Call for Applications for the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute

The Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Bern is pleased to announce the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Summer Institute for students from the age of 16 to 18. Applications are now being accepted for program participation. The four-week institute will address important issues such as youth engagement, democracy and civil society development, and economic prosperity. The program will take place in June – July 2017 (exact dates will be communicated later) and will be hosted by Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The U.S. Embassy in Bern will award a scholarship, which includes all costs associated with participation. The deadline for application is February 24, 2017. See here for extensive information about the program.

Eligibility for consideration:
– Swiss nationality;
– Aged 16-18 at the time the program begins;
– Demonstrated leadership qualities and interest in civil society issues;
– English language proficiency.

How to apply:
Send an email to to request the application form.

The following information should then be sent by email to at the latest by 24 February 2017
• The filled-in application form
• Letter of motivation by the student
• Recommendation letter of the main teacher and/or English teacher

If you have any questions, please write to
We look forward to receiving your application!