Apply for the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship!

Please note: Application deadline has passed. 

We are looking for driven young leaders, currently studying in Gymnasium, to participate in the 2020 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship this summer! The fellowship is a fully funded 4-week State Department program for young Europeans to learn more about the United States, youth engagement, democracy and civil society engagement, and economic prosperity. The program takes place in Indiana, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and Chicago and all travel within the U.S. is organized by the program organizers.

The program takes place in June and July 2020 at Purdue University, Indiana.

The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship is an intensive short-term exchange program, created to foster relationships among young Europeans and Americans to build strong linkages and awareness of shared values.  The four week program will enable teenagers, ages 16-18, to explore U.S. foreign policy priorities such as youth engagement, support for democracy and civil society, and economic prosperity.  The program will consist of a series of lectures, seminar discussions and presentations, and a broad assortment of practical, faculty- and mentor-led workshops.  The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by community service activities, site visits, social and cultural activities, and homestays with American families to deepen participants’ experience of U.S. society during their exchange.

During the academic residency, participants also will have the opportunity to discuss other topics such as democratic practices, conflict resolution, problem solving, communication skills, critical thinking, tolerance and respect for diversity, youth leadership, team building, and the media.  The institute will explore how freedom of expression provides rights to and imposes responsibilities on citizens.

The exchange is fully funded and U.S. Embassy Sweden will assist the selected participant with travel and visa application. The visa application requires a visa interview in Stockholm in person.

U.S. Embassy Sweden are looking for a candidate to represent Sweden on the exchange to the United States and encourage all qualified applicants to click the link below to see the application. The application deadline is February 16 and successful applicants will be contacted to set up a Skype interview.

More information about the program (note that the participant from Sweden is an International Applicant and applies through the link below): https://www.education.purdue.edu/ben-franklin-institute/. Please note that the application deadline has passed. 

Link to Sweden’s Application

For questions regarding the program, please email stkexchange@state.gov.