Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship

Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute is an intensive, four-week exchange program for young talented students aged 16-18, held each summer in the United States. The Institute is named after the distinguished American statesman and diplomat Benjamin Franklin. His legacy serves as inspiration to today’s young citizens seeking to explore how Americans and Europeans see each other and the world. The goal of the Institute is to foster relationships between American and European youth and to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Europe.

In 2018, U.S. Embassy Moscow invites high school teachers and tutors to nominate students for this program. The winner will travel to the United States in June-July to participate in an Institute held at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Students from Europe and the United States will take part in discussions on global issues, training sessions, workshops, community-based programs, study tours, and cultural events. The participants will work together to prepare a joint project that promotes the goals of the Institute.

Selection and Nomination

All forms should be completed in English.

For teachers and tutors: we’re looking for bright students who speak English well and would be an outstanding representative of Russia.  For additional information, please review the eligibility requirements.  Please complete the nomination and ask your student to fill out the application.

For High school students: talk to a teacher who knows you well about why you would like to participate in this program.  If your teacher agrees to nominate you, please fill out the application and ask them to complete the nomination.

The application (for students to fill out) can be downloaded here (MS Word, 82Kb). The nomination (for teachers to fill out) can be accessed here (MS Word, 81Kb).

Please submit the nomination and application forms together (in one email) to Academic Exchanges at US-RussiaExchanges@state.gov.

Please write “BFTF 2018 nomination: [LAST NAME, First Name]” in the subject line.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2018 (23:59 Moscow time). 

For questions, please call the office at (495) 728-5000, ext. 4925, or send an e-mail to US-RussiaExchanges@state.gov.

Semi-finalists will be contacted for a Skype interview in late February 2018.  The winner and alternate candidates will be announced in May 2018.

  • “Teacher-student” pairs must be unique. Teachers may not nominate more than one student. Students may only apply once.  Multiple applications will not be reviewed by the commission;
  • Nominated students must be born between June 22, 1999, and June 22, 2002 (i.e., be 16, 17, or 18 years of age at the time the program begins);
  • Students must be highly proficient in English, which will be tested during the semi-finalist interview;
    Note to teachers/tutors: nominators must have enough English language proficiency to be able to describe their student’s achievements and performance in the nomination;
  • Students must be committed to enrolling in (or continuing their studies at) high school or university in their home countries in Fall 2018, following completion of the institute;
  • Students should demonstrate strong leadership potential and interest in transatlantic relations and diplomacy; they should also indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States.
  • Teachers should pay particular attention to their student’s interest in learning about the United States (teachers of English, Social Studies, History, Literature or Economics should indicate if American aspect is included in their curricula);
  • As indicated by their nominating teacher, students should demonstrate a high level of academic achievement (academic grades, awards, and teacher recommendations);
  • Preference will be given to students demonstrating a commitment to community and extracurricular activities and having little or no prior U.S. study or travel experience;
  • Students must be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful and inquisitive; they must be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive summer program, with community service and educational travel; they must also 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; students must 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.