The Atlantic Council US-Turkey Congressional-Parliamentary Fellowship Program aims at engaging and connecting US congressional and Turkish parliamentary staff to build knowledge on bilateral relations and dialogue among key constituencies on both sides of the Atlantic. Through a series of lectures, peer-to-peer discussions and study tour to the counterpart country, Fellows will gain a better understanding of bilateral relations with a new perspective on mutually pertinent issues and will also have the opportunity of meeting with leading experts.


The Atlantic Council IN TURKEY’s US-Turkey Congressional-Parliamentary Fellowship* is a non-partisan fellowship program that connects staff members from the US Congress and Turkish Parliament and engages through a multifaceted curriculum featuring leading experts on US and transatlantic relations with Turkey. Through an eight-month nonresidential and unpaid fellowship, staffers will participate in off-the-record lectures, interactive discussions and a study tour led by experts to address issues critical to bilateral relations and the region, including but not limited to:

  • The governmental systems of the US and Turkey
  • History of US-Turkey relations
  • Contemporary US-Turkey relations.
  • US and Turkish History
  • Turkish and US foreign policy
  • Energy Policies
  • NATO
  • EU-Turkey Relations
  • Current geopolitical conflicts
  • Great Power Competition

Application Requirements

Applicants will be evaluated based on their education and work experience. They will also be evaluated based on the contents of their personal statements and how they display their personal and professional interest in transatlantic and foreign policy issues.

Criteria for US Congressional Fellows

  • Must currently be a legislative assistant, above, or the equivalent at the US Congress;
  • Two or more years of experience working on Capitol Hilll
  • Have a bachelor’s degree or higher;
  • Experience with, or interest in, foreign policy
  • Ability to attend most roundtable lecture and discussions. These discussions will take place virtually through Zoom on weekday mornings (approximately 8:00-9:30 a.m. EDT);
  • Availability to travel overseas.

Criteria for Turkish Parliamentary Fellows

  • Currently work in Turkish Parliament with two or more years of experience working in Parliament
  • Have a bachelor’s degree or higher;
  • Be able to prove a professional level proficiency in English;
  • Experience with, or interest in, foreign policy;
  • Ability to attend most roundtable lecture and discussions. These discussions will take place virtually through Zoom on weekday afternoons (approximately 3:00:-4:30 p.m. Turkey time);
  • Availability to travel overseas.

A complete application for all applicants must include the following:

  • A professional resume
  • A 500-word statement of interest
  • Answers to all application questions
  • Provide at least two professional references

Applications are now closed. Please contact Grady Wilson at [email protected] with any questions.

What you should expect to gain from this fellowship?

  • Valuable knowledge on above topics
  • Opportunity to meet and discuss with leading experts in an informal and private setting
  • Opportunity to meet counterparts in the other country
  • Opportunity to publish co-authored blogs to be published on the Atlantic Council webpage
  • A fellowship certificate from the Atlantic Council
  • Opportunity to travel to the other country (two fellows from each country will be selected based on their performance during the fellowship) and have meetings and onsite experience for a period of five days.

About the Atlantic Council

The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic community’s central role in meeting global challenges. Founded in 1961, the Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders. Through the papers we write, the ideas we build, and the communities we convene, the Council shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more secure and prosperous world.

About the Atlantic Council IN TURKEY

The Atlantic Council IN TURKEY, the Council’s Turkey Program aims to promote dialogue and strengthen transatlantic engagement with Turkey and its surrounding region through research, programming, high-level discussion forums and conferences to address critical issues in its main focus areas of bilateral relations, the energy sector, economy, business relations, migration, and security.

United States Mission Turkey

*This fellowship is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Mission to Turkey.

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