Call for Applications: Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network (TILN) 2023

In a globalized era when many countries continue to face challenges of racism, intolerance, and inequity, both the United States and Europe stand to benefit from a visionary new generation of leaders who are dedicated to the principles of open and inclusive institutions.

About the Program

The Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network (TILN) fellowship is an empowering program for young diverse elected leaders, with select civil society and business leaders, who collaborate, peer mentor, and educate each other in working to advance inclusive policies and strengthen social cohesion. The program also features dedicated coaches and partners.

The TILN network has more than 200 alumni advancing to higher office including the European Parliament and US Congress, among other roles. Through TILN, The German Marshall Fund (GMF) provides a unique opportunity to meet 21st-century leadership requirements, for it is crucial that institutions reflect the diversity of societies across the Atlantic and foster equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Application deadline: August 31, 2022


GMF accepts applications from all US federal states, Guam, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, as well as from member states of the European Union, the United Kingdom, Norway, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Moldova, and Turkey.

GMF staff members and their family members are excluded from applying.

We highly encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.



Applications are made through an online application portal.  The application form includes short-answer questions and a résumé/CV.

TILN seeks to inspire, inform, and connect diverse young leaders by equipping them to reach and excel in elected office and other leadership positions, advance inclusive policies, and work with senior policymakers.

Each year, around 20 TILN fellows are offered distance learning (from December to May) from dedicated coaches. In June, they travel for a one-week immersion in Brussels, where they attend briefings by renowned experts, receive trainings on how to design and implement inclusive policies, gain exposure to transatlantic policymaking institutions, businesses, and civil society actors, and participate in GMF’s Young Professionals Summit, culminating with a unique opportunity to attend Brussels Forum, GMF’s signature annual conference.

TILN fellows use their newly gained knowledge and skills to better serve their communities. TILN participation also offers lifelong opportunities for learning and engagement to strengthen transatlantic relations for the future. Please note that the fellowship is entirely in English.


What is included in the fellowship?

GMF covers airfare, accommodation, and catering in Brussels, and distance learning and in-person workshop costs (registration, coaches’ compensation). Some out-of-pocket expenses may be incurred for fellows during the one-week immersion in Brussels (such as airport transfers).


Application deadline: August 31, 2022