The European Union Visitors Program (EUVP) invites young, promising leaders from countries outside the European Union to visit Europe to gain a first-hand appreciation of the EU’s goals, policies and peoples and to increase mutual understanding between professionals from non-EU countries and their EU counterparts.
The EUVP is jointly sponsored and administered by the European Parliament and the European Commission. An EUVP visit consists of an individual 5- to 8-day program of meetings with EU officials at the EU institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg and/or Luxembourg. All programs are coordinated and arranged by the EUVP Secretariat rather than by individual participants. Travel and per diem costs are covered by the EUVP.
The program has been in operation since 1974. That first year, 5 selected Americans made their way across the Atlantic. Since then, more than 600 have followed – by the end of 2003, 611 American grantees had visited the EU through the EUVP. In its first years of operation, the program was only open to Americans, its original impetus being to improve knowledge and understanding of EU development specifically among “shooting stars” from the United States. Since then, however, the scope of the program has grown considerably so that, in 2004, the EU welcomed 170 grantees from more than 70 different countries. Nevertheless, American participants continue to make up the largest single-country group. (Read about the history of the program)
Eligible participants include government officials (local, state, and federal), journalists, trade unionists, educators, officials of non-profit and non-governmental organizations, and other professionals aged 30-40 with career-related interests in the European Union. Ideally, candidates will be professionals in a field where their EUVP experience will enhance their understanding of EU-U.S. relations and contribute positively to their chosen career path. Basic knowledge of EU institutions and their functioning is a plus.
Please note that the EUVP is not designed as a program for students: participants are required to have completed their university education or equivalent training and to have been employed for several years in their chosen career field.
As mentioned above, in addition to the United States, EUVP candidates are selected from a large number of non-EU countries throughout the world. Non-US applicants should contact the EU Delegation in the country in which
they have citizenship.
EUVP participants are selected by a committee chaired jointly by staff of the European Parliament and the European Commission. Sixteen visitors from the United States are selected each year. The total number of visitors worldwide is generally about 160.
The Washington Delegation is responsible for applications from Americans, living and working in the United States. The Delegation has issued a call for participants at the end of December 2013.
Applications should be addressed to:
Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America
2175 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
The letter should be brief and must contain:
The deadline for applications is March 1st each year for the following year. Applications MUST be received in the Delegation’s office BEFORE March 1st. Faxed applications are accepted at (202) 429-1766, but must be followed by originals in hard copy.
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