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Manfred Wörner Seminar

Begun in 1982 as the Multiplikatoren Seminar (Multiplier Seminar) and co-sponsored by the German Marshall Fund and the Armed Forces Office of the German Defense Ministry, the annual Manfred Wörner Seminar brings together 30 young Americans and Germans to examine German and European security policy and to discuss U.S.–German and U.S.–European security interests. The Seminar serves to deepen understanding between participants from both countries and offers an excellent opportunity to broaden professional networks and horizons. The ten day program takes place each year in May, and consists of briefings and dialogues with senior security experts and practitioners and site visits. The seminar begins with an introductory briefing in Washington, DC and ends with debrief in Berlin, DE.

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Call for Applications 2015

The German Marshall Fund is now accepting applications for The Manfred Wörner Seminar until January 26, 2015 at 4:59 pm Eastern Time.

The Manfred Wörner Seminar participants are drawn from a diverse range of professional backgrounds and once selected, pay a $750 fee to attend the Seminar. All other program expenses, including travel, accommodations and meals are paid by the German Armed Forces and the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Basic Selection Criteria:

To participate in the Manfred Wörner Seminar, a candidate must meet the following selection criteria

  • have a background in security and defense policies
  • be between 25 and 35 years of age at the time of travel
  • have an outstanding record of achievement in their profession
  • have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in a European university
  • have not worked for a period of six months or longer in Europe
  • have not traveled extensively in Europe


We seek candidates in politics, government (local, state, and federal), the media, business, academia, and the nonprofit sector (think tanks and NGOs).

Formal Application Requirements:

Complete applications must include:

  • Cover letter indicating how the candidate learned of the Seminar and how the candidate would contribute to and benefit from the program.
  • Current résumé with full contact information. Please include your e-mail address.
  • Additional personal information (a template will be provided).
  • A passport photo or headshot for the seminar brochure (color or black & white).
  • Formal letters of recommendation are not required, but are welcome.


Please be sure to read and follow all on-page instructions provided for each step of the application process.

Application Procedure:

American candidates:

1. Register for Easygrants:

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2. Complete Application:

  • Once registered, please click the following link on the homepage: Click the button that says ‘Apply for Funding.’ –Then choose the following Available Funding Opportunity: 2015 Manfred Wörner Seminar. Please do not select any other option.
  • This will open your Manfred Wörner application. You can save your application, log out, and return at any time. To save your application, click the ‘Save and Close’ button. To access your application again, login to Easygrants and you will see a hyperlink on your homepage that says ‘Submit Application – Manfred Wörner Seminar’, simply click this hyperlink and your application will open. Once you have started an application, do not click on the link ‘Apply for Funding’ again. This will cause you to initiate new applications, rather than accessing your initial application.


3. Submit Application:

  • Once all information – including letters of recommendation – is received, you must submit your application by logging in and clicking the “Submit” button found in the ‘Review and Submit’ section.
  • You will receive email notifications once your letters of recommendation have been received. All applications must be submitted online by Monday, January 26, 2015 at 4:59 pm Eastern Time for consideration.


If you have questions about the application process, please contact

German candidates:

Please contact the German Armed Forces Office at

The Selection Process:

Soon after the application deadline, the German Marshall Fund will convene a committee of experts on transatlantic security affairs to select 15 American participants and 4 to 5 alternates. The German Marshall Fund will notify all candidates of the committee’s decision and invite those selected to participate to confirm their commitment by covering a $750 registration fee. In the event that someone declines the invitation or withdraws from the American delegation after registering, GMF will contact the alternates to offer them any opening(s) on the program. The registration fee is nonrefundable.

Current Fellows:

Kathryn Angstadt (USA)
Chief of Staff
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Ulla Barnick (Germany)
Project Officer, Strategic Crisis Management
Federal Office of Civil Protection & Disaster Assistance

Martin Böhm (Germany)
Executive Assistant, German Board of Management
Airbus Helicopters Germany

Katherine Brown (USA)
Executive Director, U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy
Department of State

Sebastian Bruns (Germany)
Research Fellow and PhD Candidate
Institute for Security Policy/Institute for Political
Science, University of Kiel

Christopher Cassimus (USA)
Senior Research Fellow, Center for Complex Operations
National Defense University

Clark Cully (USA)
Chief of Staff, Office of Global Strategic Affairs
Department of Defense

Jessica El-Hosni (USA)
Foreign Affairs Officer, Office of Policy Planning and Public Diplomacy
Department of State

Mirna Galic (USA)
Senior Advisor for International Partnerships, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan
Department of State

Alexander Gould (USA)
Presidential Management Fellow, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force
Department of Defense

Franziska Gross (Germany)
Research Assistant
Dr. Joachim Pfeiffer

Melissa Hanlon (USA)
Country Director for Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, & Montenegro
Office of the Secretary of Defense

Christine Hegenbart (Germany)
Research Assistant, Academy for Politics & Current Affairs
Hanns Seidel Foundation

Wanda Hummel (Germany)
Special Assistant to the Director
Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF)

Lena Kiesewetter (Germany)
Program Officer
Aspen Institute

Tanja Kilper (Germany)
Head of Office Organization and Political Advisor
Association of Members of the German Armed Forces

Barbara Kunz (Germany)
Project Leader
Stiftung Genshagen

Stefan Lelewel (Germany)
Research Assistant
German Police University

Stefan Liedtke (Germany)
Assistant Professor
University of Cologne

Joseph Moyer (USA)

Jonathan Murphy (USA)
Transportation Security Specialist, Surface Division
Transportation Security Administration

Adrian Oroz (Germany)
Policy Advisor
Munich Security Conference

Thomas Plofchan (USA)
Business Intelligence Associate, Financial Advisory Services

Mitchell Plonski (USA)
Duty Officer, White House Situation Room
Executive Office of the President of the United States

Andronike Roedel (Germany)
Research Assistant
Roderich Kiesewetter

Isabel Sarasin (Germany)
Desk Officer CSDP
Federal Foreign Office

Thilo Schroeter (Germany)
Desk Officer International Politics
Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

Benjamin Schwartz (USA)
Advisor for Special Operations & Combating Terrorism, Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy
Department of Defense

Sebastian Voigt (Germany)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Institute of Contemporary History, Munich

Rheanne Wirkkala (USA)
Analyst, Afghanistan-Pakistan Task Force


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