Apply for the EP4U Student Contest! Deadline: 23 January 2022

Under the newly launched ‘EP4U – European Policies for You’ project, the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) is organising a student contest calling for students to draft policy recommendations for the European Union and the European Parliament in four thematic areas: 


The general objective of the student contest is twofold:

  • To raise university students’ awareness of EU policy-making and engage them with the work of the EU and the EP in the above-mentioned policy area; and
  • To promote civic engagement of young people in the future of Europe.

Students should provide original policy recommendations in their papers. Some examples of topics are provided; however, students are not bound to these topics and new ideas & topics are welcome.


The applicants should be an undergraduate (BA), a graduate student (MA) or should have graduated in the last year from university.

  • Interested students should submit a short policy brief (1000-1500 words), reflecting on their chosen theme. The policy brief should contain concrete recommendations to policymakers in the specific policy area chosen (see below). View our guidelines for more information.
  • The language of the policy paper should strictly be English.

Papers should be submitted no later than 23 January 2022 (midnight) to tanguy.babled[at] and hugh.evans[at] with “EP4UContest_Topic_LAST NAME” as the subject of the email, where topic refers to one of the four main topics of the EP4U project (climate and environment; employment and social policies; migration and asylum; and non-discrimination and protection of fundamental rights). For any question on the contest, please send an e-mail to tanguy.babled[at]


The results of the contest will be announced in early 2022. The winning authors will be invited to participate free of charge in TEPSA’s Pre-Presidency Conference, taking place in Prague, in May 2022, with travel and accommodation costs covered (up until €350). They will also join the EP4U Online Final Conference in May 2022, to present their recommendations to MEPs and researchers.

TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conferences (PPCs) are the main flagship activity of the organisation that bring together academics and researchers from the broad TEPSA network, policy-makers, media and civil society in order to discuss the agenda and challenges of the upcoming Council Presidencies. Student winners will have the opportunity to contribute to the organisation of the event and act as rapporteurs for some of the panel discussions.

Furthermore, the student winner will have the opportunity to present their policy recommendations to researchers and MEPs during the online EP4U final conference in May/June 2022. Additionally, the 4 policy recommendations will be published on TEPSA’s website and shared on social media.