How to Become a New Bridge Fellow?

The program is open to young professionals from all fields to ensure an interdisciplinary exchange. A particular focus is placed on individuals who have no or limited experience with the USA or Germany and Europe, respectively, and whose perspectives are not represented in German-American dialogue. This includes Black, Indigenous, and people of color, immigrant communities, people who belong to religious minorities, are part of the LGBTQIA+ community, come from rural areas, and/or who are marginalized in other ways.

Applicants from Germany are welcome to apply to the program New Bridge to the U.S. Individuals from the United States are eligible to apply to the program New Bridge to Germany.


To participate in the program, the following qualifications are required:

  • Age between 25 and 35 years
  • Conversational English skills
  • Professional, academic, personal, or other achievements
  • Openness to new experiences, interest in international relations, and willingness to
    actively and sustainably participate in transatlantic discourse.

Additional criteria to participate in New Bridge to the U.S.:

  • Conversational German skills
  • Residence in Germany
  • Eligible to enter the United States

Additional criteria to participate in New Bridge to Germany:

  • Residence in the USA
  • Eligible to enter Germany and Belgium

Nomination and Application Processes
An important part of the program is the close collaboration with a broad partner network of institutions and individuals on both sides of the Atlantic. Some of these partners are listed below. The network supports the program by nominating suitable candidates who can then apply directly with a letter of motivation and the submission of a résumé. The fellows are then chosen in a selection process. Alumni of the program also have the right to nominate candidates. Otherwise interested individuals have the opportunity to apply directly to the program.

The application process for both programs is closed for this year. You will be able to apply again in 2025.

Partner Organizations in the USA

Partner Organizations in Germany

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