Atlantische Initiative is launching the “Atlantic Expedition”, a fellowship designed to bring together the leaders of tomorrow and to revive interest in transatlantic partnership, by better harnessing the diversity of backgrounds, and therefore perspectives, that exists across the Atlantic today. Fellows will have the chance to travel to Germany and the US, attend workshops staffed by leading experts from a wide range of fields, and work collaboratively, first in a series of online workshops, then face-to-face, to devise concrete political recommendations for how to bring European-American relations into the future. The fellowship will culminate with the most distinguished participants being given the opportunity to present their conclusions in Berlin.

Benefits of Participation

  • Successful candidates can look forward to a weeklong trip to the US or Germany, full of activities for further exploration of the countries’ unique cultural and historical identities. Accommodation, eating and travel expenses contained within the trip itinerary are covered. Travel expenses for those required to cross the Atlantic will be covered up to 900,- EUR and up to 200,- EUR for fellows for whom the trip is domestic (e.g. German residents taking part in the Germany trip). Further information on travel is available on our FAQ page.
  • Several weeks of online teamwork and passionate debate with other fellows, from a wide variety of cultures, occupational backgrounds, nationalities, and academic disciplines. Together, you will publish a policy memo aimed at modernizing transatlantic relations, before meeting in the US or Germany to present your work, and receive feedback from an assortment of experts.
  • The opportunity to meet and collaborate with tomorrow’s opinion leaders and decision makers, to hear their perspectives, and to influence their opinions, in turn.
  • Construct an extensive professional network spanning a diverse range of working environments on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • Discover new ways of thinking and problem solving, and improve your understanding of complex geopolitical issues. Challenge your preconceptions, and benefit from the wealth of knowledge offered by other fellows.
  • Whether you are selected for the fellowship or not, we will publish all well-argued articles, submitted as part of your application giving your ideas wide exposure.
  • Enjoy an interdisciplinary approach, made possible by the diversity of backgrounds of the fellowship’s participants. It is regarded, by management experts and psychologists alike, as a highly effective way of working, both in terms of end results, and in terms of the benefits for individuals within the team.


Atlantische Initiative welcomes applications from any German or US citizen aged between 20-35. However, it should be understood that this fellowship is primarily aimed at including and empowering groups not traditionally included in transatlantic debates.

The success of this fellowship relies on original, carefully considered and thought-provoking arguments and perspectives. If you believe you fit the bill, then your application will be welcome.

We wish to stress that you absolutely do not have to be an expert in transatlantic matters in order to apply. We hope to receive articles from people who may not have previously given much thought to transatlantic relations in their traditional form, but who see potential for their own areas of interest to take on a transatlantic dimension.

For more information on which groups we particularly have in mind for the fellowship, please click here.

How to Apply

First Expedition

The deadline for applications has passed. High quality articles have been published and debated and the Fellows have been selected.

Second Expedition

If you wish to take part in the expedition to Houston and Chicago, taking place in September 2017, please:

  1. Subscribe to the expedition newsletter to receive relevant updates about the fellowship
  2. Send an email, by May 15, 2017 to atlantic-expedition(at), including:
    • 200-400 words stating your motivations for participating in the fellowship, written in your native language (included in the email body, rather than as an attachment)
    • A 1-page CV, in English or German
    • An article, in English (more information below)
    • A headshot photo, to feature alongside your article on our website
  3. Contribute to the multi-staged online debate from June 12 to August 25, 2017 (full timeline here)

Atlantic Basecamp

Applicants wishing to take part in the Atlantic Basecamp in Berlin in March 2018 must:

  1. Have taken part in either the first expedition to Germany or the second expedition to the US
  2. Be amongthe best 15 participants from the expedition you took part in

The Article

We would like to know, in 500-1000 words:

How do you assess the current state of transatlantic relations? Please analyze one of the main themes or actors, pointing out shortcomings and inefficiencies, as you perceive them.

Within your chosen broad field, an analysis of any subtopic is welcome – the goal is to determine which transatlantic issues are important to the younger generation, so do not be dissuaded from writing on any one particular area because you feel it may be marginal or niche.

Alternative and original points of view, informed by unconventional areas of expertise, are encouraged; a realignment of the foundations of transatlantic relations requires fresh perspectives, which in turn require that the debate more accurately reflect the diversity of today’s society.

Applicants are not expected to devise grand strategies, but rather should focus on one particular field.

The article will be assessed in a blind review. Participants in the program will be selected on the basis of their articles’ pertinence, structure, and originality.

The article should be written in English, saved as a Word file, and should take the following structure:

  • A short headline
  • The article body
  • An author byline (1-2 sentences about yourself for the reader’s benefit)

To give you some inspiration, here are some possible topic areas with accompanying questions.

We have also compiled an elementary list of factsheets and articles which you may find useful when writing your article

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.

For more information on Atlantische Initiative, please click here.

For more information on Atlantic Community, the think tank arm of Atlantische Initiative, please click here.

Supporters & Partners

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.

If you have any questions, check out our FAQ page, or contact us.