New Bridge Program

New Bridge is an exclusive, fully funded study program for young professionals with a focus on diversity.

New Bridge is an exclusive study program with a focus on diverse young American professionals underrepresented in the transatlantic community. Multiple times a year, the program will enable current and emerging leaders from a variety of fields and regions in the United States to experience Europe first-hand, engage in an interdisciplinary exchange on transatlantic relations, discuss the rapid changes to societies on both continents, and cultivate lasting personal and professional relationships.

The United States are a country rich in diversity. The outlook of communities varies vastly based on where they are located geographically, their heritage and culture. Many of them are not adequately represented in the transatlantic dialogue. To make the conversation with the United States fuller and more meaningful, more voices need to be included. With its New Bridge program, Atlantik-Brücke seeks to garner interest in Europe among more Americans, spark new ideas and continue to build a strong transatlantic community.

The fully funded 10-day program begins with a predeparture seminar in Washington, D.C., where participants get to know one another, make their first valuable connections with the transatlantic community, and prepare for their trip to Berlin and Brussels. While in Germany and Belgium, the group will meet with high-ranking officials and decision makers from critical sectors; visit key government, business, and cultural sites; and engage with European counterparts, both professionally and socially. Cultural activities, such as going on a Cold War walking tour of Berlin or exploring the vibrant city life of Brussels, will round out the program.

After completing the program, participants will be integrated into an alumni network with additional events and opportunities for continued exchange.


Every year, our partners are invited to nominate outstanding candidates for the New Bridge Program. Nominees must then apply directly and are selected via a competitive process.

The program is open to diverse professionals from all fields between the ages of 25 and 35, with a special focus on those with limited or no previous experience with or ties to Europe and Germany. Participants should be proven leaders in their respective professional fields, open to new experiences, curious about international affairs, and willing to actively engage in sustained conversations on European-American relations.


The New Bridge Program is a fully funded fellowship. All incurred costs (flights, accommodations, board, and program activities) are fully covered by the program.

The program is co-funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.


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