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:


You can take a look at our advisory board here.



New Bridge Alumni Convene in Atlanta
The New Bridge Alumni Conference marked the one-year anniversary of the New Bridge Program. It brought together fellows from all five cohorts of the program for networking, discussions and a good time in Georgia's capital.
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“A live example of the value of diverse perspectives”
A visit to the European Parliament, a chat about organized labor at Volkswagen, and a meeting with the German President were just a few of the items on the most recent New Bridge cohort's agenda.
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“In Europe, I’m automatically the American. That switch has been really enlightening.”
The fellows of Atlantik-Brücke's New Bridge Program add new viewpoints to the transatlantic debate. Catt Phan shares her experience as a Vietnamese immigrant and elaborates on how traveling abroad has changed her perspective.
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“Our Strength Comes from our Diversity”
The fourth cohort of the New Bridge Program shares insights into why they applied to the program, how their views on Europe have changed, and what the experience taught them.
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„A semester’s worth of transatlantic relations in one week“
Two fellows of the New Bridge Program recount their trip to Washington, DC, Berlin, Brussels and Hamburg, and reflect on the topics they discussed.
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The New Bridge Fellows
The New Bridge fellows reflect the diversity of American society. An interactive map shows where program participants are from and provides information on their professional background.
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Reflections on the New Bridge Program
The second cohort of the New Bridge Program recounts their trip and reflects on what the experiences meant to them.
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Inside the New Bridge Program
In this short film, participants of the New Bridge Program give an insight into their motivation to come to Europe and share their experiences on the trip.
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More Diversity: Rethinking Transatlantic Relations
A new Atlantik-Brücke program is bringing Americans of diverse backgrounds to Europe to enrich the European-American dialogue and spark interest in Europe among those who previously had no professional or personal ties to the continent.
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Strengthening Old Ties and Creating New Ones
Atlantik-Brücke Chairman Sigmar Gabriel and Executive Director David Deißner travelled to Washington, DC, to meet with Atlantik-Brücke's partners and lay the groundwork for a new program.
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Building the New Bridge Program
Atlantik-Brücke's new transatlantic initiative promotes diversity. Meetings with experts and partners in Washington, DC, kicked off the program.
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