American Institute for Contemporary German Studies Transatlantic Exchange Program

“AICGS is pleased to announce the continuation of its German-American youth exchange program on the theme “Immigration, Integration, and a New Transatlantic Generation” in 2017/2018. AICGS is recruiting twenty young leaders from academia, media, business, politics, and society with little or no experience with transatlantic relations for seminars and site visits in Washington and Berlin. This innovative program will establish new connections between communities that have grown principally from an immigration background, and address common challenges of immigration and integration, such as discrimination, employment, political and societal leadership, education, and international engagement. Project participants will include a core group of young leaders for engagement in intensive discussions, and a broader community of experts and advocates for interaction focused on issues of immigration, integration, and cross-cultural understanding.

AICGS has two primary objectives for the program: (1) to deepen public understanding of the issues and concerns of the largest populations in Germany and the United States that have an immigration background; and (2) to build and sustain a network of young leaders committed to transatlantic relations.

Activities comprise a seminar and site visits in both cities over the course of 4-5 days. Participants at the seminar will engage in small groups and interact with leading experts from umbrella organizations dealing with immigration and integration, government, research institutions, and political foundations. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit other institutions, including cultural/historical sites, offices of elected representatives, and non-profit associations that focus on issues of the underrepresented.

Selected participants are required to take part in both sets of events. The first takes place in Washington, DC from October 15-21, 2017 and the second in Berlin from May 13-18, 2018. Travel, accommodation, and most meals will be provided for the participants by AICGS.


Selection is based on a competitive application process. Up to a maximum of ten applicants from the US and ten from Germany (ages 20-30 only) will be invited to participate in the program.

Individuals’ qualifications and willingness to engage in all aspects of the program will be the primary criteria for valuation by AICGS staff. The participants should ideally have little to no experience with transatlantic relations. AICGS in particular encourages applications from the two largest populations that have an immigration background in the United States and Germany: young Hispanic-Americans, and young Germans with roots in Turkey. Candidates need not themselves be immigrants.

Applications (in English) are due by 1 April 2017. Prospective participants must provide the following application materials:

• a one-page cover letter detailing the applicant’s interest in the program
• a current CV
• two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)

Fluency in English is mandatory. Please send application materials (complete package in one PDF file) and/or questions about the program to Ms. Susanne Dieper, Director of Programs and Grants at

A confirmation of applications received will be sent the week of 1 April 2017. Please contact us after 10 April 2017 if you have not received a confirmation email. Selections will be announced in late May on the AICGS website. Individuals will only be contacted if their application was successful.”


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