The Atlantic Expedition is a German-American fellowship program initiated by the non-profit organization Atlantische Initiative e.V.

The fellowship aims to empower a younger and more diverse generation of leaders in transatlantic relations. Throughout the program, participants from both sides of the Atlantic discuss and implement creative and innovative ideas on how to modernize transatlantic relations.

US and German citizens between the age of 20 and 35 with a committed interest in US-European relations were invited to apply to this program.

The program consists of two expeditions and an Atlantic Basecamp with 30 participants each.
 The first part of the program took place in spring 2017 in Germany. Participants joined an online discussion, a memo workshop and a joint trip to Hamburg, Dresden and Berlin to develop policy recommendations and create the Atlantic Memo "Transatlantic Relations in a New Era: The Next Generation Approach". The focus of the second Atlantic Expedition is on communication strategies and the development of a new narrative for transatlantic relations. Applicants were invited to submit creative and innovative ideas that can contribute to the modernization of transatlantic relations in the field of strategy & communication. The second expedition also consists of an online discussion, a memo workshop and a trip to Chicago and Houston. During the upcoming USA trip in October 2017, selected participants will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas and proposals with representatives from politics, business and civil society. Upon completion of the trip, the recommendations that were developed during the Second Expedition will also be published in an Atlantic Memo. All results will be brought together and presented during an Atlantic Basecamp in spring 2018 in Berlin.

While the application deadlines for this Atlantic Expedition have passed, we encourage an open and inclusive debate and love to receive your feedback and hear your ideas - feel free to get in touch with any input you might have!

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About Us

The Atlantische Initiative e.V. is a non-partisan, non-profit, and independent organization founded in Berlin in 2004. We aim to foster open and inclusive transatlantic dialogue and encourage constructive foreign policy debates. We believe that a strong partnership between America and Europe is crucial in order to jointly tackle the problems of the 21st century. Our key goal is therefore to broaden understanding and discussion of the issues affecting transatlantic relations through a variety of projects, both online and offline, including this fellowship.

For more information on the Atlantische Initiative, please click here. Atlantic Community, the open think tank of Atlantische Initiative, can be accessed via the following link.


Our Supporters

The Atlantic Expedition 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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