Application Deadline: Varying by Country
The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute fosters relationships among the younger generation of Europeans and Americans to build strong linkages and an awareness of shared values. The summer Institute engages 45 teenagers from Europe and ten American teenagers (ages 16 – 18) in a four-week U.S.-based exchange program that aims to reinforce the transatlantic relationship.
During the Institute, participants will explore transatlantic relations, leadership development, critical thinking, diplomacy, community activism, and the media in order to unite young adults around common goals, using the legacy of Benjamin Franklin as a framework. American youth are eligible to participate in the institute, but do not travel abroad.
Goals of the Institute
- to develop a commitment to transatlantic cooperation;
- to foster relationships between American and European youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups;
- to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Europe/Eurasia;
- to develop a cadre of youth leaders who will share their knowledge and skills with their peers through positive action.
The four-week Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute enables 16-18 year old secondary school or gymnasium students (born between June 22, 1999 and June 22, 2002) to participate in intensive activities such as training sessions, workshops, community-based programs, study tours, and cultural events. Participants will work together on a joint project that presents and promotes the stated goals and objectives of the Institute.
Participants must be:
- Between ages 16-18, and;
- All European countries are eligible to participate.
Not open to public applications. Candidates are invited or nominated to participate.
- Between 16 and 18 years of age as of June 22 in the program year;
- Highly proficient in English to be demonstrated in a personal interview;
- Committed to enrolling in high school or university in their home countries;
- Demonstrate strong leadership potential and interest in transatlantic relations and diplomacy;
- Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
- Sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by academic grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
- Demonstrate a commitment to community and extracurricular activities;
- Have had no prior U.S. study or travel experience in the United States;
- Mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful and inquisitive;
- Willing and able to fully participate in an intensive summer program, community service, and active educational travel program;
- Comfortable with campus life, shared living accommodations, travel and interaction with a multinational, coed group of participants from across Europe and the U.S., and comfortable with engaging various Americans in the broader community; able to adjust to cultural and social practices different from those of their home countries.
Costs for all U.S.-based activities will be covered by the organizers and hosts in the U.S.
International travel and pre-departure costs will be covered by the U.S. Embassy or home country partners and /or sponsors secured by the embassy.
All embassies will provide a pre-departure orientation to the accepted Fellow(s) to review the details of the program, cross-cultural issues, travel and financial matters. Since many participants will be minors and will be traveling from their home country alone, the U.S. grantee organization will provide adult chaperones who will accompany participants on flights between one or two European airports to the location of Summer Institute and back.
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