Open call for students – Deadline on 17 July 2023

The EU-funded project CrAFt – Creating Actionable Futures is looking for 8 students to join our project for at least 6 months. If you are eager to contribute to climate-neutrality in cities, you want to upscale your professional skills, particularly in international, interdisciplinary collaboration, and feel excited about being part of a Europe-wide project, this might be a unique opportunity for you.

If you are a student based in one of the CrAFt pilot cities Amsterdam, Bologna, Trondheim or Prague, this is your chance to contribute to transform your own city and others across Europe. 

Selected applicants will join CrAFt’s Core Group of Students. This group is responsible for proposing participatory models and setting up mechanisms to engage other students across 60 CrAFt cities. They also organise their own interdisciplinary student events. The Core Group of students is self-managed and supported by two coaches from ELIA, the European network for professional exchange and development in higher arts education.

The deadline for applications is Monday, 17 July 2023.

Who can join the CrAFt Core Group? 

CrAFt is recruiting (up to) eight students with diverse backgrounds, academic disciplines and interests to join the Core Group. 


  • You are enthusiastic about interdisciplinary work. You are willing to look beyond your own discipline and keen on exploring diverse models of collaborating. 
  • You are interested in creating tools and opportunities for exchange, connecting students, internationally acclaimed policy makers, partners from the industry and other urban stakeholders. 
  • You actively engage in student-activities, student-projects and organisations, and are looking forward to exchanging with an international group of students. 

You want to be at the forefront of the transition to climate-neutrality and develop your leadership skills. 

Eligibility criteria

  • You are studying at one of the following higher education institutions:
    • In Amsterdam: Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences – AUAS, Amsterdam University of the Arts – AHK, Gerrit Rietveld Academie;
    • In Bologna: University of Bologna – UNIBO; 
    • In Prague: Czech Technical University in Prague – CVUT, Academy of Fine Arts in Prague – AVU, Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague – UMPRUM, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague – HAMU, Charles University; 
    • In Trondheim: Norwegian University of Science and Technology – NTNU.
  • You are enrolled in a Bachelors, Masters, or pre-Masters programme during the 2023-2024 academic year, all fields of study are welcome.
  • You are willing and able to combine participation in the CrAFt Core Group of students for a minimum period of six months with your study programme. Expected time investment is 1 day (6 to 8 hours) per week.

What to do next?

Read the full open call for the Core Group of Students.

If you still have any questions, check the Frequently Asked Questions about CrAFt and the Core Group of Students

Testimonials from previous participants

I learned a lot about the management and organization of sustainable and interdisciplinary events (Évora Think/Do Tank). I gained an understanding of how the CrAFt project supported sustainability in cities works in general.”

Galina Voitenko, student at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

My collaboration skills improved. It helped me pay more attention to being “active” in my team. And this reflected in my team work for my masters program.”

Mercy Oluokun, student at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS).

By participating in the Core Group, I learned collaboration and teamwork. I learned to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds, developed interpersonal skills and learned how to achieve common goals. Additionally, I learned project management skills by planning, organizing and executing tasks within a given timeframe. This project also helped me expand my professional network. Finally, I got a deeper understanding of the EU’s initiatives and policies through this project.”

Angela Subedi, student at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Participating as a member of the Core Group allowed me to test and implement my skills within a work context, for the first time outside the university projects. I learned so much thanks to the interdisciplinary environment that CrAFt supports and personally, I also understood better how to build relationships with other possible partners, stakeholders and guests.”

Federica De Vigili, student at University of Bologna (UNIBO).

The CrAFt Core Group organised an interdisciplinary student event in Évora, Portugal last May. The event was called “CrAFt Your Urban Experience: A pop-up student think/do tank to reimagine Évora”. Take a look at the event photos (photographer: Beatriz Nunes).