2024 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN TRANSATLANTIC FELLOWSHIP (BFTF)
The U.S Embassy in Tbilisi is pleased to announce the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship (BFTF) for the summer of 2024. The four-week program is scheduled to take place in-person from June 22 to July 20, 2024. The program addresses U.S. foreign policy priorities such as youth engagement, democracy and civil society development, and economic prosperity. The program will be fully funded by the U.S. Department of State and hosted by Purdue University in West Lafayette, 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 an awareness of shared values. 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.
Candidates must demonstrate interest in pursuing leadership opportunities in their home countries 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 their home countries.
Candidates nominated for this Fellowship should:
– be born between June 22, 2006, and June 22, 2008 (i.e., be 16, 17, or 18 years of age at the time of the program start).
– be highly proficient in English, as demonstrated in a personal interview;
– be committed to enrolling in high school or university in their home countries in fall 2024, following completion of the program;
– demonstrate strong leadership potential and interest in transatlantic relations and diplomacy;
– indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
– demonstrate a 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;
– be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful and inquisitive;
– be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive summer program, with community service and educational travel;
– be comfortable with campus life, shared living accommodations, travel and interaction with a multinational group of participants from across Europe and the United States;
– be comfortable engaging with the Americans they meet in the host communities; and
– be able to adjust to cultural and social practices different from those of their home countries.
Please send an application package with the following documents included as three separate attachments in one email with a subject line “2024 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Summer Institute” to TbilisiExchanges@state.gov:
- Completed application form, including two essays – as one document, in Word format.
- One recommendation letter in English language by your current high school teacher or university professor, scanned as one document in PDF format.
- For high school students – An original copy of school grades for the fall semester of 2023 year, in Georgian or English scanned as one document in PDF format.
For university students – if grades for the fall semester of 2023 year are not available yet, please provide grades for the latest semester available, spring of 2023 year, or an original copy of the high school transcript in Georgian or English scanned as one document in PDF format.
The submission deadline for the applications is 18:00 (local Georgian time) February 16, 2024.
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed end of February; final selection and placement will be made in spring 2024.