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. The Academy has also received support beginning in 2011 from the Joachim Herz Stiftung and the Volkswagen Stiftung, and beginning in 2013 from the Aurea Foundation and the Hungary Initiatives Foundation.


The Transatlantic Academy intends to strengthen the transatlantic partnership by:

  • Supporting intensive research and discussion on one major topic per year;
  • Incorporating an interdisciplinary view, with fellows from different generations from both sides of the Atlantic;
  • Sustaining research over a period of nine to ten months and organizing discussions with political, economic, and academic leaders;
  • Disseminating the results of research systematically to policy-planning staffs, U.S. legislators, and European Union officials through targeted media and public outreach on both sides of the Atlantic;
  • Hosting workshops, seminars, and lecture series on issues related to the research theme;
  • Featuring the Transatlantic Academy website 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.

In its first six 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), and The Future of the International Liberal Order (2013-2014). The 2014-2015 theme of the fellowship year will be Religion and Liberal Order.