european students’ union

Together, Moving Forward

Applications open for Together Moving Forward 2019

Call for creative projects supporting refugees’ inclusion

‘Together, Moving Forward’ is a small grants programme run by the European Students’ Union (ESU) aiming at building positive refugee-host interactions across Europe.

We kicked off this programme in the winter of 2016. Since then, we supported more than 32 valuable projects, shared views with resourceful activists and creative change-makers. We are also still confronted with little or uneven progress made by European governments and education systems, and perhaps an even more polarized public discourse regarding refugees and migrants.

We want to continue our efforts to encourage and promote valuable and viable options for refugees and asylum seekers to access and benefit from education and be part of our communities.

We are inviting and supporting university students and refugees to work together and get the system “unstuck”.

It’s time to combine your creativity to kick-start actions in Europe that tackle the main barriers limiting the access and inclusion of refugees and asylum seekers in education and society!

Our objectives

With this programme, we want to inspire change and:

  • Reshape public discourse around forced migration and confront hate speech in our societies
  • Inspire student-led initiatives addressing refugees’ and asylum seekers’ living conditions and not least their access to education
  • Build capacity for student representatives to be more responsive to issues related to forced migration, focusing on social inclusion and access to education
  • Empower National Student Unions to promote and advocate for clear policies that ease the access of refugees and asylum seekers to Higher Education
  • Open up to new student groups and other stakeholders active on refugee issues, especially education
  • Build long-lasting links between refugees, their communities, and student communities

How to apply

Get your idea funded up to 10.000 EUR (12.000 EUR for international projects)

To get you started:

 The deadline for applications (Stage 1) is the 28th of February 2019 (23:59 Brussels time)

Need more help from ESU?

Contact Fanchon, our programme coordinator, at with specific questions. If you prefer the phone, call +32 2 893 25 48 during working hours

Discuss it with one of the former grantees (find contacts on the website).


Need some inspiration? You can check the projects page while you’re preparing your own application.

Newsletter sign-up

We make sure you dont miss any news