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2013 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Initiative: Summer Institutes for Youth

The U.S. Embassy in Moldova announces a competition for students aged 16 to 18 to participate in the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Initiative: Summer Institutes for Youth that will take place in July - August 2013 in the United States of America.

The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Initiative is named after the legendary American statesman and diplomat Benjamin Franklin in honor of the inspiration his life and career provide to those working to strengthen transatlantic cooperation.

The goals of the Institute are:

  • to develop a commitment to transatlantic cooperation;
  • to foster relationships between American and European youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups;
  • to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Europe/Eurasia;
  • and to develop a cadre of youth leaders who will share their knowledge and skills with their peers through positive action.

The Summer Institute will enable teenagers ages 16-18 to participate in an intensive, four-week exchange program in the United States that focuses on global issues that European and American youth face on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.  Students will participate in a variety of activities such as training sessions, workshops, community-based programs, study tours, and cultural events. Participants will work together to prepare a joint project that presents and promotes the stated goals and objectives of the Institute.

The program is funded by the U.S. Government and provides a full scholarship for participants, which covers visa, travel, lodging, food, educational materials, and ground transportation expenses. The selection process is merit based, and will be conducted by U.S. Embassy officials.

Interested candidates should:

  • be age 16 to 18 as of July 1, 2013;
  • be citizens of Moldova;
  • have the academic aptitude for a program of this nature (at least 8.00 academic averages);
  • be committed to enrolling in a Moldovan high school or university in fall 2013, following completion of the Institute;
  • have little or no prior U.S. study or travel experience;
  • meet the requirements of receiving and maintaining a U.S. visa;
  • demonstrate strong leadership potential and interest in transatlantic relations and diplomacy;
  • indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
  • demonstrate a commitment to community and extracurricular activities;
  • have personal qualities needed to be successful participants, including maturity, strong social skills, flexibility, open-mindedness, ability to adapt to a new environment;
  • be highly proficient in English.

To participate in the competition, interested candidates should e-mail the following documents at, no later than February 18, 2013, 17:00:

  • A letter of interest (in English, 2 page max)
  • CV (in English, 2 pages max)
  • A letter of recommendation (in English)
  • Copy of the birth certificate, ID or international passport
  • An official copy of school records for current and previous academic year. 

Selected candidates will be invited for a final interview.

For additional information, please call the U.S. Embassy American Resource Center at 851709 or e-mail