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Social Cohesion Call for Applications

The American Council on Germany is currently accepting applications for the third year of the Study Tour on Social Cohesion. This project brings together diverse groups of young professionals from both sides of the Atlantic for a two-part exchange on how communities strive to be more equitable.

Although socio-economic divisions are prevalent throughout the United States and Germany, social cohesion is essential for creating resilient, healthy, and thriving societies. It enhances the overall quality of life for individuals and contributes to the sustainable development of communities. Through this exchange, participants meet with community organizations, local government officials, and university professionals to discuss how they contribute to the diversity, equity, and inclusion within their community.

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 June 9 to 15, 2024, in Erfurt and Frankfurt. The second will be in Atlanta and Denver from September 15 to 21, 2024. Participants must be able to commit to both parts of the program.

Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents living in the United States or Europeans living in Germany. They must sincerely commit 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 program, individuals must pay a participation fee of €500 (approximately $540). 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 Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK).

The application due date is March 8, 2024

Candidates for the study tour must:

  • Either be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident living in the United States or a European citizen living in Germany.
  • Be in the relatively early stages of their career.
  • Hold at least a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent professional experience).
  • Have a sincere commitment to furthering the transatlantic relationship and DEIA.

To apply, please submit the following:

  • 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.

Additional questions regarding requirements and program expectations can be directed to Robin Cammarota, rcammarota@acgusa.org.