Opportunities database

Looking for an at-a-glance overview? Have a look at our calendar of opportunities for an annual overview of programmes, events and funding deadlines.

Cultural Exchange Ambassadors

Cultural Exchange Ambassadors are English & German Language Assistants working in the other country. The programme provides Ambassadors with the opportunity to meet each other, partner up and run bilateral projects together.

Deadline: 20 October 2021

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  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

UK-German Exchange Fellowships

This pilot programme offers UK pupils aged 15-18 the chance to spend one, two or three weeks at an existing partner school in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), carry out a project on a theme of their choice and stay with a host family. As part of this tandem initiative, a pupil in the UK applies in conjunction with a pupil at their German partner school, to take part in a two-way project exchange with reciprocal visits to each country taking place within a 12-month period.

Deadline: 15 November 2021

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  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

Virtual Conference on climate change (COP26)

In collaboration with the British Embassy Berlin and German Embassy London,and in the context of the UN Climate Conference COP26, UK-German Connection is holding a two-part virtual youth conference on the theme of climate change. Taking place in October and November 2021, this youth conference will focus on the role of local communities, cities, and regions in tackling the climate crisis.

Deadline: 30 September 2021

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  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

Professional Development Day for Teachers of German in Scotland

The Goethe-Institut Glasgow cordially invites teachers of German in Scotland to this event and CPD opportunity, which aims to support teachers in Scottish schools. They will offer practical suggestions, but also show the possibilities with German as a foreign language. And, of course, there will also be opportunity for exchange of experiences among colleagues.

Deadline: 28 September 2021

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75-years of UK-NRW friendship: Capture Your Connection!

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of friendship between the UK and North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), we want to showcase and give recognition to the fantastic connections that you have established and celebrate the many links that have been built over the years. Whether it’s a friendship, pen-pal exchange, school partnership or youth group exchange or other kind of connection between the UK and NRW, we’re inviting you to share it creatively, reflect on 75 years of collaboration and look to a future of activities and connections!

A selection of entries will be showcased on our website and social media channels throughout the anniversary year and there will be small ‘UK-NRW-75’ goodies for all submissions and the most creative entries will receive special prizes!

Deadline: 31 December 2021

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  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

UK-German Youth Council 2021-22

Do you want to join a lively network of young people and support UK-German Connection in the development of new opportunities for young people? Applications are now open for our UK-German Youth Council!

Young people from both countries aged 14-25 can join this consultation forum to develop new ideas and help co-design UK-German programmes and activities. We welcome applications from young people from all backgrounds and with a range of experiences and interests. German language skills are not a requirement.

Deadline: 24 August 2021

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  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

Host a Teacher from Germany – virtually or face-to-face

Whether travel is going to be possible or not, you can still bring authentic German language and culture to your classroom next academic year. Registration is now open to ‘Host a teacher from Germany’ – virtually or face-to-face – in 2021-22. We’ll put you in touch with a teacher from Germany and help you to plan your hosting experience, with ideas for presentations, interactive lessons, group language practice sessions and other bilateral activities between your classes.

We will be running online Q&A sessions for anyone interested in hosting. 

Deadline: 28 September 2021 (to host in spring and/or summer 2022)

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  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

Flexible Funding Scheme

The Flexible Funding Scheme supports joint activities and projects between UK and German partner schools and youth groups, including visits or virtual activities. Projects can be virtual or include mobility and grants of normally up to £10,000 are available (or £2,000 for virtual activities).

Deadline: 1 October 2021

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  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

Instant Impact

The Instant Impact grant supports first-time visits for groups of young people to a partner school or youth group in Germany. Funding of normally up to £2,500 is available, depending on the overall costs of the visit.

Deadline: Rolling (applications must be received at least six weeks in advance of the visit)

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  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

Partnership Visit Fund

The Partnership Visit Fund supports staff planning visits to set up new or foster on-going partnerships between schools and youth groups in the UK and Germany. Funding of normally up to £1,000 is available, depending on the overall costs of the visit.

Deadline: Rolling (applications must be received  at least six weeks in advance of the visit)

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  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK