Transatlantic cooperation is suffering something of an identity crisis. TTIP is widely perceived not as being to the benefit of consumers, workers and small businesses, but rather as a collusion between large multinationals and governments on both sides of the Atlantic. NATO, perhaps the transatlantic institution that first comes to mind, struggles for support from its member populations. The younger generation, for whom the Cold War and Marshall Plan are merely history topics, appears particularly disaffected. There is clearly a feeling that the transatlantic partnership is the domain of a select elite, increasingly out of touch with today’s diverse society.

Atlantische Initiative strongly believes that transatlantic cooperation remains in the public interest, and that only by tackling the problems of the 21st century together, united by our common principles and fundamentals, can Europe and the US continue to thrive in a rapidly changing political environment. We believe that there is much greater scope for EU-American partnership to serve as a leader and norm shaper in setting high standards in areas such as carbon emissions, labor laws and intellectual property, but also in relatively unchartered domains, such as international cyberspace governance.

The question is how to rekindle enthusiasm for European-American partnership, particularly with the younger generation, and how to recalibrate the transatlantic agenda to fit a shifting set of priorities, and to meet new challenges.

To this end, Atlantische Initiative invites the leaders of tomorrow to meet today, to combine their talents, with the aim of modernizing the transatlantic agenda. We have 30 Fellowships to offer. (Ten positions for Germans living in Germany, ten for Germans in the US and ten for Americans in the US.)

We aim to empower young people from sections of society which have tended to be underrepresented in this debate, and therefore particularly encourage applications from:

  • MBA and Masters in International Relations students from the Midwest, the South, and on the West Coast of the US, as well as in Eastern Germany, or attending universities or colleges in those regions
  • Young business strategists at large companies
  • Up and coming staff members at business associations, NGOs and think tanks
  • Students at military universities, as well as armed services personnel, particularly those stationed in the other country (e.g. US armed force personnel stationed in Germany)
  • People from minority groups, or of immigrant background

Regardless of your academic or professional history, irrespective of your cultural or socioeconomic background, we want to hear your arguments.

Transatlantic matters affect everyone, and ought therefore to be discussed by everyone, not simply by experts.

US and German citizens between the ages of 20 and 35 with a committed interest in European-American relations are urged to apply to this program. We still welcome articles, to be published on our website, by non US/German citizens. However, due to grant restrictions, we regret that we cannot offer full participation.


About Us

Atlantische Initiative, founded in Berlin in 2004, aims to foster transatlantic solidarity and encourage constructive foreign policy debate. It is our belief that only by tackling the problems of the 21st century together can Europe and America continue to thrive and prosper. To this end, we run a variety of projects, including this fellowship.

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Our Supporters

The program is supported by the Transatlantic Program of the German Federal Government, with funding from the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, as well as the Haniel Foundation, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Friede Springer Foundation, and Microsoft.

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