AICGS Transatlantic Young Leadership Program: Giving Voice to Diversity

Apply today for AICGS’ German-American young leadership diversity program on the theme “Immigration, Integration, and a New Transatlantic Generation.”

AICGS is pleased to announce the continuation of its German-American young leadership diversity program on the theme “Immigration, Integration, and a New Transatlantic Generation.” The program was inaugurated in 2015 and AICGS has secured funding to implement a shortened version of the program in 2019. For 2019, AICGS is recruiting ten young leaders from academia, media, business, politics, and society with little or no experience with transatlantic relations for seminars, site visits, as well as an expert conference on migration and integration in Washington, DC. This program is generously funded by the AT&T Foundation, the AICGS Society, Culture & Politics Program, and two individual donors.

This innovative program establishes new connections between communities that have grown principally from an immigration background, and addresses common challenges of immigration and integration, such as discrimination, employment, political and societal leadership, education, and international engagement. Project participants will include a core group of young emerging leaders, who will engage in intensive discussions, and a broader community of experts with whom they will interact on issues of immigration, integration, and cross-cultural understanding.  In addition, participants will have the opportunity to engage with German and American migration and integration experts at a conference in Washington, DC, and play an active role as panelists, discussants, or attendees.

Deadline to Apply: July 1, 2019


AICGS has three primary objectives for the program: (1) to deepen public understanding of the issues and concerns of the largest populations in Germany and the United States that have an immigration background; (2) to build and sustain a network of young leaders committed to transatlantic relations; and (3) to give voice to emerging young leaders with an immigration background.

Activities comprise a seminar and site visits in Washington, DC, over the course of 3-4 days. Participants at the seminar will engage in small groups and interact with leading experts from umbrella organizations dealing with immigration and integration, government, research institutions, and political foundations. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit other institutions, including cultural/historical sites, offices of elected representatives, and non-profit associations that focus on issues of the underrepresented. In addition, participants will be able to participate in a separate AICGS conference with high-level German and American experts on issues related to migration and integration that will take place on the final day of the program. The conference is generously funded by an AICGS Trustee.

Selected participants are required to take part in all scheduled events. The program will take place in Washington, DC, from October 13-18, 2019. Travel, accommodation, and most meals will be provided for the participants by AICGS.


Selection is based on a competitive application process. Up to a maximum of five applicants from the U.S. and five from Germany (ages 20-30 only) will be invited to participate in the program.

Individuals’ qualifications and willingness to engage in all aspects of the program will be the primary criteria for evaluation by AICGS program staff. The participants should ideally have little to no experience with transatlantic relations. AICGS in particular encourages applications from the two largest populations that have an immigration background in the United States and Germany:  young Hispanic-Americans, and young Germans with roots in Turkey. AICGS also welcomes applications from individuals who reside outside of Washington, DC, and Berlin, Germany. Candidates need not themselves be immigrants.

Applications are due by July 1, 2019. Prospective participants must provide the following application materials (in English only):

  • a one-page cover letter detailing the applicant’s interest in and qualification for the program
  • a current CV
  • two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)

Fluency in English is mandatory. Please send application materials and/or questions about the program to Ms. Susanne Dieper, Director of Programs and Grants, at

Applicants will be notified that their application has been received after July 1, 2019.


AICGS is a Washington-based, independent, non-profit public policy organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University that works in Germany and the United States to address current and emerging policy challenges in the German-American and transatlantic relationships, and Germany’s role in global affairs.