About the Academy

The Transatlantic Academy is a research institution devoted to creating common approaches to the long-term challenges facing Europe and North America. The Academy does this by each year bringing together scholars, policy experts, and authors from both sides of the Atlantic and from different disciplinary perspectives to research and analyze a distinct policy theme of transatlantic interest. Working together from a collaborative and interdisciplinary perspective, Academy fellows bridge the Atlantic academic and policy communities, and use research, publications, and seminars to develop policy-relevant contributions to critical debates in North America and Europe.

The Transatlantic Academy was created in 2007 as a partnership between the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius. In addition, the Academy received startup funding 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 Technology. The Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation joined as full partners beginning in 2008, and the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung joined as a full partner in 2011. Additionally, the Volkswagen Stiftung supports a fellowship at the Academy for promising young scholars based at German institutions working in a specific field of the humanities.


The Transatlantic Academy intends to strengthen the transatlantic partnership by:

  • Supporting intensive research and discussion on one major theme per year;
  • Incorporating an interdisciplinary view, with fellows from different generations from both sides of the Atlantic;
  • Sustaining research over a period of nine months and organizing discussions with political, economic, and academic leaders;
  • Disseminating the results of research systematically to policy planning staffs, legislators, and others government officials through targeted media and public outreach in Europe, the United States, and Canada;
  • Hosting workshops, seminars, and lecture series on issues related to the research theme;
  • Featuring the Transatlantic Academy website and affiliated Facebook and Twitter accounts as a resource for research, relevant data, and discussion.

Each year the Academy hosts six full-time scholars, including four senior fellows. The Academy also welcomes a number of short-term public policy fellows during the course of the year. Fellows are in residence at GMF’s Washington office for up to nine months, and actively participate in a collaborative environment, sharing and discussing their work with each other and Academy guests. Each spring, the Transatlantic Academy issues a call for applications for the following year’s research theme, and invites scholars from North America and Europe to apply to become residential fellows.

Themes and Publications

In its first seven years the Academy has examined the following themes: Immigration and Integration (2008-2009), Turkey and its Neighborhood (2009-2010), Global Shift: The Transatlantic Community and the New Geopolitics (2010-2011), Natural Resources: The New Geopolitical Great Game? (2011-2012), The Future of the Western Liberal Order (2012-2013), The Future of the International Liberal Order (2013-2014), and Religion and Foreign Policy (2014-2015). The theme of the 2015-2016 fellowship year will be Russia and the West.

Major publications by the Academy include the collaborative reports published each fellowship year (No Shortcuts: Selective Migration and Integration, May 2009; Turkey, Its Neighbors and the West, June 2010; Global Shift: How the West Should Respond to the Rise of China, June 2011; The Global Resource Nexus: The Struggles for Land, Energy, Food, Water, and Minerals, May 2012; The Democratic Disconnect: Citizenship and Accountability in the Transatlantic Community, May 2013; Liberal Order in a Post-Western World, May 2014; and Faith, Freedom, and Foreign Policy: Challenges for the Transatlantic Community, April 2015) and The State of the Transatlantic World, a collection of essays by alumni of the Academy published annually beginning in 2014. Additionally, two of the collaborative reports have been expanded and published as edited volumes: R. H. Linden et al., Turkey & Its Neighbors: Foreign Relations in Transition, (Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner, 2012) and P. Andrews-Speed et al., Want, Waste or War? The Global Resource Nexus and the Struggle for Land, Energy, Food, Water and Minerals, (New York: Routledge, 2015).