Call for Applications for the 2022 Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute

Interested in learning about diplomacy, exploring global issues, community activism and American culture? Then you should apply for the 2022 Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The fellowship takes place from June 25 to July 23, 2022, all costs will be paid for. The application deadline is February 19, 2022.


Swiss participant Dominik came back from the U.S. with a backpack full of experiences, friendships and knowledge:

The Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute was a unique experience for me. I met many new persons from many different countries. At the beginning it was a challenge, because I had to get out of my comfort zone and deal with new mentalities completely different of mine. The Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute looks for people who want to be active in their communities and I learned a lot about diplomacy and American politics. In short, I would say the Summer Institute makes you a world citizen, and connects you with friends around the whole world. — Dominik, Swiss Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute Participant in 2018

Interested in applying? These are the important qualifications:

  • You must be born between June 26, 2003 and June 226, 2006 (i.e. be 16, 17, or 18 years of age at the start of the program);
  • You must have Swiss Nationality or hold a C-permit (American citizens and dual Swiss-American citizens are not eligible to apply);
  • You must be proficient in English, as demonstrated in a personal interview or by the results of a standardized test;
  • You must indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;

Find additional information on how to apply for the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Summer Institute here. 

We are looking forward to receiving your application!