Transatlantic cooperation is essential to finding effective solutions to shared challenges—for both sides of the Atlantic and for the world. But the feeling of the shared history and collective World War II experience that shaped Western/transatlantic values and trajectories for economics and security is dwindling. There is less of a personal affinity between leaders and citizens and their allies across the Atlantic.  

In an increasingly complex world, shaped by technological developments and other global powers, a strong EU-US partnership relies on people to champion the principles of democracy, human rights, and international cooperation, which have served as the bedrock of peace and prosperity since the end of World War II but are now under strain.   

To help ensure the future of a strong transatlantic relationship for the next decades, The German Marshall Fund will award grants that aim to promote young Americans’ understanding of the EU and its structure, values, and policies around one or more of the following themes: 

  • Trade, investment, and an economy that works for all 
  • Data privacy and digitalization 
  • Fundamental rights and immigration 
  • Security and defense  
  • Learning and skills for a digital economy  
  • Tackling the climate crisis through sustainable urban transportation  
  • Combatting organized crime and terrorism 

The deadline to submit your project is January 24, 2023, 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. 

Awardees will be notified no later than January 31, 2023. 

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  This project is funded by the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of The German Marshall Fund and the Center for a New American Security and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.