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Study Tour on Social Cohesion: Creating Inclusive Communities in the United States and Germany

The ACG is currently seeking applications from individuals working in their communities to address diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) to participate in a two-part study tour. The group will be diverse to include a variety of thoughts, perspectives, experiences, and expertise.

This new project will bring together German and American professionals and urban affairs experts working on social cohesion in urban areas to discuss and address these issues together.  The ACG will convene a group of approximately 20 practitioners – ten from each country. The group will meet once in Germany and once in the United States for two one-week-long study tours designed to focus on how communities tackle social inequity and provide better lives for their citizens. This exchange program is designed to help create a new forum for transatlantic dialogue around these issues.

The first study tour will be from September 4 to 10, 2022, in Dresden and Nuremberg. The second will be in Cleveland and Charlotte from December 4 to 10, 2022. Participants must be able to commit to both parts of the program.

Participants must be either U.S. citizens living in the United States or German citizens living in Germany and must demonstrate a sincere commitment to furthering transatlantic relations while promoting DEIA issues in their community. Individuals with urban development experience and community engagement are encouraged to apply.

If selected to participate in this exchange program, participants must pay a participation fee of €500 (approximately $525). All other program-related expenses such as travel, accommodation, and meals are covered. The total estimated per participant value of the program is over $12,000, which is funded by the American Council on Germany and the grant from the Transatlantic Program of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany through funds of the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).

The Application Deadline Is June 17, 2022

Candidates for the study tour must:

  • Either be a U.S. citizen living in the United States or a German citizen living in Germany.
  • Be in the relatively early stages of their career.
  • Have a minimum of five years of relevant, full-time work experience.
  • Hold at least a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent professional experience).
  • Demonstrate a track record of outstanding professional performance.
  • Have a sincere commitment to furthering the transatlantic relationship and DEIA.
  • Must be fully vaccinated by date of departure.

To apply, please submit:

  • A one- to two-page personal statement outlining why you are interested in participating in this program.
  • A current resume or CV.
  • Two letters of recommendation.