3 April 2018

Offer children and youths a solid foundation

Youth, Education and Society Fellowship

Will you accept the challenge?

Have you recently graduated? If so, the Youth, Education and Society Fellowship gives you the opportunity to contribute to a solid foundation for children and youths. Keep reading and sign up!

Together, how can we give children and young adults a solid foundation?

Educator Micha de Winter propagates the 'pedagogical civil society' concept, which means that parenting is a shared task between all adults in a child's life. Together, how do we give children and youths a solid foundation, helping them grow up in safety and with abundant opportunities in their own environment? To this end, how do we make use of the social network and the individual strength of families?

The Youth, Education and Society Fellowship seeks practical answers to these questions from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. We need you!

What will you be doing?

You will come up with a socially relevant, interdisciplinary challenge that relates to the core questions of this fellowship: the foundation for essays, tools, classes, lectures and workshops in which students, scholars, professionals and policymakers can get to work.

You will share the results of your work through academic media and with a wider audience through an annual symposium as well as through the channels of the Netherlands Youth Institute and Utrecht University.

What will you get in return?

You will establish a network and gain experience in teaching. Moreover, you will launch your career; for example, by writing a proposal for long-term research on the same theme.

You will receive supervision from the Netherlands Youth Institute and Utrecht University. Prof. Micha de Winter is part of the supervisory committee.

Submit your proposal!

Did you obtain your Master's at Utrecht University during the 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 academic year, or can you prove that you will graduate in 2018? If so, we look forward to receiving the proposal for your challenge on an issue related to youth, education and society! Please submit your proposal no later than 1 September 2018 to  secretariaatpedagogiek@uu.nl.

Your proposal:

  • describes a current challenge relevant to the emphasis of the Youth, Education and Society Fellowship;
  • describes the social impact realised by solving this challenge;
  • assumes an interdisciplinary approach and describes the academic framework that inspires you to define your challenge and find a solution;
  • contains a preliminary, general working plan that indicates on which solutions you want to be active during your year as a fellow.

For more information, please contact  prof. dr. Mariëtte de Haan at Utrecht University or Kees Bakker at the Netherlands Youth Institute..

Download the application form now!


  • Proposals may be submitted by graduates who earned their Master's degree at Utrecht University in the 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 academic year and by students who can prove that they will graduate in 2018.
  • Teaching in the Pedagogical Sciences programme represents 0.2 FTE of the fellowship and will be tailored to the project that the fellow will carry out (includes supervising Bachelor's theses on this project under the guidance of a lecturer-researcher).
  • The boost to the fellow's career perspective is part of the appointment and the support, provided that it is aimed at reinforcing the theme of youth, education and society.
  • Notification of the winning candidate will take place on 1 October 2018. The fellow will start no later than 1 November 2018 and will be appointed to either Utrecht University or the Netherlands Youth Institute for the period of one year.
  • Utrecht University and the Netherlands Youth Institute award the Youth, Education and Society Fellowship once a year.

Dynamics of Youth

In dealing with social problems, you need to start with the children. Within the Utrecht University theme Dynamics of Youth, scientists from all fields of expertise study how young people develop in our rapidly changing society.