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2012 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute for Youth

Rok za prijavu: 01.03.2012.

Kontakt institucija: Američko veleposlanstvo u Zagrebu
Razina studija: nije definirano
Područje studija: društvene znanosti, humanističke znanosti
Mjesto studija: Sjedinjene Američke Države


 2012 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute for Youth

Deadline: March 1, 2012

We are pleased to announce the competition for the 2012 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute. The four-week Institute, which will take place during the month of July, will accommodate approximately 55 students: up to 45 European students plus 10 Americans, aged 16 to 18.

Institute activities will include discussions of global issues of common interest, leadership and media training, collaborative project development, community service, educational travel, community-based programs, study tours, cultural events and plans for follow-on activities.

The background

The institute intends to foster relationships among the younger generations of Europeans and Americans to promote awareness of shared values in light of the global challenges of the 21st Century.

The initiative is named after the legendary American statesman and diplomat Benjamin Franklin in honor of the inspiration his own life and career provides to those who are working to strengthen transatlantic cooperation. In today’s terms, Franklin could be called a transatlantic man, someone whose career, interests, studies and life took him back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean, bringing Americans and Europeans closer in understanding. Even 300 years after his birth, Franklin’s life offers inspiration to young citizens of today in the effort to bridge the Atlantic. As a diplomat and a printer, he leveraged the powers of diplomacy and of the media to explore how Americans and Europeans see each other and the world.

The Goals

  • to develop a commitment to transatlantic cooperation;
  • to foster relationships between American and European youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups;
  • to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Europe, and
  • to develop a cadre of youth leaders who will share their knowledge and skills with their peers through positive action.

The program

The Summer Institute will enable teenagers ages 16-18 to participate in an intensive, four-week exchange program in the United States that focuses on the global issues that European and American youth face on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Students will participate in a variety of activities such as training sessions, workshops, community-based programs, study tours, and cultural events. Participants will work together to prepare a joint project that presents and promotes the stated goals and objectives of the Institute.

Before and during the Institute, students will gather information on young adults, views about one or two areas of common or global interest, such as sustainable development, inter-ethnic cooperation, or human rights. The program will also provide the participants with a new perspective on mass media and how they learn about each other and the communities in which they live, and the broader media culture. This will include training on the critical reading of printed, broadcast, and electronic media and the ability to judge the content and accuracy for themselves. Training will focus on communication and presentation skills, problem solving, and team building.

Community service activities, social and cultural activities, and homestays with American families will deepen the participants, experience of U.S. society during their exchange.

Program costs

The scholarship covers the following costs:

  • pre-departure orientation
  • a U.S. visa
  • domestic and international travel
  • travel allowance
  • all U.S.-based activities, including accommodation and food
  • health insurance
  • Candidate profile

Nominees should have a strong interest in learning more about diplomacy, the transatlantic relationship, the role of a free press in a democracy, and public or community service. They should have a strong demonstrated interest in communications, advocacy, debate, or civic participation. They should have the academic aptitude for a program of this nature and personal qualities needed to be successful participants, including maturity, strong social skills, flexibility, and open-mindedness. These factors are particularly important given the diverse group atmosphere of the Institute. English fluency is required.

It is important that nominees have exhibited serious interest in pursuing leadership opportunities in their home countries, and demonstrate a genuine desire to learn first-hand about the United States, its people, society, and institutions. It is also very important that nominees understand that, if selected, they will be expected to fully and seriously participate in all program components during the four weeks, as well as in follow-up activities afterward in their home countries. In addition, participants should be ready to inform and educate Americans about the cultures and societies of their home countries in non-structured gatherings and in public presentations.

Candidate qualifications

  • Croatian citizen;
  • Between 16 and 18 years of age as of July 1, 2012;
  • Highly proficient in English, as demonstrated in a personal interview or the results of a standardized test, such as SLEP or the TOEFL;
  • Committed to enrolling in high school or university in their home countries in fall 2012, following completion of the Institute;
  • Demonstrate strong leadership potential and interest in transatlantic relations and diplomacy;
  • Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
  • Sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by academic grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community and extracurricular activities;
  • Have had little or no prior U.S. study or travel experience in the United States;
  • Mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful and inquisitive;
  • Willing and able to fully participate in an intensive summer program, community service, and active educational travel program;
  • Comfortable with campus life, shared living accommodations, travel and interaction with a multinational, coed group of participants from across Europe and the United States, and comfortable with engaging various Americans in the broader community.
  • Able to adjust to cultural and social practices different from those of their home countries.

Information on last years' summer institute can be found at http://www.bftf.org

To download the application: (MS Word format: 32kb) (PDF format 83KB).

For more information please contact:
Ms. Vanja Ratkovic
Public Affairs Office
U.S. Embassy
Thomasa Jeffersona 2
10010 Zagreb
e-mail: ratkovicv@state.gov



application (29 kb)




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