Founded in 1982, the Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF) was created by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) to introduce a new generation of European leaders to the United States. In 1999, GMF launched a companion program to expose emerging U.S. leaders to a changing and expanding Europe. Today, both programs have been restructured to intensify the exchange of ideas, solutions, and best practices, and facilitate a continuous evolution of transatlantic networks and partnership in a rapidly changing and more intricate global environment.
The Marshall Memorial Fellowship is a unique opportunity for emerging leaders from the United States and Europe to explore each other’s politics, business, innovation, and culture through experiential learning. American and European Fellows each visit five cities during the 24-day program. They meet formally and informally with a range of policymakers, political, financial, and corporate decision-makers, and distinguished community members. Each fellow is also given the opportunity to explore his or her professional interests with individual appointments, but priority is given to the robust and intense group program.
GMF works closely with over 50 local coordinators and a network of over 3,000 alumni to provide Fellows with invaluable local perspectives on pressing domestic and international issues. Key individuals behind this effort are listed on the Cities and Coordinators page. This year’s Fellows and program can be found at 2013 American Fellows, 2013 European Fellows, and 2013 Fellowship Program.
Recognizing that professional barriers disappear at senior levels, awards are given to emerging leaders from all sectors, including politics, business, media, and civil society. Beginning with the four original countries – Denmark, France, Germany, and the Netherlands – Fellows now come from across the United States and Europe. Selection of Fellows for Travel in 2014 will begin to take place in autumn of 2013; for more information, please check back on this website by the end of August 2013. For more on the nomination and application process, selection criteria, and access to competitions, please see How to Apply, Who is Eligible, and Selection Partners.
The Marshall Memorial Fellowship is a gateway for lifelong learning. Alumni programs are designed for a network of nearly 2,500 leaders who remain connected through our Online Database and engaged on transatlantic and global issues through our Marshall Forum on Global Leadership and Issue Focused Study Tours.
Last year, the Marshall Memorial Fellowship celebrated its 30th anniversary with a series of events on both sides of the Atlantic. Our Event Calendar lists our activities available to the Marshall Memorial Fellowship alumni only.