Launched in 2016, the Young Transatlantic Innovative Leaders Initiative Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) of the U.S. Department of State and is supported in its implementation by the German Marshall Fund of The United States (GMF).
Entrepreneurs are a driving force for economic development, job creation, security, and good governance across Europe. YTILI empowers young European and Eurasian entrepreneurs and innovators with the tools, networks, and resources they need to turn ideas into action and grow successful enterprises.
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2018 Program Highlights
In 2018, the YTILI Fellowship will engage up to 70 young European and Eurasian leaders in a series of professional development and leadership activities to support the growth and development of commercial and social ventures in their home communities. Highlights of the 2018 program include:
– European Opening Summit: In June, fellows will convene for the opening summit in Portugal to plan for the upcoming fellowship year, network with other European entrepreneurs, and hear from industry experts on best practices in diverse business topics.
– Immersive U.S. Experience: In October, fellows will travel to a U.S. emerging economy to work with a team of local mentors on developing their venture, receiving custom business advising.
– Washington, DC Closing Convening: Immediately following the U.S. immersive experience, fellows travel to Washington, DC to meet with government, business, and non-profit leaders, engaging in a transatlantic policy dialogue around issues of entrepreneurism and innovation.
– Professional Development and Networking Resources: Throughout the fellowship year, fellows will have access to a virtual platform for sharing resources, personal experiences, and networking with other European entrepreneurs. Fellows will also participate in professional development webinars and roundtables delivered by experts in diverse business topics.
A detailed overview of the program elements, participation requirements, and expectations is available on the GMF YTILI website: http://www.gmfus.org/ytili-fellowship
Who is Eligible to Appy?
The YTILI Fellowship selection process is a merit-based open competition. The application period opens on Monday, January 29, 2018 and closes at 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 2, 2018. The online application portal can be accessed here: https://share.america.gov/ytili/#fellowship
To be eligible candidates must meet the following criteria:
– Are between the ages of 24 and 35 by January 29, 2018
– Are a citizen of one of the participating countries*: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.
– Currently reside in one of the participating countries*: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.
– Are eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa.
– Have at least two (2) years of entrepreneurial/leadership experience with a startup business or social venture.
– Are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
– Are not a U.S. government employee.
– Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.
Inquiries regarding this program should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.