New Bridge to the US

New Bridge to the US is a fully funded fellowship program that allows young professionals living in Germany to experience America firsthand.

Since 2021, the New Bridge Program has given young professionals from the United States the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the political, economic, and social structure of Europe and engage in interdisciplinary discussions on transatlantic relations through a fully funded study trip. After several successful rounds, it is time to expand the program’s scope to Germany.

Starting in September 2023, the New Bridge Program will also focus on individuals residing in Germany. New Bridge to the US aims to address underrepresentation in international exchange programs and comprehensively reflect the diversity of German society. The program seeks to enrich the transatlantic dialogue by including diverse perspectives and experiences and is thus directed at marginalized individuals who constitute an important part of German society but often remain unheard in transatlantic relations. New Bridge aims to renew the transatlantic dialogue and make it more accessible, provide participants with a vivid image of America, and strengthen German-American relations in a sustainable manner.

The fully funded 10-day program begins with predeparture activities in Berlin, where participants get to know each other and establish initial transatlantic connections through scheduled meetings. This is followed by meetings and discussions with high-ranking officials and decision-makers in politics, business, and academia, as well as visits to institutions in Washington, D.C. In addition to Berlin and Washington, the fellows will also explore regions outside the highly frequented coastal regions and metropolitan areas to provide further insights into current domestic issues and illustrate how global challenges manifest at the local level.

Upon completion of the program, participants will be integrated into an active alumni network, which offers events and opportunities for continued transatlantic exchange.

Each year, our partners are invited to nominate suitable candidates for the New Bridge Program. The nominated individuals can then apply directly and will be chosen through a selection process.

The program is open to young professionals from all fields, aged between 25 and 35, with a particular focus on those who have limited or no experience with the United States. Participants should be able to demonstrate professional, academic, personal, or other achievements, be open to new experiences, curious about international affairs, and willing to actively engage in discussions on European-American relations.

The New Bridge Program is a fully funded program. All associated costs (flights, accommodation, meals, and program activities) are fully covered by the program


The New Bridge Program to the US is supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and the Joachim Herz Foundation.

Our ten advisory board members from both sides of the Atlantic use their expertise in various fields to support a successful implementation and alignment of the New Bridge.You can take a look at our advisory board here.

The Atlantik-Brücke can draw upon the expertise and experiences of our partners in the field of diversity.

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