2024 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship
Call for Applications for 2024 is now: OPEN
The application deadline is 11:59 PM on Monday, February 5, 2024
Please read all of the following information prior to submitting an application; the application link is at the bottom of this page.
The U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg is pleased to invite high school students in Luxembourg to apply for a four-week summer Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship. We are looking for aspiring young leaders who want to work with American and other European youth to build a network that will lead to a lifetime of change!
The 2024 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship will last four weeks from June 22-July 20, 2024, at Purdue University in West Layfette, Indiana (pending availability of funds).
About the Program
The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship (BFTF) empowers and fosters relationships among the younger generation of Europeans and Americans to build strong linkages and an awareness of shared values. The initiative is named after the legendary American statesman and diplomat, Benjamin Franklin, in honor of the inspiration his own life and career provides to those who are working to strengthen transatlantic cooperation.
The four-week program will enable students, 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. Upon their return home, participants will implement service projects in their communities and present an alumni project plan to a youth-serving or youth-centered organization in their home country.
More information on the program: https://www.education.purdue.edu/ben-franklin-institute/
All program costs will be covered by the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs, and the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg, including visa, travel, lodging, educational materials, ground transportation expenses, and travel insurance.
Participants will travel to the United States on J-1 visas and will have to be able to meet all travel requirements applicable at the time of departure.
We are looking for candidates who:
- were born between June 23, 2005, and June 22, 2008 (i.e., be 16, 17, or 18 years of age at the time of the program start);
- are a Luxembourgish citizen or legal permanent resident of Luxembourg;
- are highly proficient in English, as demonstrated in a virtual interview;
- demonstrate strong leadership potential and interest in transatlantic relations and diplomacy;
- demonstrate a commitment to community and extracurricular activities;
- have had little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States;
- are mature, responsible, independent, confident, openminded, tolerant, thoughtful and inquisitive;
- are willing and able to fully participate in an intensive summer program, with community service and educational travel.
Candidates must also exhibit demonstrable interest in pursuing leadership opportunities in Luxembourg and convey a genuine desire to learn about the United States and its people, society, and institutions.
They are expected to fully participate in the academic program and the follow-on activities in Luxembourg. As the program starts on June 22, if selected the candidate will also need to obtain permission from their school direction to be excused from classes for the final weeks of the school year.
NOTE: Candidates having U.S. citizenship (including dual citizens) are not eligible for the BFTF program.
Application Requirements and Procedure
The Application Process:
1. Complete the application form at this link in its entirety, including essay questions. Candidates may wish to write their essays separately first before filling out the application form to prevent any lost work in the event of connectivity issues while applying.
2 OPTIONAL: Candidates may also identify one recent educator, mentor, or other non-family member who can speak to their qualifications, leadership skills, and fit for the program. Recommenders should submit a letter of no more than 500 words in English to firstname.lastname@example.org by the application deadline. They should use the subject line ‘2024 BFTF [Insert candidate name] Recommendation.’ Please indicate in the application form who your recommender is.
3. If you have trouble filling out the application form, please email us at email@example.com .
4. Please make sure that you submit your application by February 5, 2024! The application form will close after the deadline.
5. The U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg will review and shortlist applications for an interview. Students will be shortlisted based on the merit of their application. We will prioritize students that have no experience in the United States.
6. We will contact ONLY those students selected for a virtual interview in February 2024. Please check your email regularly for updates.
7. The U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg will nominate one primary and one alternate candidate, whose applications will move forward to Washington, D.C. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State will make a final decision on candidate selection later in the spring.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at USEmbassyLuxContest@state.gov