Benjamin Franklin Program

2017 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
TRANSATLANTIC FELLOWS SUMMER INSTITUTE
 

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Youth Programs Division invites all EUR posts to submit nominations for the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute.  The four-week Institute will accommodate up to 45 European and ten American Fellows, ages 16 to 18.  The program addresses U.S. foreign policy priorities such as youth engagement, democracy and civil society development, and economic prosperity.  Activities include discussion of global issues of common interest, leadership and media training, collaborative project development, community service, educational travel, and plans for follow-on activities.  The Institute will take place from June 25 to July 23, 2016.
Please, apply before March 4th, 2016 by filling out the attached application..

U.S. Embassy Baku invites Azerbaijani students to apply for the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute. The four-week Institute will accommodate European and ten American Fellows, ages 16 to 18. The program addresses U.S. foreign policy priorities such as youth engagement, democracy and civil society development, and economic prosperity.  Activities include discussion of global issues of common interest, leadership and media training, collaborative project development, community service, educational travel, and plans for follow-on activities.  The Institute will take place from June 2017.

Deadline
Please, apply before February 20th, 2017 by submitting your complete application form to [email protected]

APPLICATION FORM
 
Program Hosts
Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, will host the Institute June 2017.

Program Goals
The goals of the Institute are (1) to develop a commitment to transatlantic cooperation; (2) to foster relationships between American and European youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups; (3) to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Europe, and (4) to develop a cadre of youth leaders who will share their knowledge and skills with their peers through positive action.

Institute activities will include discussions of global issues of common interest, leadership and media training, collaborative project development, community service, educational travel, and plans for follow-on activities. Students will participate in a variety of activities such as training sessions, workshops, community-based programs, study tours, and cultural events. Participants will work together to prepare a joint project that presents and promotes the stated goals and objectives of the Institute.
Recruitment/Candidate profile
Successful candidate should have a strong interest in learning more about the transatlantic relationship, the role of a free press in a democracy, and an interest in public or community service.  They should have a strong demonstrated interest in communications, advocacy, debate, or civic participation.

They should have the academic aptitude for a program of this nature and personal qualities needed to be successful participants, including maturity, strong social skills, flexibility, and open-mindedness. These factors are particularly important given the diverse group atmosphere of the Institute.  English fluency is required.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Be born between June 24, 1998 and June 24, 2001 (be 16,17 or 18 years old at the time of the program start);
  • Proficient in English,
  • Committed to enrolling in high school or university in their home countries in fall 2017, following completion of the Institute;
  • Demonstrate strong leadership potential and interest in transatlantic relations and diplomacy;
  • Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
  • Sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by academic grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community and extracurricular activities;
  • Have had little or no prior U.S. study or travel experience in the United States; nominees with previous U.S. Government funded program experience will not be considered;
  • Mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful and inquisitive;
  • Willing and able to fully participate in an intensive summer program, community service, and active educational travel program;
  • Comfortable with campus life, shared living accommodations, travel and interaction with a multinational, coed group of participants from across Europe and the U.S.,
  • Able to adjust to cultural and social practices different from those of their home countries.

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