The event, co-financed by the European Commission and the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, represents a unique opportunity for young leaders from US- and EU-funded educational exchange programs to discuss some of the most important issues facing both sides of the Atlantic and to create strong, transatlantic people-to-people connections.

Since its inception, over 200 alumni of US- and EU-funded educational exchange programs have participated in the Young Leaders Seminar. Participants are chosen from current beneficiaries of the EU’s Erasmus+ and Marie Sklodowska-Curie programs or nominated by US Fulbright Commissions. Previous iterations of the seminar have focused on topics such as migration, the future of work, disinformation and media literacy, and the future of cities.

The sixth edition of the EU-US Young Leaders Seminar took place in person April 3 to 5, 2023, in Brussels and focused on “Active Civic Participation.” For more information, click here. 

To read more about the US Fulbright Commissions involvement in this project, click here. 

The annual EU-US Young Leaders Seminar is co-organized by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, the US Department of State, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Fulbright Commission in Brussels, and the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. 

This seminar is jointly funded by the EU Delegation to the US and the U.S. Department of State.

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Testimonial from A Participant

“My name is Dr. Sander de Souza, I’m a medical resident in Lyon, France, and I’m from Paris originally. Currently, I’m a student in European Public Health in the Erasmus Mundus Master in Maastricht, the Netherlands. I chose to participate in the programme because I’m a strong European enthusiast and I wish to exchange with other young people from the European Union and the United States. I think that our relationship is very important and many of the issues we face in our countries are the same. So maybe together, we will be able to find solutions.” – Participant Sander de Souza

Testimonial from a Partner

“My name is Patricia Bass, I work for the U.S. State Department in Washington D.C., I manage Fulbright Programming in Europe, and that’s why I’m here at the Young Leaders Seminar, as we have a lot of Fulbright grantees here in Europe here participating. My impression of the seminar is that it’s very well organised, very specific – and I would almost say intense – and allows the participants to really look at their roles and responsibility in terms of global civic engagement and giving good models. (...) I think that this particular seminar offers a lot of examples of how to move practically into the world after the Fulbright or EU grants, and how then to continue to make a difference in your own life and in the community that you return to. Not just where they come from, but certainly also in Europe, the U.S., and the world. It may sound grandiose, but they have been given some really good ideas and tools, so I’m confident they can use them as they move forward.” – Patricia Bass, Fulbright Academic Exchange Specialist at the U.S. State Department

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