Transatlantic Fellows Program

The Transatlantic Fellows Program was launched in March 2017 to engage American and European policy and opinion-making counterparts in order to build cadre among them by deepening transatlantic understanding and cooperation, and to develop strategies that will meaningfully counter mounting threats to the transatlantic partnership from within and without. We view this fellowship program as an essential step forward to reinvigorating the transatlantic partnership.

2018 Transatlantic Fellowship Schedule

Session III, Summer 2018:  July 7 - July 28

Session IV, Fall 2018:  September 15 - October 6

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for the July and September sessions. 

***Download the application here***


Program Activity
The Transatlantic Fellows will visit Washington DC during the three week periods noted above. During the first “orientation” week, fellows will meet with a representative group of the DC-based foreign/security policy and opinion-making community. During the second and third weeks of the program, each fellow will work with counterpart “host” office—typically a congressional office, think tank, or media outlet—from which the fellows will conduct the activities and research, and pursue the goals, that were proposed in the “Transatlantic Project” section of their application.

Eligibility and Criteria
To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be a citizen of, and reside in a member country of the European Union, NATO, or Ukraine.
  • be employed in national government, politics, think tanks, or journalism (editorial or correspondent) whose work relates to issues of immediate concern to the transatlantic community.
  • have excellent written and verbal English language skills.
  • complete the Transatlantic Fellowship Application (below) and submit as instructed.

In selecting candidates, WAI will generally give preference to applicants who:

  • have not had comparable professional work or fellowship experience in Washington DC in the recent 5 years
  • are in early-mid career
  • are citizens of one of Europe’s new democracies
  • work in transatlantic relations in the area of national security and defense, counter terrorism, information and disinformation, cyber security, or Russian government efforts to undermine democratic values and norms, and in Ukraine --anti-corruption and government accountability
  • are able to secure and document that they can provide cost-sharing in an amount equal to $500 USD to supplement their weekly stipend
  • are highly likely to facilitate the strengthening of the transatlantic partnership meaningfully, and in ways relevant to the urgent challenges before it, in the years following their fellowship.

The Transatlantic Fellows Program is funded by a generous grant from the National Endowment for Democracy. This NED award will sponsor approximately 40 Transatlantic Fellows in the 12-month grant period beginning in Spring 2018.

Download the 2018 application here.

2017 Fellowship Alumnae

Session I Participant Profiles, June 11- June 30

Session II Participant Profiles, September 17- October 6