be suggested to the author.

Public presentation:
The public presentation of the winning work will form part of the “Banco Sabadell Foundation Dialogues”, which will take place during the second half of June 2022 at CIDOB’s headquarters (C/Elisabets, 12, 08001 Barcelona). 

The “Banco Sabadell Foundation Dialogues” will consist of a conference featuring two sessions of public dissemination of the works awarded the “21st Century Europe Talent Award” and the “Global Challenges Talent Award”. Each session will take the form of a dialogue between the prize-winner and a specialist speaker on the winning topic.  

Intellectual property:
By accepting the prize the author assigns the rights to use the study exclusively to CIDOB and Fundació Catalunya Europa. This assignment includes the rights of reproduction, distribution, public communication and translation, for use in any format, medium or language. 

Both institutions will be entitled to digitally store and reproduce the study and make it available to the public through the internet, as well as signing agreements with third parties to enable its optimal use in various formats. 

Accepting the award is incompatible with any financial assistance provided by another institution to carry out the same study. No rights shall be transferred for the works of unsuccessful applicants. 

Protection of personal data:
Applicants’ data will be processed in order to manage the selection process. The responsible party for the data processing is CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs). The legal basis for the data processing is the consent given when submitting the application.

The data will not be transferred to third parties, other than to meet CIDOB’s legal or contractual obligations. The data and CVs of unsuccessful candidates will be destroyed within a maximum period of six months after the resolution of the call. For more information or to exercise your rights of access, rectification, deletion, opposition, limitation or portability of your personal data, please write to the Security and Ethics Committee, C/ Elisabets 12, 08001 Barcelona, or email privacy[at]

>> Download the bases of the Global Talent Program- “21st Century Europe Talent Award” – here

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