The Transatlantic Renewal Project (TRP) was launched by the World Affairs Institute (WAI) in the Winter of 2014 to strengthen the transatlantic community by facilitating communication, information exchange, and cooperation between Europeans and Americans working on policy issues that are vital to the security and the preservation of the partnership.
TRP is driven by our view that the transatlantic partnership has been and continues to be the fundamental building block upon which Western values and security are protected and advanced. This historic and highly successful partnership has frayed in the past decade amidst rising and urgent internal and external threats. We consider it a security imperative to rebuild, broaden, and deepen ties between policy and opinion-making counterparts within the partnership, both individual and institutional.
In the past three years, the TRP Roundtable Series has convened over 250 senior government and parliamentary officials, think tank experts, and leading journalists in 2-day discussions across seven capital cities in eastern Europe, as well as numerous formal and informal meetings in Washington DC to discuss the immediate challenges confronting the partnership.
The Transatlantic Fellows Program was launched in March 2017 as a follow-on activity to the TRP Roundtable Series to engage American and European policy and opinion-making counterparts, and to build cadre among them by deepening understanding and cooperation, and to develop strategies that will meaningfully counter mounting threats. We view this fellowship program as an essential step forward to reinvigorating the transatlantic partnership.
2017 Transatlantic Fellowship Schedule
Session I: June 11- June 30
Application submission deadline: April 1o
Selections Announced: May 1
Session II: September 17- October 6
Application submission deadline: June 1
Selections Announced: June 30
Transatlantic Fellows will spend three weeks in Washington DC. 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 a counterpart from whose “host” office—typically a think tank, media outlet, or congressional office—the fellows will conduct the activities and research and pursue the goals that they proposed in the “Transatlantic Project” section of their application. (For further information, see Section E in the application below).
Eligibility and Criteria
To be eligible, applicants must:
In selecting candidates, WAI will generally give preference to applicants who:
The Transatlantic Fellows Program is funded by a generous grant from the National Endowment for Democracy. This NED award will sponsor 16 Transatlantic Fellows in 2017.
Please download the application here.