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Benjamin Franklin Fellowship 2024

The application season for the 2024 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship in the United States is now open. Please email your completed application form to the U.S. Embassy in Tirana by February 2, 2024.

Applications should be emailed to CultureandEducationTirana@state.gov.

The 2024 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Summer Institute will last four weeks, from June 22 to July 20, 2024 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, (pending availability of funds). The goals of the Institute are:

  • 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;
  • to develop a cadre of youth leaders who will share their knowledge and skills with their peers through positive action.

The four-week Institute will accommodate up to 55 Fellows total, ages 16 to 18. The Institute will host 45 European students and 10 Americans. During the program, participants also will have the opportunity to explore U.S. foreign policy priorities such as youth engagement, support for democracy and civil society, and economic prosperity.

Recruitment/Candidate profile:

The successful candidate should have a strong interest in learning more about the transatlantic relationship, the role of a free press in a democracy, and an interest in public or community service. He/she should have a strong demonstrated interest in communications, advocacy, debate, or civic participation.

He/she should have the academic aptitude for a program of this nature and the 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.

One principal and one alternate candidate will be chosen from Albania.

General Candidate Qualifications:

  • must be born between June 22, 2006, and July 20, 2008 (i.e., be 16, 17, or 18 years of age at the time of the program start);
  • be highly proficient in English, as demonstrated in a personal interview or the results of a standardized test;
  • be committed to enrolling in high school or university in their home countries in fall 2024, following completion of the program;
  • demonstrate strong leadership potential and interest in transatlantic relations and diplomacy;
  • indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
  • demonstrate 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 study or travel experience in the United States;
  • be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive;
  • be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive summer program, with community service and educational travel;
  • be comfortable with campus life, shared living accommodations, travel, and interaction with a multinational, co-ed group of participants from across Europe and the United States;
  • be comfortable engaging with the Americans they meet in the host communities; and
  • be able to adjust to cultural and social practices different from those of their home countries.

Application Process

To apply, candidates must complete the application form. The essays and personal statements in the application will be evaluated based on content, grammar, spelling, and structure.

Successful applicants will be contacted via email to schedule an interview with U.S. Embassy Tirana staff.

  • Deadline for submission of application forms: February 2, 2024
  • Selected candidates will be notified and invited for an interview before March 1, 2024
***Applications should be emailed to CultureandEducationTirana@state.gov as one Word document. Only applications submitted in the required format and marked with the subject line “2024 Ben Franklin Application” will be reviewed.